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NHTSA chief: US recalls may climb this year
Reuters
A recent wave of auto recalls may lead to even more flaws being discovered this year as drivers become alert to design faults, the top U.S. car safety official said recently. Recalls of air bags and ignition switches last year contributed to an increase in the number of consumers with car safety concerns, said Mark Rosekind, head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. While the auto safety agency may get about 45,000 consumer complaints a year, Rosekind estimated there were about 75,000 in 2014.
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Google getting into the auto insurance business
Autoblog
Add insurance to the list of automotive products Google plans to offer U.S. customers. Both Reuters and The Wall Street Journal report that the once-humble search engine has been talking to insurance companies for two years about creating a Google Compare site where customers can compare and buy policies, with the Internet giant taking a cut of each sale.
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Auto industry's past and future collide in Detroit
Reuters
For Detroit’s first auto show of the 21st century in January 2000, General Motors announced "the largest auto show exhibit ever in North America" to usher in the new millennium. Company publicists declared that if the exhibit's 230 tons of steel were melted into beams and laid end-to-end they would stretch seven miles, equivalent to crossing the Ambassador Bridge between Detroit and Canada four times each way, or running the length of a soccer field 105 times. While the 2000 show was especially memorable, each North American International Auto Show had its special flavor reflecting the prosperity, austerity, upheaval, or transformation of an industry that helps shape the economies and define the cultures of nations.
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Dates set for TIA's hands-on farm tire training
Modern Tire Dealer
The Tire Industry Association (TIA) is sharing the dates for two hands-on basic Farm Tire Service (FTS) training classes. The first class, sponsored by Tandem Tire, will be held April 7-9 in Maquoketa, Iowa. The second class, sponsored by Dawson Tire & Wheel, will be held Sept. 1-3 in Gothenburg, Nebraska.
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TPMS signal science: Why you should go outside
Tire Review
As TPMS is becoming more common on vehicles, more misinformation is starting to develop as consumers and shops try to understand the systems. One of these TPMS misconceptions is sensor signals. A sensor is a transmitter of information that sends pressure and temperature data to the vehicle. Some signals also include information that identifies the sensor and the health of the battery.
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Subaru recalls 200,000 US vehicles 2nd time for brake line fix
Automotive News
Subaru of America is recalling nearly 200,000 vehicles in the United States for a second time to fix brake lines that may leak fluid due to corrosion from salty, wintery roads, which could lead to longer stopping distances and increase the risk of a crash. The recall affects 198,900 units of the 2008-2011 model year Impreza, 2008-2014 WRX and STI, and 2009-2013 Forester registered in 21 cold weather states in the Northeast, mid-Atlantic to as far west as Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri.
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Consulting group: Self-driving vehicle features could represent $42 billion market by 2025
BodyShop Business
Powered by surprisingly strong consumer interest, partially autonomous vehicles are likely to penetrate the market as early as 2017, followed by a series of enhancements that will make fully self-driving cars a market reality in a decade and a common sight within two decades, according to new research by The Boston Consulting Group. On the basis of in-depth analyses of the trends driving the development and likely adoption of AVs, BCG expects that partially self-driving cars with highway autopilot functionality and traffic jam autopilot will hit the roads in large numbers by 2017, followed by urban autopilot by 2022 and fully autonomous driving by 2025.
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Ensuring financial success for your business
Tire Review
Can you point your company in the direction of financial success, step on the gas, and then sit back and wait to arrive at your destination? Not quite. You can’t let your business run on autopilot and expect good results. Any business owner knows you need to make numerous adjustments along the way — decisions about pricing, hiring, investments, and so on. So, how do you handle the array of questions facing you? One way is through cost accounting.
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