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March 26, 2020

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Ford, 3M, GE to produce needed medical equipment to combat COVID-19

Three large U.S. companies have joined forces to produce needed medical equipment and supplies for healthcare workers, first responders and patients fighting the infectious and deadly coronavirus.

Ford Motors announced in a statement that it was working with 3M and General Electric Healthcare to mass-produce respirators, ventilators and plastic face shields.

Specifically, the statement said Ford was "lending its manufacturing and engineering expertise" to increase the manufacturing capacity of air-purifying respirators with 3M, expand production of existing ventilator design with GE and assemble more than 100,000 3D printed plastic face shields a week with United Auto Workers.

The announcement came as some healthcare professionals have experienced a shortage of crucial virus-fighting supplies, such as face masks and ventilators.

"This is a critical time for America and the world," said Bill Ford, Ford's executive chairman. "It is a time for action and cooperation. By coming together across multiple industries, we can make a real difference for people in need and for those on the front line of this crisis."

While the auto manufacturer didn't state when the air-purifying respirators and ventilators would be ready for shipping, it said 75,000 face shields are expected to be finished this week, 1,000 of which will be sent to Detroit Mercy, Henry Ford Health Systems and Detroit Medical Center Sinai-Grace Hospital for testing.

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Car Care Tip

Never overfill the tires to get better gas mileage

You get a rougher ride and premature tire wear. Always use the recommended tire pressure for your car usually listed inside the driver's door frame.

Make sure you use the right coolant/antifreeze

Whether you do your own cooling system flushes or are just topping off your cooling system after a repair, using the right coolant is critical to the life of your car's engine. Check your owner's manual for the recommended coolant for your car. If you use the wrong coolant or mix two different types of coolant you can actually cause early water pump, radiator, heater pipes and heater core failure.

Don't neglect the dipstick

All engines use some oil between oil changes. Even new cars. If you never check your dipstick, you'll never know that you need to add more oil. If you don't top off your oil, you stress the remaining oil, dramatically reducing its useful life. If you continue to drive on that depleted oil

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The Editor

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