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Residents of Marble Falls, Texas, Assessing Damage Following Massive Hailstorm

Broken windows, shattered windshields, and fallen branches — those were just some of the things people in Marble Falls woke up to Wednesday morning following a hailstorm. Read more here.  

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Bird Strike Causes Emergency Landing of Minnesota Medical Helicopter

One of Mayo Clinic’s air ambulances was forced to make an emergency landing during the evening of Friday, April 5, 2024, after a bird struck the helicopter’s windshield. Read more here.

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Pothole Probable Cause of ‘Meteor’ Smashing Windshield, Transport Quebec Says

Transport Quebec confirms a pothole that has since been repaired was probably at the root of multiple reports of damage to vehicles on Highway 40 last Thursday, including that of a West Island couple whose front windshield was smashed by a flying … Continue reading

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Vandals Smash Car Windshields Near Temple’s North Philadelphia Campus

Philadelphia police are searching for a group of people captured on camera smashing and vandalizing cars near Temple University in North Philadelphia. Read more here.

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2024 Auto Glass Week™ Keynote Announced

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Concrete Crashes Onto Couple’s Windshield in Montreal

A Montreal couple is unhappy with the city’s maintenance crews after a chunk of highway crashed into their windshield while driving on Thursday night. Read more here.

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Man Throws Items Into Street, Reportedly Breaks Vehicle’s Windshield

A man was taken into custody Sunday after he threw items into the middle of the street, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed. Read more here.

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Mother Shares Concerns After Her Car is Broken Into at Local Park

While a woman and her young daughter were practicing softball at a Virginia park on Saturday, someone smashed their car window. Read more here.

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NYPD Debuts New ‘Windshield Boot’ for Parking Scofflaws

The NYPD debuted a new weapon in its war against parking violators late Thursday, flashing a “windshield boot” for the first time. Read more here.

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Toyota’s Upcoming 4Runner SUV Will Get a Roll-Down Rear Window, Debut Soon

Toyota has dropped a new teaser for its upcoming 4Runner SUV in the U.S. The Toyota 4Runner is set for a global debut on April 9, 2024. The upcoming 4Runner will get an electrically operable roll-down rear window and the … Continue reading

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Deer Goes Through Windshield, Kills Woman

A New Jersey woman was killed and several people were hurt in a violent crash Sunday on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Lower Bucks County. Read more here.

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In Memoriam: Donald Joseph Thome

Donald Joseph Thome Jr. (Pinky), a beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away peacefully on Monday, April 1, 2024. Growing up, he was always an automotive aficionado, buying, restoring and selling cars was his passion. He began his lifelong auto … Continue reading

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Where’d the Sun Go? Will Auto Glass Shops Hit Pause During Eclipse?

A total solar eclipse will cover large parts of Mexico and the United States on Monday, April 8. Several auto glass shops in the prime viewing area have made special plans for the day of the eclipse. According to a … Continue reading

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Nissan Executive: Screens Aren’t the Future, Windshields Are

In the future the entire windshield will be your screen, according to Nissan’s design chief Alfonso Albaisa. Eventually automakers will figure out how to laminate the transparent display made of a thin LED panel right into the glass. Read more … Continue reading

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Storm Blows Out Woman’s Car Windows in Southern Indiana

The severe weather outbreak Tuesday has taken a toll on some parts of the Midwest. Heavy rain, large hail, damaging wind gusts and possible tornadoes hit parts of the Midwest in the early morning hours. In Vanderburgh County, Indiana, a … Continue reading

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More Reports Emerge of Woman Smashing Windshields in Los Angeles with Brick

More people are coming forward with reports about a woman damaging the windows of parked cars in Los Angeles using a brick. Read more here.

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Driver Traveling 110 mph on I-84 Arrested on Firearm, Officer Impersonation Charges

A New York man is facing charges that include carrying a pistol without a permit, impersonating a police officer and violating tinted auto glass requirements following a traffic stop off eastbound Interstate 84 last week, police said. Read more here.

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Auto Glass Week™ 2024 Welcomes Şişecam as Silver Sponsor

Şişecam is returning as an Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) 2024 Silver sponsor. The company is based in Turkey and produces auto and flat glass, glassware and glass packaging. Its glass is used in the auto glass industry globally. Şişecam has … Continue reading

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United Flight Diverted to O’Hare Due to Cracked Windshield

A flight from Denver to the United Kingdom had to make an emergency landing in Chicago thanks to a crack in the windshield. Read more here.

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Carlsbad Police Officer Hit in Head with Skateboard after Rock Shatters Windshield

A Carlsbad, California, police officer is in the hospital with severe injuries after he was assaulted overnight while checking his patrol car for damages. Read more here.

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Man Chases Car Burglar, Fires Gunshot at Getaway Vehicle, Shattering Passenger-side Window

A man who saw someone breaking into his sister’s vehicle chased after him and fired a single gunshot in the parking lot of a South Side apartment complex early Monday morning, according to the San Antonio Police Department. Read more … Continue reading

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Benson Automotive Glass is Back as a Gold Sponsor for Auto Glass Week™ 2024

Benson Automotive Glass is returning to Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) 2024 as a Gold sponsor. Benson Automotive Glass is one of the top auto glass manufacturers worldwide. The company makes insulated auto glass, heat-reflective auto glass, laminated windshield glass and … Continue reading

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Man Seeks Windshield Replacement, Leaves with More Problems

In the first week of March 2024, a man took his vehicle to an auto glass shop in India for a windshield replacement. He documented the fiasco that followed in a forum post, complete with pictures. Read more here.

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Toll Bill too High? Your Windshield Might be to Blame

On certain California highways, cruising in the Express Lane is free if you have two or more people in the car, the car has a FasTrak device and the device has been switched to the “2 people” or  “3+ people” … Continue reading

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Southbury Police: Tree Limb Fell onto Box Truck and Shattered Windshield

Southbury, Connecticut, police say a tree limb fell onto a vehicle and shattered its front windshield Friday. Read more here.

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Retrospect: An Alabama Woman Invents a Standard Part on Today’s Autos

In 1903, an ingenious Alabama woman patented an early version of the windshield wiper. Though her particular model was never put into commercial production, Mary Anderson’s invention helped clear the way for one of modern transportation’s most important, if ubiquitous, … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Jerry L. “Buddy” Livingston

Jerry L. “Buddy” Livingston, Jr., a lifelong resident of Savannah, passed away on Saturday, March 23, 2024 at the age of 50. Buddy was born November 21, 1973, in Savannah, Georgia. He had over 30 years of experience as an … Continue reading

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American Cutting Edge and Delta Kits Join Auto Glass Week™ as Cobalt Sponsors

American Cutting Edge and Delta Kits are back as Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) 2024 Cobalt tier sponsors. For more than 58 years, American Cutting Edge has provided a wide range of cutting solutions from the start of the auto and … Continue reading

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Highway Sign Crashes Through Vehicle Windshield in Cerro Gordo County

A highway marker sign smashed through the windshield of a minivan in Iowa on Tuesday evening. The local sheriff’s office says it happened around 8 pm on Highway 18 at the off ramp to Highway 65. Read more here.

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Men Airlifted from Pickering Crash after 8 Hours when One of Them Gains Consciousness and Climbs Through Windshield to Find Phone

Two men who were critically injured after the vehicle they were traveling in crashed in a wooded area in Pickering, Ontario, were rescued some eight hours after the crash when one of the half-conscious men managed to climb out of … Continue reading

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Video: Have You Ever Seen a Windshield Crack Like this in Arizona?

Larry Gaydos shares what his Tuesday drive to work was like when something hit his windshield and more than chipped the glass. Read more here.

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Large, ‘Egg-Sized’ Hail Smashes Through Car Windows In China

A round of very large hail smashed numerous car windows in the town of Yiwu City in eastern China. Local reports indicate that more than 1,500 vehicles were damaged by the storm. Read more here.

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Competing with Compassion: CSR Competition Brings out Best in Industry

With customer service representatives (CSR) as some of the most important employees of an auto glass shop, having a CSR Competition at Auto Glass WeekTM just makes sense. Like any auto glass technician, CSRs have specialized skill sets that can … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Business Worth Billions According to Market Research

According to Verified Market Research (VMR) data, the Auto Glass Market was valued at $23.1 billion in 2023. VMR estimates the value will reach $29.25 billion by 2023, meaning a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 5.2% from 2024 to 2030. … Continue reading

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GM Stops Sharing Driver Data with Brokers Amid Backlash

After public outcry, General Motors has decided to stop sharing driving data from its connected cars with data brokers. Last week, news broke that customers enrolled in GM’s OnStar Smart Driver app have had their data shared with LexisNexis and Verisk. … Continue reading

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King’s Lynn Man Punched Man and Smashed Car Window Before Swearing and Spitting at Police Officers

In the United Kingdom, a drunk 22-year-old smashed a driver’s rear window with a wine bottle before punching a man in the back of the head and spitting at a police officer. Read more here.

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American Airlines Flight with Cracked Windshield Diverted to Birmingham

An American Airlines flight was diverted Friday to the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Alabama because of a crack in the windshield, according to airport officials. Read more here.

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Mygrant Glass Company Becomes a Silver Sponsor of Auto Glass Week™ 2024

Auto glass wholesaler Mygrant Glass Company has joined the ranks of Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) 2024 sponsors at the Silver level. Mygrant Glass Company is the largest independent automotive glass distributor in the U.S., with over 5 million square feet … Continue reading

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‘Nothing Beats Home’: Lake Country Native Returns to Town with New Auto Glass Shop

For Bryce Shegelski, it was always his goal to move back to Lake Country in British Columbia after leaving town when he was 18. After growing up in the Okanagan, playing Winfield Minor Hockey and every sport imaginable at George … Continue reading

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Father, Son Escape Death by ‘Inches’ when Tree Lands on Car: ‘Very Grateful to be Alive’

A father and son in Massachusetts are grateful to be alive after a close brush with death Thursday. Kevin O’Toole had just picked up his father, Patrick O’Toole, to go shopping when a massive tree fell on the car they … Continue reading

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Cracked Windshield Leads to Drug Bust

Duncan, Oklahoma, police arrested two people in connection to over 100 grams of controlled dangerous substances thanks to a cracked windshield. Read more here.

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Leesburg Driver Tracked After Allegedly Attacking Fellow Motorist After 2023 Car Crash

A Leesburg, Virginia, man was jailed Tuesday for breaking a man’s car window to attack him after their involvement in a car collision early last year. Read more here.

