AGRSS Keynote Speaker Discusses NHTSA Regulations with
Noted auto safety expert Byron Bloch, keynote speaker for the 2006 AGRSS
Conference, has appeared as an auto safety consultant on such television
news programs as ABC News' "20/20," "Primetime Live"
and "Nightline" as well as CBS News' "60 Minutes"
and "Public Eye" and NBC News' "Dateline NBC." He
has been a safety expert for 30 years, consulting and testifying in court
cases regarding auto defects, and he is a court-qualified expert in auto
safety design and vehicle crashworthiness and has testified at Congressional
hearings and to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
He recently spoke with AGRR magazine about automotive safety and specifically
the role of glass, including, his thoughts on insurance companies' coverage
of corrosion repair during windshield replacement. The following is an
excerpt from the interview, which will run in full in the next issue of
AGRR: There is no aftermarket regulation by NHTSA. Is this a good or bad
thing and why?
BB: That's a very interesting question. I think there needs to be involvement
by NHTSA in the collision repair industry including window glazing. I
think it needs to continue to look into this area and take a much stronger
position. For example, the vehicles that we entrust our lives in every
day on the road may deteriorate whether it's the seat belt, airbag system,
glazing, adhesion, or other aspects of deterioration; and issue to be
addresses is whether the repair work after an incident or accident has
been safely and competently done. These are big issues and there is a
lot of work yet to be done to be sure that a vehicle is repaired in every
sense inclusive of the glazing.
Bloch will give the keynote address at the AGRSS Conference on Wednesday,
November 1 at 9:15 a.m. at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The AGRSS Conference
runs concurrently with the Auto Glass Expo @ NACE and several other key
auto glass industry events. The deadline to pre-register is October 16.
You may also register on site.
CLICK HERE for more
information on the AGRSS Conference.
For more information about Byron Bloch and his work with automotive safety,
visit his web site at www.AutoSafetyExpert.com.