AKRON — Parts of North America are getting some free shock therapy this summer.
The Monroe Shockmobile — an oversized, iconic black-and-yellow Monroe shock absorber being towed around North America by an SUV — stopped by Tire Business' Akron office Aug. 2 as part of its Midwest tour.
The visit was part of Monroe's summer mobile tour, during which Tenneco Inc.'s Monroe line is touring tire and automotive shops and special events, across dozens of cities in North America, to promote its brand while educating consumers about the importance of having their vehicles' ride-control parts inspected.
"We're trying to get the word out to consumers that it's a good thing to remember the importance checking their vehicle's shocks and struts, and to replace them if they are worn," said Parker Tredwell, a University of Toledo student who is one of the brand ambassadors. He and Shawn Leinhardt, a Miami (of Ohio) University student, are representing Monroe on the three-month tour.
The Shockmobile that visited Akron, one of two that hit the road this summer, began its current tour on May 31. It already had made stops in Indianapolis, Illinois, Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, Washington D.C., New Jersey and Ontario. After leaving Akron, it was en route to Cleveland, then Detroit.