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43 Vehicles Broken into at Rocky Hill Apartment Complex

Dozens of vehicles at an apartment complex in Rocky Hill, Connecticut, were broken into early Sunday morning. Dispatchers received a call around 6 a.m. from a resident of Stepney Place Apartments on the Silas Deane Highway reporting vehicle break-ins. The … Continue reading

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PGW Auto Glass LLC Becomes a Gold Sponsor of Auto Glass Week™ 2024

PGW Auto Glass LLC will be a big part of Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) 2024. The Pennsylvania-based auto glass company has joined as a Gold tier sponsor. PGW Auto Glass is a reputable supplier of high-quality, aftermarket auto glass parts … Continue reading

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International Auto Glass Distributor to Host Open House in Arizona

Nielsen & Moller Auto Glass Distributors is having an open house at their Tempe, Arizona, location on March 23. The open house takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Nielsen & Moller will provide free food and refreshments. … Continue reading

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2024 Ford Ranger First Drive Review: Detail Oriented

It’s easy to forget that in most every other part of the world, it’s the Ranger that is Ford’s bread-and-butter pickup truck, not the F-150. For 2024, Ford has finally updated its mid-sized pickup here in North America—right in time for not … Continue reading

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Watch: Water Main Break Dents Car, Breaks Out Window

A car has significant damage after a water main break near Lincoln and Santa Fe in south Wichita, Kansas on Tuesday. The car happened to be parked where the water main broke. Read more here.

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Driver Opens Fire on Teen for Honking Her Horn on I-465, State Police Say

According to Indiana State Police, a 17-year-old girl was driving on I-465 when someone reportedly cut her off. The girl said she honked at the driver who responded with a barrage of gunfire. Bullets pierced through the windshield and even … Continue reading

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Las Vegas Residents Turning to ‘Security Film’ Amid Rise in Auto Thefts

No matter what type of vehicle or car you drive, you could become a victim of auto theft or burglary. It’s a big problem in the Las Vegas valley. According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, auto theft went … Continue reading

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XYG North America Returns to Auto Glass Week™ as Platinum Plus Sponsor

XYG North America has once again signed on as a Platinum Plus sponsor of Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) 2024 which includes the Auto Glass Technician Olympics (AGTO). The AGTO is focused on the proper replacement of windshields per the Automotive … Continue reading

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Remembering Kevin Eric Morman

Kevin Eric Morman, 62, of Buffalo passed away on March 12, 2024 at his home. During his lifetime, he worked various jobs before starting his career in the automobile windshield business at Glass Specialty, where he also met his wife, … Continue reading

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Time Capsule Inside Abandoned Car Dealership Full of Rust-Covered Cars with Smashed Windows

An urban explorer has discovered an abandoned car dealership full of rust-covered cars – and they’re all the same iconic model. The site, dubbed the “dealership of the apocalypse,” was loaded with original show models and even some half-repaired cars … Continue reading

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Alaska Airlines Flight Windshield Cracks While Landing at PDX

A flight landed safely at an airport in Portland, Oregon, on Sunday night after its inner windshield cracked. The plane was heading in from Arlington, Virginia. In a statement, Alaska Airlines said that the crack happened as the aircraft was … Continue reading

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Mason City Police Investigating String of Home, Vehicle Window Smashing Incidents

Authorities are looking into several cases of window smashing among homes and cars in Mason City, Iowa. According to the Mason City Police Department, officers responded to seven calls of windows being broken out with rocks on Saturday, March 16. … Continue reading

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Autel Secures Platinum Plus Sponsorship at Auto Glass Week 2024

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 18, 2024 FOR MORE INFO CONTACT BARRY ATKINS BATKINS@GLASS.COM   AUTEL SECURES PLATINUM PLUS SPONSORSHIP AT AUTO GLASS WEEKTM 2024 Autel is making a large splash in Orlando this September as a Platinum Plus sponsor of … Continue reading

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Hail from Wednesday Night Storms Shatters Shawnee, Kansas Couple’s Car Window

On March 13, a Shawnee couple’s car window is shattered and they are shaken after being trapped in their car during the storm as glass was breaking around them. Read more here.

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Cybertruck Engineer Asks Tesla Owners to Please Stop Beating up the ‘Tortured’ Truck

Over the past few months, Cybertruck owners have been putting their trucks through a battery of tests — including taking the vehicle through windshield-high waters, shooting it with an AR-15, throwing a metal ball at the windows and taking it off-roading. Read more here.

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Reds’ Elly De La Cruz Signs Teammate’s Car Window That He Smashed in Batting Practice

On Thursday, March 14, De La Cruz and his teammate Hunter Greene came together to commemorate the incident where De La Cruz accidentally hit a ball into Greene’s car window. Read more here.

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Boxer Who Smashed Car Window to Pinch Woman’s Pizza Served a Slice of Justice

A boxer drunkenly smashed through a woman’s car window to steal her pizza. He was found eating the takeout slumped in an alleyway a short time later. Read more here.

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Caught On Camera: Thief Uses Rock to Smash Car Window, Steal Backpack

A thief is on the run after a vehicle break-in was caught on camera in broad daylight in Denver. Read more here.

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Auto Glass Now Locations Revamped Thanks to Rebranding Campaign

Over the past year, Auto Glass Now has worked on a rebranding campaign designed to engage customers’ trust and earn their business. This campaign includes revamping the locations Auto Glass Now has acquired to match its brand. These locations have … Continue reading

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Auggie Calibration Tool Earns European Stamp of Approval

AirPro Diagnostics’ Auggie has met the EURO New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) safety standard. EURO NCAP tests showed the company’s mobile static Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) calibration tool meets the organization’s standard for performing a complete and safe forward-facing … Continue reading

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Passenger on Toronto’s Hwy. 401 Ducks at Last Second to Avoid Flying Tire

Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said a passenger in a vehicle traveling on Highway 401 near Victoria Park Ave. ducked at the last second to avoid a flying tire that crashed through the passenger side of the window on … Continue reading

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IIHS Semi-Autonomous Testing Unveiled: 13 of 14 Automakers Fail

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) this week unveiled a new ratings system targeting the various semi-automated driving systems found in modern cars, SUVs and trucks. In the organization’s own words, the program “evaluate(s) driver monitoring, attention reminders, emergency … Continue reading

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Wave of Car Vandalism Leaves Trail of Damage in San Diego’s Mission Valley and Kensington Communities

The San Diego Police Department is looking for any information from the public after several cars were vandalized in multiple communities across San Diego. At least 10 cars along Friars Rd. in Mission Valley had windshields completely shattered. Read more … Continue reading

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Gurugram Police Crack Down on Interstate Vehicle Lifting Gang, Recover Stolen Vehicles

In a significant breakthrough, the police in Gurugram, India have apprehended two members of an interstate vehicle lifting gang that employed sophisticated techniques, including GPS jammers and duplicate key-making devices, to execute their thefts. The thieves would break the glass … Continue reading

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Passenger Killed by Metal Object that Hit Car Windshield on New Jersey Turnpike

A metal object struck the windshield of a vehicle traveling down the New Jersey Turnpike, killing a passenger. Read more here.

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Plane with Cracked Windshield makes Emergency Landing at Pittsburgh International Airport

Airport officials report a plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Pittsburgh International Airport thanks to a cracked windshield. Read more here.

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Man Throws Fire Extinguisher at Vehicle, Injuring Two Children

A man threw a fire extinguisher at a passing vehicle in Pasadena, shattering a rear window. The glass from the broken window injured two children inside the car. Read more here.

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Sign Up for Auto Glass Week™ 2024 Today

Registration for Auto Glass Week™ 2024 is now open. Attendees can sign up for the event, which will be held September 19-21 in Orlando, Florida, at the Orange County Convention Center. Auto Glass Week is a yearly event dedicated to … Continue reading

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New Global VP Announced for Fix Network, Parent Company of NOVUS Glass

On March 7, Quebec-based Fix Network announced the appointment of Nick Spiers as its new global vice president of strategic operations. The appointment officially took effect March 1. Fix Network is an automotive aftermarket services company with over 2,000 service … Continue reading

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Billionaire Shipping Mogul Drowned after Making Fatal Mistake in Her Tesla

Angela Chao accidentally reversed into a body of water while in her Model X Tesla, and neither she nor attempted rescuers were able to break the glass for her to escape as she sank. Read more here.

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Woman Crawls through Broken Sunroof to Escape Underwater Car

When an Apex, North Carolina, woman hydroplaned off the road and into a nearby body of water, she was able to escape through a smashed sunroof. Read more here.

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Baltimore Man Furious after Car Vandalization Caught on Camera

A Baltimore resident expressed frustration at the level of crime in his area after recording several individuals breaking into a car through a rear window. Read more here.

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Edmonton Police Arrest Man after Metal Object Thrown from Whitemud Drive Overpass

A woman was seriously injured in the Canadian town of Edmonton after a metal object thrown from an overpass smashed through the windshield of the car she was in. Read more here.

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Woman Taken to Hospital after Cleaning Carpets at East Providence Car Wash Shatter Windshield

A spinning brush tool at a car wash in East Providence, Rhode Island, smashed through the windshield of a woman’s car, injuring her. Read more here.

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It’s Electric: Mitchell Publishes Insight Report on Electric Vehicle Collision

On March 7, Mitchell published its latest trends report titled “Plugged-In: EV Collision Insights 2023 Year in Review.” Mitchell is an Enlyte company that’s a leading provider of information and technology to the collision repair industry, which encompasses auto glass … Continue reading

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Man Tests the Strength of the Cybertruck Windshield Glass by Jumping on It (Video)

A man tested the strength of his friend’s Tesla Cybertruck by jumping on the windshield. Though he eventually cracked it, it did not shatter. Read more here.

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‘Door Is Open:’ Toronto Woman Begs Car Thieves Not to Break Window Again

After having her car broken into three times, a Toronto, Canada, woman taped a note to her car window announcing the door was unlocked so potential thieves would not break the glass again. Read more here.

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NASCAR Truck Suddenly Has a Sunroof at 170 mph

After debris reportedly struck and damaged NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Bayley Currey’s windshield, the windshield and part of the truck’s roof flew off mid-race. Read more here.

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Medical Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing in Morgan County after Birds Hit, Shatter Windshield

Two birds hit and shattered the windshield of a Morgan County, Colorado, medical helicopter on March 5, forcing it to make an emergency landing. Read more here.

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Equalizer® and TOPDON USA Join Auto Glass Week™ 2024 as Bronze-Tier Sponsors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 5, 2024 FOR MORE INFO CONTACT BARRY ATKINS BATKINS@GLASS.COM   EQUALIZER® AND TOPDON USA JOIN AUTO GLASS WEEK™ 2024 AS BRONZE-TIER SPONSORS Equalizer® and TOPDON USA have both signed on as Bronze sponsors of Auto Glass … Continue reading

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RCB’s Ellyse Perry Shatters Car Window with Mammoth SIX in WPL 2024

Ellyse Perry of women’s cricket team Royal Challengers Bangalore hit a ball out of the stadium and into a car window, shattering the glass. Read more here.

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Sleeping Driver Startled during Vehicle Break-in at Carpool Lot

A driver resting inside their parked vehicle in Ontario, Canada, was startled awake by a would-be thief breaking into their vehicle by smashing one of the windows. Read more here.

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2 CPD Officers Struck when Bullet Hits Windshield while on Patrol in Humboldt Park Neighborhood

Two Chicago police officers were on a routine patrol in their squad car when a gunshot struck their windshield, hitting one officer in his bulletproof vest and leaving the other injured from broken glass. Read more here.

