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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Air Lift Company Releases New Loadlifter 7500 XL™ For 2014-2018 Ram 2500 Pickups

Lansing, MI - Air Lift’s new product line, the LoadLifter 7500 XL, is now available for 2014-2018 two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive RAM 2500 pickups. Providing up to 7,500 lbs. of load-leveling capacity, it is Air Lift’s heaviest-duty load support solution, able to provide all the same benefits as other Air Lift load support products, but at lower air pressures, which results in increased ride comfort.
The LoadLifter 7500 XL series features a pair of massive 7-inch, double-convoluted air springs that eliminate the problems frequently faced when towing and hauling, including squat, trailer sway, body roll, and bottoming out. The larger volume of these air springs allows these benefits to be provided at lower air pressures, creating a noticeable difference in ride quality. The air springs help to evenly raise and support the rear weight, making towing and hauling safer and more comfortable with optimal braking and steering control.
All LoadLifter 7500 XL kits feature Air Lift-exclusive upper and lower roll plates, engineered to protect the air springs from sharp edges, while increasing the load capacity by 10%. The air springs themselves are built like a tire, reinforced with 2-ply fabric for maximum strength and topped with ultra high-strength corrosion-proof nylon composite end caps, which are as strong as steel but weigh much less.
For RAM 2500 pickups, adding the LoadLifter 7500 XL adds the load-leveling capabilities that heavy-duty towers and haulers are looking for, with the added benefit of complete adjustability. Air adjustable from 5-100 PSI, the vehicle can be ready for any weight, keeping cargo safe, no matter the situation.
This LoadLifter 7500 XL air spring kit requires no drilling into the vehicle frame and is compatible with most fifth wheel and gooseneck hitches. The standard installation can usually be completed in two hours or less, made easy with the inclusion of an illustrated instruction manual and Air Lift’s impressive customer service department.
About Air Lift
Air Lift Company, founded in 1949, is a third-generation, family-owned suspension specialty company based in Lansing, Michigan. Air Lift is committed to engineering, manufacturing and selling the highest quality suspension products that fit, work and last. Air Lift products are available at retailers across the country as well as internationally. For more information, contact Air Lift Company at (800) 248-0892, or on the web at

Improved Load And Sway Control For The Ford Transit

Hellwig Products releases new bolt-on single leaf helper springs and rear sway bar engineered to provide increased level load carrying capacity and driver control options for the 2016-18 Ford Transit cargo van and cutaway chassis.
Visalia, CA, April 2018 - Hellwig Products, an industry leading manufacturer of towing, hauling and performance suspension products, has released its new single leaf helper spring and rear sway bar for the 2016-18 Ford Transit. These helper springs and sway bars work in tandem to allow Transit owners to transport and haul heavy loads with improved safety, stability and comfort by maintaining a level ride height for better overall driver control.
The newly redesigned 2016-18 Ford Transit has exploded onto the fleet scene thanks to its efficient and powerful V6 engine options, large cargo capacity and high payload ratings. But despite its high ratings, heavy loads like packages, tools, and other supplies can overly compress the van’s stock rear springs causing it to sit low in the rear, altering the center of gravity, which negatively affects handling and braking. Now with Hellwig’s new Helper Springs and Rear Sway bar the Transit’s rear suspension can better support a load up to the vehicle’s rated GVWR and corner safely.
Hellwig’s new Helper Spring (Part # 1904) for the Ford Transit features a single leaf helper spring rated for up to 2,500-pounds and will improve handling, safety and driver control by helping maintain a level ride height on a loaded vehicle. The amount of load support can be easily adjusted using the end U-bolts to dial-in the spring rate to match the specific load and to level the vehicle left to right if the load is uneven. A level vehicle puts weight back on the front tires leading to better braking, handling and more even tire wear. These Helper Springs fit both the cutaway chassis and cargo van version of the Transit, but do not fit the passenger van models.
To further improve driver control, Hellwig Products offers an upgraded 1 3/8-inch solid rear sway bar. This sway bar is available for single wheel 150, 250 and 350 vans with a factory installed rear sway bar (Part #7759) and 350HD dually vans and cutaway chassis with a factory installed rear sway bar (Part#7766). The upgraded rear sway bar works in conjunction with the front factory sway bar, to minimize body roll, resulting in less weight transfer during cornering and more predictable handling. This bolt-on upgraded bar is forged from 4140 Chromoly steel, heat treated for durability, and features a forged 3-hole adjustable end to allow you to tune the stiffness to match your load and driving style.
Both the Hellwig Ford Transit Helper Spring and Rear Sway Bar can be easily installed with simple hand tools and come with all necessary parts and hardware. Hellwig Helper Springs and Sway Bars are made in the USA and come with a Lifetime Warranty on all steel parts. For more information on Hellwig’s Transit Helper springs visit

