July/August 2020 Newsletter

Leading News

AGSC Issues Recalibration Guidance
The Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC) has released a checklist for use with vehicles that require recalibration of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) after auto glass replacement.

AGSC Issues Manual on Providing Services during Pandemic
The Auto Glass Safety Council has issued a new manual on providing services during the COVID-19 crisis. Dealing with COVID-19 in the Workplace provides manufacturers, suppliers and auto glass repair and replacement companies with information on proper procedures and equipment for companies to use as a guide to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

AGSC Committees to Meet in September 2020
The Auto Glass Safety Council™ (AGSC) is scheduled to hold a number of committee meetings September 22-23.

Auto Glass Week™ Announces Change of Dates
Auto Glass Week™ 2020 has been rescheduled. The international event will now be held January 12-14, 2021 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The city and venue have remained the same; only the dates have changed in an effort to give people more time to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

New AGSC Member Category for Calibration Companies Instituted
The AGSC is pleased to announce its board of directors has approved a separate Associate Member category for calibration companies that have full common ownership with an AGSC Registered Member Company. The annual Associate Member dues for this category of membership is $150.

AGSC Former Attorney William "Bill" Ives Passes Away
Bill IvesWilliam "Bill" Ives, age 87, died peacefully on May 30, 2020 in North Carolina surrounded by family. Bill had been the AGSC attorney since its founding until 2019 and was instrumental in the development of the organization.

Please Welcome New AGSC Registered Member Companies
Four companies have joined the list of safety-conscious auto glass companies by becoming accredited Registered Member Companies of the prestigious Auto Glass Safety Council™ (AGSC).

On the Blogs

AGRSS Audits Postponed Until 2021
Penny OuelletteAfter careful consideration of the widespread health risks posed by COVID-19, the AGSC has made the difficult decision to postpone its 2020 AGRSS audits until 2021. This decision was not made lightly, but the widespread travel bans and state of emergencies being declared have made the logistics of traveling to audit the Registered Member Company locations to be increasingly difficult. Most importantly, the health and safety of our members and their families are our primary concern. On behalf of Orion Registrar and the AGSC, we send our best wishes in this difficult time.

Certification News

Congratulation to These Master Auto Glass Technicians
Master TechnicianSeveral technicians earned and/or renewed their Auto Glass Safety Council™ (AGSC) Master Auto Glass Technician certifications during the months of April, May and June. The exam is an online test consisting of 70 multiple choice questions.

Legislative News

The following activity in the legislative arena has occurred:


Extension to Paycheck Protections Program Enacted
Federal legislation was enacted earlier this week that extends the Paycheck Protection Program through August 8. The program was originally to expire on June 30.

Revised Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application Form Released
On Tuesday, the US Small Business Administration (SBA) and Treasury released the promised revised Form 3508 Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act enacted in Washington
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act was enacted in Washington last week to address concerns expressed by business owners and give borrowers additional time and flexibility to use the loan proceeds.

U.S. House Approves Third Coronavirus Relief Package
On Thursday, the U.S. House approved a third Coronavirus relief package to further address the economic dislocation caused by the global pandemic. The Senate had passed the legislation on Tuesday and it is expected to be quickly signed by President Trump.


Emergency Technician Bill Fails
Legislation that would allow auto glass companies to use out of state technicians in an emergency failed to pass during the 2020 legislative session. The bill was opposed by the Auto Glass Safety Council and the Connecticut Glass Dealers Association. Under the bill, which had passed a House committee, the emergency license would be available to auto glass companies doing business in Connecticut to use up to fifteen technicians, as long as their qualifications are substantially similar or higher to those of Connecticut technicians, during the emergency period.

Right to Repair Initiative to be on November Ballot
The Auto Glass Safety Council is supporting a Right to Repair Ballot Initiative in Massachusetts in 2020. The pro-safety, pro-independent repairer proposal ballot updates a similar initiative passed by voters in 2012 and would require cars sold in Massachusetts to share telematics mechanical data to a platform easily accessed by the vehicle's owner and the authorized independent repair facility. Right to Repair supporters gathered over 100,000 signatures and the measure has been placed on the November ballot after the legislature failed to act during the 2020 session.

For the full text CLICK HERE.


Bill Restoring A Provision Scheduled to be Repealed Enacted
Mississippi has enacted legislation that maintains a provision of insurance law requiring an insurer paying a claim to include the repairer or the lien holder on the check.  The provision had been slated to be repealed on July 1, 2020. Governor Tate Reeves signed the bill on June 10.

Text of the enacted legislation is HERE.


ADAS Legislation Will Not Move Forward
New Hampshire legislation supported by the Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC) and addressing Advanced Drive Assistance System calibrations, died during a highly unusual coronavirus-related one-day Senate session on June 16.  Technically, HB 1455, which the House passed on March 11 as well as a companion Senate bill, SB 513, which was still in committee, was "laid on the table", or put aside; and in reality it will not be considered in this legislative session.

Safety News

Ford Issues Sunroof Recall
Ford recently issued a recall on more than 5,000 of its Transit Connect vans made from 2014 to 2017 with panoramic sunroofs. The auto manufacturer stated the sunroofs could leak or even detach from the vans, in a press release.

Ford Recalls Certain 2020 Mustangs for ADAS Issues
Ford Motor Company is issuing two safety recalls in North America including one covering certain 2020 Mustangs with potentially compromised Advance Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).

Bentley Recalls Three Continental GTs Whose Sunroof Glass Panel Might Fly Off
Bentley has informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of a recall conducted in North America on certain units of the 2020 Continental GT.

Adhesion Issue Sparks Recall
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a new safety recall of certain Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) buses, medium, and heavy vehicles. The recall states the affected vehicle models' adhesive bond between the glass and the metal hinge frame of its frameless windows may fail, which would then allow the glass to detach and fall out.

Visibility Issue Prompts NTHSA to Issue Recall
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued three visibility recalls on Highland Ridge RV, Keystone RV Company (Keystone), and Thor Motor Coach (TMC). Each recall states the affected vehicle models have bonding issues.

US Investigates Headlight Failures in About 392,000 Kia SUVs
The U.S. government's auto safety agency is investigating complaints that headlights can suddenly fail in some older Kia SUVs. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the probe covers about 392,000 Kia Sorento SUVs from the 2011 through 2013 model years.

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