Automotive Purchasing Weekly 15 December 2014 - page 11

Safety first, saysRMA
Dec 9, 2014 | General
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) began a two-day symposium to discuss
tyres’ contribution to motor vehicle safety, and the American Rubber Manufacturers
Association (RMA) has put forward a four-point proposal.
The Rubber Manufacturers Association
(RMA) has offered a four-point plan to the
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
to help improve motorist safety.
“Safety is the tyre industry’s number-one
priority,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA Senior Vice
President. “We welcome the opportunity
that the NTSB event provides to the tyre
manufacturing industry to discuss steps that
can be taken to improve motorist safety.”
RMA will offer four steps for NTSB to
include as recommendations when the
agency finalises a report on its study of tyre-
related issues later next year.
Improve Tyre Registration: Congress
should change the current tyre registration
law to require tyre sellers to electronically
register tyres at point of sale. Current law
only requires dealers to offer a paper card
to consumers who must then mail the
information to the tyre manufacturer. Tyre
registration is a critical safety issue that
allows consumers to be notified by a tyre
manufacturer in the event of a recall. Overall,
fewer than 20% of all tyres are registered.
TIN Lookup Tool: The National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
should create a web-based tool that tyre
dealers and consumers could use to quickly
determine whether a tyre is subject to a
recall. A search tool would be based on the
tyre brand, model and Tyre Identification
Number (TIN) that is molded onto the tyre
sidewall. Currently, all tyre manufacturers
or importers of record must notify NHTSA of
any tyre recalls. Manufacturer submissions
are entered into a government database
but not easily utilised by tyre dealers or
Stop Sales of Unsafe Used Tyres: States
should enact legislation to prohibit the sale
of unsafe used tyres. More than 30 million
used tyres become available for sale each
year. Worn-out, damaged, improperly
repaired tyres are readily available from
used tyre shops across the nation. RMA is
advocating state unsafe used tyre legislation
in at least four states in 2015. RMA efforts
supported successful enactment of unsafe
used tyre legislation in Colorado in 2014.
Urge States to Help Motorists Be Tyre
Smart: States should incorporate tyre
care and maintenance messages into
highway safety programs. RMA and tyre
manufacturers work with many stakeholders
to promote proper tyre maintenance and can
share information and content to assist state
highway safety offices. States should issue
reminders during periods of heavy travel
periods; use of roadside signs and other
credible communication tools available
should be used by states when possible.
“We believe that these four common-
sense steps can have a positive effect on
highway and motor vehicle safety,” Zielinski
According to NHTSA, tyre related
crashes, injuries and fatalities have dropped
dramatically and faster than overall highway
crashes, injuries and fatalities.
“Tyres are critical vehicle safety equipment
and they are delivering superior performance
to consumers,” Zielinski said. “We want
motorists to understand that maintenance is
vital to safety performance and the industry
will continue to work to educate consumers
about proper tyre care.”
of theYearAward
Dec 10, 2014 | General
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has
recognised HVCC for its excellent
Global supplier of automotive thermal
management solutions, Halla Visteon
Climate Control (HVCC), has announced
that it has been honoured by Fiat Chrysler
Automobiles (FCA) Group in Asia Pacific with
the 2013 Supplier of the Year award in the
electrical export category.
On receiving the award, Jay Cheng,
President of Halla Visteon Climate Control in
China, said: “We are honoured to be one of
the select suppliers receiving this important
recognition from FCA.”
“This recognition validates our focus on
providing the highest level of quality and
customer service to our global customers.
We proudly accept this award and look
forward to continuing to provide thermal
management solutions that help FCA
distinguish its brand with consumers in the
global marketplace.”
FCA’s Supplier Award recognises the
supplier that demonstrates excellent export
performance to FCA facilities outside of
Asia. It was presented during the annual FCA
Group APAC Supplier Town Hall Meeting on
November 11 in Shanghai.
management components to FCA on various
NorthAmericachooses top3
finalists for ‘Car of theYear’
Dec 10, 2014 | General
Hyundai Genesis, Ford Mustang and
Volkswagen GTI have been named as the
top three contenders for the 2015 North
American Car of the Year.
On December 9 at the Automotive Press
Association Luncheon in Detroit, Hyundai’s
Genesis was named one of the top three
finalists for the 2015 North American Car of
the Year.
Going head to head-to-head with Genesis
are Ford Mustang and Volkswagen GTI, who
have been named as the other two finalists.
Dave Zuchowski, President and CEO,
Hyundai Motor America, said: “We are
thrilled that the Genesis has been listed as a
finalist among an amazing cast of contenders
and we anxiously await the jury’s final vote
in January.”
“In 2009 we made history as Genesis
became our first North American Car of
the Year win. Since then Genesis has
helped guide product development and
continues to be a game changing model
that challenges convention and redefines
the luxury market.”
The North American Car and Truck/Utility
of the Year award is decided by a jury of 59
independent, full-time automotive journalists
from the United States and Canada. This is
the 22nd year of the awards, which were
inspired by the prestigious European “Car
of the Year” awards. The US program is
administered by an organising committee
and is funded exclusively with dues paid
by the jurors. Jurors evaluate the cars on
a number of factors, including innovation,
design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction
and value for the dollar.
This year the jurors considered 28 cars
from its long list before selecting the top
three cars. Twenty-nine trucks and sport
utility vehicles were considered in the Truck/
Utility category with the Chevrolet Colorado,
Ford F-150 and Lincoln MKC making the final
“Prior to 2009, Hyundai had no presence
in the world of luxury automobiles. Then
the Genesis sedan rolled onto the scene
and won the North American Car of the
Year award, proving that luxury is a word
that doesn’t require a German accent or a
princely price tag,” said Tony Swan, North
American Car of the Year juror.
“Now the second generation Genesis,
improved in every detail, is a finalist for the
award yet again. This is the 22nd year of the
North American Car of the Year award. In the
last six years, Hyundai has won the award
twice (Elantra won in 2012), had another
car (Sonata) among the finalists in 2011,
and placed two cars (Genesis and Sonata)
in the semifinals for 2015. Not only is that
track record enviable, it’s unique among
contemporary carmakers.”
The winner will be named at next month’s
North American International Auto Show in
Detroit on January 12, 2015.
Nissanagrees tosettleclaims
Dec 10, 2014 | General
While the settlement awaits approval from
a judge, the carmaker has agreed to settle
Japanese carmaker Nissan has agreed
to pay some customers up to $800 each to
settle claims that certain vehicles had faulty
The settlement that was filed on Friday is
still waiting to be approved by a judge.
The claims come from a 2011 lawsuit that
said the brakes on the 2004 to 2008 models
of the Nissan Titan, Nissan Armada and
Infiniti QX56 failed suddenly.
The carmaker has said that this settlement
will cover about 350,000 vehicles, and both
current and previous owners who replaced
or repaired the brakes will be able to receive
a refund between $20 and $800. The
amount depends on how much mileage was
covered on the vehicle.
Nissan’s court filling stated that former
and current owners will receive a notice
in the mail explaining how to apply for the
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