On July 18, the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 806, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017. If enacted, the bill would phase in implementation of the 2008 and 2015 ozone standards, extending the date for final designations under the 2015 standards to 2025.

The Car Care Professionals Network (CCPN), an advisory group of the Auto Care Association, has named Brian Ponder of Ponder Auto Repair as the recipient of a scholarship to attend the highly acclaimed University of the Aftermarket’s 2017-18 Leadership 2.0 program.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017 23:20

Volvo Cars To Go All Electric

Volvo cars, owned by China-based Geely Automotive, has announced that starting in 2019 every Volvo it launches will have an electric motor, marking the historic end of cars that only have an internal combustion engine (ICE) and placing electrification at the core of its future business.

For the second year in a row, the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA) Convention and Expo broke previous attendance records.

Advance Auto Parts cut nearly 500 jobs as it seeks a turnaround predicated on store upgrades after two consecutive years of sales decline.

Collision repair shops and associations often express frustration when trying to work with their state insurance regulators on issues related to steering, use of non-OEM parts or other insurance claims practices they consider unfair or illegal. But presentations and discussions at a recent Collision Industry Conference (CIC) on state or federal regulation of the insurance industry may offer an example of how to approach encouraging regulators to act.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 21:14

Respiratory Protection: Assessing Your Shop’s Needs

Written by Donald J. Garvey, CIH, CSP, Construction Industrial Hygienist, 3M Personal Safety Division

Auto body shop workers risk potential exposure to a wide variety of respiratory hazards. These include paints, fillers and solvents, dusts from sanding, metal fumes from welding and cutting, isocyanates, etc. It is a lot to safeguard against to ensure a shop is productive and safe.

The Auto Care Association expressed its disappointment mid-June that U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, proposed a five-year transition plan for the Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) that is intended to subdue the BAT critics. The proposed tax on imports would significantly increase auto repair and maintenance costs for the average car owner in the United States.

BASF’s VisionPLUS® Performance Group program is now I-CAR–approved. In 2017, each Performance Group member will receive seven I-CAR Platinum points for meetings they attend, helping them maintain I-CAR Platinum status each year.

In a dramatic expansion of what is already the largest automotive recall in history, Takata Corp.—which recently filed for bankruptcy protection—has just added 2.7 million vehicles to the total.

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