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Death By Debris - A Highway "Killer" Hiding In Plain Sight

SEMA Booth #37000
Highway Debris; Highest Levels in Years;
25,000 Debris Related Collisions Each Year in North America;
New Concerns and Renewed Awareness of the Problem.
RAINBOW, Calif., October 14, 2014 -- Avoiding "Deadly Garbage" on our highways is becoming a real problem for a larger proportion of Americans. The share of drivers saying they have either "hit a piece of debris, been hit by flying debris or had to swerve to avoid debris," has grown dramatically in recent years. The most recent study by the American Automobile Association Foundation for Traffic Safety estimates that vehicle-related road debris causes about 25,000 collisions and more than 100 deaths each year in North America. Unsecured or poorly secured items that can become "life threatening" to other unsuspecting motorists include home furnishings, building materials and YES… even our beloved Christmas trees.
Published German Automobile Club crash test calculations state that "objects travelling at 30 mph that come to a sudden stop are as much as 25 times heavier." This means that a 70 lb. piece of furniture falling out of a pickup, for example, would hit its target with the force of an object that weighs around 1,750 lbs. Obviously, a potentially "fatal" accident for anyone suffering a "direct hit" from this deadly "domestic" missile.
A company at the forefront of providing the solution to this issue is "Fasty North America, Inc.," a California based light load cargo strap provider. In a recent discussion with industry insiders, Roberto Frulla, President, stated that "Many homeowners transporting household items or building materials use careless tie down methods or use unsuitable poor quality tie-downs that snap or loosen under pressure. We are constantly looking for ways to keep our customers safer, offering products that are easy to use, and really work. A good example is our 'Fasty Strap™'… it's the easiest, quickest, strongest tie-down in its class. We call Fasty Strap™ … the 'Just in Case Strap' … It's got multiple uses, and should be 'standard' in every home or vehicle in preparation for whatever 'tie down' situation life throws at you."
According to the New York Times, at a cost of $55 Million per year, California highway workers "harvest" an estimated 140,000 cubic yards of road debris, enough to fill 8,750 dump trucks. Brooms, ladders, couches, tool boxes, mattresses, lumber, dry wall and everything else that can become "airborne and fatal" are collected daily, and estimates state that 70% of this debris is "accidental or negligent" … thanks to poorly secured loads.
Lawmakers country wide have ramped up penalties for vehicle operators who operate without properly securing their loads. However, more public awareness programs need to implemented to help eradicate the "casual, do it yourself attitude" of the average vehicle owner. The "many" who think a few pieces of twine is plenty good enough to secure a box spring and mattress to their vehicle's roof or truck bed, and then race down the highway at 75 mph. One thing is for sure; the situation is not improving and makes daily driving increasingly hazardous for the more responsible highway users among us … just one more obstacle to worry about as we "unsuspectingly" traverse our nation's highways.
Come visit us at SEMA booth 37000, Powersports & Utility Section. Check out the amazing NEW "T-3 Tie Down" and the rest of the Fasty Strap products and get a photo opportunity with the beautiful "Miss Fasty" 2015... and friends.
About Fasty North America, Inc.
Fasty North America, Inc., is the exclusive North American Distributor of the amazing Fasty Strap™
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Tenneco Extends Monroe Coverage To Nearly 3 Million Additional Vehicles Through Latest Part Number Release

