GM recalls SUVs for ABS problem WASHINGTON—General Motors Corp. is recalling 3.5 million sport-utility vehicles to end a five-year government investigation into the vehicles' anti-lock braking systems.
GM will change an ABS sensor switch free of charge in 1.1 million four-wheel-drive GMC Sonomas, GMC Jimmys, Chevrolet Blazers, GMC S-10 trucks and Cyclone and Typhoon trucks from model years 1991 to 1996. The faulty switches caused the vehicles to take up to 50 feet longer than normal to stop.
Also, GM will modify the ABS computer programs for free in another 2.4 million vehicles, including two-wheel-drive trucks from the 1993-96 model years and Chevy Astro, GMC Safari and G vans from the 1992-96 model years. These computer systems can fail, although that happens rarely, GM said.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration received 10,861 complaints—including reports of 2,111 crashes and 293 injuries—about faulty ABS systems on these vehicles.
Toyo to sponsor ITE seminars
CYPRESS, Calif.—Toyo Tire (U.S.A.) Corp. will sponsor the tire seminar series offered by the Tire Association of North America at November's International Tire Exposition/Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas.
``This company is committed to aligning itself with activities that help independent tire dealers grow their businesses and maximize profitability, and we will do whatever we can to educate and inform them,'' said Earl Knoper, senior vice president of marketing.
This is the second year of Toyo's involvement with the popular series.
Pirelli to outfil Cadillac race car
LE MANS, France—Pirelli Tire North America and General Motors Corp. are teaming up to outfit a Cadillac Motorcar Division competition prototype for next year's 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race.
Pirelli will provide tires, testing and technology to Cadillac for two Northstar Le Mans Prototype race program vehicles and another three or four of the vehicles for privateer teams.
The contract is a one-year partnership between Pirelli and Cadillac with renewable options for the three-year program. No dollar amount has been assigned to the contract, which will receive investment from both sides, a Pirelli spokesman said.
Although not an original equipment contract, the partnership is viewed as a coup for Pirelli, which has tried for the past decade to make inroads with North American auto manufacturers.
ITRA offers CTS exam in Spanish
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The International Tire and Rubber Association's Educational Foundation is offering the Commercial Tire Service Technician Certification exam in Spanish.
The exam is an exact translation of the English version and can be administered in the same fashion and at the same time as the English version.
By offering a Spanish exam, the Foundation hopes to enable more techicians to become certified.
For more information on ITRA's Commercial Tire Service Training and Certification, contact Christine Marnett, ITRA training coordinator, at (800) 426-8835, or (502) 968-8900.
Goodyear, SRI get Europe's OK
AKRON—Goodyear has received clearance from the European Commission for its global alliance with Japan's Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd.
"We are pleased to have received this, the third and final major regulatory clearance of our alliance with SRI," said Goodyear Chairman Samir Gibara. "The teaming of Goodyear and Dunlop creates a stronger business that can better serve the customers, shareholders and associates of both organizations."
Goodyear anticipates closing the transaction on Sept. 1.