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Feature Stories (145)

Tuesday, 31 January 2006 17:00

Most seat/head restraints in SUVs, pickups do poor job

Written by Autobody News staff

Only 6 of the seat/head restraint combinations in 44 current model SUVs are rated good for protection against whiplash injuries in rear-end crashes. None of the seat/head restraint designs in 15 pickup truck models earns a good rating. Overall 4 out of 5 SUV and pickup seat/head restraints recently evaluated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety are rated marginal or poor for whiplash protection. This is the first time the Institute has tested SUV and pickup seats using a dummy that can measure forces on the neck during a simulated rear-end crash. 

Tuesday, 31 January 2006 17:00

Despite hardships, Gulf coast planting seeds of recovery

Written by Karyn Hendricks
There is good news and bad news coming from hurricane-ravaged New Orleans. The good news - many shops are getting back to business and technicians are in huge demand.
Tuesday, 28 February 2006 17:00

OK City Saturn dealers inspire community to give blood

Written by Karyn Hendricks

Nine years ago, Saturn of America started a national blood drive on Valentine's Day. It began as a philanthropic effort to bring communities together to raise blood. Bob Moore Saturn of Oklahoma City and Bob Moore Saturn of Edmond saw the possibilities and decided to participate, but success was not in the cards. From 2000 to 2002, the results were dismal. It was so bad, the Blood Institute, which oversees the blood collection, refused to send the personnel and equipment to run the drive.

Tuesday, 28 February 2006 17:00

Painters provide award- winning finishes for 2006 calendar

Written by Autobody News staff

Matrix System Automotive Finishes recently released its 2006 calendar that features "Award Winning Finishes" designed by restoration, custom, and body shop painters nationwide. 

Tuesday, 28 February 2006 17:00

Reminder: help the Gulf Coast

Written by Karyn Hendricks

It has been months since the Gulf Coast was devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. No more pictures of homes and businesses torn apart. Long gone are the photos of cars on top of houses. Relief workers have "disaster fatigue." You may be tired of seeing this story again. 

Tuesday, 28 February 2006 17:00

Car-O-Liner builds own crash track

Written by Autobody News staff

Car-O-Liner has taken a step forward in development of methods and products for the collision repair industry by opening a crash track of its own to increase the frequency and test possibilities. The development is done in close cooperation with the car manufacturers worldwide and in many cases their own crash tracks are used for the evaluation of products and methods. 

Tuesday, 28 February 2006 17:00

CAA conference lights up Disneyland

Written by David McClune and Gigi Walker

The California Autobody Association (CAA) was represented by eighteen of its state chapters as they converged on the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim for the 2006 1st Quarter Board of Directors Meeting and Leadership Conference. 

Friday, 31 March 2006 17:00

Tech support group will use funds to support Tools for Techs

Written by Janet Chaney

How many times does a technician come to a grinding halt in the middle of a repair due to lack of technical information? Such delays cost the collision industry a lot of money and create another layer of angst between technicians, management and adjusters. New technology abounds in today's vehicles, while repair information to the shops is limited and not easily available. Often, the shops are paying a great deal of money and using a lot of time to get answers to the questions. 

Friday, 31 March 2006 17:00

OK industry group meets with insurance commissioner on steering

Written by Autobody News staff

Twenty-five concerned Oklahoma collision repairers including representatives from the Oklahoma Auto Body Association (OKABA) recently met with Insurance Commissioner Kim Holland about insurer steering. 

Friday, 31 March 2006 17:00

Publisher Philip J. Rack dies at 82; leaves legacy of knowledge

Written by Autobody News staff

Saturday March 4 , 2006 marked the passing of Philip Rack. Rack and his wife, Carolyn, published Beyond Parts and Equipment, a Midwest trade newspaper for the collision repair and automotive glass industries best known for its investigative reporting and its stubborn independence.