The penalty could serve as a precedent for other automakers who violate the Clean Air Act.
Kia is recalling nearly 80,000 minivans in the U.S. because a suspension part can break and cause drivers to lose control of the vehicles.
Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia are recalling nearly 1.9 million vehicles to fix problems with air bags and brake light switches.
Army Corporal Matthew Gallagher, who was just 22 years old, was gunned down in northern Iraq.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recognized 66 vehicles on Wednesday with its “top safety pick award” for the 2011 model year, the most-ever awarded.