Monroe, MI, May 15, 2018 - Tenneco has announced the expansion of its Monroe® Shocks and Struts product line with the introduction of 27 new part numbers, including 21 new premium Monroe® Quick-Strut® strut assemblies, three new Monroe OESpectrum® shocks and struts and three new Gas-Magnum® light truck shocks.
The latest expansion adds coverage for six domestic and 53 import applications, including popular late-model vehicles from Acura, Ford, Honda, Mazda and Suzuki. In all, the new part numbers - of which 15 provide exclusive aftermarket coverage for their respective applications - offer combined coverage for nearly 3 million vehicles operating in North America.
Monroe Quick-Strut assemblies - assembled in Tenneco’s Paragould, Ark., manufacturing facility - feature the precisely engineered components necessary to complete a high-quality strut replacement. These include a premium Monroe strut technology tuned and tested for OE-style ride and handling; vehicle-specific coil spring technology featuring U.S.-grade steel and corresponding OE-equivalent spring design; premium, OE-style upper strut mount and bearing plate; and other high-quality components.
Making up the bulk of the new offerings are 21 Monroe Quick-Strut premium replacement assemblies - including 13 exclusive offerings - covering 51 import applications. Popular late-model Monroe Quick-Strut assembly applications now covered by the line are 2002-2004 Acura RSX (Front); 2011 Hyundai Sonata (Front); 1999-2003 Lexus RX300 (Rear); 2006-2010 Mazda 5 (Front); 2012-2014 Mazda 5 (Front); 2007-2012 Mazda CX-7 (Front); 2000-2005 Mitsubishi Eclipse (Rear); 2008-2010 Mitsubishi Lancer (Rear); 2004-2006 Scion xA (Front); 2004-2006 Scion xB (Front); 2006-2013 Suzuki Grand Vitara (Front); and 2000-2005 Toyota Echo (Front).
Tenneco also introduced Monroe OESpectrum premium front struts for 2015-2016 Honda CR-V, 2016-2017 Ford Edge and 2016-2017 Lincoln MKX models; Gas-Magnum rear shock absorbers for 2014-2016 RAM 3500 and 3500HD models; and Gas-Magnum front shock absorbers for 2014-2017 RAM 3500 and 3500HD models.
Also introduced were several new Strut-Mate® mounting kits covering 2011-2015 Nissan Juke (Front Lower), 2008-2014 Nissan Rogue (Front Lower), 2013-2015 Toyota Avalon (Front and Rear Lower) and 2012-2015 Toyota Camry (Front and Rear Lower) applications.
Monroe premium shock absorbers and struts and Monroe Quick-Strut assemblies are covered by a limited lifetime warranty and the brand’s exclusive “Feel the Difference™ Guarantee” money back consumer offer. See guarantee details at
To learn more about these and other Monroe products, or to see a complete list of new Monroe part numbers, please visit or contact a Monroe supplier.
Tenneco is an $9.3 billion global manufacturing company with headquarters in Lake Forest, Illinois and approximately 32,000 employees worldwide. Tenneco is one of the world’s largest designers, manufacturers and marketers of ride performance and clean air products and systems for automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment markets and the aftermarket. Tenneco’s principal brand names are Monroe®, Walker®, XNOx® and Clevite® Elastomer.

Tenneco Expands Monroe Brakes Coverage To Nearly 2 Million Additional Import And Domestic Vehicles

21 New Part Numbers Added to Monroe ProSolution™, Total Solution® and Severe Solution™ Product Lines
Monroe, MI, May 3, 2018 - Tenneco has introduced 21 new part numbers across the Monroe Brakes® product line, expanding its aftermarket brake pad coverage to an additional 2 million vehicles registered in North America. The new part numbers, which cover 16 import and five domestic applications, include nine Monroe ProSolution™, 11 ultra-premium Total Solution®, and one Severe Solution™ severe-duty line additions.
“Monroe ProSolution, Total Solution, and Severe Solution brake pads are now available on an even higher percentage of passenger car, SUV and light truck models,” said Tony Carter, product manager, Monroe Brakes, Tenneco. “Technicians can count on Monroe brake pads to provide dependable, quiet stopping, faster installation, reduced comebacks and longer service life for an even wider range of service opportunities.”
Monroe ProSolution brake pads, featuring premium ceramic or semi-metallic friction formulations are engineered for exceptional noise reduction, long pad life and superior stopping performance, are now available for Cadillac XT5; Chrysler Pacifica; GMC Acadia; Honda Civic, CR-Z, and HR-V; Hyundai Elantra and Tucson; Kia Niro and Rondo; and Lexus NX200t and NX300h models.
Total Solution ultra-premium brake pads are packaged complete with everything needed for the repair for most applications and coverage now includes various model years of BMW 135i and X1; Cadillac XTS; Chrysler Pacifica; GMC Acadia; Honda Civic, CR-Z and HR-V; Hyundai Elantra and Tucson; Kia Niro and Rondo; Mercedes Benz CL550, CL600, GL450, GLE450 AMG, GL500, GLS550, GLE550e, ML400, ML550, S350, S400, S550, SL550, and S600; Mini Cooper Clubman; and Lexus NX200t and NX300h models.
Total Solution pads feature ultra-premium ceramic or semi-metallic friction formulations and shim technologies, stainless steel noise reduction hardware, Sensory Locking backing plates and wire wear sensors, where applicable. Tenneco also includes brake lubricant with each Total Solution pad set.
In addition, the expanded line of Monroe Severe Solution brake pads for severe-duty applications that helps fleets reduce brake maintenance and repair costs through longer pad and rotor life now includes coverage for 2017 Ford F-450 Super Duty and F-550 Super Duty trucks. Severe Solution brake pads feature premium, application-specific friction materials that provide excellent high-temperature stability and fade resistance and outstanding wear characteristics.
To learn more about these and other Monroe Brakes products, or to see a complete list of new Monroe Brakes part numbers, please visit or contact a Monroe supplier.
Tenneco is an $9.3 billion global manufacturing company with headquarters in Lake Forest, Illinois and approximately 32,000 employees worldwide. Tenneco is one of the world’s largest designers, manufacturers and marketers of ride performance and clean air products and systems for automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment markets and the aftermarket. Tenneco’s principal brand names are Monroe®, Walker®, XNOx® and Clevite® Elastomer.

