The Wall St. Journal is reporting that Chrysler LLC plans to shut down the entire company for two weeks this summer as a cost saving move to "accelerate Chrysler's recovery and transformation," Chief Executive Robert Nardelli told employees in a memo. Mr. Nardelli told employees they will have to take vacation for the weeks of July 7 and July 14 "in order to create better alignment and efficiency across organizational lines and boost productivity," according to the memo.
CCC Information Services Inc. now offers the ability to electronically access custom estimating guidelines established and maintained by insurers.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has published (online) a database of serious accidents involving possible product or equipment failure. That information, known as Early Warning data, has been in use by NHTSA for five years but is only now available to the public.
Audatex North America announced that it has updated its Database Reference Manual for 2008--2009. The manual now includes the "Best Practices Guidelines" of the Collision Industry Conference (CIC). The CIC brings together leaders from the auto collision industry, insurance providers, paint suppliers and other major automotive vendors.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the final rule for paint stripping and miscellaneous surface coating. This regulation enacts national emission standards for area sources engaged in paint stripping and various surface coating operations. Specifically included in the regulation are stricter requirements regarding toxic standards for smaller emitting sources in three industry sectors: paint stripping operations, surface coating that involves paints containing metal hazardous air pollutant (HAP) compounds, and auto body refinishing.
Optimism reigned at the January meeting of the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) in Palm Springs, driven largely by the announcement by the governmental committee of a new website that directly accesses manufacturer’s repair information.
The Collision Repair Association of California (CRA) is supporting legislation, SB 1059, sponsored by State Senator Carole Migden (D-San Francisco) that would penalize an insurer that requires a repairer to install an aftermarket part on a vehicle under a factory warranty. The bill, introduced January 7, 2008, seeks to protect both consumers and repairers in situations where the use of an aftermarket part might void the factory warranty.