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Off-Roader Cheats Death After Snapped Cable Sends Shackle Through Windshield

While an off-roader was towing another off-roader out of a snow embankment, the tow cable snapped and smashed through the windshield of the driver being towed, striking him in the face, neck and shoulder. Read more here.

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Liberty Mutual Breaks Policy on Replacement Transportation Coverage, Lawsuit Claims

A proposed class action alleges that Liberty Mutual consistently withdraws replacement transportation coverage earlier than the time stated in its policy. The plaintiffs are a couple from Missouri and a man from Illinois. The couple, Diane and Anthony Watts, and … Continue reading

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2023-2024 Ford Bronco Recalled Over Rear Glass Panel Issue

 Ford Motor Company issued a recall for some 2023-2024 Ford Bronco models because the rear quarter glass panels may have been installed incorrectly and could fall out, creating greater risk for accident and injury. Read more here.

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Bullet Strikes Security Detail’s Vehicle of Former Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot in Logan Square

A shot fired at the security detail assigned to former Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot struck and damaged the windshield of their unmarked squad car. Read more here.

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Iowa Bird Strike: Turkey Crashes through Truck Driver’s Windshield

A turkey crashed through the windshield of a semi-truck traveling down the highway in Marion County, Iowa. The driver didn’t sustain any major injuries. Read more here.

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Lippert Named ‘Most Responsible Company’ by Newsweek

Newsweek named Lippert (LCI Industries) on its list of America’s Most Responsible Companies for 2024. Lippert ranks at number 221 out of the 600 companies on the list. Read more here.

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Launch Tech USA Inc. Faces Class Action Over COBRA Notice Failures

Carlos Inga, a former employee of Launch Tech USA Inc., has taken legal action against the company. He alleges Launch Tech USA Inc. failed to relay legally required COBRA notices to departing staff. Read more here.

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Cracked Windshield Causes Flight Bound for Spain to Divert to Boston, Police Say

American Airlines flight 94 from New York City to Spain had to make an emergency landing after a cracked windshield was reported. Read more here.

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Drivers Whose Cars Were Damaged on I-10 Say They’re Getting the Runaround when Filing Claims

After receiving windshield damage while driving on I-10 near Jacksonville, Florida, drivers now report the claims they filed for the damage are being denied. Read more here.

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3 times in 6 Weeks: This Man’s Car was Broken Into. Then His Rental Car. Then Another Replacement.

A Cincinnati resident found the windows of his vehicle smashed in, and each time he tried to use a rental vehicle he found its windows smashed in, too. Read more here.

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Moose Weighing Nearly 2,000 Pounds Struck by Two Vehicles on Morgan County, UT Roadway

Two vehicles struck a moose weighing almost a ton on February 25, 2024 in Morgan County, Utah. Astonishingly, the occupants of both vehicles walked away from the accident uninjured. Read more here.

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Tesla Cybertruck’s Armored Glass Is Tough Enough to Resist a Break-In Attempt

A video uploaded to X (formerly Twitter) shows a burglar unsuccessfully attempting to break into a Tesla Cybertruck through the windows and glass roof. Read more here.

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Men Seen Running Away after Smashing Car Window

On February 19 in the United Kingdom, two men were spotted smashing a car window and then fleeing the scene. Read more here.

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At Least 50 Cars Broken into in Berkeley, CA

Police in West Berkeley, California, are investigating a bout of at least 50 car break-ins, all allegedly done by the same group. Most of the cars have at least one window smashed in. Read more here.

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No Rear Window is no Problem for Polestar 4, Says Car-Maker

Using steel in place of a rear windshield, the 2024 Polestar 4 will instead come with a back camera that streams to a high-definition display in the same spot a rear-view mirror would be. Read more here.

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Westlake, Ohio Man Arrested After Smashing Driver’s Windshield with Windshield Wiper

Police in Westlake, Ohio, responded to a road rage incident that reportedly culminated in a man removing another driver’s windshield wiper and beating their windshield with it. Read more here.

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Rock Thrown from Overpass ‘Decimates’ Driver’s Windshield in Fremont, WA

A rock thrown from an overpass shattered Nathan Rizik’s windshield and damaged his vehicle’s hood and dashboard in Fremont, Washington. Read more here.

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Multiple Drivers Report Windshield Damage on SR 48 in Greene County, IN

Multiple drivers on Indiana State Road 48 near Jasonville are complaining of loose rocks hitting and damaging their windshields. Read more here.

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Ram is Recalling Over 170,000 Trucks Over Possible Loose Wiper Arm Nuts

Ram is recalling 171,789 pickups and chassis cabs because the windshield wipers may loosen and reduce their effectiveness. The recall only affects certain 2019 and 2020 models. Read more here.

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AGSC Spring Training Sessions Offer Certification and Invaluable Opportunities

The Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC) is offering in-person training sessions for technicians who wish to become AGSC certified in two locations next month. The first session will take place on March 9, 2024, in Clearfield, Utah. The second session … Continue reading

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Dover OEM Side Window Replacement For Subarus: Mobile On-Site Service Expands

Warrior Auto Glass announces new mobile services offering expanded mobile technician services and OEM replacement glass for new and older model vehicles such as Subaru, Toyota, Tesla, BMW and Mercedes Benz. Read more here.

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New Bill Proposes Caltrans Pays for 2023 Windshield Damage Claims in Roseville

A local assemblyman proposed a bill that would allow those whose windshields were damaged in early 2023 by loose gravel on I-80 near Roseville, California to receive compensation. Read more here.

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Union Busting at Turkish Auto Glass Company

Employees at Olimpia Auto Glass facilities organized enough members to form a union, but Olimpia Glass management allegedly responded with intimidation, threats and dismissals, breaking Turkish and international labor law. Read more here.

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Police Search for Serial Windshield Smashers in Macomb County, Michigan

After reports of multiple incidents of windshield smashing in Macomb County, Michigan, the Macomb County Police are searching for the suspects. Read more here.

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Elly De La Cruz Shatters Reds Teammate Hunter Greene’s Car Window with Foul Ball

During a live batting practice session, Cincinnati Reds player Elly De La Cruz accidentally hit a ball out of the park and straight into his teammate Hunter Greene’s car window. Read more here.

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Ice Impacts Car Windshield from Bridge in Michigan

A chunk of ice fell off a bridge in Bourne, Michigan, and shattered a 26-year-old resident’s windshield as he drove beneath. Read more here.

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Autel Settles Proprietary Data Theft Suit for $33.62 Million

On January 16, Autel Corporation and Autel New York settled a $33.62 million lawsuit with Mitchell Repair Information Company and Snap-on over Autel’s alleged theft of proprietary information and data. Mitchell and Snap-on filed suit in U.S. District Court for … Continue reading

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Jeep Recalls Wranglers and Grand Cherokees Due to Windshield Defroster Defect

Stellantis, owner of Jeep, recalled nearly 200,000 Wrangler 4ex and Grand Cherokee 4xe plug-in hybrid SUVs due to a software issue that could turn off the vehicles’ windshield defrost system. In January, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened … Continue reading

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GM Expands Hands-Free Driving System to Rural Highways

GM plans to expand access to Super Cruise to allow drivers to use the hands-free Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) on about 750,000 miles of roads in the U.S. and Canada. The expansion, which will nearly double the automaker’s Super … Continue reading

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Tesla to Update Windshield Wiper System

Tesla vehicles made after 2018 do not use windshield rain sensors but instead employ autopilot cameras that feed data to a computer vision system, according to AutoNews. Based on its algorithms, the system determines whether the windscreen wipers need to … Continue reading

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AAA: Reverse Automatic Emergency Braking Not Foolproof

Recent American Automobile Association (AAA) research looked at various simulated collisions across four popular 2023 model-year vehicles equipped with reverse Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) systems with rear cross-traffic mitigation. According to the group, AEB systems may significantly reduce rear-end collisions. … Continue reading

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Grandmother Killed When Tire Crashes through Windshield

On February 18, a 53-year-old woman was pronounced dead following the freak accident as she was heading to an amusement park with her twin daughters and two grandchildren, according to the Virginia State Police. A tire from a 2017 Jeep … Continue reading

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Large Bird Shatters Airplane Windshield Midflight

A large bird collided with an airplane in Ecuador, shattering the windshield and bloodying the pilot who kept the plane aloft during the incident. With the bird lodged halfway through the windshield, flopping around lifelessly, the pilot himself shoots the … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Safety Council Announces Spring Training Schedule

The Auto Glass Safety Council’s (AGSC) spring training sessions include a two to three-hour-long review course plus the credentials needed to take the AGSC certification test. The sessions are free for technicians who work for AGSC Registered Member Companies and … Continue reading

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Allstate to Seek Additional Auto Insurance Rate Increases

Allstate CEO Tom Wilson told investors during the company’s February 8 Fourth Quarter 2024 earnings call that the company plans to pursue further rate increases in its auto insurance business this year. In December 2023, Allstate received approvals for rate … Continue reading

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Kaizen Offers ADAS Training Course

Kaizen Glass Solutions announced the launch of its two-day Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) training course, designed to equip auto glass professionals with the necessary skills and knowledge to leverage their investment in ADAS technology fully. The course covers a … Continue reading

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Safelite Safe Spot Sensory Room Opens in Ohio, Arena

The Columbus Blue Jackets and Nationwide Arena cut the ribbon February 13 on a room sponsored by Safelite for fans who have difficulties processing sensory information. The Safelite Safe Spot sensory room offers a quiet space for people with conditions … Continue reading

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Diesel Laptops Partners with Karmark for VIN Decoding Services

Diesel Laptops collaborated with Karmak, Inc. to enable the seamless integration of Diesel Laptops’ VIN Decoding service into the Karmak Fusion Business System, free of additional charge to users. Effective January 31, users of Karmak Fusion, version 3.66.36 and beyond, … Continue reading

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New Electric Car Features a Dimming Glass Roof

Chrysler’s new electric car, Halcyon, allows drivers to dim its glass roof for augmented reality stargazing. The car can dim the glass canopy on its own and recline the seats into a laid-back position to prepare the driver and passengers … Continue reading

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Cary Group Acquires J. Huggins and Son Auto Glass Firm

Stockholm, Sweden-based Cary Group purchased a Bristol, England, auto glass repair and replacement and consolidated it under its National Windscreens division. Founded in 1971, family-owned J Huggins and Son operates 17 workshops for vehicle glass repair and replacement and a … Continue reading

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NOVUS Glass Adds New Location in Ancaster, Ontario

Glendale Motors in Ancaster, Ontario, on February 14, announced the addition of NOVUS Glass Ancaster. As the newest addition to glass repair and replacement services, NOVUS Glass Ancaster joins the company’s three other service areas, including NAPA AUTOPRO complete auto … Continue reading

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Study: 44% of Drivers Report Dangerous Windshield Blind Spot

Blind spots created by windshields, door pillars or windshield wipers not fully sweeping the windshield pose a threat when 44% of motorists drive, according to a February 9 study by the U.K.-based Automobile Association. According to the survey, 35% of … Continue reading

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Man Allegedly Breaks Windshield with Cinderblock

Police in Tavares, Florida, arrested a Virginia man after he allegedly threw a cinderblock in the air, which then landed on a windshield during a rental dispute over a trailer. Read more here.

