AGSC News September/October 2020

AGSC Issues Recalibration Guidance

The Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC) recently released a checklist for use with vehicles that require an Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) recalibration after having an auto glass replacement.

“Proper calibration of the ADAS system in a vehicle after auto glass replacement is integral to the safety of the vehicle,” said Jacques Navant, AGSC ADAS Committee chairperson. “Our committee developed this guidance, in the form of a checklist, to help everyone replacing glass in vehicles equipped with ADAS complete the recalibration process properly.”

The checklist includes a variety of sections including pre-replacement and post-replacement procedures covering static, dynamic and combination systems. AGSC members can obtain a copy of the checklist in the member resources section of the AGSC website at www.agsc.org/members/ or by emailing Kathy Bimber at kbimber@agsc.org. As an industry service, the checklist is available to prospective members on the Council’s website at www.agsc.org/adas/.

“AGSC members put the safety of their customers first and making sure an ADAS system is properly recalibrated is an important part of that safety protocol,” said Bob Beranek, Standards Committee chairperson. “We expect recalibration procedures soon will be included in the ANSI AGSC Automotive Glass Replacement Safety Standard (AGRSS) as well and that those procedures will cross reference the check list,” he added.

AGSC Committees to Meet in Orlando in January 2021

The Auto Glass Safety Council™ (AGSC) will hold a number of committee meetings January 11-13 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., in conjunction with Auto Glass Week™ 2021.

The events include a meeting of the AGSC AGRSS™ Standards Committee from 8 to 11 a.m. on January 13. Please visit www.autoglassweek.com or www.agsc.org for a full schedule of the committees meeting and their specific times.

Health and safety protocols will be in place. The Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) has received its Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation on outbreak prevention, response and recovery. Recognized as the gold standard of safe venues, the OCCC is one of the largest venues in the nation to receive the GBAC STAR™ accreditation.

Meeting attendees will have a choice of staying at one of two award-winning host hotels, The Rosen Plaza Hotel and The Rosen Center Hotel, at a discounted room rate. The deadline for hotel reservations is December 10. For more information on the two host hotels and to book your stay, visit https://www.autoglassweek.com/page/1461464/eventhotel. Please
call Tricia Lopez at 540/602-3257 if you have any issue booking your
room.

Both are connected by a skybridge.

AGSC Provides Update on Legislative Initiatives

The health and safety of all involved in the auto glass industry has been front and center for the Auto Glass Safety Council. AGSC has followed the federal government’s economic response under the CARES Act and other legislation. It provided an informative webinar to assist industry small businesses understand and access federal recovery program.

Many state legislatures around the nation had their 2020 Legislative Sessions delayed, curtailed or halted due to the coronavirus; while others are continuing to meet. In Connecticut, the only state in the nation that licenses auto glass technicians, AGSC opposed a failed effort to create an emergency license that would have allowed companies to hire up to 15 unlicensed auto glass technicians during a disaster. AGSC joined the Connecticut Auto Glass Dealers Association in expressing concern that the bill would allow unlicensed technicians who had not completed the state’s stringent training requirements to perform auto glass work.

AGSC also supported state legislative efforts to address Advance Driver Assistance System (ADAS) calibrations and ensure that they are done in a safe and proper manner.

Utah enacted legislation that included provisions requiring auto glass service providers that work on an ADAS-equipped vehicles to inform the customer prior to performing work whether a calibration is necessary and will be performed, provide an itemized description of the work and the amount of the repair that will be covered by the insurer. Auto glass companies are required to meet or exceed the original manufacturer’s specifications but are not limited to tooling or equipment dictated or recommended by the manufacturer’s procedures or specifications. If the calibration is not performed or is not completed successfully, repairers must inform the consumer that the vehicle should be taken to the manufacturer’s certified repair shop or other qualified repair shop for proper calibration and repair. Insurers may not be required to pay more than a fair and competitive price for the local market area. The bill also prohibits anyone with actual knowledge that the ADAS is inoperable or requires calibration to sell the vehicle.

The New Hampshire House passed long debated legislation but it was put aside in the Senate amid the virus curtailed session. The bill was an updated version of  legislation that passed the legislature the previous year but was then vetoed by the Governor. It would have made it an unfair insurance practice for an insurer to knowingly fail to pay a claim when the vehicle was repaired in conformance with applicable manufacturer’s recommendations or specifications. It included requirements that auto glass service providers give certain information to consumers and the repairer’s right to use their own tools and equipment if they meet or exceed Original Equipment Manufacturer recommendations. The New Hampshire House added a rebuttable presumption that manufacturer recommendations for scans and calibrations are necessary for vehicle safety and for restoration of a vehicle to its pre-loss condition.

AGSC is also supporting a Right to Repair Ballot Initiative in Massachusetts that updates present law to require that internal vehicle repair data is available to independent repair facilities so car owners are not forced to go to manufacturer’s dealers for repairs.

Seth Maiman is director, public affairs, for the Auto Glass Safety Council.

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