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DOT fines UAL $1.3M for 120 Hazmat violations

Date posted: February 10, 2015

Author: admin

Categories: DOT

    Click here to read the letter from DOT to UAL   from the Denver Post dated 1/28/15 –   United Airlines is facing Federal Aviation Administration fines of $1.3 million stemming from at least 120 alleged violations involving hazardous material cargo on passenger flights, including several at Denver International Airport. The hazardous materials involved include lithium metal batteries, dry ice, corrosive liquids, detonating fuses, phosphoric acid, ethanol solutions and more. The FAA laid out the alleged violations in a Dec. 30 notice to the airline, which United spokesman Charles Hobart said is under review. “We will cooperate fully


Latest airbag recall not the same ‘ol same ‘ol

Date posted: February 1, 2015

Author: admin

Categories: NHTSA

    On Saturday, January 31st the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that approximately 2.1 million vehicles were being recalled due to concerns with their air bags. This time however, the recall involves concerns with the electronic chip(s) used within the air bag system. This is a separate concern — unrelated to the Takata air bag recall that has affected several million vehicles over the past several months. According to NHTSA, the affected vehicles — manufactured by Toyota, Chrysler, Pontiac, and Honda — could cause the air bags to deploy when they are not supposed to. In their


shipping Takata air bag inflators?

Date posted: January 23, 2015

Author: admin

Categories: DOT

    Are you or your staff involved in any of the air bag recalls? Are you returning any air bag inflators to Takata? Has your vehicle manufacturer provided you with shipping instructions? Has your shipper (FedEx, UPS, etc.) provided you with any shipping instructions?   Many vehicle manufacturers and shippers are including language similar to the following in regard to preparing air bag inflators for shipment;   “THE PERSON PACKAGING THE INFLATOR MUST HAVE RECEIVED HAZARDOUS MATERIAL TRAINING PER 49CFR 172.702, AND THE TRAINING RECORDS MUST BE ON FILE AT YOUR DEALERSHIP.”   HazmatU ( is the ONLY hazardous


EPA announces agreement to reduce copper in brake pads

Date posted: January 22, 2015

Author: admin

Categories: EPA

    On January 21, 2015 the EPA announced that an agreement had been signed to reduce the amount of copper used in the manufacturing of brake pads. Why should anyone care? Well, brake pads (much like a pencil eraser) are designed and built to wear down as they are used. It is no coincidence that the term “friction material” is used to generically describe brake pads and brake shoes. When a vehicle is moving and the brake pads come in contact with the rotor(s), a small amount of the compound used in the manufacturing of pad is rubbed off.


FAQ’s on OSHA’s new reporting requirements

Date posted: December 19, 2014

Author: admin

Categories: OSHA

    With the New Year soon upon us, please don’t forget to brush-up on OSHA’s new reporting requirements which take effect on 1/1/15. Beginning on that date, there will be a change to what covered employers are required to report to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Employers will now be required to report all work-related fatalities within 8 hours and all in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye within 24 hours of finding about the incident. Click here for a great website that offers answers to frequently asked questions (as well as a short video by Dr. David


The end of R-134a?!?

Date posted: December 17, 2014

Author: admin

Categories: EPA

  Bob Miller of Train Them Now LLC is an all-around good guy, and a respected colleague (and good friend) of those of us here at CCAR. With all the recent ‘chatter’ surrounding the evolution of automotive air-conditioning systems, we asked Bob to chime in with his 2-cents worth on this matter (thanks Bob!).   The End of R-134a Refrigerant – One Step Closer? The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed that the use of HFC-134a (R-134a) as a refrigerant in passenger cars and light trucks should come to an end in the year 2021. Additionally, the use of the refrigerant


new MACS training addresses R-1234yf for Section 609 Certification Cards

Date posted: December 15, 2014

Author: admin

Categories: Uncategorized

  Our respected colleagues at the Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) are rolling out a new Training Program on 1/1/15. Here’s their official release –   (Lansdale, PA) December 15, 2014 – The Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide will roll out a new Refrigerant Recovery and Recycling Technician Certification Training Program on January 1, 2015. MACS will initiate proctored training, self-study training and online training simultaneously on that date.   Periodically, the U.S. EPA requires all Section 609 Technician Certification Programs to update their training materials, this year to “incorporate information on three new alternatives found acceptable subject to


Chrysler posts 20% increase in November sales

Date posted: December 2, 2014

Author: admin

Categories: Uncategorized

  The Chrysler Group — which includes their Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Fiat, and Alfa Romeo vehicles — have been very strong supporters of HazmatU for a long, long time. It is very heartwarming then for us to relay some very good news — as found at;   December 2, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Chrysler Group LLC today reported U.S. sales of 170,839 units, a 20 percent increase compared with sales in November 2013 (142,275 units), and the group’s best November sales since 2001. The Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram Truck and FIAT brands each posted year-over-year sales gains in November


ASE Technician Awards

Date posted: November 25, 2014

Author: admin

Categories: ASE

    Last week yours truly had the opportunity to attend the annual National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) annual meeting. The highlight of the event was undoubtedly the Awards dinner on Wednesday night, where 47 Technicians and Instructors from around the country were honored based upon their top scores on ASE tests, on-the-job excellence, as well as their community service. I had the pleasure of getting to meet some of the Award winners — including Erich Beer from Formula Automotive as well as Brad Greer from SpeeDee Oil Change & Tune-Up. Erich & Brad are true role models



Date posted: November 24, 2014

Author: admin

Categories: OSHA, Uncategorized

  Beginning January 1, 2015, there will be a change to what covered employers are required to report to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Employers will now be required to report all work-related fatalities within 8 hours and all in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye within 24 hours of finding about the incident. Previously, employers were required to report all workplace fatalities and when three or more workers were hospitalized in the same incident. The updated reporting requirements are not simply paperwork but have a life-saving purpose: they will enable employers and workers to prevent future injuries