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Cracked Windshield Leads to Meth Arrest

A Coffee County, Tennessee, police officer on February 9 stopped a vehicle for having a severely cracked windshield and ended up arresting a passenger on methamphetamine charges. The officer spotted the cracked windshield on a black Ford Ranger. After stopping … Continue reading

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Happy Presidents’ Day

The offices of Key Media & Research, publisher of GlassBYTEs.com™/Auto Glass Repair & Replacement magazine, will be closed on Monday, Feb. 19, 2024, in observance of Presidents’ Day in the U.S. The daily newsletter will resume on Tuesday, and breaking … Continue reading

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European Court Rules on Right to Repair

The European Court of Justice ruled that automakers must give companies that work on or with their vehicles access to the data those vehicles generate and allow access to those data systems. In the U.S., consumer advocates launched a pressure … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Sales in the Americas Boost NSG Earnings

NSG’s auto glass sales in the Americas comprised 19%, or $70 million, of the company’s 3rd Quarter 2024 revenue, which compares to $84 million (21%) in European auto glass sales and $40 million (10%) in Asia. On February 9, the … Continue reading

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NHTSA Probes Lucid’s Software Fix for Defroster Recall

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened an investigation into a January Lucid Motors windshield defroster recall over concerns that the automaker’s software update solution may not adequately fix the problem. Lucid issued a recall on January 10 for … Continue reading

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Police Officer Fires through Windshield after Being Hit By Car

The Columbus, Ohio, Police Department on February 12 released shocking body camera footage showing the moment that a sergeant opened fire after being struck by a driver in a stolen car. Video here.

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‘Ice Bombs’ Crash Down on Traffic Smashing Windshield

On February 7, falling ice suddenly hit a car traveling across a bridge in Hubei Province, China, and smashed the windshield. After the windshield shattered, the driver quickly slowed down, turned on the hazard lights, pulled over to drive slowly … Continue reading

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Following in Father’s Footsteps, Timothy Williams Continue an Auto Glass Legacy

Editor’s Note: In honor of Black History Month, GlassBYTEs is profiling African American auto glass professionals. Timothy Williams learned the auto glass repair and replacement trade, working alongside his dad, Charlie Williams, doing basic shop chores like sweeping, running errands, … Continue reading

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Strong Auto Glass Sales Drive NSG’s 3Q 2024 Revenue

On February 9, NSG reported 3rd Quarter 2024 revenue of $4.1 billion, an 8.2% increase from prior-year revenue of $3.8 billion, driven by continued improvement in its auto glass segment. Operating profits also increased to $215,000 million in the quarter, … Continue reading

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Harman Automotive Introduces New Windshield Technology

Harman Automotive introduced the Ready Vision QVUE and AR HUD (head-up display), which the company says provides auto windshields with pillar-to-pillar projection bridging the physical and digital worlds. Stamford, Connecticut, company says Ready Vision displays mileage, speed, driving stats, and … Continue reading

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South Dakota Considers Mud Flap Law

A bill requiring mud flaps on vehicles weighing 10,000 lbs. or more passed out of committee and now heads for a vote before the full South Dakota House of Representatives on February 15. According to South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Representative … Continue reading

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Tesla Owner Allegedly Hits Woman while Car Was on Autopilot

An Edina, Minnesota, man says his Tesla might have been on autopilot when it struck and killed a woman in a hit-and-run accident last fall. After initially telling investigators that he did not remember hitting the woman with his Tesla, … Continue reading

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Consumer Advocates Press FTC on Right to Repair

Right to Repair laws remain of paramount importance to the auto glass industry. The consumer advocates Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) and its allies have pressed the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to move forward on Right to Repair regulations to … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Experts Inks Deal with Johnson Window Films

Johnson Window Films partnered with Automotive Glass Experts (AGE) to supply the automotive glass repair and replacement company with its window film products. The partnership provides “a comprehensive range of window film applications as a complementary service in AGE workstations,” … Continue reading

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Wyoming Auto Glass Shop Owner Passed Away

Nu-Life Auto Glass owner Allan Shipley, age 65, passed away peacefully at his home on January 27 after a two-year battle with esophageal/stomach cancer. He was a long-time resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming, where many have appreciated and loved him. … Continue reading

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Long Vacant Gas Station to Become an Auto Glass Shop

According to town records, a long-vacant former gas station in Milford, Massachusetts, may return to life as a new auto glass shop. Geara Realty Inc. applied for a special permit to open a vehicle repair business focusing on auto glass … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Shop Owner Calls for Road Safety Improvements

Vanjey Rodriguez, owner of Yazmin Auto Glass shop in Dallas, Texas, says he witnesses auto crashes time and time again. The latest occurred on February 5 when police say 45-year-old Moises Sanchez died after he lost control of his vehicle … Continue reading

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Largest Auto Insurance Providers in each State Mapped

Insurify Insurance Agency on February 6 released a map of each U.S. state’s largest auto insurance provider using data from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). The company examined the car insurance providers with the highest market share per … Continue reading

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Police Crackdown on Denver Squeegee Men

Newly arrived immigrants try to earn some quick cash by offering to wash windshields at several intersections in Denver, Colorado. But the Denver Police Department launched a crackdown on the practice, saying it’s dangerous for them to be on the … Continue reading

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Nissan Recalls 2024 Muranos Due to Detaching Glass Panels

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a recall for 2024 Nissan Murano vehicles because an incorrect primer may have been used during the installation of quarter glass assemblies. Nissan had alerted NHTSA that the urethane adhesive bond may … Continue reading

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Illinois to Replace Windshield Toll Transponders with Stickers

The Illinois Tollway in January began moving away from traditional windshield-mounted transponders to sticker tags, which the agency says will be more efficient and cost-effective. Drivers with a current working transponder mounted on their windshield will not have to switch … Continue reading

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Expresses Concern over VR Headsets

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on February 5 warned drivers to pay attention at all times when behind the wheel of an automobile after videos emerged of people wearing virtual reality (VR) headsets while driving. Buttigieg responded on X, formerly … Continue reading

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School Bus Windshield Smashed in Truck Collision

A Boston, Massachusetts, school bus with students on board crashed into a truck on February 6, smashing the windshield. Several long metal rods in the back of the parked truck shattered the windshield. The bus rounded a corner and crashed … Continue reading

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Sunroof Case against Mercedes-Benz Moves Forward

A judge in the U.S District Court for the Northern District of Georgia gave a green light to a lawsuit against Mercedes-Benz alleging that panoramic sunroofs in some models are prone to randomly shatter under normal conditions. The lawsuit began … Continue reading

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Safelite Begins Recruiting Efforts

Safelite AutoGlass® is holding a national virtual hiring event with a stated goal of recruiting auto glass technician trainees in 16 U.S. markets. According to information on Indeed.com, the company plans to hire auto glass technician trainees as follows: seven … Continue reading

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Brothers Take the Helm of Minnesota Auto Glass Shop

Jerry and Jeff Stimac recently became the new owners of Arrow Auto Glass & Door after serving as long-time employees of the Virginia, Minnesota, business. Jerry started working at the company 17 years ago, and Jeff began six years ago. … Continue reading

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Cincinnati Auto Glass Shops Hit with Surge in Business Due to Car Break-ins

An auto theft spree that struck residents in a Cincinnati, Ohio, apartment complex created booming business for area auto glass shops. According to WLWT 5 in Cincinnati, more than a dozen cars were broken into recently at area apartment complexes. … Continue reading

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Fixing Advanced Vehicle Systems Makes Up Over One-Third of Crash Repair Costs

A recent American Automobile Association (AAA) report found that advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), like automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, and lane departure warning, add up to 37.6% to the total repair cost after a crash. The hefty price … Continue reading

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Driver Escapes Harm after Pole Impales Windshield

A Florida driver escaped unharmed after a pole impaled his car windshield on February 2. When first responders arrived at the scene, they found the vehicle lodged against the bridge, with a pole from its fencing piercing through the windshield. … Continue reading

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Former Glass Exec Rich Harrison on Bridging Lessons from Auto Glass to Collision Repair

Rich Harrison might be out of the glass industry, but he’s carried the skills, influence and lessons from that career well into his current role. He’s now CEO of Dublin, Ohio-based CollisonRight, a consolidator of automotive collision repair shops he … Continue reading

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Driver Complains about Inflated Windshield Claim, Insurance Rates

In 2022, a Tampa, Florida, man submitted an insurance claim for the repair of his cracked windshield. A year later, however, he received a call from someone claiming to be with an auto glass company wanting to fix the glass … Continue reading

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Loose Tire Flies through the Windshield and out the Rear Door

An Oklahoma City driver ended up in the hospital on January 29 after a crash caused by a loose tire flying through the windshield of a van and out of the van’s rear door before striking two other vehicles. The … Continue reading

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Rock Thrown from Overpass Shatters Windshield

A Barberton, Ohio, woman’s windshield was shattered on January 27 when someone threw a cantaloupe-sized rock from a highway overpass. Video here.

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Vandal Smashes Vehicle Windows at Police Station

Mount Penn, Pennsylvania, police say a vandal on January 31 used a baseball bat to smash the windows of a patrol car and the personal vehicle of an officer in the parking lot behind the police station. Read more here.

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Auto Glass Now Helps Denver Children in Need

Auto Glass Now’s Lakewood, Colorado, location helped deliver toys and gifts to more than 18,000 underprivileged children across Colorado through Kenzi’s Causes and its 15th Annual Holiday Toy Shop. Kenzi’s Causes is a non-profit organization that supports underprivileged children and … Continue reading

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Lack of Skilled Labor Hampers Mississippi Auto Glass Shop

Advanced Auto Glass owners Joey and Rebecca Brown say hiring people is increasingly difficult due to the lack of skilled labor. “The lack of skilled applicants or the lack of applicants period has become a very big problem for us,” … Continue reading

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Owner Chases off Burglars Who Smashed Van Sidelites

According to Los Angeles, California, police, several suspects were caught on surveillance video smashing the sidelites of a work van and taking tools worth thousands of dollars from the vehicle before the owner ran outside with a baseball bat and … Continue reading

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BB-Gun Rampage Targets 50 Cars in Montana

Mass vandalism on January 26 and 27 damaged over 50 cars in Billings, Montana. The police believe the suspects used a BB gun to shoot out the windows. The spree left area auto glass shops scrambling to repair customer car … Continue reading

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Heated Windshields Now Standard on Some Cars, Here’s What You Need to Know

Scraping ice and snow from frozen windshields represents a dreaded but necessary winter chore. However, automakers increasingly offer vehicles with heated windshields that take the sting out of ice and snow removal. Unfortunately, those windshields come at a hefty price … Continue reading

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Electric SUV Projects Augmented Reality Display on Windshield

Olympian Motors introduced Model 84, the first electric convertible SUV in the U.S., with an augmented reality head-up display projected on the front windshield, replacing the 2D digital screens typically found in commercial cars. The first batch (only 310 units) … Continue reading

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Hologram HUD Allows Drivers to See through Hazards

U.K. researchers are developing a heads-up display (HUD) for drivers using 3D holograms to represent hazards and road signs obstructed from view. The technology projects the image on the windshield. “The idea behind a head-up display is that it keeps … Continue reading

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Hundreds of I-10 Drivers Report Damaged Cars and Windshields

Hundreds of Jacksonville, Florida, drivers say their windshields were cracked or chipped from broken asphalt on the highway. Video here.

