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ROLAGS Committee to Vote on Changing Crack Limit to 6 Inches

The Repair of Laminated Auto Glass Standard (ROLAGS) Committee agreed to vote on limiting the length of the crack as deemed acceptable to repair under the terms of the Standard during their recent meeting, held on Thursday, October 9, in Las Vegas. Votes are due November 10.

Once the vote has occurred, if the group agrees to proceed, the American National Standards Institute, which governs the Standard, requires that the proposed changes must be posted for 30 days on the website for public comment, according to Peg Stroka, manager of industry standards for the National Glass Association's auto glass division, which developed the Standard jointly with the National Windshield Repair Association.

"After we receive all of the comments, the Comment Subcommittee must review and propose answers to the comments and they must be presented to the full [Standard Committee] for approval," Stroka says. "After the comments are sent out, the commenters can comment again if their comments [are] still unresolved."

Once the comments have reviewed and resolved as possible, the committee will re-affirm their votes, and the changes will be submitted to ANSI as part of the Standard. Stroka suspects that if the group agrees to make the change, this part of the process likely will occur in the February timeframe—as the ROLAGS Committee is scheduled to meet again during the National Auto Glass Conference in Orlando, Fla.

The next step for the committee would be handling a possible long-crack standard, Stroka says.

"If, after all of the above has taken place, crack length is limited to 6 inches in ROLAGS, NGA has offered to develop a standard on long crack," she adds. "We will not start the process until the change has officially taken place in ROLAGS."

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