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Two men died from a December 1 shooting at a Twin Falls, Idaho, auto glass and window tint shop. Police responded to an 8:19 p.m. 911 call of shots fired at The Tint Shop V in Twin Falls, Idaho, where … Continue reading
The Attorney General of Kentucky on November 29 announced a $1.35 million settlement with State Farm over inadequate disclosures to customers of uninsured and underinsured coverage through its insurance policies. “This settlement with State Farm provides us confidence in State … Continue reading
Safelite recently introduced the “Safelite Spot,” an interactive play space at the world’s largest Ronald McDonald House in Columbus, Ohio. Children can “drive” the Safelite van and hear the company’s jingle when they honk the horn, zoom cars across the … Continue reading
Tesla’s high-tech Cybertruck boasts many cool features, but the vehicle’s giant windshield, said to be the largest piece of glass in the auto industry, will cost a lot to replace. Also, the large windshield wiper doesn’t clear the whole windshield. … Continue reading
A man with a crowbar walked through a Koreatown neighborhood in Las Angeles, Calif., smashing the windows of about 30 parked cars. Video here.
Florida attorneys filed nearly 54,000 auto glass lawsuits in the first nine months of 2023, according to a report by the Florida Record. Tallahassee attorney Ashley Kalifeh attributed the increase to the language used to craft two legal reform bills … Continue reading
Nielsen & Moller Auto Glass Distributors will open a new wholesale location in Tempe, Ariz., next month “By establishing this new wholesale location, we aim to provide customers with convenient access to our comprehensive inventory, exceptional service, and competitive prices,” … Continue reading
Ford Motor Company has approved AirPro Diagnostics as a diagnostics and calibrations provider for complete and safe auto repairs. “This approval is yet another example of AirPro’s commitment to meeting OE approvals,” says AirPro Diagnostics president and COO Josh McFarlin. … Continue reading
Former Safelite president and alumnus Thomas M. Feeney was one of three industry and business leaders elected to the La Salle University board of trustees. “It gives me great pleasure to welcome these three alumni members to La Salle University’s … Continue reading
A woman is in serious condition after a vehicle suspension spring crashed through her windshield in Weston, Mass. Read more here.
The Mercedes-Benz EQS 53 AMG has a hidden button on the driver’s side of the hood. On the car’s “4-Matic” logo, drivers can push a button that opens a small tunnel that allows access to the vehicle refill center the … Continue reading
A Fresno, Calif., woman received major damage to her truck after she crashed into a traffic light that was lying in the middle of the road on December 1 in Fresno. The road was very dark and the woman did … Continue reading
John Payne packed up his van and tools a year ago and made the 2,000-mile trek to sunny Florida. Working from his new home in the Sunshine State, the 39-year-old Auto Glass Safety Council-certified master technician and owner of Payne’s … Continue reading
Spend any time on the road, either as a commuter, professional truck or van driver, or just tooling around your neighborhood, and you’ll likely encounter drivers engrossed in their cell phones or digital devices. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration … Continue reading
The year-end holiday period from Thanksgiving through New Year’s remains one of the most dangerous times on U.S. roads and highways, with a spike in crashes that often result in serious injuries or death, according to the National Road Safety … Continue reading
At the November 30 unveiling of its Cybertruck prototype, Tesla attempted to show the strength of its “Tesla Armor Glass,” which the automaker claims can resist an impact from a steel ball. Designer Franz von Holzhausenz hurled a steel ball … Continue reading
The Oconee County, S.C., council voted to install bulletproof glass on law enforcement vehicles in the wake of a deputy shooting. The county must buy more than 100 bulletproof windshields to protect all of the county’s law enforcement officers. The … Continue reading
Houston, Texas, police say a man is lucky to be alive after being shot at seven times during an alleged road rage incident. Video from the scene shows several bullet holes in the driver’s windshield. Read more here.
