TTDA Today
May. 20, 2015

TIA urges fight against tire registration language in bill
Rubber & Plastics News
The Tire Industry Association is urging members to contact relevant committee members in Congress and ask them to remove tire registration language from the Obama administration’s transportation funding bill, also known as the GROW America Act. TIA’s action is directed specifically at Section 4112, titled "Tire Registration by Independent Sellers," which appears on page 189 of the bill, according to TIA Executive Vice President Roy Littlefield in the May 11 issue of TIA’s Weekly Legislative Update. More

Updating dealers on CSA tire violations
Tire Review
Tires play a major role when it comes to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety and Accountability (CSA) program. The two fleet Safety Management System for CSA categories are: vehicle maintenance and hazardous material compliance. Tires fall under the vehicle maintenance category.More

Myths of financial planning debunked
By David B. Mandell and Michael Lewellen
There are a lot of misconceptions about financial planning, and operators of tire and service dealers are not immune to them. This article will consider the other side of eight common myths about financial planning. See if you suffer from any of these misconceptions.More

US transportation secretary announces steps to speed up road safety innovation
BodyShop Business
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced a series of steps to speed what are being called "life-saving technology innovations" to America’s highways at the Delphi Labs in Silicon Valley recently. He also pledged to work with the auto industry and technology companies to ensure that vehicle automation technologies with demonstrated safety benefits can come to market. Secretary Foxx was in California as part of his tour to highlight the nation’s third annual Infrastructure Week, which brings together thousands of stakeholders across the country to highlight the importance of investing in America’s infrastructure future.More

Honda, Daihatsu add 5 million cars to Takata air bag recall
Automotive News
The global Takata air bag recall expanded by millions more vehicles for the second time in as many days recently, with Honda Motor Co. and Daihatsu calling back more inflators. The latest recalls affect some 4.89 million vehicles at Honda and about 260,000 at Daihatsu, the mini-vehicle subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corp. The safety campaigns came just a day after Toyota and Nissan Motor Co. announced a similar recall of more than 6.5 million cars globally. More

TIA names Tropicana host hotel for Global Tire Expo
Tire Review
The Tire Industry Association has selected the Tropicana Las Vegas as host hotel for the 2015 Global Tire Expo — Powered by TIA. "This is not the Tropicana that many people might remember. The hotel provides excellent value for one of the newest hotel rooms on the strip. Plus, its proximity to Las Vegas Convention Center and airport make it extremely convenient," said Roy Littlefield, TIA executive vice president. More

FCA ordered to explain handling of 20 recalls at July hearing
Automotive News
The testy relationship between U.S. auto safety regulators and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has boiled over, with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration saying May 18 it would haul the automaker before a public hearing to investigate its handling of 20 recalls. NHTSA will hold the hearing on July 2 to determine whether FCA has failed to come up with adequate fixes for defects and review the adequacy of the automaker’s recall notices in 20 recall campaigns since 2013 affecting more than 10 million vehicles, the U.S. Department of Transportation said recently. More

3 tire-makers earn rankings for reputations
Modern Tire Dealer
Three tire manufacturers are named among the most reputable companies in the United States, according to the annual U.S. RepTrak 100 list released by Reputation Institute and published in Forbes. Michelin North America Inc., Bridgestone Americas Tires Operations LLC and Pirelli Tire North America Inc. all made the list. The U.S. RepTrak rankings measure the public’s perception of companies based on seven dimensions: innovation, leadership, governance, citizenship, workplace, performance and products/services.More

Deadline kills Tesla direct sales bill in Texas House
A Texas House deadline has come and gone, killing many top-priority bills for both parties — among them one that would allow Tesla-backed direct car sales and another to regulate ride-hailing companies. Midnight May 14 was the last chance for House bills to win initial, full-chamber approval. Since any proposal can be tacked onto other bills as amendments, no measure is completely dead until the legislative session ends June 1. But even with such resurrections, actually becoming state law now gets far tougher.More