The Auto Glass Safety Council conducted its winter meetings in early January. The meetings were held via Zoom after the planned in-person meetings in Tampa, FL had to be scuttled due to the Omicron variant. The AGSC Board of Directors, along with several committees, including the AGRSS Standards Committee, the ROLAGS 2 Standards Committee and the ADAS Committee, conducted important sessions.
The AGRSS Standards Committee continued its work on updating the Automotive Glass Replacement Safety Standard (AGRSS) standard to further address Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and calibration and the ROLAGS 2 Standards Committee continued developing revisions to the Repair of Laminated Auto Glass (ROLAGS) standard.
“We got some pretty serious ADAS verbiage put in the AGRSS standard,” ADAS Committee chair Jacques Navant said.
AGRSS Standards Committee chairperson Bob Beranek anticipates the next iteration of the ANSI-AGSC standard, expected to be designated as 005-2022, will be finalized this year. Most new information in the revised standard, Beranek said, is ADAS-related and “I think we did a good job.” Beranek said customers must be informed when they have a windshield replaced that recalibration is also necessary if their vehicle has ADAS features.
“Just remember our standard is a living document, which is always being reviewed,” Beranek stated. The AGRSS standard can be updated at any time, as dictated by evolving technology and industry consensus, using the amendment process established in the rules of the American National Standards Institute.
The ADAS Committee discussed the tools used in recalibration. “The aftermarket tools are very popular, they’re obtainable,” Navant said. Education is AGSC’s “moral responsibility to provide,” Navant continued. Education of customer service representatives is also important.
The Public Affairs Committee meeting included a discussion of efforts to advocate for state legislation similar to the auto glass replacement safety law enacted in Maryland in 2021. Bills addressing auto glass replacement safety have since been introduced in Massachusetts and Virginia in 2022.