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Teamsters Union Strikes Car-Hauler

Teamsters union drivers struck Ryder System Inc. on Thursday, shutting down the movement of new cars and trucks by the nation’s largest car hauling company.

Ryder, which moves vehicles from factories, ports and distribution centers to dealerships, is the major transporter for General Motors Corp. and hauls vehicles for the other carmakers.

The automakers said immediate problems caused by the work stoppage would be minimal. But if the strike continues, the companies will run out of storage room at some ports, plants and rail yards, and their dealers may face shortages of some models as the crucial fall selling season gets under way.