A Jeep Wrangler “death wobble” lawsuit alleges 2015-2018 SUVs are equipped with defective steering dampers and components that cause violent front-end vibrations.

The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) will be hosting a webinar at 2:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, July 18, featuring partners in the SCRS 401k Retirement Solutions program.

ProCare Collision, a Texas-based MSO with 30 locations, announced it is rebranding it’s Art's Paint & Body location to ProCare Collision.

Dave Luehr’s Elite Body Shop Solutions announces the next installment in the FREE Elite Webinar Series.

The San Diego Business Journal has named Paul Gange, Fix Auto USA’s President and CEO, as a finalist for the “CEO of the Year” award.

The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) announced it launch a program this summer to provide 100 collision repair schools with new flooring.

For the first time since 2003, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) announced plans to update its side-impact crash test to account for larger vehicles and higher speeds on today’s roads.

Tuesday, 18 June 2019 15:00

KABA Hosts Mark Olson of VECO Experts

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On May 18, the Kansas Auto Body Association (KABA), along with Color Vision and the Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC), hosted VECO ExpertsMark Olson for an educational seminar at KCKCC.

On the next "Street Outlaws," OKC and Texas compete in an old school Cash Days race.

Rhode Island’s legislature continues its work on Senate Bill 850.

Uber has presented the latest member of its self-driving car fleet at its annual Elevate conference.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued advance notices of proposed rulemaking on the removal of unnecessary regulatory barriers to the safe introduction of automated driving systems (ADS) vehicles in the United States.

It's been one year since thousands of homeowners in Security-Widefield, CO, and Fountain, CO, woke up to the worst hail storm in 20 years.

VeriFacts Automotive LLC has recognized Fix Auto USA for having 31 VeriFacts VQ Medallion shops throughout the Fix Auto USA network.

State legislators joined the Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) program on June 13 to recognize 2018 Champions of Toxics Use Reduction at the Massachusetts State House.

Collision Hub is pleased to announce the addition of Jason Bartanen and Holly Goodwin, AIC to assist the company in its next phase of growth and service to the industry.

PPG announced the introduction of PPG Delfleet One™ paint system to the U.S. and Canadian markets.

BASF’s Coatings division was awarded the Pierre Potier prize medal in the Environmentally-friendly Process category for its R-M® eSense automotive paint line which covers all bodywork repairs.

On June 4, the Greater Philadelphia I-CAR Committee hosted its 4th Annual Golf Outing at the Penn Oaks Golf Club in West Chester, PA.

C.R. (Bob) Bryant is a former combat medic for the U.S. Air Force, a collision repair lifer with a 60-year track record, and a painter with works that have appeared in premier galleries and sell for as much as $20,000.

AASP-MN was recently recognized by the National Steering Committee of Small Business Environmental Assistance Programs (SBEAP) and the Small Business Ombudsmen (SBO) for its leadership in improving environmental performance, pollution prevention, sustainability and mentoring.

The Automotive Aftermarket Association Southeast (AAAS) and the Alabama Tire Dealers Association (ATDA) announced the recipients of their 2019 scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year.

The collision industry went through many changes during the 1970s.

Most automotive and HD truck shops—mechanical and collision-repair shops—need more technicians.

In an interview, Nikola Motor CEO Trevor Milton said while electric trucks like the Tesla Semi will likely dominate short-haul jobs in the future, hydrogen is still the key for tomorrow’s long-haul routes.

More than 20 years ago, Erick and Shelly Bickett set out to create a national network of high-performing independent body shops.

1st Class Auto Glass of Kasson, MN, has joined the list of safety-conscious auto glass companies by becoming an accredited Registered Member Company of the prestigious Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC).

Wednesday, 12 June 2019 21:00

On the Lighter Side: Rivian Introduces a Pull-Out Kitchen for Its R1T Electric Truck

Written by Loukia Papadopoulos, Interesting Engineering

For those who love life on the go, carmaker Rivian introduced a useful new feature for their R1T electric pickup truck.

We are getting some answers about why it's taking a local body shop more than a year to repair a car.

The Government Employees Insurance Company (Geico) has filed a federal lawsuit in Florida against Shazam Auto Glass, LLC, (Shazam) and its owner, Sean Martineau.

Wayne Community College (WCC) in Goldsboro, NC, will start construction on its new, $7 million, 34,000 Sq. Ft. Automotive and Collision Repair Building on Monday, June 17.

