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Windshield Falls from ASDF F-2 Fighter Plane Over City in Fukuoka

A windshield weighing some 90 kilograms fell off from an F-2 fighter jet of the Air Self-Defense Force when it was flying over the city of Asakura in Fukuoka Prefecture, on Sunday afternoon. According to the Defense Ministry’s Joint Staff … Continue reading

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Ford Offers Helpful Tips with LKS

Throughout the past year, in its On Target newsletter, Ford has conducted a series on its SRS system, Blind Spot Information System and Lane Keep Assist, all of which include helpful information for auto glass technicians when it comes to … Continue reading

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Ford Recalls 5,000 Mach-Es in Canada Over Loose Windshield, Roof

Owners of affected vehicles will have their windshields reinstalled and panoramic roofs glued properly at Ford dealers . . . The first recall (Manufacturer Recall Number 21C22) concerns 3,178 units sold in Canada. On these vehicles, the windshield may not … Continue reading

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Tree Goes Through Car Windshield as Tropical Storm Henri Passes Through Massachusetts

Tree Goes Through Car Windshield as Tropical Storm Henri Passes Through Massachusetts

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Recalls to Keep an Eye On

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued three recalls from Ford Motor Company (Ford), BMW, Newmar Corporation (Newmar), and Daimler Vans USA, LLC (Daimler). Ford Ford recently issued a safety recall for select truck models. According to the … Continue reading

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Glass Evidence: Was A Second Shooter Involved in President Kennedy’s Assassination?

Conspiracy theories about what happened on the day of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination have been in abundance for decades, but an encounter at the Smithsonian led glass consultant Chris Barry to analyze whether a second shooter could have been … Continue reading

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Jack Morris Auto Glass Uses Windshields During COVID-19 Outbreak

Jack Morris Auto Glass, located in Tennessee, found a unique way to protect its customers and employees to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. “We’ve all seen the plexiglass shields at retail stores, but at Jack Morris Auto Glass … Continue reading

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Speedy Glass Canada Created a Safety Measure for its Customers During COVID-19 Outbreak

Speedy Glass Canada (Speedy) created a glass barrier to protect its employees and customers limit the spread of the novel coronavirus in its operating businesses. The barrier, according to the company, can be created from vehicle windshields.

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AGA Wants Clear Answers in Latest Motion to Compel

Auto Glass America LLC (AGA) and its owner, Charles Isaly, filed another motion to compel stating Allstate Insurance Company (Allstate) “needs to provide better answers to AGA’s first set of interrogatories served.” “Defendant [and counter plaintiff AGA], respectfully requests that … Continue reading

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Ford Customer Reports Windshield Sealing Issues

A 2015 Ford Transit owner noticed a gap had formed between her windshield and the vehicle’s frame and made an appointment at Pace Glass, located in Texerkana, Texas. Pace not only fixed the issue, but also reported it to Ford … Continue reading

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CAPA Approves Aftermarket Auto Glass Standard

The Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA) Technical Committee has approved the CAPA 801 Standard for the certification of automotive glass. The standard—which CAPA describes as the first in the industry for independently produced aftermarket glass—currently applies to windshields but may … Continue reading

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Two Companies Demonstrated How Windshield Glass Could Change in The Future

Corning Glass and Racing Optics focused on keeping windshield strength and integrity through several demonstrations at this year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas. Watch as a hybrid windshield with additional technology is tested while a growing industry trend could impact … Continue reading

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Cactus Collides with Windshield

An accidental crash between a saguaro cactus and a windshield left a Tuscan driver with minor injuries—and some jail time. The prickly plant incident happened earlier this week in the Catalina Foothills, Ariz. area. According to the Pima County Sheriff’s … Continue reading

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Court Rules Construction Company Responsible for Man Hit by Rock from its Truck

A construction company will have to pay $4.7 million to a man injured in August 2014 when a rock from a truck operated by the company crashed through his windshield and struck him in the head, causing a skull fracture, … Continue reading

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Volvo Releases Statement for Repair Shops

Volvo recently released a statement that involves what is to be used for windshield replacements on the company’s brand of vehicles. According to the company, it wants only original equipment manufacturer (OEM) auto glass used. “Volvo Car USA LLC requires … Continue reading

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Auto Club Group of MN Changes Program

The Auto Club Group in Minnesota has changed its offer for payment of AGRR claims. The price changes became effective January 1, 2019. Below are portions from the pricing notices that were sent out. Each notice is reflective of the … Continue reading

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An Addition Made to the Campfield v. Safelite Lawsuit

The Campfield v. Safelite suit has gone back and forth in court for years, between additional evidence to rescheduling court dates. In late September, Safelite requested to seal a document in hopes of restricting what information is made available to … Continue reading

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A Proposed Tariff of 25% May Affect Auto Glass

