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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).


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Thursday, 10 June 2021 18:34

Auto Body Shops Asked to Submit Experiences with SRS Inspections

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I-CAR has posted a brief form they are asking shops to use to submit information on the SRS inspections they perform. I-CAR has posted a brief form they are asking shops to use to submit information on the SRS inspections they perform.

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I-CAR is seeking help from collision repairers as it reviews OEM safety inspections related to secondary restraint systems (SRS).

Scott VanHulle, manager of I-CAR’s Repairability Technical Support and OEM Technical Relations, said the project grew out of a virtual summit the training organization held in March with 150 shops, insurers and automakers.

 

The discussion centered around whether the industry had adequate information about what inspections were required and when, what the inspections should “look like” and the “why” behind the inspections.

 

The OEMs may not be aware of shortcomings in their procedures related to this, VanHulle said, because traditionally much of the feedback they receive is from dealership service departments that aren’t dealing with collision-damaged vehicles.

 

I-CAR hopes to develop industry-vetted best practices related to the inspections, provide feedback to the automakers about any potential repair information improvements that are needed, and press for some level of standardization among the automakers.

 

To do this, VanHulle said, “We need more data on what’s being found in the real world. Right now we have a lot of anecdotal examples of strange things that were found during inspections,” such as when a shop discovers a “bad actor” has installed resistors on a vehicle to mask that an airbag module is missing or inoperable.

 

“We need a lot more than just those anecdotal examples,” VanHulle said.

 

I-CAR has posted a brief form shops can use to submit information on the SRS inspections they perform, what triggered the inspections and what was found.

 

“And pictures, pictures, pictures,” VanHulle said. “I’m sure any of the people who deal with estimating have seen...


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