TTDA Today
Aug. 19, 2015

More stringent auto recalls for 2015 are 'new normal'
The Detroit News
If 2014 was the year of the auto recall, 2015 isn’t going to be any slouch. U.S. automakers and other vehicle manufacturers overseen by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration already have recalled more than 32.4 million vehicles in nearly 500 campaigns through early August, according to a Detroit News analysis of government data and automaker reports. More

Insurance Auto Auctions increases presence in Austin, Texas
Body Shop Business
Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. (IAA) announced the recent expansion of its Austin branch. The facility, now comprising 57 acres, offers IAA buyers and sellers an improved auction experience. IAA relocated its Austin branch in July 2012 to the current location, which initially spanned 37 acres and featured two covered run-and-drive lanes and 250 feet of covered motorcycle and high-value vehicle storage area. More

Harley-Davidson recalls Street 500 and Street 750
Auto Evolution
According to the Canadian recall bulletin #2015363, a total of 666 motorcycles may be affected by a problem in the fuel pump inlet for the 2015 model year Harley-Davidson Street 500 and Street 750 motorcycles. The Motorcycle Company says that the fuel pump module inside the tanks of these bikes may have a poor seal at the inlet. This may cause an interruption in the supply of fuel under acceleration, especially when the fuel level is low. More

Start-stop technology shuts down car engines at stoplights to save gas. It's coming to America.
When you drive a manual-shift car after a long period of driving only automatics, stalling is part of the territory. But the last few times I’ve done so, while renting cars in Europe, it seems that virtually every time I stopped for a light, the engine shut down, only to chug back to life when I re-engaged the gears. After enduring a series of withering looks from my passengers, I finally spoke up in my defense. Yes, some of the stalls could be chalked up to my incompetence. But most were due to the vehicle’s “start-stop” feature — a quietly revolutionary step toward energy efficiency that is becoming standard in Europe, and may come soon to a new American car near you.More

Moderate increase in vehicle sales forecast
Tire Business
Light vehicle sales in the U.S. are expected to moderately improve this year and next, according to participants at the 22nd annual Automotive Outlook Symposium in Detroit. The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s annual symposium, held May 29, drew more than 75 economists and analysts from business, academia and government. More

VW recalls 420,000 cars in the US to fix airbags
Automotive News
Volkswagen AG is recalling as many as 420,000 cars in the U.S. to fix a flaw that may prevent their airbags from deploying in an accident. The recall affects seven models made between 2010 and 2014, including the Golf, Jetta and Passat, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said today on its website. Debris may contaminate the clock spring that keeps the cars' airbags powered, tearing the spring and cutting off the electrical connection to the front airbag on the driver's side, the safety regulator said. More

US on pace for deadliest driving year since 2007, says National Safety Council
Body Shop Business
The National Safety Council estimates traffic deaths are 14 percent higher through the first six months of 2015 than they were during the same period in 2014, and serious injuries are 30 percent higher. From January to June, nearly 19,000 people died in traffic crashes across the U.S., and more than 2.2 million were seriously injured, putting the country on pace for its deadliest driving year since 2007. Costs are also up. More

Mitchell 1 updates Manager SE software
Tire Business
Mitchell Repair Information Co. L.L.C. has updated its Manager SE shop management system to version 6.6, which it said contains dozens of enhancements, fixes and refinements. The software changes, based on customer feedback, are designed to streamline operations for automotive repair businesses, Mitchell said. More

Over 26,000 Ford trucks recalled for seat belt issue
Some 26,400 Ford heavy duty trucks are being recalled because their seat belts may not be anchored in the correct position, reports The Detroit News. The models include F-650 and F-750 trucks in model years 2011-2013 and 2015. More

IRS drops a bomb on small employers
Mississippi Business Journal
Employers with fewer than 50 employees were promised a break by not having to provide group health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. But now the IRS has served notice that under the rule that has been in effect since July 1 such employers are subject to $100 per worker per day excise tax if they help their employees with their health-care costs. That could amount to a staggering $36,500 per worker annual tax. More

Luxury electric cars (not Tesla) to roll off US production lines
Money Talks News
Just shy of two years after it declared bankruptcy, Fisker Automotive is up and running again, with plans to open a new manufacturing facility in Southern California. Fisker will build its plug-in electric hybrid luxury cars in a 555,000-square-foot auto plant in Moreno Valley, according to the Los Angeles Times. More