The United States Government has proposed several tariffs that would affect the automotive industry, including windshields. The proposed tariff located in Docket No. USTR-2018-0026 has sparked a general concern from many automotive glass businesses. If passed, there would be a … Continue reading

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NSG Coming to GMC and Chevy Models

Nippon Sheet Glass (NSG) Group’s windshield head-up display (HUD) technology will be included in the 2019 GMC Sierra and 2019 Chevrolet Silverado models. Both vehicles will now have a 3 inch by 7 inch multi-color HUD. According to the company, … Continue reading

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VIN Look Ups

The Vehicle identification number (VIN) can provide a variety of information on a person’s vehicle, which of course includes the type of auto glass. While the 17 digit VIN gives an auto glass technician some knowledge on the vehicle, it’s … Continue reading

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CARCO Adds Windshield Damage Inspections To Fight Fraud

CARCO is adding windshield damage inspection addition at its Florida Site Network. The goal is to identify and prevent fraudulent windshield damage claims from being filed with insurance companies. The new addition aims to help both insured Floridians and insurance … Continue reading

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Colorado Communities Respond To Recent Hail Storm

Last week, Colorado’s hail storm left many with broken windshields. At that time, glassBYTEs.com™ wrote about how slammed the local auto glass repair shops were, but now the community is helping in a different way. The city of Fountain’s police … Continue reading

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SOA Wants Spontaneous Windshield Breakage Lawsuit Settled

Subaru of America (SOA) made another response to claims previously filed in the Lucia Luong and Brian Mann class action lawsuit against the corporation concerning spontaneous breakage. Previously the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California decided not … Continue reading

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Repair Acquisition Methods Back in the News in Florida

Those labeled as “door-to-door windshield-repair marketers” are in the news again after consumer posts on social media sparked concerns about the potential of identity theft. HelloSWFL.com recently ran a story titled “Watch Out! Beware Wandering Windshield Repairmen” warning consumers of … Continue reading

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Florida Bills Requiring Windshield Inspections Die

Two bills introduced in the Florida state legislature that would have required an inspection of a windshield’s damage by an insurer before it’s repaired or replaced weren’t voted on in the current 60-day session, which ended on March 9. In … Continue reading

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Ultra Bond Urges Judge Not to Dismiss Case Against Safelite

The attorneys for Richard Campfield, founder of Ultra Bond in Grand Junction, Colo., urged an Ohio judge not to dismiss his amended complaint against Safelite, according to a recently filed court document. Campfield is suing the company for allegedly utilizing … Continue reading

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Don Cotton Retires from Auto Glass Industry after 40 Years

Take it from Don Cotton, former owner of The Village Glassmith in Needham, Mass., now retiree, “Sell it, or walk away.” That was Cotton’s last piece of advice to auto glass shop owners, as the industry veteran officially closed-up shop … Continue reading

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Arizona Senate Bill Clears First Hurdle

After much discussion, Arizona SB 1155, a bill aimed at strengthening the state’s current anti-steering laws and requiring timely inspections of glass claims, cleared the state’s Senate Committee on Government.  “I come here before you today as someone who’s been … Continue reading

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Autoglass Launches Artificial Intelligence Technology

Autoglass, a vehicle glass repair and replacement company based in the UK and owned by Belron, says it has successfully trialed the latest Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to assess the severity of vehicle glass damage. The company says this can … Continue reading

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Proposal that Would Require Insurer Windshield Inspections Passes Florida Senate Committee

A proposed amendment to Florida legislation that would require an insurer’s inspection before a windshield is repaired or replaced has been cleared by a Senate committee. The bill, which is identical in language to the House bill proposed by Rep. … Continue reading

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Honda: Common Repairs Call for Recalibration; Third-Party Tools Not Yet Approved

Even common repairs on a Honda vehicle require a recalibration of its Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), and, so far, only the auto manufacturer’s tool has been approved for the procedure—something every auto glass technician would be interested in. This … Continue reading

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Proposed Florida Bill Aims to Add Insurer Inspection Prior to Windshield Repair

Florida Rep. Rene Plasencia has proposed an amendment to current legislation that would require an inspection of a windshield’s damage by an insurer before it is repaired or replaced. The bill has been pre-filed in the Florida state legislature, and, … Continue reading

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Plaintiff Files Amended Complaint in Spontaneous Windshield Breakage Lawsuit

Lucia Luong has filed an amended complaint against Subaru of America Inc. (SOA) in the Northern District of California to include an additional plaintiff, both claiming the windshields of 2015 through 2016 Subaru Outback and Legacy vehicles “contain one or … Continue reading

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Subaru Motions to Dismiss Lawsuit Over Spontaneous Windshield Breakage

Subaru of America (SOA) has asked the U.S. District Court in Northern California to dismiss a lawsuit seeking class action status on claims of alleged spontaneous windshield breakage. The June 1 lawsuit was brought forth by Lucia Luong, alleging the … Continue reading

