Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Chrysler suing Magna over costs for minivan recall

DETROIT (Reuters) - U.S. automaker Chrysler LLC is suing Canadian auto parts maker Magna International Inc (MGa.TO) to recoup money it spent on a recall involving defective heated seats in minivans.

Chrysler filed the lawsuit in Oakland County court in Michigan, near Chrysler's headquarters, in February after exhausting all other option available "in the normal course of business," Chrysler spokesman Mike Palese said on Tuesday.

He declined to reveal the amount Chrysler is seeking from Magna, but said it was a "significant amount."

A lawyer for Magna did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

Chrysler recalled 161,500 1999-2001 model-year Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans in 2005 because of defective heated seats made by Magna.

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