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GM Replacing Ignition Switch Kits with Faulty Tabs
The Federal Trade Commission Amends Its Used Auto Parts Guides
Ford of Europe Operations Continue to Improve
House Panel to Vote on Bill to Exempt Low-Volume Replica Cars from Regulations
World's Cleanest Car is a Self-Washing Nissan Leaf
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GM Replacing Ignition Switch Kits with Faulty Tabs

General Motors Co. said Wednesday it is replacing 542 ignition switch kits that had a faulty tab and is adding a visual inspection at a Delphi Automotive plant in Mexico where the ignition switch parts are being built for the automaker. Earlier this week, GM notified some dealers of the parts issue. GM spokesman Alan Adler said the parts were built on July 1 and had some broken tabs that are part of the anti-theft system — and don't impact vehicle safety. The parts had passed all other inspections. Only some of the 542 parts made it to dealer hands — and none had been used to fix customer cars as part of its recall of 2.6 million vehicles. To ensure a similar issue doesn't develop, GM is adding a visual inspection to the ignition parts.
Source: The Detroit News

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The Federal Trade Commission Amends Its Used Auto Parts Guides

The FTC’s “Guides for the Rebuilt, Reconditioned and Other Used Automobile Parts Industry” (Used Auto Parts Guides) are designed to prevent unfair or deceptive acts or practices in the advertisement and sale (including installation) of previously used motor vehicle, truck and tractor parts and assemblies of parts containing previously used parts, such as engines and transmissions (referred to as “industry products”). The Used Auto Parts Guides declare certain acts and practices to be unfair or deceptive under the FTC Act, including misrepresenting that an industry product is new or the amount of use of an industry product, misrepresenting the identity of anyone who worked on an industry product after its removal from the original vehicle, and misrepresenting its condition or the amount of work done to it after its removal from the original vehicle.

Among the recently adopted amendments are: providing that the term “remanufactured,” like the term “factory rebuilt,” should be used only if the product was rebuilt “at a factory generally engaged in the rebuilding of such products”; applying the Guides to used tires; and shortening and updating the sample list of parts that may be industry products. The amendments will be effective August 22, 2014. Click here for more information.
Source: NADA Legal and Regulatory Affairs
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Ford of Europe Operations Continue to Improve

Ford remains on track to turn a profit in Europe in 2015 as sales are up a modest 6.6% for the first half of this year and the automaker is hitting cost-cutting goals. “We are retaining our guidance for profit in Ford of Europe next year,” said Stephen Odell, who is president of the region as well as the Middle East and Africa. Odell was in Dearborn [Wednesday] to provide an update on restructuring efforts in the region where Ford has lost billions of dollars in recent years. Ford is launching 25 new vehicles over five years, including the new Mustang — the first 500 were sold in 30 seconds and pricing has not yet been announced — a new Mondeo and Focus and the debut of the C-Max Energi as its first plug-in for a region where half the vehicles sold have a diesel engine. The crucial commercial vehicle lineup has been completely redone.
Source: Detroit Free Press
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House Panel to Vote on Bill to Exempt Low-Volume Replica Cars from Regulations

A House committee will vote on Thursday to allow production of a small number of replica cars without needing to meet all safety requirements. The Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act, sponsored by Rep. John Campbell, R-California, would allow the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to exempt up to 1,000 vehicles from certain safety and labeling standards per low volume manufacturer if the company produces fewer than 5,000 vehicles globally per year.
Source: The Detroit News
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World's Cleanest Car is a Self-Washing Nissan Leaf


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It was the marriage waiting to happen: Nissan's electric car and its self-washing car technology. In a move that sounds like it came straight out of the publicity department, Nissan has applied its Ultra-Ever Dry coating to the electric, emissions-free Leaf car so that it brag about having the world's cleanest car. Nissan revealed the self-washing car paint earlier this year, a Teflon-like coating that's so dense and slick that it repels mud, dirt and grime.
Source: USA Today
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"We are very, very pleased at where we are on the European transformation plan."

   --- Stephen Odell, president of Ford of Europe, Middle East and Africa, commenting on the automaker's recovery in Europe, Forbes, July 9

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