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Short Take: Maine car owners get early taste of Y2K

Maine state government officials got their first year-2000 computer surprise a few months early when owners of 2000-model cars and trucks received titles identifying their new vehicles as "horseless carriages." Despite millions of dollars spent to ensure state computers can handle the year 2000, computers in the secretary of state's office got confused over the 2000 model-year designation. As a result, about 2000 vehicle owners or lien holders got titles to "horseless carriages" instead of cars or trucks in April.

    Maine state government officials got their first year-2000 computer surprise a few months early when owners of 2000-model cars and trucks received titles identifying their new vehicles as "horseless carriages." Despite millions of dollars spent to ensure state computers can handle the year 2000, computers in the secretary of state's office got confused over the 2000 model-year designation. As a result, about 2000 vehicle owners or lien holders got titles to "horseless carriages" instead of cars or trucks in April.