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Carmakers studying why drivers ignore recalls
The Hill
A top lobbying group for automakers will poll drivers to learn why many vehicle owners ignore auto recall notices, alerting them to safety issues. The Washington, D.C.-based Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers said April 27 it is contracting with Republican pollster Bill McInturff to research the factors that motivate drivers to take their cars in for repairs after recalls. The average completion rate of recalls is currently 75 percent.
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Trillions will depend on who, or what, is behind the wheel of driverless cars
Forbes via BodyShop Business
Big auto players have made it clear that they intend to beat Google in the commercial development of driverless cars, reports Forbes. The most vocal have been Nissan, Audi, Daimler, Volvo, Delphi and Tesla, though Ford and General Motors have their own efforts as well. Trillions are at stake. In the U.S. alone, more than $2.5 trillion flows through car-related industries each year, including suppliers, automakers, dealers, financing, insurance, service, energy, etc.
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Michelin's Selleck: Performance standards, mandatory registration are musts
Tire Review
At the recent Clemson University Tire Industry Conference, Pete Selleck, chairman and CEO of Michelin North America was the keynoter. In his 20-minute talk, Selleck touched on a few key issues both he and MNA feel strongly about.
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Ford recalls 400,000 vehicles under investigation by NHTSA for door
latch issues

Consumerist
Nearly seven months after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration first opened an investigation into thousands of Ford vehicles that may contain malfunctioning door latches, the car manufacturer has issued a recall of nearly 400,000 sedans. Ford announced that it would recall 389,585 model year 2012-2014 Ford Fiesta, model year 2013-2014 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles that contain door latches that may inadvertently open while the car is in motion, increasing the risk of injury.
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5 surprising strategies to increase business productivity and profitability
Tire Review
In today’s cutthroat business climate, the pressure to generate profits quickly is often unrelenting and intense. From accommodating anxious stakeholders and contending with new competitors that seemingly surface by the hour to providing good service to a varied customer base and maintaining relationships with vendors and business partners, the daily grind is complex.
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The impact of plus-sizing on vehicle performance dynamics
Modern Tire Review
The Specialty Equipment Market Association, Wheel & Tire Council, and Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research together set out to understand the effects of plus-sizing — the dynamics associated with the changing of wheels, offsets, tire sidewall heights, wheel diameters and other associated modifications. The quest was to specifically and scientifically understand vehicle handling dynamics related to the customization of wheels and tires.
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Do I need a website for my business?
Business 2 Community
It’s a common enough question, especially for businesses that don’t get involved much in technology or customers might not be online. The Internet is for those geeks, right, and not the common blue-collar worker or anybody else outside of the tech industry, right? If you think that way in 2015, you might want to rethink things.
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