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Beginning July 19, California’s Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) will fail motor vehicles during their biennial “smog check” inspection if they are found to have software modifications not provided by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) or approved through a California Air Resources Board (CARB) executive order (EO).

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The Supreme Court of the state of Washington has overturned an appellate court ruling and reinstated a $81.5 million verdict in a wrongful death claim brought by the family of a deceased auto mechanic.

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Tesla’s project to make General Assembly line 4.5 (GA 4.5) permanent at the Fremont Factory in Northern California is now underway.

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Crash Champions, LLC, one of the nation’s fastest growing independent collision repair companies, announced July 14 it has expanded its footprint in San Diego with the acquisition of All American Paint and Body, located at 8315 Buckhorn St., San Diego, CA 92111.

Tuesday, 13 July 2021 18:30

CAA Provides Legislative Update

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The California Autobody Association (CAA) released an update on several bills in the state legislature, as well as proposed Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) regulations.

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General Motors on July 13 announced a more than $71 million investment to establish a new campus in Pasadena, CA, for GM’s Advanced Design Center operations, a move that will substantially increase the center’s capacity and create more jobs in the area.