There was some initial panic but no lost car and truck production as a result of a March 18 fire at a Philips Semiconductors plant in Albuquerque, NM, a DaimlerChrysler Corp. spokeswoman tells Ward's. Philips blames the fire, which shut down two lines supplying microchips to automotive customers including DCC and its key suppliers, on a widespread power outage in the state. One of the two lines, which supplier sources say make chips used in such devices as antilock brakes and air bag ...
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