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Woman Arrested for Allegedly Bashing Windshield with Golf Club

Police arrested a Leesburg, Virginia, woman on a warrant issued for allegedly smashing the window of her ex-roommate’s vehicle with a golf club in a dispute over money. Deijhanique Davis, 26, was arrested by the Lake County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office … Continue reading

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Cracked Windshield Sends United Flight Back to Denver

A United Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Washington, D.C., was diverted to Denver International Airport due to a cracked windshield on January 27. Read more here.

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AGSC, NWRD Committee Meetings Wrap Up in Orlando

The series of Winter Meetings dedicated to auto glass safety continued on January 24, as the Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC) and its National Windshield Repair Division (NWRD) continued to meet in Orlando, Florida. Industry members devoted their time to … Continue reading

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Ford Recalls 1.8 Million Explorer SUVs for Windshield Issue

Ford recalled more than 1.8 million Explorer SUVs due to a potential safety hazard with a part connected to the windshield, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Federal safety regulators published Recall Report 24V-031 on January 23 … Continue reading

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Honda to Replace Defective HR-V Backlites

Honda issued a “voluntary product update campaign” to address the more than 300 instances of spontaneously shattering backlites in the 2023 HR-V subcompact SUV models. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) database of complaints cites 300 such claims, one … Continue reading

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Sen. Brown to Oppose Biden Administration Trade Rep. Nominee, Former FYG Lobbyist

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) on January 24 announced his opposition to the Biden administration’s nomination of Nelson Cunningham for Deputy U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). Brown objects to Cunningham because he lobbied for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which the Ohio … Continue reading

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New Volvo Trucks Aerodynamic Curved and Bonded Windshields

Volvo Trucks unveiled the all-new Volvo VNL in North America with up to 10% improved fuel efficiency. The automaker based the Volvo VNL on an all-new platform for all upcoming technologies, including battery-electric, fuel cell and internal combustion engines running … Continue reading

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Cracked Windshield Nets Seizure of Drugs, Designer Clothes

Liverpool, England, officers stopped a Ford Transit van with a crack in the windscreen, arrested a 55-year-old man, and seized cannabis and designer clothes on January 22. While speaking to the driver, they noticed the odor of cannabis. A search … Continue reading

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AGSC, NWRD Committees Gather for Winter Meetings

The Education Committee of the Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC) met Tuesday morning, January 23, as part of a series of Winter Meetings dedicated to auto glass safety. Updates to the AGSC training program certification were discussed and the group … Continue reading

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South Africa Imposes Anti-dumping Duties on Chinese-Made Windshields

South African authorities took steps to protect the country’s auto glass industry by imposing tariffs on Chinese-made windshields. Ebrahim Patel, trade, industry and competition minister for South Africa’s International Trade Administration Commission, says the department imposed definitive anti-dumping duties on … Continue reading

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It’s Important to Repair Auto Glass Immediately

Automotive repairs sometimes take a back seat to other pressing problems, but one area that needs to be addressed immediately is repairing auto glass. Whether a small chip or a crack, owners often underestimate the importance of glass repair. Fixing … Continue reading

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Renault Unveils Glass Concept Car with No Wheels

The Renault unveiled a concept car with transparent exterior glass, silver bucket seats, and sliding doors. The Float features a “glossy and bubble-like appearance” and relies on the same Maglev technology as Tesla’s hyperloop. The most distinguishing, however, is the … Continue reading

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Ford Wants to Change What Drivers See Behind the Wheel

A new electronic system and instrument panel in the 2024 Lincoln Nautilus luxury SUV stretches 48 inches across the windshield’s width. It includes the speedometer, other critical gauges, navigation, and apps like Spotify, streaming video, and auto-racing games. The technology … Continue reading

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Frozen Windshield Plus Hot Water Equals Shattered Glass

Ice, snow, frost, and subfreezing temperatures make hitting the road on winter mornings a hassle, tempting some car owners to seek a fast way to thaw windshields. For auto glass technicians, those cold temperatures make windshield installations difficult. Not only … Continue reading

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Kaizen Glass Solutions Awarded AGSC Accreditation

Kaizen Glass Solutions’ auto glass training program received accreditation from the Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC). The company’s training programs equip technicians, entrepreneurs, and owners with the skills to perform quality work following the ANSI/AGRSS and federal motor vehicle safety … Continue reading

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Former Owner of Grants Auto Glass Dies

Betty J. Grant, 89, of Hixson, Tennessee, passed away on January 13, 2024. She was born to the late Walter and Haughtie James on May 23, 1934, in Decaturville, Tennessee. She was the owner/operator of Grants Auto Glass in Farmville, … Continue reading

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What Are Those Tiny Dots on the Windshield?

Those tiny black dots on vehicle windshields represent more than just a decorative flourish. The dots, called frits, “actually help distribute temperature evenly to lessen optical distortion or lensing,” according to Autoglaze. “This happens when the frit band (the solid … Continue reading

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Illinois Auto Insurance Rates Rose by More Than $1.25 Billion in 2023

According to an analysis released January 18 by Illinois PIRG Education Fund, the 10 largest car insurance companies raised Illinois drivers’ rates by more than $1.25 billion in 2023. The consumer group reviewed over 300 company rate filings, representing 81% … Continue reading

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How much does it cost to replace a car window?

The total car window replacement cost depends on several factors, including the vehicle type and who performs the work. Iseecars.com says the average cost to replace a windshield, sidelite, or rear sidelite runs from $100 to $400. Read more here.

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A Sheet of Ice Flies through Car Windshield

A slab of ice from the top of a fast-moving tractor-trailer came loose and launched into oncoming traffic and another driver’s windshield on January 15 in Francis, Utah. The driver sustained minor injuries. Read more here.

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Court of Appeals Rules for Campfield

The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on January 16 agreed with Rich Campfield, the owner of Ultra Bond, that Safelite’s “dollar bill rule” hurt his business by driving away customers with windshield cracks longer than 6 inches. Campfield sued … Continue reading

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Consolidated Glass & Mirror Ordered to Replace Incorrectly Marked Auto Glass

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) denied Consolidated Glass & Mirror’s (CGM) request to have mismarked windshields and sidelites used in buses considered an inconsequential violation of federal highway safety standards. CGM, a subsidiary of Guardian Industries Corp., discovered … Continue reading

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Lucid Recalls 2022-2023 Models over Windshield Heating Concerns

Lucid issued a recall on January 10 for 2,042 of its 2022-2023 Air electric sedans because the high-voltage coolant heater (HVCH) may fail to defrost the windshield. In Safety Recall Report 24V-011, the company told the National Highway Traffic Safety … Continue reading

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Lighter, Stronger, Clearer, and Thinner Auto Glass Coming to Cars

Corning® Fusion5™ Glass introduced the first auto exterior glass designed for windshields lighter in weight, with superior durability and better optical performance, compared to conventional windshields. A review in MotorTrend magazine says Fusion5 is considered “hard glass,” with much higher … Continue reading

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Consumer Group: Rate Increase Challenges Save Consumers $884.8 Million

Consumer Watchdog says it saved California insurance customers $884.8 million by challenging auto and homeowners insurance rate hikes sought by State Farm, Allstate, Pacific Specialty, and GEICO. The group also claims responsibility for Allstate and State Farm’s decision to lift … Continue reading

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It’s Not Too Early to Think about Summer

With much of the U.S. dealing with a series of winter storms, it’s never too early to start thinking about summer. Jerusalem Post offers reviews of the 10 Best Windshield Sunshades for 2024. Read more here.

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Winter Weather Complicates Auto Glass Installations

This week’s winter storm, sending chilly temps, snow, and ice to many parts of the U.S., provides a good reminder of the unique challenges auto glass installers face when temperatures drop below freezing. “For me, under 45 to 50 degrees … Continue reading

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California Warns Auto Insurers of Barriers to ‘Good Driver’ Coverage

Last month, the California Insurance Commissioner launched an investigation based on consumer complaints of waiting periods, questionnaires, and other practices that auto insurance carriers allegedly use to turn down otherwise qualified drivers from getting insurance. According to Insurance Commissioner Ricardo … Continue reading

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Renault Solarbay Smart Sunroof Lets Each Row Pick Their Tints

The new Renault Scenic E-Tech and Renault Rafale offer Solarbay panoramic glass roofs developed by glazing specialist Saint-Gobain Sekurit. The moonroof lets each row of passengers choose their tinting simply at the flick of a switch or a voice command … Continue reading

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How Dangerous Are Cracks In Aircraft Windshields?

An All Nippon Airways (ANA) flight returned to its original airport on January 13, when the crew reported a cracked windshield. According to SimpleFlying.com, cracks on windshields occur much more often than travelers realize, but they don’t always result in … Continue reading

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Passenger Calmly Drinks Water as Man Crashes through Bus Windshield

On January 10, a video captured a man calmly drinking from a bottle of water as another man crashed through the windshield of the bus he was riding. See the video here.

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A ‘Florida Type’ Auto Glass Bill Introduced in Kentucky

A Kentucky Senator introduced a bill similar to the law enacted in Florida last year for consideration during the state’s 2024 legislative session. Kentucky bill S.B. 29, introduced by Senator Brandon Storm on January 2, prohibits the assignment of benefits … Continue reading

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Safelite Absorbs Additional Auto Glass Shop

Safelite® Group kicked off the New Year with the January 5 acquisition of New Hampshire-based Thompson Auto Glass. The purchase represents the latest in a multi-year auto glass company buying spree. In 2023, Safelite acquired eight independent auto glass companies, … Continue reading

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Man Who Brought Car with Guns, Explosives to Auto Glass Pleads Guilty

A man — in whose bullet-ridden car Cascade Auto Glass workers found weapons and explosives — pleaded guilty on January 10 to illegally owning a machine gun. The Fife, Washington, auto glass shop called the police on October 4, 2023, … Continue reading

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Auto Insurance Rates to Hit Nose Bleed Levels in 2024

Insurance industry analysts expect auto insurance rates to jump by 12.6% across the U.S. in 2024 due to rising repair costs and frequent severe weather. Last year, insurance rates increased 11.2%. The average cost of full coverage car insurance across … Continue reading

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Wisconsin Man Clocked Doing 70 mph with Snow on Windshield

An Iowa County, Wisconsin, deputy allegedly stopped a vehicle on January 10 going 70 mph on U.S. 18/151 with snow on its windshield Wednesday. The deputy stopped the driver and cleaned the driver’s windshield to ensure safe driving. Read more … Continue reading

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AGRR Call for New Products

We’re in the process of putting together the next issue of Auto Glass Repair and Replacement magazine. If you make or sell products, tools, and equipment for the auto glass industry and have a new item you’d like to introduce, … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Key Media & Research, the parent company of Auto Glass Repair and Replacement magazine and its e-newsletter GlassBYTEs, will be closed on Monday, January 15, 2024, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The GlassBYTEs newsletter will resume publishing … Continue reading

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Safelite Grabs Yet another Auto Glass Firm

Safelite® Group has acquired the auto glass assets of New Hampshire-based Thompson Auto Glass. The companies completed the deal on January 5. “We’re privileged to be trusted with carrying on Thompson Auto Glass’s great local reputation for quality work and … Continue reading

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Allstate Withdraws Commercial Coverage in 15 States

Allstate informed insurance regulators in 15 states of its plans to drop commercial coverage, including auto and other products such as inland marine and liability. The insurance company plans to pull out of Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, … Continue reading

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Zeiss Smart Glass Tech Could Place Transparent Camera Mid-Window

German optics firm Zeiss plans to show off its Multifunctional Smart Glass technology at the Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas. The company’s technology can float “holographic” and augmented-reality content on a transparent surface for car head-up displays, … Continue reading

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The Weirdest Car Windows Ever Built

The race for innovation produced some wild window designs over the years. Jalopnik.com shows a dozen of them in this slideshow. See the slideshow here.

