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Unsafe tires a deadly risk on US roads
CBS News
Thousands of cars on U.S. roads could have bad tires. NTSB investigators met recently to discuss the problem of old or defective tires, and recalls that have failed to get defective tires off the roads. The NTSB's simulator illustrates just how fast a blowout can cause a loss of control. It's when a rear tire goes that the trouble really begins.
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NHTSA nominated leader wants higher maximum fine, faster recalls
Auto World News
The national agency that regulates vehicle safety is a step closer to getting a permanent leader, something it has been lacking since January. Mark Rosekind, the Obama administration's choice to head the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, spoke Dec. 3 before a Senate committee, saying that the agency would be more aggressive on behalf of consumers under his leadership.
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TIA releases 'Tire Safety Starts with Tire Selection' video
Tire Business
The Tire Industry Association has released "Tire Safety Starts with Tire Selection," the latest in its "Tire Safety Starts with…" safety video series. "Tire Safety Starts with Tire Selection" covers the information consumers need when selecting replacement tires, TIA said. The video explains the importance of following the vehicle placard when selecting a tire, as well as the basic differences between summer, winter, all-season and all-terrain tires.

TIA's Video Is Available on the TTDA Website

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The car company with the best repair record
CBS MoneyWatch
Which cars go to the repair shop least and boast the lowest repair costs? Honda tops this year's manufacturer rankings by auto repair site CarMD. Last year's winner, Hyundai, finished second. Toyota ranked third this year. The three Detroit-based companies finished next, with General Motors fourth, Ford fifth and Chrysler sixth. Kia, Nissan, Mazda and BMW rounded out the top 10. CarMD gathers repair reports annually from its network of mechanics, and the 2014 survey covered work done to 40,400 vehicles of model years 2004 to 2014.
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US small business optimism highest since early 2008
Gallup
Small-business owners in the U.S. are more optimistic now than at any time since early 2008, according to the latest Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index. The overall Index score rose to 58 in November, up from 49 in July. The Index was last this high in the first quarter of 2008 when it was at 83. Despite these significant gains, the overall Index is still well below pre-recession levels.
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Honda: 3 million more cars need airbag fix in US recall
Bloomberg via Automotive News
Honda Motor Co., the biggest customer of airbag maker Takata Corp., said about 3 million more of its vehicles will need to be fixed in the U.S. after it widened a regional repair campaign to the entire country. The carmaker will add the vehicles to existing safety improvement campaigns that have been focused on high-humidity regions, Ben Nakamura, a spokesman for Honda, said by phone. The company had earlier disclosed the decision during a U.S. congressional hearing without saying how many cars would be affected.
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Develop attainable business resolutions to resonate year-round
By Ellyn Caruso
As the calendar year draws to a close, it's beneficial to establish goals and set in motion a series of attainable business resolutions as we leap into 2015. Resolutions are typically lists loaded with specifics that quickly fall off the radar. This year, consider creating plans filled with concepts that will spur you and your business teams into action and help ring in new business all next year. Here's how.
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Alleged San Antonio tire thieves caught in action, charged with felony theft
KENS-TV
A San Antonio-area man was arrested, accused of felony theft Dec. 6. Police believe he is responsible for stealing at least $10,000 worth of tires since November. The most recent theft was just before 5 a.m. Dec. 6. Police believe the man stole four or five tires from Freeman Decorating off of I-35 with the help of a woman.
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Bridgestone's environmental manager kicks tires out of creeks, rivers and landfills
Portland Business Journal
It didn't take much to convince Greer Tidwell to travel to Oregon for an environmental conference. Tidwell, director of environmental management for Nashville, Tennessee-based Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, is an avid fisherman and fan of the Deschutes and John Day rivers. So it's fitting that Tidwell will tell the story of how Bridgestone is developing tires that last longer using less material, its production innovations that halved the number of rejects and its other efforts.
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