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Glassparency Supports 2017 Auto Glass Week™

Prepare for three action-packed days of education, heated competitions and a crowded exhibition floor this October during the 2017 Auto Glass Week™. Glassparency Products Inc., headquartered in Lindenhurst, N.Y., will be headed to West Palm Beach to show its support … Continue reading

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ADAS: Keeping Windshield Repair and Insurance Costs Low

Auto insurance premiums have seen a surge in recent years—up 21.5 percent since 2012, according to consumer price index (CPI) figures from the U.S. Department of Labor. These stats represent one of the largest increases in a five-year span, second … Continue reading

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Subaru Hit with Class Action Lawsuit over Spontaneous Windshield Breakage

Lucia Luong has filed a class action lawsuit against Subaru of America Inc. in the Northern District of California, claiming the windshields of 2015 through 2016 Subaru Outback and Legacy vehicles “contain one or more design and/or manufacturing defects that … Continue reading

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Denver Auto Glass Shops in a Bind Following Hail Storm

Denver auto glass repair and replacement shops, as well as those in surrounding counties, have been flooded with calls following the major hail storm that ripped through the city on Monday afternoon. Hundreds of vehicles in the area were left … Continue reading

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U.S. Probes Freightliner Trucks for Windshield Wiper Failures

U.S. Probes Freightliner Trucks for Windshield Wiper Failures

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Why Did the Turkey Cross the Road? Experts Weigh in on Turkey, Windshield Accidents

Why Did the Turkey Cross the Road? Experts Weigh in on Turkey, Windshield Accidents

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Panicked Man Struggles to Drive When Monster Anaconda Attacks Car Windshield

Panicked Man Struggles to Drive When Monster Anaconda Attacks Car Windshield

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Mercedes-Benz Issues Recall over Windshield Issue

Mercedes-Benz USA has issued a recall for several models because of a defect that could cause the windshield to separate from the vehicle. Recalled models include 2016 GLE350 4Matic and GLS 450 4Matic,  2017 GLE 400 4Matic, GLE 350 4Matic, … Continue reading

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Arizona Transportation Committee Holds Zero-Deductible Bill

A proposed Arizona bill to repeal the “zero-deductible” auto glass repair and replacement law was on the table for discussion yesterday during the state Senate’s Transportation Committee meeting. However, at the last minute it was held and not discussed, effectively … Continue reading

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Porsche Settles in ‘Windshield Glare’ Lawsuit

Auto maker Porsche has reached a settlement for an undisclosed sum with plaintiffs in a case that accused the company of a “windshield glare” defect in some of its vehicles. In court documents dated September 15, plaintiffs Alyce Rubinfeld and … Continue reading

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Acura Requires Camera Calibration After a Windshield Replacement

Honda requires camera calibration and software-based aiming after a windshield replacement for its Acura models, according to a statement from the automaker. Continue reading

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Reports Surface about Rain Leading to Odd Color of Tesla Model X Windshield

It’s been a tough year for Tesla. Earlier this year, consumers reported visibility issues with the Model X windshield and now reports are coming out about the glass taking on a reddish color after rain. “Is this normal? This is … Continue reading

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Tennessee OSHA Completes Carlex Plant Inspection After Workplace Accident

The death of Catherine White, 51, of Lebanon, Tenn., in a workplace accident at the Nashville, Tenn., Carlex Glass America windshield plant triggered an inspection by the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA). The inspection resulted in the allegation of one citation, which includes two “serious” violations, and a monetary penalty of $9,000, according to the TOSHA report. Carlex contested one of the violations. The incident occurred on January 22, 2016. Continue reading

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Dakotaland Autoglass Expands

Though the winter weather “had been tough on business,” Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Dakotaland Autoglass has been expanding. It has acquired CR Autoglass, picked up a former Guardian distribution center and purchased the Praxair paint distribution business. Continue reading

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Let It Snow: Epic Cold Winter Continues to Drive AGRR Demand

Though the first day of Spring is just days away on March 20, many of us would not know it by looking outside our windows today. From Northern Texas to Tennessee and New England, the ongoing snow blasts continue. Yet again, the Federal Government in Washington, D.C., is closed, and Philadelphia is experiencing the worst winter in more than 100 years. All this means good news for AGRR companies, if their team can get into the office. Continue reading

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Cracked Windshield, Window Film Violation Leads to Capture of FBI Most Wanted Fugitive

Aubrey Lee Price, a wanted man by the FBI, has been resurrected from the dead, all thanks to a cracked windshield and some dark window film. During a routine traffic stop in Brunswick, Ga., the 47-year-old fugitive, who was declared dead about a year ago following an apparently faked suicide, was brought into custody after being pulled over for a cracked windshield and illegal levels of window tint New Year’s Eve on Interstate 95. Continue reading

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