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One Died after Ricocheted Deer Hits Windshield

A Chevrolet Cavalier hit a deer, and the deer then hit a Nissan Maxima, where it entered through the vehicle’s windshield, killing a 23-year-old Jackson, Mississippi woman, who was a passenger in the Maxima. Read more here.

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Vandal Smashes 100 Car Windows in Vancouver

Police are investigating a vandalism spree that saw more than 100 car windows smashed in Vancouver, Canada. Read more here.

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Illinois Court Unseals Whistleblower Complaint against Safelite

An Illinois court on January 3 unsealed a whistleblower complaint filed against Safelite Group Inc., Safelite AutoGlass, and Safelite Solutions LLC, alleging widespread violations of the state’s insurance claims fraud prevention act. Brian Williams, a former Safelite AutoGlass product development … Continue reading

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New Year Brings New Start for Auto Glass Industry Veteran

The Japanese term Kaizen means change for the better or continuous improvement, and the start of a new year provides the perfect time to launch a business dedicated to that core concept. Shauna Davis formed Kaizen Glass Solutions to provide … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Company Buys Vacant Industrial Property in Connecticut

Payless Auto Glass in Hartford, Connecticut, on December 22, bought an industrial property for $1.1 million and plans to open a new auto glass shop at the location. John Wisniewski, owner of Payless Auto Glass, purchased the 7,000-square-foot industrial building … Continue reading

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Driver Avoids Disaster after Canoe Hits Windshield

A pickup truck driver on I-95 in Lynnfield, Massachusetts, avoided a serious wreck after a canoe fell off another vehicle and struck his windshield. Read more here.

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Detroit Driver Thrown Through Windshield

A 29-year-old Detroit man was thrown through a windshield on New Year’s Eve after losing control of the vehicle on I-96, according to Michigan State Police. The driver lost control of the car, which ran off the road and struck … Continue reading

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Front-Crash Systems Less Effective for Truck, Motorcycle Protection

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that front crash prevention systems are less effective at preventing crashes with large trucks and motorcycles than passenger cars. IIHS says most front crash prevention systems include forward collision warning and automatic … Continue reading

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Texas Changes Overweight Permit Windshield Stickers

Starting this month, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles began using a single-color windshield sticker for all overweight permits issued with a sticker. Orange will be used for all permit types, which is currently used only for the ready-mixed concrete … Continue reading

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Fuzzy Dice Free to Dangle in Illinois

Beginning this week, Illinois police will no longer stop drivers solely for having something hanging from their windshield’s rearview mirror. Air fresheners, parking placards, and even fuzzy dice may again dangle from the rearview mirror. Read more here.

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Feds Issue Rule Targeting Small Businesses, Including Auto Glass Shops

A new federal law took effect January 1, requiring all domestic and foreign businesses not already subject to federal ownership requirements to report certain personal information to the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. The Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) … Continue reading

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Atlas Auto Glass Expands to Greater Houston Area

Atlas Auto Glass announced on December 21 that it had expanded operations into the greater Houston area. Founded over three decades ago, this family-owned company provides auto glass replacement and repair services, collision repair, vehicle calibration, and auto detailing services. … Continue reading

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What a Year It Was

Here Are the Top Five GlassBYTEs headlines for 2023 1. Driven Brands Investigated by 3 Law Firms After Stock Plunges (August 8) Three law firms investigated potential securities fraud claims on behalf of Driven Brands shareholders following the company’s stock … Continue reading

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Driven Brands’s Eyes Bigger than Its Belly

It seems Driven Brand Holdings Inc.’s appetite for rapid growth, particularly in its auto glass segment, created a bad case of heartburn for a group of investors. They launched a class-action lawsuit against the Charlotte, N.C.-based company on December 22. … Continue reading

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It’s a Family Affair in Reno

For Chris Goltz and partner Sally Dallimore, the auto glass business represents a family affair with two generations of auto glass installers and a possible third waiting in the wings. The pair own Summit Auto Glass with shops in Reno, … Continue reading

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Insurance Industry Faces Big Job Losses

The U.S. insurance industry witnessed significant layoffs in 2023, with property and casualty (P&C) carriers carrying out most of these employment cuts. According to an S&P Global Market Intelligence analysis, the P&C sector saw a reduction of at least 6,800 … Continue reading

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Collector Selling Rare 1963 Split-Window Corvettes

C2 Corvettes lost their iconic split-window treatment after just one year in production, which makes the 1963 cars relatively rare and expensive today. Just over 10,000 Corvette coupes were built with the two-piece rear sidelites and the simulated hood vents … Continue reading

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Seems Like a Waste of Good Booze

A car owner revealed a bizarre, boozy, but quite effective method of de-icing a car on freezing mornings. With 90,000 followers, the TikTok creator says he uses a “morning vodka” hack to de-ice his car. He claims the practice has … Continue reading

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A Whitsett Man’s Perfect Car Starts Bubbling with Tiny Problems

The windshield on Chris Medina’s car started to get a lot of bubbles around the edges. As the months went on, more bubbles appeared and they continued to grow. Read more here.

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New Belt Law Ends Traffic Stops for Windshield Obstructions

Beginning Jan. 1, a new law from State Senator Christopher Belt will put an end to traffic stops from law enforcement that solely involve minor windshield obstructions. Read more here.

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Auto Insurance Reformers Moving in Right Direction

Legislative watchdogs and North Carolina’s insurance commissioner take opposite stances on a little-known piece of the state’s car insurance system. Read more here.

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To Re- or Not to Re-, that is the Question When It Comes to Tesla Recalibration

As the popularity of Teslas and other electric vehicles continues to increase, experts say  it’s well-worth learning the special tools and techniques necessary for their windshield recalibration. With more and more Teslas on the road and in the shop, some … Continue reading

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Cary Group Has Purchased one of the UK’s Biggest Auto Glass Providers

Stockholm-based Cary Group, a provider of repair and replacement vehicle glass in Europe, signed an agreement to acquire 100% of J Huggins and Son Limited, one of the UK’s primary auto glass repair and replacement providers.  Both companies are part … Continue reading

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Making the Jump from Customer to Shop Owner

Joe Kook transitioned from auto glass customer to shop owner in 2020 when he bought Tom’s Auto Glass Jim Gauthier installs a windshield at Tom’s Auto Glass in Chesterfield Township, Mich. in Chesterfield Township, Mich. Kook’s background includes 20-plus years at … Continue reading

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Another Insurance Industry Goliath Gets a Black Eye

Minneapolis, Minn.,-based Alpine Glass notched another win in its continuing battle against “short paying” auto insurance companies. Mike Reid, president of Alpine Glass, filed a complaint with the American Arbitration Association Minnesota No-Fault Tribunal against Progressive Insurance Co. over how … Continue reading

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Barry Atkins Honored for Extraordinary Service to Key Media & Research

Barry Atkins, account executive for Key Media & Research (KMR), the parent company of Auto Glass Repair and Replacement magazine and the GlassBYTEs™ newsletter, received the company’s 2023 Extraordinary Service Award. The award is presented annually. It was named after … Continue reading

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Driven Brands Taps Harmon for Board of Directors

Driven Brands Holdings elected Damien Harmon to its Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2024. He will also serve as a member of the Compensation Committee. Company CEO and president Jonathan Fitzpatrick says Harmon’s “deep experience in competitive and evolving … Continue reading

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Belron Reprices Loans, Distributes a Dividend, and Receives BBB-

D’Ieteren announced on December 15 that it repriced two outstanding Term B loans (loans made by institutional investors), driven by improving capital market conditions and strong operational performance of the business. The company also says it distributed a $396 million … Continue reading

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Man Wanted After Smashing Windows, Breaking into Cars

New Port Richey, Fla., police are searching for a young man who was seen allegedly breaking 10 car windows in an apartment complex. Officers say the man used a window punch tool, pulled the glass outward, and crawled into the … Continue reading

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Cracked Windshield Leads to Arrest for Felony Meth Possession

A 65-year-old Gillette, Wyo., man faces a felony drug possession charge after the Wyoming Highway Patrol stopped him for a cracked windshield on December 17. Officers charged the man with felony possession of methamphetamine, along with a misdemeanor charge for … Continue reading

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LG Develops Transparent Antenna for Car Windshields

LG’s “film-type antenna” works either attached to glass or built into it. The transparent antenna supports 5G, Wi-Fi, and navigation using the Global Navigation Satellite System. Designed for compatibility with various types of glass and vehicle designs, LG says the … Continue reading

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Allstate Wins Double-Digit Rate Increases

Speaking to investors, Allstate CFO Jess Merten says the insurance company secured rate increase approval from California, New Jersey, and New York. “We recently received approval from Departments of Insurance in California, New York, and New Jersey for Allstate brand … Continue reading

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Stellantis and Valeo Launch Remanufactured Windshield Camera

European automaker Stellantis and auto parts supplier Valeo announced the launch of a windshield-mounted automotive video camera remanufactured at Valeo Circular Electronics Lab in Nevers, France. Read more here.

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English Only, Por Favor

The Colorado legislature passed a bill requiring insurance companies to provide detailed policy documents to consumers in the language in which they advertise. For example, if the company advertises in Spanish, it must also make the application and all policy-related … Continue reading

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Study: ADAS Adds More Than a Third to Repair Costs

The American Automobile Association (AAA) reports that advanced driver assist systems (ADAS) make up a third of the cost of automobile crash repair. “Consumers may not realize it, but the sensors that help ADAS ‘see’ the world around the vehicle … Continue reading

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Texas Man Strikes Pedestrian, Drives 38 Miles after Body Flew Through Windshield

A Texas man is in custody after allegedly striking a pedestrian, whose body flew through the windshield of the vehicle and into the passenger seat. The man then drove 38 miles to a Jack in the Box with the victim’s … Continue reading

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Scrooge Visits Auto Glass Now on the Brink of Christmas

According to auto glass industry sources, Auto Glass Now has laid off about 375 employees nationwide. Auto Glass Now owner Driven Brands remains silent about the job cuts, but an auto glass shop owner in Central Virginia who asked not … Continue reading

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Do Auto Glass Shops Bonus Their Employees at Christmas?