San Jose, Calif., police arrested a man involved in a violent road rage incident that severely injured a dog. On November 11, two men were out of their vehicle at a red light during a road rage incident with another … Continue reading
Mygrant Glass sent a notice to auto glass customers outlining the mandatory steps to be taken before returning a windshield that could not be successfully recalibrated. According to a memo from William Stanfield, those steps are: • Pre-scan for DTCs … Continue reading
Straightaway Tire & Auto, on November 29, completed the acquisition of Accurate Auto & Tire Service and Wayne’s Automotive. Accurate Auto is a full-service auto repair facility serving the Maple Grove, Minn., market for more than 25 years. Wayne’s is … Continue reading
Matthew Washer, head of retail specialty trading at Aviva, explained that motor products with connectivity now consider individual driver behaviors, moving away from reliance on conventional risk assessment factors such as vehicle type, age, and location. Read more here.
A Scottish van driver was banned from the roads after getting behind the wheel with a frozen windshield and windows. Read more here.
When Sims Turner of Hahira, Georgia, was traveling with his 12-year-old child, the last thing he expected was his windshield exploding. But that is exactly what happened as he drove down a golf course. Read more here.
On November 28, State Farm announced changes to its policies for comprehensive coverage of windshield repairs. Beginning December 1, the comprehensive coverage deductible will no longer apply for windshield repairs for all glass-only windshield damage for State Farm claims. State … Continue reading
K&K Glass (Auto Glass Now), on November 21, reported a data breach where an unauthorized party accessed the company’s IT network. The hack exposed sensitive consumer information, including names, Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, passport numbers, addresses, telephone numbers, … Continue reading
Electric cars with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are changing how car owners drive. From alerting the driver to potential dangers on the road to lending a hand in tricky parking situations, electric cars with ADAS are at the forefront … Continue reading
With the arrival of the first snowfall of the season in the Kansas City area, law enforcement officials remind drivers that removing snow from all vehicle windows, not just the windshield, is not just a safe practice, but failure to … Continue reading
Windsor, Ont., auto glass shops say they’ve seen a sharp increase in clients coming in for repairs as car thefts are soaring. The Windsor, Ont. police department received an additional $900,000 in funding to help combat auto theft. Read more … Continue reading
Working toward goals and working harder than anyone else provides the roadmap to success for one Utah-based auto glass franchise owner. This kind of dedication has allowed Greg Malone, franchise owner of Glass Doctor® Auto, to put his Midvale, Utah-based … Continue reading
Municipal governments, businesses, colleges, and parking lot owners across the county began employing a new tool to target parking scofflaws, the Barnacle. A high-tech version of the crustacean that covers a ship’s hull, the Barnacle attaches to the windshield of … Continue reading
Help wanted. Manufacturer Fuyao Glass America wants to find skilled workers fluent in Mandarin for its new 600,000-square-foot facility in Dayton, Ohio. The company announced the new plant last December 2022, and now it’s time to fill it. According to … Continue reading
New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed the Auto Insurance Consumer Relief Act into law, allowing insurance companies to waive pre-insurance photo inspections for private passenger vehicles. According to the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America, Inc.’s New York chapter … Continue reading
“So, Geico laid off about 6% of their workforce, 2,000 people. Liberty Mutual just laid off about 2% of their workforce, 850 people. We’ve already talked about Farmers and their 11% layoff. What in the world is going on with … Continue reading
In a desperate bid to cut costs, U.K. drivers by tens of thousands are increasing the deductible on their insurance policies or switching to third-party-only cover. A leading consumer advocate calls the behavior “deeply concerning.” They warn that reducing insurance … Continue reading
A Paterson, N.J., police officer was treated for injuries after a blast from an “incendiary object” shattered the vehicle’s windshield and did minor damage to the hood. Read more here.
Good Samaritans rushed to the aid of a driver stuck inside her rolled-over vehicle in Doral, Fla., on November 19. Story here.
Despite the general pessimism of many small businesses, the folks at Elk River, Minn.-based ABRA Auto Body & Glass remain optimistic about the future. “This year’s been very good,” says ABRA Auto Glass (AAG) manager Tony Shaw. “Things are finally … Continue reading
Luca de Meo, Renault Group’s CEO, says that the new Twingo aspires to become a “game-changer” as a smaller, budget-friendly city car. The electric “supermini” features a windshield that matches the incline of the short hood, creating the signature single-box … Continue reading
The McLaren F1 costs tens of millions of dollars to buy. The chic supercar is also expensive to maintain. Replacement windshields run about $25,000, plus another $8,000 for the installation. Take a look at the car here.
