News & Views

American Honda will, from time to time, place collision industry magazine articles at this site addressing news, issues, and trends that could be of interest to consumers.

These articles are offered as informational only, reprinted as found in various collision industry magazines, and do not necessarily represent the position or opinion of American Honda.

U.S. Department of Transportation Releases Policy on Automated Vehicles

The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced its new policy concerning vehicle automation, including its plans for research on related safety issues and recommendations for states addressing...

Friday, May 31, 2013


NY Counterfeit Airbag Proposal Moves Forward in Senate

The NY Senate Consumer Protection committee has approved a measure that would make it a specific crime to sell fake or non-functional airbags. Lying that a phony airbag is real would also be a crime. According to the Senate analysis, Senate Bill 50...

Wednesday, May 29, 2013


The Driving Boom is Over

Many recent pieces of research on drivers in the U.S. have confirmed that today's younger generations are driving less than their parents due to a variety of factors, including the proliferation of Internet technologies that make trips to a friend's ...

Tuesday, May 28, 2013


Connecticut Senate Approves Counterfeit Airbag Bill

Connecticut is looking to crack down on counterfeit airbags. On May 14, the Senate passed Senate Bill 1040, making it a felony to manufacture, import, install or reinstall a counterfeit or non-functional airbag. Falsifying an auto's diagnostic system...

Monday, May 20, 2013


Are Cell Phones to Blame for Increasing Crash Rates

In recent years, as highway fatalities and crash rates have been reaching historic lows, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) pointed to improvements in car safety, public education, increased seatbelt use and other reasons for ...

Friday, May 17, 2013


Minnesota House Passes Bill Making Paint and Materials Taxable

The Minnesota House on April 24 passed an omnibus tax bill that includes a new section on sales tax for the collision repairers in the state. The 354 page House File 677 adds the sale of motor vehicle repair paint and materials to the definition of ...

Friday, April 26, 2013


NHTSA Says 660,000 Drivers Using Mobile Devices at any Given Moment

The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released new survey results that show that Americans continue to use electronic devices while driving, despite warnings that it causes their own driving to...

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


Google Shows Consumer Interest in Body Shops

Looking at what Google users are searching for over the past 10 years or so, the search term "body shop" has been on the increase since November 2008. The Internet search engine offers insight on what its users search for and the popularity of those ...

Monday, March 25, 2013


2013 Car Insurance Rates by State

Louisiana and Michigan have been one of the top three most expensive states for car insurance since began its annual survey in 2010. This year, Georgia rose from number 10 in 2012 to become the third-most expensive state, bumping Oklahoma ...

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Maryland Holds Hearing on Counterfeit Airbag Bill

The Maryland House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on counterfeit airbag legislation on Wednesday. House Bill 885 would make it a criminal offense if an individual knowingly sells or installs a counterfeit airbag in a vehicle. "I view this issue ...

Thursday, March 7, 2013


Rear View Mirror — Historical Fun Facts

The History of the Automobile in America,

it’s mechanical and auto body technology and development, the people who drive them, the laws they are subject to, the evolution of the roads they drive on, and almost inevitably, the technology required to recover a collision-damaged vehicle and return it to drivable condition, are all intertwined. The history of the collision repair industry, most specifically, the many companies that support the industry, have a long and interestingly varied past.

These items are offered as informational only, and do not necessarily represent the position or opinion of American Honda.

July, 1983

An interesting article in an industry trade magazine of this month discussed the pros and cons of working on “foreign” cars – how some shops still did not want to deal with them due to difficulty matching paint, parts that were hard...

Saturday, July 5, 2014


July 1963

In 2014, use of aluminum body parts is seen as something relatively new and innovative. Today, aluminum is used to save vehicle weight and thus increase fuel economy. Fifty years ago, in 1963, the Dodge Polara was available in a special package with ...

Friday, July 4, 2014


July 19, 1899

Mr. and Mrs John D. Davis leave New York City driving a Duryea bound for Chicago. After many breakdowns and parts delays, they finally reached their destination four and a half months later. By today’s standards, it was a horrific trip. But in ...

Thursday, July 3, 2014



The Erie Canal is under construction. One particularly rocky section will require 14 tons of gunpowder, most of it from the DuPont Company, at the time, a major producer of gunpowder in the U.S. It would take almost 100 years, but DuPont would turn f...

Wednesday, July 2, 2014



The first tin can made its debut around 1810. It was a convenient way to move products of all types, especially liquids from factory to consumer. The only problem was, it was not re-sealable. This was one of the first logistical problems paint-produc...

