The penalty could serve as a precedent for other automakers who violate the Clean Air Act.
Hyundai is recalling its popular Sonata midsize sedan to fix problems with the gear shift levers. The recall covers 883,000 cars from the 2011 through 2014 model years.
Coloradans are buying more new cars as sales were up 10 percent in January over January of last year, and year-to-year sales for all of 2012 were up 24 percent.
Police say speed and alcohol are likely factors in a deadly crash in Aurora Saturday morning.