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Decision against Goodyear may affect you, so be prepared
Modern Tire Dealer
A recent article in The Arizona Republic puts Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. in a bad light. At Modern Tire Dealer, we report on lawsuits that we think might affect the profitability of the independent tire dealer, and the great majority of them don’t for a variety of reasons. Based on the information as it is presented in the article, there are parts of the newspaper story Bob Ulrich feels are important to discuss.
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NHTSA issues final rule on replacement parts recalls
RubberNews.com
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a final rule amending safety recall standards to clarify that replacement vehicle equipment manufacturers can satisfy recall requirements by refunding the purchase price of the recalled parts. NHTSA is making the amendments to satisfy changes in safety recall provisions made in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century passed in 2012, according to the notice published in the Sept. 14 Federal Register.
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Cooper, ITG Voma challenge duties
Tire Review
Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. and tire importer ITG Voma Corp. are contesting the International Trade Commission’s anti-dumping and countervailing duties against Chinese-made passenger and light truck tires, according to Law360. The two companies filed with the U.S. Court of International Trade contesting various aspects of the final determination.
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10 automakers promise automatic emergency braking in all their US cars
IEEE Spectrum
Automatic emergency braking that can prevent car collisions may save many lives before the mainstream arrival of self-driving robot cars. Ten of the top automakers have taken a historic step by pledging to install such braking technology in all future car models sold in the United States. But some safety advocates still want the U.S. government to make automatic emergency braking mandatory.
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4 tips on giving better feedback to your employees
By Betty Boyd
Do you ever wonder how you are doing each day in your current job? Do you only get an annual performance review and wish it were more frequent? Employee feedback is one of the hardest areas a leader must deal with. Each employee has his or her own personality, quirks and performance. And each may respond differently to both positive and negative feedback. Giving feedback can result in some conflict, but a leader must be able to give both types.
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US auto regulators set Oct. 22 public meeting on Takata recall
Reuters
The U.S. auto safety watchdog said recently that it will hold an Oct. 22 public hearing on Takata Corp.'s massive air bag inflator recall, an event that could prompt regulators to take a stronger hand in efforts to eliminate the deadly defect from nearly 20 million vehicles.
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Need a scorecard? Interaction of generations in workplace can be a big challenge
Tire Business
Generations in the workplace and their interaction has been a hot topic of discussion in a variety of industries, and for good reason: This is the first time in history that five generations are active in the workforce. From the Traditional Generation to Generation Z, and everywhere in between, people are heading to work.
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Google hires auto industry veteran to run self-driving car project
Engadget via Autoblog
Google already has someone running the technical side of its self-driving car project, but what about making sure the spreadsheets and such match up? That's a job for a serious business type, which is why the firm has hired auto industry veteran John Krafcik to become CEO of its autonomous vehicles division. Krafcik comes with some pedigree, having previously worked at Ford before running Hyundai's U.S. car business for five years. Those with long memories will recall that Krafcik was responsible for replacing owners’ manuals with a tablet in the Hyundai Equus, before reversing that decision a year later.
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Barra: GM investors have shrugged off talk of FCA merger
Automotive News
General Motors CEO Mary Barra said the automaker’s investors haven’t been beating down the company’s door to discuss a potential GM-Fiat Chrysler Automobiles merger since FCA chief Sergio Marchionne renewed buzz about a deal last month. Speaking to reporters at an event on the eve of the motor show in Frankfurt, Germany, Barra said she has not received any follow-up inquiry from Marchionne since he first raised the prospect in a personal email last spring.
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