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FTC Amends Its Used Auto Parts Guides

The Federal Trade Commission has amended its Used Auto Parts Guides. These changes include: 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.

Feeling The Summer Heat? Your Car’s Battery Is Too

If the heat of summer is wearing you down, it is likely taking its toll on your car’s battery too. Contrary to popular belief, summer highs rather than winter lows pose the greater threat to battery life, according to the non-profit Car Care Council (www.carcare.org).

CCC Can Now Integrate With Pinnacle

CCC Information Services (CCC) announced it has signed an agreement with Actual Systems of America (Actual Systems) to integrate the company’s Pinnacle Professional automotive recycling software with CCC’s parts-supplier solution, CCC TRUE™ Parts Network.

Second U.S. Senate Hearing Held On GM Switch Recall

U.S. Senate members met with General Motors (GM) officials on July 17, 2014 for a second round of hearings investigating the automaker’s massive ignition switch recall.

How Automaker Recalls Affect Auto Recyclers

General Motors (GM) issued a massive recall of ignition switches on several of its models this past February. The faulty switches, which are found in 17.3 million GM vehicles, caused safety mechanisms, like air bags, to deploy. These malfunctions caused at least 13 deaths and more than 50 accidents. The recall has earned the attention of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which has fined the company $35 million for concealing the ignition switch problems. The U.S. Senate is also investigating the automaker.
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