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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 stopdrp.com, a new website created by an independent body shop who feels consumers lack info...

Monday, March 31, 2014

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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

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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.

1982

The Department of Transportation opens collision demonstrations to the public and press for the first time.  A 1982 Volvo is crashed into a fixed barrier and two domestic cars (brands un-named) collide together.  The purpose of the demonstr...

Saturday, February 1, 2014

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1948

The Tucker automobile is introduced with a number of passenger safety features that were quite advanced for its day including seat belts, roll-bar, crash-frame around the entire car, a padded dashboard, and an interior free of protruding or sharp obj...

Monday, January 20, 2014

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1942

WWII rages across Europe. The Sikkens paint factory in Sassenheim, Netherlands comes under fire. It stands between German paratroopers and Dutch defenders. The factory is hit during an air raid and an ensuing fire causes extensive damage. Paint produ...

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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1941

The United States enters WWII and Sherwin-Williams is ready to help the cause with a newly-constructed $37 million facility and a workforce of 6,000. The US was building warships – which needed paint - and Sherwin-Williams provided it. Over 400...

Friday, January 10, 2014

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1936

DuPont introduces a clear, acrylic polymer called Lucite, as a direct competitor to Plexiglass. Among other things, Lucite was used to make nose cones for WWII bombers. In liquid form, Lucite becomes an automotive refinish lacquer replacing the older...

Sunday, January 5, 2014

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Summer, 1929

DuPont created Duco lacquer in 1920, and introduced it on the 1924 Oakland. In the summer of 1929, they were still trying to improve it, to make it more spreadable for furniture use. In the process, DuPont chemists created a whole new product, &ndash...

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

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December, 1983

Transportation Secretary Elizabeth Dole announces that all cars made after September 1, 1985 must have an eye-level, center-mounted brake light. The move is expected to eliminate 40,000 injuries and $434 million in property damage per year.

Monday, December 9, 2013

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1982

An editorial appearing in a collision industry trade magazine in the summer of 1982 asked shop owners to clean up their facility, make it look neat, clean and professional to attract walk-in customers. The article noted that many shop owners say that...

Thursday, December 5, 2013

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1962

DuPont records $2.4 billion in sales, more than any other chemical company at the time; one-third higher than it’s nearest competitor, ICI. Through the 1960’s DuPont produces a dizzying array of products with increasing retail awareness. ...

Monday, December 2, 2013

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1956

Up to this point, over a million Americans had died on the nation’s roads and highways. The general consensus was that it was all on account of driver error and / or that the drivers in question were not following the laws. Surely, it was thoug...

Sunday, December 1, 2013

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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.

2013

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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