DaimlerChrysler, Ford issue recalls
WASHINGTON—DaimlerChrysler A.G. and Ford Motor Co. have announced major recalls involving vehicle hose and tire jack problems.
DaimlerChrysler is recalling a total of 569,000 Dodge Dakota pickup trucks. This includes 40,000 Dakotas, model years 1997-2000, equipped with 2.5-liter engines because they have inadequate clearance between the left front brake tubes and the power steering hoses. This can cause the brake tubes to puncture, causing a loss of braking force.
Some 92,000 other Dodge Dakota pickups, model year 1997, also are being recalled because of inadequate clearance between the rear axle vent hose and the brake hose.
Ford, meanwhile, is recalling 875,000 Crown Victorias, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Cars, model years 1998-2000, because of faulty jacking instructions which may cause the jacks to yield and the cars to drop suddenly.
Bridgestone a GM supplier of the year
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—For the fifth year in a row, Bridgestone Corp. has been named a General Motors Corp. "Supplier of the Year."
Only 181 suppliers from 22 nations received the auto maker's award, which recognizes superior performance during 1999. It is the seventh time the tire maker has received the recognition since GM began the program in 1992.
"Bridgestone is one of our best and brightest suppliers," said Harold Kutner, GM group vice president, Worldwide Purchasing and North American Production Control and Logistics.
Bridgestone supplies Bridgestone and Firestone tires to GM plants worldwide including, in the U.S., GM's Saturn Corp. subsidiary and the GM/Toyota Motor North America joint venture known as New United Motors Manufacturing Inc.
Truflex/Pang L.A. operations to move
LOS ANGELES—Truflex/Pang Rubber Products Co. will transfer production and operations at its Los Angeles manufacturing facility to parent firm Tech International's facilities over the next year.
Michael Chambers, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Truflex/Pang and Tech International, said Truflex/Pang's tire repair, chemical and industrial rubber operations in Los Angeles duplicate the functions within other Tech facilities.
Truflex/Pang support functions such as purchasing, customer service and accounting will be transferred to Tech's headquarters in Johnstown, Ohio, within the next 60 days, Mr. Chambers said. He noted that Truflex/Pang top management, the North American sales and marketing team, and research and development personnel will now operate out of Johnstown.
ITRA adds extra training seminar
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The International Tire and Rubber Association's Educational Foundation has added a session to its 2000 Commercial Tire Service Instructor training and certification schedule.
The class, which takes place Nov. 7-10 in Louisville, was added after the September session reached capacity more than a month before the actual training dates.
ITRA's training schedules and registration information are available through its fax-on-demand service, at (800) 211-1779 or (502) 968-2190. Document 300 for CTS training and document 400 for Tire Retread/Repair Training should be requested.
Yokohama debuts training program
FULLERTON, Calif.—Yokohama Tire Corp. has introduced the 2000 edition of its EXCEED training program, a comprehensive training manual designed to assist dealers in familiarizing their sales staffs with tire technology, plus sizing and selling skills.
"With the competitive nature of the tire industry, our dealers' sales staffs need a training program that is informative, easy-to-understand and gives them the tools they require to be better closers," said Dan King, director of marketing and corporate sales, Yokohama's Consumer Division.
The CD-ROM is interactive with video clips and an automated testing feature. Dealers can obtain additional information by calling (800) 968-9233.