Auto Service World
Feature   October 1, 2000   by CARS Magazine

Industry Shorts (October 01, 2000)

O.K. Tire Stores Inc. opened their first company run warehouse in Baie d'Urf, Quebec on September 18. The facility is O.K.'s eighth in Canada.The International Tire & Rubber Association (ITRA) Board ...

O.K. Tire Stores Inc. opened their first company run warehouse in Baie d’Urf, Quebec on September 18. The facility is O.K.’s eighth in Canada.

The International Tire & Rubber Association (ITRA) Board of Directors has created a 2001 ITRA Certified Tire Service Directory, an annual publication which will direct fleets to tire dealers who employ ITRA Certified Commercial Tire Service (CTS) Technicians. Outdoor signage and vehicle decals will be made available to qualifying dealers.

A new study by Allied Business Intelligence indicates that automotive fuel cells will have nearly a four percent market share, with 608,000 vehicles by 2010. Market penetration is projected to rise as high as 1,215,000 fuel cell vehicles, which will represent over seven precent of the total U.S. automotive aftermarket.

Ontario and Quebec have agreed on an initiative to reduce highway wear and enhance road safety. Subject to approval by the Ontario government, the agreement would remove differences in size and weights of tractor trailers that commonly operate between the two provinces, and introduces a new generation of self-steer semi-trailers to improve the weight distribution among the axles to reduce highway wear.

The Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) has released a new directory of motor vehicle related associations. The directory includes over 225 associations including full contact information as well as a brief description of each organization. Includes a separate section on international motor vehicle related associations.

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has invested in Cycloid Company of Cranberry Township, Pa., which produces on-board vehicle tire inflation systems. The two companies will commercialize continuous tire pressure monitoring and maintenance systems developed by Cycloid for passenger cars, light trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles. Cycloid’s air compressor system is a self-contained, continuous tire pressurization system mounted on the centre of the wheel that uses its rotation to power the pump and maintain constant tire air pressure.

TRW and Michelin have signed a technical cooperation agreement to develop and market tire pressure monitoring devices for passenger cars and light trucks. The firms intend to develop a next-generation system that will monitor ire pressure and temperature, as well as “additional tire condition data” to warn drivers of unsafe inflation conditions. Initially, the TRW TireWatch radio transmitter pressure sensor will be integrated with Michelin’s Pax run-flat tire technology.

The US National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened a preliminary evaluation of 1995-96 model year Ford Explorers as a result of 13 complaints about stabilizer bar link failures. Ford owner records showed that most of the complaints were centred on cold-weather states and Canada, suggesting that road salt may be a factor. No deaths or injuries have been linked to the failures.

The Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) has announced a new publication for lift users. The ANSI/ALI ALOIM-2000 national standard is a safety handbook for lift owners covering operations, inspection and maintenance of vehicle service lifts. ALI members manufacture and distribute 90% of all lifts sold in North America. The new standard is shipped with all new lifts sold by member companies.