Your May 12 Pre-Trip: Ford’s F-150 dinged by recall

Here are five things worth knowing today:

  1. Ford is recalling 12,000 of its new aluminum F-150 pickups, according to the Detroit News. The recall is due to an upper I-shaft that may be improperly riveted, causing it to fall off, the paper said, resulting in a loss of steering.
  2. In what seems like a semi-regular exercise, the Obama Administration is telling states that construction project reimbursements will be stopped as of May 31 if Congress does not extend the short-term infrastructure funding bill that expires on that date. The Hill has the story.
  3. While supporters hailed the decision by Volvo to build a U.S. car factory in South Carolina, others are concerned an expected increase in businesses in the area will also lead to more truck traffic and more damage to the roads in the area, says News 2.
  4. Trucks moving freight between Texas and Mexico may face shorter wait times if a bill passed by the Texas House is approved by the Senate this week. The bill would allow nonprofits to hire agents to assist border patrol in inspecting commercial vehicles carrying produce, says The Brownsville Herald.
  5. With its driver shortage, trucking can provide an avenue for returning veterans. Task & Purpose has a story this morning on a former Marine who has carved out a career for himself with Roehl Transport.
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