Autobody News recently reached out to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to learn more about the FCA U.S. LLC Certified Collision Repair Program and the role of Assured Performance Network.

CIECA is conducting an industry-wide search to fill the position of executive director. This is a contract position and all applicants must apply by July 12, 2019.

When the economy tanked nearly a decade ago and the Great Recession got underway, automakers like General Motors and Chrysler were hit hard.

The Boyd Group Inc. (the "Boyd Group") announced the June 11, 2019 opening of a collision repair center in Watauga, Texas. The location previously operated as PlanetPaint Collision Center for almost five years.

A Greenwood County, SC, man will have the chance to rebuild his auto body shop on a split-zoned property along Old Mount Moriah Road—though not without some assurances that he’ll follow planning guidelines.

The Caliber Collision autobody property at 5486 N. Garfield Ave. recently changed hands for $6,241,652.

A New Hampshire bill that originally excluded auto glass companies will now incorporate them.

For the fourth time in four days, detectives conducted a raid on Friday, May 31, resulting in two arrests and the seizure of a handgun and narcotics.

Trista Anger, Regional Business Manager for BASF Automotive Refinish Canada, was named to the Women’s Industry Network (WIN) board of directors at the recent 2019 WIN conference, held in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Recent images of Tesla’s upcoming Lathrop, CA, site show that the interior of the 870,000-square-foot facility is now undergoing electrical work.

Police are investigating after a man was shot multiple times outside a body shop in Hesperia, CA, on Sunday, June 2.

The Audi e-tron and the Jaguar I-PACE were recently hit by twin recalls over potential safety concerns.

A Ram 1500 recall has been ordered for nearly 343,000 trucks that need repairs to prevent the airbags and seat belt pretensioners from failing.

On June 6, a group of 17 automakers (not including Fiat Chrysler) sent a letter on June 6 to President Donald Trump arguing that the best path for preserving industry jobs and keeping new vehicles affordable is a single federal rule regulating vehicle mileage requirements and emissions.

Monday, 10 June 2019 16:06

New Legislation Introduced in New York

A bill in the New York state legislature outlines guidelines for the use of original equipment materials and procedures (OEM) in collision repair shops.

A typical day for Jose Villarreal includes hopping into his car and hoping he has enough money for gas to drive 45 minutes every day from Pharr, Texas, to Texas State Technical College for class, but Tuesday, June 4 was anything but normal for the 22-year-old student.

Continuing to build on their sustaining values of “Car Repair by People Who Care,” The Woodlands-based Hodges Collision Centers has claimed the special distinction of winning the Woodlands Online Best Collision & Body Shop the first time that the category was offered and on the 10th Anniversary of the Woodlands Online Decade of Excellence.

The Texas Auto Body Insurance Accountability Bill, House Bill 1348, failed to receive a second reading by the end of this legislative session, simply running out of time rather than being defeated by the bill’s opponents.

On May 17-19, the North Carolina Association of Collision and Autobody Repair (NCACAR) and the South Carolina Association of Collision and Autobody Repair (SCACAR) hosted the first-ever Carolina’s Educational Collision Conference (CECC) at the Cabarrus Arena in Concord, NC.

President Donald Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on Mexican imports, effective June 10, will cripple U.S. automakers and cost people their jobs.

Automakers are pressing for state laws requiring the use of OEM collision repair procedures as part of their effort to limit the use of alternative parts, a representative of LKQ Corporation told a gathering of non-OEM parts manufacturers and distributors.

My friend Danny Gredinberg at the Database Enhancement Gateway (DEG) recently made available a document that includes links to each automaker’s database of online vehicle owner’s manuals.

The Petersen Automotive Museum opened a new exhibition focusing on sci-fi vehicles from the big and small screen.

Ohio attorney Erica Eversman, who has long been an advocate for consumers and collision repairers in legal battles with insurers, has recently become one of about 30 volunteer consumer liaisons to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC).

Steven Siessman, President of VehicleOwnersGuide.com sadly reported the death of Robert “Scrubber Bob” Sandkaut, age 74, at his home in San Diego, California Sunday June 2, 2019.

Georgia Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck (R) was indicted in May on 38 counts of defrauding a former employer, the Georgia Underwriting Association (GUA), for a total of more than $2 million over a five-year period.

General Motors (GM) recently removed free PDFs pertaining to its body repair procedures from its website, because the OEM deemed that these documents alone were insufficient to guide a collision repair facility to produce a “safe and proper repair.”

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