The majority of respondents to a GlassBYTEs survey of auto glass companies say they offer some form of year-end bonuses to employees. Of the companies responding to a research study by Key Media & Research, 92% give bonuses as cash, … Continue reading

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Car Insurance Spikes as Americans Struggle to Pay Bills

As American consumers deal with financial pressures caused by rising inflation, they face pressure from increasing costs for car insurance. The latest inflation data from the Consumer Price Index (CPI) report shows car insurance rising by 19.2% year-over-year as of … Continue reading

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Cybertruck Windshield Wiper Cost a Lot to Replace

A Cybertruck windshield wiper replacement may cost as little as $165 for the entire arm and blade assembly or $75 for just the wiper blade itself. According to Tesla’s parts catalog, the whole windshield costs $1,900, and sidelites run $225 … Continue reading

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Texas Man Shot Twice Through Windshield after Crashing Car into a House

The wife of an 80-year-old man who was shot after suffering a seizure and driving his car into a Seagoville, Texas, home says he’s lucky to be alive. He was hit at least twice by bullets that pierced his front … Continue reading

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Family Stunned after Object Came Through Windshield

A rivet smashed through the windshield of a Jacksonville, Fla., family’s car on December 9 as they traveled across Mathews Bridge in Jacksonville, Fla. Video here.

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Safelite Lassos Another One

Safelite Group announced on December 12 the acquisition of Waco, Texas-based Freddy’s Glass in a deal completed on December 8. “Freddy’s Glass has an incredible local reputation, and we’re honored to continue providing the stellar service their community has come … Continue reading

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PGW Auto Glass Debuts Two New Distribution Centers

PGW Auto Glass on December 11 opened new distribution centers in Phoenix, Ariz., and Scranton, Penn. The company says that the 130,000-square-foot location in Scranton and the 138,000-square-foot distribution center in Phoenix will improve inventory availability and proximity to key … Continue reading

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Backlites of Honda HR-V Vehicles ‘Randomly’ Shatter

Owners of the Honda HR-V subcompact SUV report the sudden shattering of their vehicles’ backlites. According to Pittsburgh, Penn., TV station KDKA, a Pittsburgh woman on December 11 was sitting in her car in the driveway when the backlite suddenly … Continue reading

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Allstate Set to Pull Out of California, N.Y., and N.J. Auto Insurance Markets

Allstate CEO Tom Wilson warned that the insurance company may drop auto insurance coverage in three major U.S. markets unless those states approve rate increases. “If we don’t get price increases this year, or approved this year, in those states, … Continue reading

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You Don’t See This Every Day

A road train (several connected tractor-trailers) jackknifed on December 12, sending a pool crashing into a car’s windshield on a Perth, Aus., highway. Video here.

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Insurance Industry Relationships Vital for Auto Glass Shops

Several Auto Glass Now (AGN) staff members spent the first week of November attending the Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents’ “Big Event” conference, a gathering of 1,500 insurance companies, independent insurance agents, and allied trades. The trade show featured 300 … Continue reading

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Arrest Made in Connection with Auto Glass Shop Murders

Phoenix, Ariz., law enforcement on December 6 arrested Angelica M. Martinez, a 40-year-old female out of Twin Falls, Idaho, on alleged drug-related charges, as well as on two counts of aiding and abetting the December 1 murder of an auto … Continue reading

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Crash Avoidance Features Improve Safety but Complicate Repairs

Crash avoidance features provide proven safety benefits, but according to a survey by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), some vehicle owners report problems with the technology following repairs. The IIHS surveyed owners of vehicles equipped with front crash … Continue reading

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Fix Network Canada Opens 3rd Auto Glass Training Center

Fix Network Canada opened its third training center in Calgary, Alb. The company launched its first training center in Milton, Ont., in 2019 and added another 6,000-square-foot center in Blainville, Que., in 2020. The company launched its first training center … Continue reading

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Will Your Grandchildren Need a Driver’s License?

Alex Roy, a former executive at Argo AI, an American autonomous driving technology company, says the advent of autonomous vehicles is inevitable. Soon, driverless cars won’t be the exception but the norm. He also argues that human driving will never … Continue reading

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Cybertruck Sports Huge Floppy Windshield Wiper

The single massive windshield wiper blade on Tesla’s Cybertruck, the end of which is made from a floppy, rubber-like material, may not be composed of multiple standard-issue wiper blades after all. Read more here.

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Tennessee Man Dead after Tire Crashes Through Windshield

A Knoxville, Tenn., driver died on December 7 after a tire detached from another car and crashed through his windshield, according to the Knoxville Police Department. Police say, “the tire went through the windshield” and hit the driver, who was … Continue reading

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Double Tragedy Strikes Idaho Auto Glass and Tint Shop

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

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State Farm Reaches a $1.35 Million Settlement with Kentucky AG

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

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Geico Granted Preliminary Approval of $5.1 Million Georgia Settlement

A federal judge in George on December 5 set the stage for the settlement of a $5.1 million class action between Geico and its policyholders. The suit arose over allegations that the insurer under-compensated owners of totaled vehicles by miscalculating … Continue reading

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Safelite Creates ‘Safelite Spot’

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

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Giant Windshield Could Lead to Gigantic Repair Bills

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

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Crowbar-Wielding Maniac Smashes Windows, Damages About 30 Cars

A man with a crowbar walked through a Koreatown neighborhood in Las Angeles, Calif., smashing the windows of about 30 parked cars. Video here.

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Florida Lawyers File 54,000 Auto Glass Lawsuits

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

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New Wholesale Location To Open in Arizona

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

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AirPro Approved for Ford Collision and Glass Certification Programs

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

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Former Safelite Executive Elected to La Salle University Board of Trustees

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

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Suspension Spring Crashes through Windshield

A woman is in serious condition after a vehicle suspension spring crashed through her windshield in Weston, Mass. Read more here.

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Hidden Button on Car Hood Reveals Safety Feature

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

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Windshield Smashed after Car Hits Traffic Light Lying in Road

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

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What If You Started All Over? Goodbye Wyoming, Hello Florida

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

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Technology to Combat Distracted Driving, Saving Lives and Money

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

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It’s the Most Dangerous Time of the Year

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

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Automaker Demonstrates ‘Tesla Armor Glass’

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

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S.C. County Looks to Install Bulletproof Glass in Cop Cars

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

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Man Shot at 7 Times through Windshield

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.

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Dog Critically Injured in Road Rage Incident

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

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Mygrant Glass Clarifies Windshield Refund Policy

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

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Straightaway Tire & Auto Acquires Accurate Auto and Wayne’s Automotive

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

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Technology Is Reshaping Premiums Based on Individual Driver Behavior

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.

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Metal Pole Strikes Driver’s Windshield on Colorado Highway

A Denver, Colo., woman was lucky to escape injury or worse when a metal pole flew into the windshield of her car on the highway. Read more here.

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Man Banned from the Road for Driving with Frozen Windshield

A Scottish van driver was banned from the roads after getting behind the wheel with a frozen windshield and windows. Read more here.

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Golf Course Sparks Safety Concerns

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.

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State Farm to Waive Deductibles for Repair Again

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

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Hackers Target K&K Glass (Auto Glass Now)

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

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Electric Cars Revolutionize Mobility with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)

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

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It’s Not Just Unsafe; It’s Illegal

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

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Auto Thefts Rise Keeping Police and Auto Glass Shops Busy

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

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A Will to Succeed Drives Utah Auto Glass Shop Owner

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

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Forget about Porch Pirates; Look out for Windshield Barnacles

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

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Glass Logic Acquires GlassComp

Having the desire to add more “glass” to its inventory, Glass Logic, a point-of-sale software provider based in Central Illinois, recently acquired the assets of Illinois-based GlassComp, a long-term EDI provider for the auto glass retail industry. The move allows … Continue reading

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Police Seek Driver Following ‘Horrendous’ Deadly Hit-and-Run

A 74-year-old Stamford, Conn., woman was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Stamford on November 21. The crash caused heavy damage to the vehicle’s windshield and horrendous injuries to the pedestrian. “There is no way that the operator of the … Continue reading

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At Least It Wasn’t a Deer

A loose horse in Pointe Coupee Parish, La., was hit by a car and landed on the vehicle’s windshield and part of its roof. Read the full story on The Advocate.

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Just What This Glassmaker Needs

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

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N.Y Governor Signs Auto Insurance Consumer Relief Act into Law

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

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What in the World Is Going on with the Insurance Agency?

“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

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U.K. Drivers Increase Deductibles or Switch to Third-Party Insurance to Cut Costs

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

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Police Officer Injured When ‘Incendiary Object’ Explodes on Windshield

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.

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Good Samaritans Rush to Help People Trapped in Car after Crash

Good Samaritans rushed to the aid of a driver stuck inside her rolled-over vehicle in Doral, Fla., on November 19. Story here.

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The Future’s So Bright at This Company, They Gotta Wear Shades

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

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Maine Passes Right to Repair Legislation

By Seth Maimen Maine citizens voted overwhelmingly earlier this month to pass a Right to Repair legislative initiative in the Pine Tree state’s elections. The Maine Right to Repair initiative is very similar to one approved by Massachusetts voters, also … Continue reading

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Renault Reboots Twingo

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

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That’s One Pricey Windshield

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.

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Genesis G1 Hybrid Offers Innovative Windshield Design

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.

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Business Optimism Falls

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

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Deer through Windshield Claims Man’s Life

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.  

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State Farm Issues New O&A Agreement—and It’s a Head Turner

State Farm, on November 15, notified national glass program members of changes to its Offer and Acceptance (O&A) agreement effective December 15. The Offer and Acceptance (O&A) agreement directs auto glass shops to confirm that the vehicle on dispatch matches … Continue reading

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A Lifetime in Auto Glass Highlights Technician Training

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

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Apple Seeks Patent for AR Windshield

Apple wants drivers to take their eyes off cell phones and other digital distractions and stare at their auto windshields instead. The company recently filed a U.S. patent application for a “visual content overlay system” to create an augmented reality … Continue reading

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Department of Labor Dedicates Apprenticeship Week

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

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Swedish Automaker Makes Rear Sidelites Obsolete

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

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High Speed and Frosted Windshield Claim Life of 16-Year-Old Driver

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.

