ROCKENHAUSEN, Germany – With an eye on the bottom line, the auto industry is eager to commonize as many vehicle parts as possible – across platforms, brands and even from auto maker to auto maker. But some components, including the seemingly basic, do not lend themselves to standardization. Consider the seat recliner. Every new car in the world has one, and a growing number are powered. A simple metal stamping acts as a geared hinge, allowing the seat back to pivot forward for easier ...

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