Stealth Hitches, LLC Announces Product Release Of New BMW Hidden Hitch

Sugar Hill, GA, April 19, 2018 - Stealth Hitches, LLC has announced the launch of a cutting-edge, patent pending new hitch for the BMW X2. The hitch is concealed when not in use, allowing vehicle owners to maintain their vehicle's aesthetic beauty while still offering the functionality of towing and racks. The Stealth Hitch™ is currently available for Alfa Romeo, Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Lexus, Mazda, Mercedes, Porsche, Subaru, Toyota and Volvo. It complies with the highest safety standards and is constructed with superior materials for long-term use. This animated video demonstrates how the Stealth Hitch works.
"We've taken the angst out of purchasing a vehicle hitch," said Stealth Hitches CEO Steve Nance. "Until now, it's been an apprehensive purchase of vehicle owners, understanding it meant compromising the look of their vehicle. This product is the best of both worlds - a safe, durable hitch that is invisible unless in use."
Well-designed, safe and easy to operate, the BMW hitch is equipped with an integral locking system and auto-latching technology that eliminates hammering at starts and stops. Visible bars, receivers and bumper cutouts are not required, and ground clearance is not sacrificed.
Safety was among the key considerations in the development of the Stealth Hitch. The hitch complies with the highest global test standards and is designed to protect the vehicle manufacturer's crumple zones. With all components made in the USA, Stealth Hitches offer exceptional quality control and superior materials to assure safe and long-term use. A lifetime warranty is offered for a worry free experience, and installing the hitch does not void vehicle factory warranties.
Stealth Hitches is currently expanding its line to include Ford, GMC, Tesla and more. Additional information, including the latest launches, can be found online at
About Stealth Hitches
Stealth Hitches, LLC is a hitch manufacturing facility located in Sugar Hill, Ga. The company has developed a concealed vehicle hitch that customers love showing off and feel comfortable using. The Hitch Made to be Hidden™ is manufactured with highgrade materials such as stainless steel to ensure a safe and flawless operation. All products are 100 percent made in the USA. For additional information, visit or call 1-833-MYHITCH.

Motovicity Picks Up Versatile Manufacturer, BLOX Racing

Madison Heights, MI, April 18th, 2018 - Motovicity Distribution, a leading automotive performance aftermarket distributor, has launched another premium brand onto their line card; BLOX Racing.
Founded in 2003, BLOX Racing is considered a relative newcomer to the import and sport compact aftermarket. However, in its short time, it has quickly established a foothold in the marketplace and developed a reputation as a high quality, aftermarket parts manufacturer with an overall commitment to the utmost standards of production management and quality control. Today, you will find BLOX Racing performance products being tested in industry leading consumer publications, showcased in custom show and street cars, at race events such as Never Lift Half Mile and Speed Ring, and relied upon in different forms of motorsports, such as drag racing, road racing, and drifting.
“BLOX Racing is dedicated to the development of high-quality performance products and accessories for today's import and sport compact enthusiast. Each product is designed and manufactured using the latest in cutting-edge technologies, processes, and materials and then tested using rigorous standards. Each BLOX Racing product is designed to work with one another, giving enthusiasts the proper foundation and building blocks for developing the right performance combination”, states Michael Choi, BLOX Racing’s Marketing Director.
BLOX Racing products are now available for wholesale purchase through Motovicity Distribution. For product inquiries, call 888.SPEED.16 to speak to a MotoRep and visit the industry-leading
About Motovicity Distribution
Occupying more than 80,000 sq. ft. of warehouse space, Motovicity Distribution is a leading wholesale-only automotive aftermarket distributor of sport compact, Detroit muscle, fabrication, and truck and diesel performance parts. Stocking a complete lineup of the industry’s top performance brands, in-stock and ready for same day shipping, Motovicity is run by enthusiasts with a knowledgeable ASE-certified sales team that is ready to assist with orders. Additionally, its highly-trained warehouse staff quickly picks and packages all orders with extra care; ensuring they arrive on time and ready to install.