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Truck tire speed ratings are a guideline, but pressure is the key
Modern Tire Dealer
A recent investigation by The Associated Press calls into question the safety of commercial truck tires as highway speeds across the country increase. But the AP's report doesn’t reference a common and accepted practice in the trucking industry: Increasing tire pressure to compensate for heavier loads and higher speeds.
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NHTSA would gain 'stop-sale' authority over carmakers if White House transportation bill passes
International Business Times
The U.S. auto safety regulator would get power to unilaterally demand automakers stop selling vehicles it says have safety-related defects under the White House’s multiyear transportation funding bill that recently went to Congress. But the move to reform the way car safety is regulated will likely face stiff opposition from manufacturers who succeeded in weakening legislative efforts in 2010 that would have bolstered federal oversight and increased noncompliance penalties.
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DOC delays final tariff rulings until June
Modern Tire Dealer
The final determinations in both the countervailing and anti-dumping duty cases on Chinese tires now are scheduled to be issued June 12. A U.S. Department of Commerce spokesman confirmed the countervailing duty rule, which was to be issued April 6, has been delayed and aligned with the anti-dumping final determination in June.
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GM, Ford sales fall, Fiat Chrysler US up again
Detroit Free Press
Sales declined for most automakers in March, including Ford and General Motors, even though the industry remains on track to sell nearly 17 million new cars and trucks this year — the most since the Great Recession. There was one fewer weekend for dealers to sell vehicles in March, compared to a year earlier, and the industry is approaching a plateau after five straight years of big sales gains.
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New postal vans may lead to retreader investments
Tire Business
Retreaders that supply tires to the U.S. Postal Service are watching closely as the agency prepares to select vendors for a new commercial van to replace its current "Long Life Vehicles," which have been in service more than 25 years. At stake is business valued at nearly $12 million, but which could require affected retreaders that use mold-cure systems to invest tens of thousands of dollars in new molds.
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GM ignition death toll rises to 80
The Detroit News
General Motors Co.’s ignition switch compensation fund recently said it has approved three additional death claims linked to its delayed recall of 2.6 million cars, raising the latest total to 80 deaths. The fund also said it approved seven new injury claims. Of the 148 injury claims approved so far, 11 are for the most serious injuries and 130 are for less severe injuries. All of the new approvals were for less serious injuries.
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Driverless car finishes 3,400-mile cross-country trip
CNNMoney via KSL-TV
It took nine days, crossed 3,400 miles and touched 15 cities but the first coast-to-coast trip by a driverless car is complete. The trek started at the Golden Gate Bridge and ended in midtown Manhattan on April 2. It was organized by auto parts-maker Delphi to test its automated driving technology.
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