DETROIT-After 44 years of sponsorship by Chrysler Corp., the annual American Automobile Association (AAA) nationwide auto service contest for high school students has a new sponsor-Ford Motor Co. The ``Student Auto Skills'' competition draws an estimated 5,000 student entrants from more than 1,200 high schools in all 50 states, awarding the winners with more than $1 million in scholarships and other prizes.
The first round of competition is a written exam administered in each state during February and March. Results will narrow the field to about 250 two-student teams, eligible to compete in ``hands-on'' competition during April and May.
NHTSA unveils plans for ABS
WASHINGTON-The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in the Federal Register that it wants to begin mandating use of antilock braking systems (ABS) by as soon as 1996 on tractors, 1997 on trailers, 1998 for straight trucks, and 1999 for buses-if NHTSA adopts a final rule on ABS in 1994.
As proposed, the rule would apply to trucks with a gross vehicle weight over 10,000 lbs.