A second report issued by the Canadian National Administrative Office effectively clears Dana Corp. of allegations that its brake plant in Itapsa, Mexico, violated worker health and safety standards.

NAO says Dana, which took over the facility near Mexico City when it purchased Echlin Inc. in 1998, regularly held safety inspections and contracted independent firms to conduct environmental studies at the plant.

Assertions made by numerous organizations, including the Canadian office of the United Steel Workers of America, surfaced last year claiming that the plant suffered from poor air quality and that a September 1997 union election involved possible coercion. The group requested a review of Mexican enforcement practices.

NAO is part of the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation, a side deal to the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Dana says its own internal task force, as well as external independent consultants, exposed many facts that contradict the claims, specifically those regarding health and safety violations.