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 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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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.

1930

The decade of the 1930’s would see many significant safety features added to automobiles including safety glass, windshield washers, and sealed beam headlamps, all meant to either help mitigate auto accidents, or protect vehicle occupants in th...

Saturday, July 20, 2013

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1928

Glass maker PPG introduces Duplate® laminated safety glass.  Constantly improved, by 1966, a windshield could withstand three times the impact of the first windshields.

Monday, July 15, 2013

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1927

The Wills-Saint Clair auto company meets its demise after a six year struggle.  It’s problem?  The car was over-engineered using more exotic materials than were used at the time.  In light of the vehicle engineering of the early ...

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

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1926

By 1926, all GM cars were finished at the factory with DuPont Duco lacquer.  Its solvent-evaporation drying process reduces painting time from 30 days to two hours greatly enhancing new-vehicle production and allowing a myriad of colors.  A...

Friday, July 5, 2013

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October 6-11, 1919

By 1919, car bodies were becoming more sophisticated.  On this date, the Detroit Auto Dealers Association held the first “Closed Car Salon” auto show featuring only closed body vehicles.  Prior to this time, many cars had open b...

Monday, July 1, 2013

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1962

Wisconsin passes a law requiring seat belts for all cars sold in that state.  The next year, 23 states enacted similar legislation to take effect the following model year.  In response, auto makers made front seat belts as standard equipmen...

Sunday, June 30, 2013

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1959

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is founded.  Funded by the insurance industry and operating as a non-profit organization in Arlington, VA, the IIHS works to reduce the number and severity of motor vehicle crashes.  It carr...

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

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30 June, 1953

The first Chevrolet Corvette rolls off the assembly line and will be the industry’s first production vehicle with a fiberglass body.  Fiberglass presents some new challenges to the collision repair industry, used to working with stamped st...

Thursday, June 20, 2013

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1945

WWII is over, and the body shop business, as we know it today, is born.  From 1945 to 1978, unfettered by environmental laws, government regulation, safety regulation, or insurance company influence, the number of body shops will increase dramat...

Saturday, June 15, 2013

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1943

Boeing Aircraft Company designs an automobile slated for post-war production.  Its design, not surprisingly, is heavily influenced by aircraft design, with a 75HP rear engine and an all-aluminum body.  It never reaches production, but its d...

Monday, June 10, 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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