Tuesday, July 1, 2014



Sherwin-Williams, known to most consumers as a provider of quality paint for home and industry initiates an automotive paint division and automotive paint begins production in Kentucky. Today, Sherwin-Williams is a major producer of automotive refini...

Wednesday, June 25, 2014


Circa 1969

Founded in the Netherlands in 1792, the Sikkens paint company is a name most people outside the collision repair industry would not be familiar with, but they are one of the oldest paint companies in the world. Around 1969, Sikkens expanded from the ...

Friday, June 20, 2014


June 30, 1965

The United States General Services Administration publishes a list of 17 safety standards required by all vehicles sold to the federal government. Automakers try to block the initiative stating that the items are impractical, and based on the 1956 Fo...

Sunday, June 15, 2014



The first car with 4-wheel hydraulic brakes is introduced, the Duesenberg Model A. All other cars at that time used cable-operated mechanical brakes. In fact, despite the obvious advantages of hydraulic versus mechanical brake systems, it took almost...

Tuesday, June 10, 2014



Ford’s Model T is being built using what was then conventional means (sans assembly line) at a rate of 7 cars per hour. Five years later, with the advent of the assembly line, production would rise to an astonishing 146 cars per hour. One of pr...

Thursday, June 5, 2014


Hall of Fame — Industry Good Guys

Collision repair is about people helping people

who find themselves in a difficult situation, often through no fault of their own. It’s not just about putting cars back together — it’s about making people whole again. The collision repair community — including body shops, paint, parts, equipment and insurance companies — has been doing this for a long time.

And sometimes, the collision industry goes above and beyond the call of duty to make things a little bit brighter for those less fortunate. This section honors the shops and suppliers that take that additional step.

These items are offered as informational only, and do not necessarily represent the position or opinion of American Honda.


Las Vegas Families Leave SEMA with Gifts of Transportation

Four formerly homeless Las Vegas families visited the SEMA Show last week and left proud owners of practically brand new cars presented by members of the National Auto Body Council at its annual Recycled Rides Luncheon. The four families were select...

Friday, November 14, 2014


BASF hosts fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project during SEMA

The team from BASF’s Automotive Refinish business hosted a fundraiser in Las Vegas this week as part of its participation at the 2014 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show. The fundraiser raised $3,500 to help support wounded servi...

Friday, November 7, 2014


Collision Repair Education Foundation Announces Grant Winners

The Collision Repair Education Foundation’s announced winners of its 2014 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover school grant winners as well as grants supported by CCC and GEICO, last night at the organization’s annual industry reception ...

Wednesday, November 5, 2014


NABC and Progressive to Donate 117 Vehicles on Veterans Day

In the largest, single-day car giveaway ever, members of the National Auto Body Council (NABC) are partnering with the Progressive Group of Insurance Companies, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and others in the collision industry to present 117 military vetera...

Wednesday, November 5, 2014


Service King Raises $112,000 for the Breast Cancer Foundation

Service King Collision Repair Centers and its teammates joined together to raise more than $112,000 in support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) during the month of October. Service King pledged to match teammate donations to NBCF duri...

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


Hertz Contributes $30,000 to the Collision Repair Education Foundation

The Hertz Corporation has donated $30,000 to the Collision Repair Education Foundation to assist the charitable organization’s efforts to support high school and college collision school programs, instructors, and students across the country. H...

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Over $300,000 Raised at Dallas Education Foundation Fundraiser

The collision industry came together on August 16th in Dallas, Texas during the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s inaugural Cars, Careers & Celebrities Expo to elevate awareness for local high school and college collision students. Th...

Friday, September 19, 2014


Long Island Veterans to Receive 10 Vehicles

The Long Island Auto Body Repairmen's Association will present the 6th Annual Recycles Rides Give-A-Way at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Hall, 31 Horseblock Road, in Centereach, N.Y. at 9 a.m., September 20. Refreshments will be sponsored by Ent...

Friday, September 19, 2014


CARSTAR Cincinnati Raises $14,000 for Fisher House

The CARSTAR Cincinnati Business Group hosted its 12th annual Golf Outing at TPC River’s Bend on Monday, August 25th, with the proceeds benefiting the Fisher House Foundation. The Fisher House is “a home away from home” for families ...

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


Spanesi Americas Donates MultiBench to Support Education Foundation Grant Program

Spanesi Americas has donated a Multibench 12, valued at $25,000 to Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, Ill., the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s 2013 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover winning college school. In addition to t...

Tuesday, March 18, 2014