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.

Honda Cautions that New Driver Assist/Safety Systems Require OE Parts Replacement

Honda is cautioning collision repairers that while driver assist systems and other safety systems on many late model Honda and Acura automobiles offer heightened safety and convenience for the vehicle driver and passengers, their performance many be ...

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Oklahoma Attorney General Warns Consumers against Steering

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt issued a warning November 6 regarding the practice of steering – where insurers strongly push consumers to auto body repair shops that may provide "substandard service to consumers." According to a press ...

Monday, November 10, 2014


Three-Quarters of Vehicles Sold in 2035 Expected to Have Autonomous Capability

A recent report from Navigant Research analyzes the emerging global market for advanced driver assistance systems leading to semi-autonomous and autonomous driving, including global market forecasts for autonomous-capable vehicle sales and volumes of...

Friday, November 7, 2014


Counterfeit Automotive Parts

SAFETY HAZARD TO THE PUBLIC A Growing Problem. Law enforcement has identified a trend of counterfeited automotive parts growing at an alarming rate. A counterfeit automotive part is one that bears the trademark of a legitimate and trusted brand, b...

Friday, October 10, 2014


Denver Police Work with Collision Repair Shops to Solve Hit and Runs

The Denver Police Department announced a new program that partners with local collision repair shops to help solve hit and run accidents. The program, named the Denver Auto Body Alert, establishes two-way communication between police and local collis...

Thursday, September 18, 2014


Manufacturers Now Need Permit to Test Autonomous Vehicles in California

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced that the regulations governing how manufacturers can test autonomous vehicles on California roads went into effect September 16. The regulations set rules for autonomous vehicle testing, in...

Thursday, September 18, 2014


State Farm Projects Deer Collisions Up 3 Percent

According to new claims data from the nation’s largest auto insurer, drivers will be more likely to hit a deer in the next 12 months. Claim cost up nearly 14 percent. U.S. drivers are nearly 3 percent more likely to collide with a deer in the ...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Living Off-The-Grid: Energy Self-sufficient Home Powers a Honda Fit EV

Honda Smart Home US, located on the West Village campus of the University of California, Davis, is capable of producing more energy on-site from renewable sources than it consumes annually from the electric grid, including enough energy to power a Ho...

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


New Website: Educating Consumers About Collision Repair and Their Rights

“If you are involved in an accident and have an auto claim, we are here to help you so you don't make any bad decisions,” states the home page of, a new website created by an independent body shop who feels consumers lack info...

Monday, March 31, 2014


New Mexico Enacts Ban on Texting While Driving

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx applauded New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez for signing a new law that prohibits text messaging while driving, making New Mexico the 42nd state to prohibit texting behind the wheel by all drivers. "I appl...

Thursday, March 6, 2014


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.


Pennsylvania Repairer's Efforts Lead to $15,000 Gift to Feed Children

The Believe and Achieve Foundation, a non-profit charity organization in the Philadelphia area founded by Fred Gunther, president of Grand Sport Auto Body & Glass Centers, presented a donation check for $15,000.00 to the Chester County Food Bank ...

Thursday, January 17, 2013


Allstate and Sterling Autobody to Gift 20 Cars this Holiday Season

This holiday season, Allstate Insurance Company and Sterling Autobody Centers are donating more than 20 newly refurbished automobiles through the National Auto Body Council's (NABC) Recycled Rides Program. The vehicles have been restored by technicia...

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


Students at Iowa Community College Refurbish Vehicles for Charity and Education

Students at the Northwest Iowa Community College (NCC) will be donating their ninth refurbished vehicle to charity this holiday season. With the help from the Iowa Auto Recyclers Association (IAR), students in NCC's SkillsUSA chapters inspect, repair...

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


BASF Donates Waterborne Paint and Equipment to Kansas School

Washburn Institute of Technology in Topeka, Kansas, received a waterborne technology equipment upgrade through the generosity of BASF. The donation was made through the Collision Repair Education Foundation and included paint and related equipment to...

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


Ohio Shop Hosts Benefit for Wounded Iraq War Veteran

Jim West, CEO of the Theobald Family CARSTARs of Ohio, and his wife Donna hosted "A Soldier's Benefit" October 13, raising more than $20,000 that will go toward building a computerized custom house for a wounded veteran of the Iraq War. Sergeant Fir...

Thursday, October 25, 2012


State Farm Contributes $70,000 to Education Foundation

The Collision Repair Education Foundation announced that State Farm Insurance has displayed its commitment to the future of the collision industry by contributing $70,000 to the Collision Repair Education Foundation. The Foundation said it the contri...

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


P.B.E. Jobbers Warehouse Donates $65,000 in Products to Collision Schools

P.B.E. Jobbers Warehouse has donated $65,000 in products to three schools through the Collision Repair Education Foundation. The donation will assist the collision instructors who are continuing to have their budgets reduced and allows collision stud...

Monday, October 22, 2012


CIF Crash Hunger Program Partners with Feeding America During Hunger Action Month

The Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) "Crash Hunger" program was highlighted during the most recent Collision Industry Conference meeting in San Antonio in July, but the hottest activity lately was the donation of $5,000 to Feeding America. When yo...

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


Education Foundation, AASP Massachusetts to Offer Student Tool Grants

The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers Massachusetts (AASP-MA) will offer tool grants through the Collision Repair Education Foundation next spring that will be available exclusively to Massachusetts collision students. The tool grants will be ...

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


Van Tuyl Group Joins NABC, Commits to Donate 36 Recycled Rides

The National Auto Body Council (NABC) announced that Van Tuyl Group, Inc. has come forward to support the organization through diamond-level membership, the highest level of NABC corporate sponsorship, and will also participate extensively in this ye...

Friday, August 24, 2012