South Korean automaker Genesis’ G1 sports a cab-forward design with a windshield that stretches far forward, resulting in a very small hood but increasing the interior space. Read about it here.
The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) reported on November 17 that small business owners are not optimistic about the current economic environment. The group’s “Optimism Index” decreased by 0.1 points in October to 90.7, marking the 22nd month below … Continue reading
An 18-year-old died, and another person was hospitalized on November 18 after a deer crashed through the windshield of a vehicle in Brown County, Wis. Read more here.
Stan Turner began his life-long career in the auto glass industry at the ripe old age of 12, handing tools to installers at a friend’s dad’s shop in Greenville, S.C. His brother Danny, who is 11 years older, worked at … Continue reading
The auto glass industry is no stranger to workforce shortages. Like many blue-collar trades, the industry struggles to find willing workers. As with the construction industry, which has monthly worker shortages of around 300,000, according to the U.S. Bureau of … Continue reading
Swedish-made Polestar 4 makes the rear sidelite and rearview mirror obsolete with its new crossover coupe that uses a camera setup instead, which the automaker says offers benefits beyond visibility. The car uses a roof-mounted camera system that projects its … Continue reading
A 16-year-old Pennsylvania driver died on November 13 after his car collided with a tractor-trailer. Witnesses to the crash say the car was traveling at high speed and had a heavily frosted windshield. Read more here.
A Mesa, Ariz., police officer had to be pulled through the windshield of his patrol unit after being involved in a November 13 crash at East Baseline Road and North McQueen Road on Monday afternoon. Click here to read more. … Continue reading
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a recall on November 1 for 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS 580 models due to a software glitch that could cause the vehicle’s sunroof to close unexpectedly when the car is in “car wash … Continue reading
Employees at a Washington State auto glass shop may have prevented crimes and violence when they brought what they saw in a customer’s car to the attention of local law enforcement officials. On October 4, Fife, Washington police arrested Brady … Continue reading
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on November 3 issued a recall notice for seven 2024 Mercedes GLC 300 vehicles in the U.S. due to the chance of front, rear, and fixed sidelites coming loose. Citing an issue with … Continue reading
Tool designers at Frogitout.com came up with a simple, ergonomic tool for cutting auto glass during installations called “Glass Knuckles.” As the name implies, the tool resembles the brass knuckles tough guys use to increase their punching power in fights, … Continue reading
A panel of judges in the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals tossed the question of whether insurance companies may sue auto glass shops under Florida’s Motor Vehicle Repair Act up to the Florida Supreme Court. The case builds on … Continue reading
The ultimate sea glass isn’t blue-green. You won’t find it on the beach either but in the ocean. Luxury market publication Robb Report called a 143-foot catamaran, debuting at this year’s Monaco Boat Show, “one of 2023’s most polarizing launches.” … Continue reading
After more than 40 years in the auto glass industry, taking care of their customers and maintaining a good reputation remains a priority for Lou and Rose Denning of Denning Auto Glass in Coldwater, Mich. Safety is at the top … Continue reading
With a nod to Cheryl Crow, Safelite® Group soaked up more than sun in California last week. On October 31, the company closed a deal to acquire the assets of California-based Absolute Auto Glass, Inc. With a location in Santa … Continue reading
Jack Frost’s visit this week in many areas of the U.S. provides a good reminder of the unique challenges auto glass installers face when temperatures drop below freezing. On November 1, the first snow of the season frosted the Rocky … Continue reading
James Chapman, an Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC)-certified master technician at Richardson Glass Service in Newark, Ohio, won the gold medal in the Auto Glass Technician Competition at Auto Glass Week at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach last … Continue reading
Portland Glass of Lewiston, Maine, bore the effects of the mass shooting in that city last week. The company closed its shop while the area was on lockdown in the aftermath of the October 27 mass shooting that claimed the … Continue reading
Insurance claims inflation rose faster than the underlying consumer price index (CPI), greatly exceeding the rate of auto insurance premiums, according to a study released July 21, 2023, by the American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA). The study, “Auto Insurance: … Continue reading