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RMA, TIA spar over tire registration
RubberNews.com
Three things were crystal-clear at the National Transportation Safety Board’s Passenger Vehicle Tire Safety Symposium. First, everyone agreed that nothing is better to assure tire safety than to keep your tires properly inflated and maintained. Second, everyone agreed that consumers need to be educated about the importance of inflation, maintenance and registration in case of a recall. Third, the Rubber Manufacturers Association and the Tire Industry Association are far apart on how to accomplish the goal of increasing tire registration.
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Pent-up demand should lead to decent volumes throughout the selling season
Modern Tire Dealer
According to the results of Modern Tire Dealer’s survey, demand for replacement tires remained somewhat encouraging in October. Indeed, from a volume standpoint the dealers reported that they sold 0.8 percent more tires last month on a year-over-year basis, following a 1.2% increase in September and a 0.1 percent increase in August.
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After 'Year of the Recall' auto watchdog needs an 'enforcer'
NBC News
Barring a last-minute hitch, Mark Rosekind is about to step in as the nation's top auto safety regulator. He'll be filling a post that has been empty for the better part of 2014 — a year that has seen some of the biggest safety controversies in automotive history. A scientist by training and, since 2010, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board, Rosekind is expected to be approved by the Senate as the next director of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In that post, he will be dealing with a slew of major issues, including the ongoing recalls of defective Takata air bags and General Motors ignition switches.
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Dropping gas prices and strong car sales could create problems for manufacturers
National Journal via Autobody News
Plummeting gas prices have pushed car buyers away from smaller, greener cars and back into their traditional comfort zone: big SUVs and light-duty trucks. Amid robust sales last month, automakers saw consumers flock toward larger cars, while shunning traditional small cars. And although the strong sales are good news for carmakers right now, that could create problems later as the manufacturers work to meet tightening federal fuel economy standards.
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Chrysler expands airbag recall tally following NHTSA criticism
Automotive News
Chrysler Group has agreed to further expand its regional recall of older-model Dodge and Chrysler vehicles equipped with airbag inflators manufactured by Takata Corp. — just after federal safety regulators criticized the automaker's response to the airbag crisis. The automaker says it will replace front passenger-side airbag inflators in 208,783 vehicles that were originally purchased or were ever registered in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and the territories of American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Saipan and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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Thieves smash windows and steal tires off business lots in Corpus Christi, Texas
KRIS-TV
A couple of shops along the SPID highway in Corpus Christi, Texas, were hit by burglars overnight Dec. 11. The thieves got away with tires worth $2,400.The owner of 4 Wheel Specialties on S. Padre Island Drive called police after 3:30am to report someone had smashed the windows or pried the doors open on six vehicles in the parking lot.
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CarInsurance.com survey reveals ugliest 2014 new and redesigned cars
BodyShop Business
CarInsurance.com announced a survey of drivers revealed that the Chevrolet Spark EV ignited the most reaction among those who were asked to rank the most unappealing redesigned or new 2014 model cars. The Spark takes the No. 1 ranking for ugliest. The 2014 Kia Soul came in second, and the 2014 Fiat 500L notched third place.
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Selling your business? What tenants need to know about their lease
By Dale Willerton and Jeff Grandfield
Tens of thousands of businesses are bought and sold each year. And they almost all require a lease assignment or negotiation with the landlord. A landlord can deliberately or creatively sabotage lease assignments. They may do this out of fear that the new tenant who is buying your business may default on rental payments, or they may simply want a higher rental rate. Here are just a few considerations pertaining to commercial lease assignments.
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