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Execs: Independent studies help crumb rubber
RubberNews.com
It is important to remember one important fact in the ongoing debate about the potential health risks of crumb rubber: most of the studies that have deemed it safe have been commissioned by neutral bodies, such as government or education. And that means detractors can't pass off results as industry biases, say executives who spoke during the 2014 Rubber Recycling Symposium, held Oct. 22-24, in Montreal. The Rubber Manufacturers' Association and the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada organized the event.
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Social media tips learned at SEMA Show
Tire Business
In this video, Tire Business reporter Jennifer Karpus details three quick tips for live coverage she learned during the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas, Nov. 4-7.
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Firestone continues fight against spread of Ebola
RubberNews.com
Firestone Liberia Inc. is making progress in its efforts to contain the spread of the Ebola virus at its Liberian plantation, according to reports from parent company Bridgestone Americas Inc. and the Centers for Disease Control. Nevertheless, 56 of the 78 people so far on the Firestone plantation who have contracted the Ebola virus have died, according to the Bridgestone document.
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App lets drivers learn about outstanding safety recalls
KPRC-TV
More than 47 million cars have been recalled this year. It's a staggering number, but now an app is helping you find out if yours or one you're working on is one of them.
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1st aluminum-bodied F-150 rolls off assembly line
The Detroit News
The first aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 rolled off the assembly line at Ford Motor Co.'s renovated Dearborn Truck Plant on Nov. 11, signaling a milestone for the automaker and a potential game-changer for the industry. The new truck, unveiled at last year's North American International Auto Show in Detroit, features an aluminum body and bed that reduces weight by about 700 pounds compared to last year's model.
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Overcoming price objections: How to turn bellyachers into believers
By Fred Berns
What do you say when they say you're too expensive? That's a vexing question for those who fear and fight the idea of price objections. For all too many business professionals, questions about their price cause anxiety at best, and a conviction that they have to cave in and slash their fees at worst. Business owners who play games with their price or futz with their fees at the first hint of resistance ignore a basic reality: price objections are a buying signal. Prospective customers have to be at least somewhat interested in your products and services to question their price.
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Reports: GM ordered 500,000 ignition switches before recall announcement
NPR
Newly revealed emails seen by The Wall Street Journal and other news organizations appear to show that automaker General Motors ordered 500,000 replacement ignition switches nearly two months before it alerted regulators to a defect in the switches that has since been linked to 32 deaths.
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MapQuest, Urgent.ly use Uber-model to tackle roadside repair niche
The Washington Post
Urgent.ly, an online mobile application that allows stranded drivers to summon car repair help, is partnering with MapQuest, in a deal that aims to disrupt the $10 billion roadside assistance industry much as Uber has done to the taxi and car service business. The alliance, announced Nov. 11, allows MapQuest users to use Urgent.ly to summon help to repair a flat tire, fix a dead battery or get the vehicle towed.
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New website lets car repair shops bid on customers' repair work
WINK-TV
"The goal is to give the consumer control over their auto repair." A new Florida business hopes to give car owners options when it comes to repairing vehicles by letting the mechanics come to the customer. "It's truly a blind bidding process, the more shops that bid on your business that take a value in your business, the better prices you’re going to get," said Rick Goodwin.
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