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John Yoswick

John YoswickJohn Yoswick is a freelance automotive writer based in Portland, Oregon, who has been writing about the collision industry since 1988. He is the editor of the weekly CRASH Network (for a free 4-week trial subscription, visit www.CrashNetwork.com).


He can be contacted at john@crashnetwork.com 

Wednesday, 03 March 2021 18:37

Shops Stuck in the Middle in Battle Over OEM Vehicle Safety Inspections

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An Illinois shop conducting safety inspections called for by the automaker found a broken dash carrier in a vehicle involved in a low-speed collision. An Illinois shop conducting safety inspections called for by the automaker found a broken dash carrier in a vehicle involved in a low-speed collision.

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...the existing required procedures as part of repairs involving airbag deployment.

 

“Once we explain to the engineers the realities of what’s going on in the collision industry and the challenge that repairers are facing, the light bulb goes on and they get it,” Eck said. “So far, everybody has been very understanding of the need to readdress this and see where we can make changes that will help repairers.”

 

But like Subaru’s Riedel, Eck emphasized that prior to new procedures being finalized, GM’s current post-collision inspection requirements remain in place.

 

“Until then, nothing has changed,” Eck said.

 

Anderson said the automakers also could help by providing more of the “why” behind the safety inspection requirements.

 

“For example, one OEM told me they put a plastic bushing in the steering column that’s made to collapse under inertia forces,” he said about the requirement to measure the steering column. “If so, let’s spell that out so everybody knows why the inspection is critical."

 

Anderson said a document from Toyota also offers another way automakers could provide more information and justification for the inspections. It shows, for a list of replacement parts, the necessary procedures that must be completed---and lists the possible negative effects if that procedure isn’t done.

 

“The automaker spells out, ‘If you don’t do x, then y will not work properly,” Anderson said. “This is a very clear statement.”

 

Some automakers suggest in their documentation...