During several days of events in Denver in mid-April, the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) elected new board members, presented several awards and held a meeting that offered presentations on technical issues and free tools available to the industry.
Three current SCRS board members were reelected to another term. Retaining their seats on the board were Michael Bradshaw of K&M Collision in North Carolina, Bruce Halcro of Capital Collision Centers in Montana and Paul Sgro of Lee’s Garage in New Jersey.
A fourth open seat on the board was filled by Dominic Brusco of PPG, who had previously spent five years on the SCRS board earlier this decade. He defeated incumbent Mark Bodreau of Caliber Collision, who during his 5-year term on the board had sold his Virginia collision repair business to that consolidator. SCRS Chairman Kye Yeung said Bodreau had been “an integral part of the board,” and hoped he would continue to play a role in the association.
During discussions and presentations at the “open meeting” portion of the association’s board meeting in Denver, Matthew McDonnell of Big Sky Collision in Montana (who was appointed to the board earlier this year following the departure of another board member) said he had found some discrepancies between the owners’ manuals for some vehicles and the automakers’ repair procedures for those vehicles.
For two different automakers, for example, “Within the repair procedures, it says that [seatbelts] need to be inspected for frays or any damage” following a collision, McDonnell said. “But within the owners’ manuals, it says to replace every seatbelt” that was in use during the crash.
“So we just want to [know] whether or not we are to look at the owners’ manual, which is crazy, or is there something like a position statement we could get that [states] one will override the other,” McDonnell said.
He said he suspects the discrepancy is likely the result of documentation for the owners’ manual and the repair procedures being prepared by different groups within any given automaker. He said the vast scale of all the automakers’ operations hit home for him when he recently had an opportunity to tour the Fiat Chrysler of America headquarters, which encompasses 5 million square feet.