Forged PowerPak Piston Kit For Cummins Diesel 12 And 24 Valve Engines Now Available from Mahle Motorsport

OE Design with Extra Strength for Added Durability
Fletcher, NC, May 7, 2018 - Once available only as a custom option, MAHLE Motorsport announces that its highly popular Cummins 12 and 24 valve diesel engine forged pistons are available off-the-shelf as a PowerPak kit. Designed specifically with drag and pulling vehicles in mind, added strength and design flexibility make MAHLE’s PowerPak pistons a favorite for competition-only applications.
The performance forged pistons feature fully radiused valve pockets where applicable to reduce stress and fatigue cracking. CNC machined from MAHLE’s exclusive M142S alloy chosen for properties of high-temperature strength and low expansion characteristics, they are best suited for dedicated drag and pulling vehicles.
For more information about now off-the-shelf MAHLE Motorsport PowerPak designed for Cummins 12 and 24 valve diesel engines, contact, or call MAHLE Motorsport toll free at 888-255-1942.

Arnott Introduces Remanufactured Front Air Struts For The '13-'18 Mercedes-Benz GL/GLS-Class And '12-18 Mercedes-Benz ML/GLE-Class

Merritt Island, FL - Arnott Air Suspension Products is pleased to introduce AS-3060 (Right) and AS-3061 (Left), completely remanufactured OE Front Air Struts for the 2013-2018 Mercedes-Benz non-AMG GL/GLS-Class Mercedes-Benz (X166 Chassis) with ADS and 2012-2018 ML/GLE-Class Mercedes-Benz (W166 Chassis) with ADS. Each remanufactured Mercedes-Benz Front Air Strut is painstakingly tested, disassembled, cleaned, recharged, painted, and rebuilt from the ground up. The Arnott-remanufactured strut features a new multi-ply rubber air bladder manufactured by Continental ContiTech along with new heavy-duty crimping rings, new O-Rings, new bump stop, new bottom seal, new sensor plug and new airline fitting. All Arnott remanufactured struts are designed to work with the vehicle's Adaptive Damping System (ADS) and Auto Leveling functionality and are covered by Arnott's renowned Limited Lifetime Warranty.
• Multi-Ply ContiTech Air Spring Bladder
• Pre-Assembled for Easy Installation
• Detailed Installation Manual Available
• Maintains Adaptive Damping System Functionality
• Engineered & Remanufactured in the USA
NOTE: International shipping not available for this product.
The featured new aftermarket remanufactured air suspension struts are high-quality, cost-effective solutions for Mercedes-Benz owners concerned about failing OE air suspension parts leaving them with expensive and recurring maintenance problems. 'The Arnott Advantage' adds exceptional value to some of the most sophisticated air suspension components available. In keeping with the Mercedes-Benz tradition of quality and performance, Arnott continues to introduce its own products and designs to replace failing original equipment. See Arnott's impressive array of additional, innovative new and remanufactured aftermarket replacement parts for Mercedes-Benz vehicles here.