On April 17, the Long Island Autobody Repairmen’s Association (LIABRA) and the Autobody Craftsman’s Guild (ABCG) held their April General Meeting at the Melville Marriott Hotel in Melville, NY.
The well-attended meeting offered attendees a chance to receive a three-hour General Motors (GM) advanced safety system post-collision service and repair clinic.
“The meeting was another example of LIABRA’s ongoing program to educate its members in the correct OEM repair methods,” said LIABRA Executive Director Ed Kizenberger. “As an industry, we should be standing behind OEM repair standards and LIABRA will introduce OEM repair standards legislation here in New York, shortly.”
At 7:30 p.m., Kizenberger called the meeting to order by reviewing industry news and current events. He included news such as the states that have introduced legislation requiring insurers to follow OEM repair procedures and recommendations, during the appraisal process. Kizenberger acknowledged, “Much of this legislation has been defeated by the insurance industry saying that this type of legislation would radically increase insurance premiums.”
The first guest speaker was Jeffrey Shaw, field manager for GM, who began by asking,” How many of you would rather use an original equipment part versus an aftermarket part?” Shaw received a unanimous response in the affirmative. He then shared on vehicle production, saying, “In the next five years, there will be more new technology introduced than there has been in the last 50 years and training is going to be vital.”
Shaw added, “The premise of the General Motors collision repair network is General Motors vehicles should be properly repaired using General Motors procedures and parts.”
Bill Vallely, I-CAR Instructor, reviewed the various types of equipment required to participate in Subaru’s new Repair Certification program, noting, “This is a complex and intense program.” Vallely also reviewed the new I-CAR program and warned that things are going to change rapidly.
The final guest speaker of the evening was Michael Baker, regional training operations manager for Raytheon, who discussed GM Advanced Safety Systems Post Collision Service and Repair. Baker said soon cars will virtually see everything around them, including crosswalks, lane markers, and pedestrians, because of light detection and radar (LIDAR).