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TIA announces Basic Industrial Tire Service program
Tire Review
The Tire Industry Association has a new training program — Basic Industrial Tire Service Program. The 200-level training and certificate program is focused on pneumatic, solid resilient, press-on and polyurethane-filled tires, TIA said. "Industrial tires pose specific risks for employees, so there is a definite need for a training program that identifies the hazards and outlines the step-by-step procedures for servicing these assemblies," said Kevin Rohlwing, TIA senior vice president of training.
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Texas floods may have damaged 10,000 cars
Autoblog
As many as 10,000 vehicles have been damaged or totaled as a result of the recent flooding in Texas, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau. The number may actually be higher, as the NICB is counting only vehicles that had been insured. Such vehicles have been or will be sent to a company that specializes in assessing vehicular damage. Some may be scrapped while others will be sold for parts, but all of them will have titles that are forever marked as flood-damaged.
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Goodyear, Sumitomo to dissolve global tire alliance
Automotive News
Goodyear and Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. have agreed to dissolve their 16-year-old global tire alliance, with Goodyear to pay SRI $271 million initially and $55 million in three years’ time. The agreement resolves a 15-month-old dispute between the two companies that involved possible violations of antitrust laws.
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Say goodbye to conventional starting batteries
Modern Tire Dealer
Say hello to absorbent glass mat batteries. They are quickly becoming the battery standard as OEs try to meet the power requirements of today’s vehicles. Is your shop ready? Battery composition and construction is changing quickly as car makers take steps to meet the federal government’s corporate average fuel economy standards of 54.5 miles per gallon for the 2025 model year.
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of TTDA Today, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of TTDA, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this experience with your peers through well-written commentary. Make 2015 the year you get published as an expert in your field! Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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Google releases more driverless car crash details
BodyShop Business
Google announced it would issue regular reports offering some details of crashes involving its driverless cars following repeated calls for disclosure from Consumer Watchdog. The public interest group said more details are still needed. Google released its first of what it said would be monthly reports on a website dedicated to the driverless car project.
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Amid biggest auto recall in history, Takata still uses chemical some say is flawed
Bloomberg via Driving
Though Takata still doesn’t know why its defective air bags killed six drivers, the car-parts giant is continuing to use a chemical that experts have blamed for the deadly defect, the company said recently during a congressional hearing into the biggest auto recall in history. Nearly 34 million cars and trucks, or about 1 in 7 on U.S. roads, have been recalled because Takata air bags can blast shrapnel when deployed and have led to more than 100 injuries. Even after months of testing, Takata says it has no firm answer for what went wrong.
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Strategy of TPMS diagnostics
Tire Review
The first step in any TPMS diagnostic strategy is to figure out whether or not your customer’s vehicle actually has a TPMS problem. Why? Simply put, there are a number of factors that can cause a TPMS warning light to illuminate or flash — and some are hard to uncover.
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GM ignition-switch death toll rises to 111
Automotive News
General Motors’ defective ignition switches are now linked to 111 deaths, up two more from a week ago, the office administering GM’s compensation fund said. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg was hired by GM last year to independently compensate the victims of crashes caused by the ignition switches that triggered the recall of more than 2.6 million vehicles in 2014.
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