Auto Glass Safety Council™
January 2020 Newsletter

Leading News

AGSC Welcomes Seth Maiman
The Auto Glass Safety Council™ (AGSC) recently announced Seth Maiman as its new director of legislative affairs. Maiman is a resident of Bethesda, Md., but grew up in New York state. He has spent three decades in legislative affairs, including two stints on Capitol Hill and a decade in corporate government relations for MCI during the time of telecommunications deregulation.
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AGSC Develops New Marketing Video
The Auto Glass Safety Council™ (AGSC) has created a new video with an inside look at a recent windshield catastrophe that highlights the importance of a safe windshield installation.
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AGSC Committees to Meet in Los Angeles in March
The Auto Glass Safety Council™ (AGSC) will hold a number of committee meetings March 18-19 at the Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport Hotel.
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On the Blogs

Bob Beranek

AGRSS Clarifications

"What does Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standard (AGRSS) cover and what vehicles are exempt? All auto glass replacements are covered under the standard. However, the ‘permissible exceptions’ clause, as stated in section 7.2 of the standard under the heading, installation standards – rubber gasket, has caused confusion.” –Bob Beranek
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Certification News

Congratulations to These Master Auto Glass Technicians
Several technicians earned and/or renewed their Auto Glass Safety Council™ (AGSC) Master Auto Glass Technician certifications during the month of December. The exam is an online test consisting of 70 multiple choice questions. Those who apply to become Master Auto Glass Technicians must have experience and knowledge in: OSHA-required employee safety regulations; conducting all installations according to the current ANSI/AGSC/AGRSS™ Standard.
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Legislative News

The following states have had activity in the legislative arena:

Alaska
Would prohibit tinting that is below five inches on the front windshield, that is mirrored or reduces light transmission on the side and rear windows to less than 35 percent.
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Florida

Aims to “prohibit motor vehicle repair shops or their employees from offering anything of value to a customer in exchange for making an insurance claim for motor vehicle glass replacement or repair, including offers made through certain persons, etc.”
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Hawaii
Would repeal a requirement that side and rear auto windows have no less than 35% light transmittance and expand an exemption from sun screening regulation of side and rear windows to personal vehicles provided that the vehicle has rear-view mirrors on both sides. 
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Illinois
Would prohibit tinted auto glass on windshields and windows with an exception for drivers who suffer from light sensitivity as a result of traumatic brain injury.
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Iowa
Would provide a process for a medical exemption to the state window tinting law.
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New Hampshire
Aims to "[make] it an unfair insurance practice for an insurance company, agent, or adjuster to knowingly fail to pay a claim to the claimant or repairer to the extent the claimant's vehicle is repaired in conformance with applicable manufacturer's procedures."
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New York
Allows consumers leasing cars for personal use to enter into to (should be just “into”) service contracts for “wear and tear” items such as auto glass cracks and chips – but not auto glass replacement – in order to prevent the imposition of surprise lease end costs by the lessor. Signed into law.
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Seeks to repeal certain regular “wear and tear” items such as windshield cracks and chips from the newly enacted definition of service contracts for consumer leased vehicles. 
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Rhode Island
Would exempt certain public officials from the requirement of maintaining transparent windows and windshields.
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Utah
Aims to amend the state’s tinted window law to reduce the light transmittance allowed for a front side window from not less than 43% to not less than 25%.
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Safety News

Mercedes-Benz Glass Panel Recall Might Land in Your Shop
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a new visibility recall of 79 Mercedes-Benz products affecting 744,852 vehicle owners.
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Auto Glass Safety Council
20 PGA Drive, Suite 201
Stafford, VA 22554
540/720-7484 (P)
540/720-5687 (F)
info@agsc.org

Certification Information
Vinny LaMarco
vlamarco@agsc.org
540/602-3252

Membership Information
Kathy Bimber
kbimber@agsc.org
540/602-3263

Events

March 18-19, 2020
AGSC Spring Committee Meetings
Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport
Los Angeles, Calif.
www.agsc.org

September 22-24, 2020
Auto Glass Week™
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, Fla.
www.autoglassweek.com

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