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  • The California Air Resources Board (CARB) did not vote late last year on a proposal that would have extended emissions warranties to 15 years/150,000 miles on defective emissions-related components. The determination came during a CARB hearing on changes to the Emissions Warranty Information Reporting (EWIR) requirement that would have required car companies that experience more than a 4 percent warranty return rate on a specific emissions-related part to extend the emissions warranty to 15 years/150,000 miles, whether or not the failure would cause the vehicle to exceed emissions standards. The board previously would have required a recall of the part only after it was determined that the defective component or system caused the vehicle to increase its emissions.

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The plan was opposed by AAIA, by representatives of California aftermarket groups and independent repair shop owners, as well as by the vehicle manufacturers who agreed with the aftermarket that the board did not have the legislative authority to increase the warranty beyond the three year/50,000 bumper-to-bumper emissions warranty (seven years/70,000 miles on higher priced repairs) that is mandated in state statute.

  • The Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance awarded Federal-Mogul Corporation three prestigious “Vendor Awards” at the Alliance’s annual shareholder’s meeting recently in Boca Raton, FL. Federal-Mogul executives accepted awards for Manpower Support, Marketing Promotions Support and Global Marketing Support. The Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance “Vendor Awards” are given annually based on shareholder vote. In addition to the “Vendor Awards,” Federal-Mogul also received seven awards for achieving 95 percent or higher fill rates for its branded product lines. For information, visit www.federal-mogul.com.

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  • Clevite Engine Parts has released a new Clevite 77 Performance Engine Bearing Catalog (#EB-40-06). This comprehensive catalog lists performance engine bearings for Daimler Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, International Tractor, John Deere, Mazda and Toyota 4, 6, and 8 cylinder vehicles, plus special Custom Performance or race applications.

    New and expanded applications include bearings for the: Chevrolet small-block V8; Chevrolet big-block V8 (TriArmor); Chrysler 4.2 4L Turbo, 5.7 L Hemi and 8.0L V-10 Viper; Ford SVO Dart Big ‘M,’ Iron Eagle and Little ‘M’; Ford 2.0 and 2.3L 4 DOHC (TriArmor); Ford 4.2L DOHC (TriArmor); Ford 4.6L-5.4L S/DOHC V-8; Honda 2.2L 4 (TriArmor); International 466 6 Tractor Pulling (TriArmor); John Deere 466 6 Tractor Pulling (TriArmor). For more information, visit www.engineparts.com.

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