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Arizona Police Officer Pulled Through Windshield after Crash

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

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Auto Glass Future Bright for Boyd Group

Boyd Group Services president and CEO Timothy O’Day expressed confidence in the steady growth of the company’s auto glass segment during a November 10 third-quarter 2023 earnings call. “I’m pretty excited about our auto glass business and the opportunity that … Continue reading

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Software Glitch Causes Some Mercedes-Benz Sunroofs to Close

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

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Driven Brands Sees 12% 3rd Quarter Revenue Boost

Driven Brands Holdings Inc., on November 1, reported third-quarter 2023 revenue of $581.0 million, a 12% increase over prior-year earnings. System-wide sales rose 10% to $1.6 billion, driven by 6% same-store sales growth and 6% net store growth. The company … Continue reading

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D’leteren Group Approves Stock Buy-Back Plan

The Board of Directors of D’Ieteren Group on November 7 approved a share repurchase plan up to a maximum value of $108.588 million. The company decided based on its current cash position and growth potential. The plan aims to invest … Continue reading

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Florida Students Charged After Cough Drop Shot at School Bus Windshield

Hernando County, Fla., deputies say one of the boys brought a slingshot on board the school bus. He allegedly passed the slingshot to another student on the bus, who used it to launch a cough drop toward the windshield of … Continue reading

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Out-of-State Auto Glass Shops and Lawyers Exploit Loopholes in Florida Law

Out-of-state “harvesters” offer free windshield replacements. Once the customer signs a work order and the repair is completed, they send an exorbitant bill to insurers, who either deny the claim or deeply discount it. Lawyers then sue the insurance company … Continue reading

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Alert Auto Glass Employees Saw Something, Said Something

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

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Avoid Tailgating That Shiny New Mercedes; Its Sidelites May Fly Off

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

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It’s a Frog! Auto Glass Techs Design a New Tool

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

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How Will Self-Driving Cars Be Insured in the Future?

Melba Kurman, one of the authors of “Driverless,” believes that innovation in autonomous vehicle technology outpaces the ability of the auto insurance industry to keep up. Kurman’s book offers a comprehensive introduction to self-driving cars. She says liability is one … Continue reading

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The Importance of ADAS Calibrations

Proper calibration guarantees that the ADAS system will accurately detect and respond to potential hazards on the road. Calibration ensures that the vehicle’s safety features, such as collision avoidance and lane keeping, function properly. Read more on BrakeAndFrontEnd.com.

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Shortage of ADAS-Trained Techs a ‘Matter of Life and Death’

A report by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) says that while 44% of U.K. cars will have Level 2 autonomy by 2030, the vehicle repair industry needs more than 51,000 qualified technicians to meet the demand. The industry … Continue reading

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Plastic Wrap for Windshield Nets Traffic Ticket

Ontario Provincial Police in Grenville, Ont., stopped a driver whose vehicle looked more like a bowl of leftovers in the fridge than a proper car. “If you have ever asked yourself if plastic wrap would make a suitable windshield replacement, … Continue reading

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Plane Takes Off Without Windows

A plane with two window glasses missing took off from U.K.’s Stansted airport. The issue was discovered when the flight reached an altitude of 14,500 feet. Watch a news report on YouTube

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Can Insurers Sue Glass Shops? Florida Supreme Court to Decide

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

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Some Nissan Replacement Windshields Bear the Wrong Maker Code

Nissan North America notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that approximately 1,934 replacement windshields installed in Nissan automobiles between April 2000 and April 2012 bore the incorrect manufacturer certification code. The carmaker says in April 2000, the glass manufacturer, … Continue reading

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FAA Issues Airplane Windshield Heater Warning

The Federal Aviation Administration issued an Airworthiness Directive to Honda Aircraft Co. regarding faulty windshield heater mechanisms in one model of Honda airplanes. The FAA directed the manufacturer to revise the airplane flight manual and quick reference handbook for Honda … Continue reading

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UK Bill Makes Automakers Legally Liable for Self-driving Car Wrecks

The British government’s potential regulations for self-driving vehicles make automakers, rather than car owners, legally liable for automobile wrecks. King Charles told Parliament the government would introduce an Automated Vehicles Bill in the coming parliamentary session. The legislation establishes fines … Continue reading

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Australian Calibration Firm Teams Up with Windshield Repair Company

An Australian company specializing in diagnostic, remote programming, and calibration systems joined forces with a national windshield repair and replacement firm to develop cutting-edge diagnostic and calibration solutions for automotive collision and mechanical repair facilities, windshield repair shops, and calibration … Continue reading

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Hit-and-run Driver Pulls Body from Windshield, Drives Away

A hit-and-run driver who killed a 28-year-old man was caught on a doorbell camera pulling the body from the vehicle and dumping him on the side of the road. Watch the news report on YouTube.

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Teen Charged after Shooting Toy Gun at School Bus

Deputies say the bus was headed for school when a student fired a “gel blaster” gun toward the driver, hitting the windshield. Read more on ABC30.com.

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The Ultimate Sea Glass

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

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No Relief in Sight for Nevada Auto Insurance Rates

While the rising cost of car insurance delivers a brutal hit to Nevada residents, neither the insurance industry, consumer advocates, nor state government officials expect relief to come soon. The insurance industry attributes the increased premiums to rising costs for … Continue reading

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Fall Is Hit-a-Deer Season in Wisconsin

State Farm Insurance found that Wisconsin drivers reported more than 70,000 claims involving animal crashes between July last year and June this year. November October, and December comprise the most dangerous months for those kinds of incidents, mainly due to … Continue reading

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Patio Slab Smashes through Windshield

A man was showered with glass and injured after a concrete patio slab hurtled through his windshield while he was driving. Read more on WalesOnline

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Michigan Auto Glass Shop Sees Value as AGSC Member Company

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

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Safelite to Open R&D Facility

Safelite is investing in a new research and development facility in Columbus that it says will help it stay on top of auto glass industry technology and trends. Safelite says the facility will function as an auto glass shop and … Continue reading

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AG Company Owner Touts Unusual Method to Prevent Smash-and-Grabs

The owner of a Canadian auto glass shop recommends leaving vehicles unlocked to prevent thieves from smashing windows to steal stuff from the vehicle. Andy Dunleavy, co-owner of Standard Auto Glass in London, Ont., says it’s better to leave the … Continue reading

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Charges Dropped Against Man Accused of Throwing Brick at Ambulance Windshield

Prosecutors dropped criminal charges against a man who was arrested for allegedly throwing a brick through the windshield of an ambulance as it was responding to an emergency in Seattle, Wash. Read more on MSN.com

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Man Leaves Jail, Smashes Police Car Windshield

A man just released from jail allegedly walked out and smashed the windshield of a police patrol car parked in front of the El Paso, Texas, county jail, officials said. Read more on Yahoo News

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Forget “Snakes in a Plane,” Now It’s Snakes in the Glass

A couple had a scary encounter while driving on a highway in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on October 30, after a huge python suddenly emerged from under the hood of their car. The large snake began slithering across the car’s windshield, … Continue reading

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Safelite Group Acquires California Company

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

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Chilly Temps Present Challenges for Auto Glass Installations

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

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Driven Brands Holdings Reports Third Quarter Results

Driven Brands on November 1 reported third quarter revenue of $581 million for the quarter ending September 30, an increase of 12% from the previous year. System-wide sales totaled $1.6 billion, up 10% from the prior year and driven by … Continue reading

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Tesla Prevails in Auto Pilot Lawsuit

Tesla on October 31 won the first U.S. trial over allegations that its Autopilot driver assistant feature led to a death, a major victory for the automaker as it faces several other lawsuits and federal investigations related to the same … Continue reading

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Newsweek: Grand Wagoner Features Best Family-Friendly Technology

Wagoneer by Jeep offers technologically advanced, next-generation innovations, including a rear-seat monitoring camera, windshield head-up display, frameless digital cluster, premium McIntosh audio system, 10.25 front passenger interactive display, Amazon Fire TV built-In and up to 75 inches of total digital … Continue reading

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Fourth Time is the Charm for James Chapman

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

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Predii Introduces Generative AI ‘Co-Pilot’ for Automotive Repair

The company’s Predii 360 links breakthroughs in Generative AI with Predii’s 10-plus years of leadership in developing automotive-specific AI applications. “The solution intelligently responds to automotive service and repair questions and produces reliable, actionable intelligence to enhance the efficiency and … Continue reading

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Why Choosing the Right Auto Glass Repair Shop Matters

The business of auto glass repair is multifold. A peculiar blend of craftsmanship and technical skill, this industry thrives on expertise, precision, quality and, most importantly, trust. This is why choosing the right auto glass repair shop matters. Read more … Continue reading

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Errant Truck Tire Smashes through Couple’s Windshield

“On impact, I turned away and it went through the windshield, clipped my shoulder, knocked my head, took the roof right off,” said Dan Wronikowski. Read more on Click on Detroit.

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Lewiston Auto Glass Shop Expresses Condolences

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

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Windshield Movie Night Coming to Your Vehicle

Flying cars, four-legged walking robots and car windshields that double as movie screens are among the innovations dazzling visitors to the Japan Mobility Show, according to Japan News. The newspaper said 178 companies — including automakers, NTT Corp., Panasonic Holdings … Continue reading

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Check Your Email Filters for GlassBYTE’s Updated Sending System

Key Media & Research (KMR) has some exciting news to share. To enhance your experience and ensure you receive AGRR without hiccups, the leading provider of information about the North American architectural glass industry has updated its sending system. As … Continue reading

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Daughter to Carry on Family’s Shop after Dad’s Retirement

Jerry Kottschade retired Oct. 15—52 years after opening what would become Jerry’s Abra Auto Body & Glass—but daughter Laura is ready to step up. Read more on Autobody News

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Man’s Car insurance Retroactively Canceled after Accident

Sergio Preciado got in a car accident back in July of 2022 when he was exiting Interstate 805. He admits it was his fault, adding that nobody was injured in the crash … His insurance company, National General, later told … Continue reading

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Police: U-32 School Bus Windshield Shot Out

Montpelier, Vt., police are investigating after a U-32 school bus’s windshield was shot out Thursday afternoon. Police say the bus, operated by First Student, stopped in East Montpelier near the Agway train tracks just before 3:30 p.m. when the driver’s … Continue reading

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GM Issues Recall for Improperly Bonded Windshields

GM sent recall notices to owners of 2023 GMC Acadia, Cadillac XT5 and XT6 models due to improperly bonded windshields. The automaker reported to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) that those models may have been assembled without the … Continue reading

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California DMV Suspends Cruise’s Driverless-Car Permits

The California Department of Motor Vehicles on October 24 suspended GM Cruise’s autonomous-driving permit, putting a halt to the company’s driverless taxi service in San Francisco. The DMV cited safety concerns, saying the vehicles are not safe for public operation … Continue reading

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Rolls-Royce Issues Recall Over Windshield Safety Concerns

Luxury car maker Rolls-Royce has recalled 39 examples of its $650,000 Ghost limousine in Australia over concerns some glass interior display screens could shatter during a crash. The recall was issued because some of the screens could throw broken glass … Continue reading

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Windshield Chips or Cracks? Insurers Crack Down on Glass Claims

Auto glass damage happens so often in Arizona that insurers here are required to offer no deductible glass coverage. It used to be filing glass claims wouldn’t have much impact on your rates or renewals. That has changed. “Even though … Continue reading

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Tesla Highlights Panoramic Glass Roof During Solar Eclipse

Tesla’s vehicles include what the company calls a “panoramic glass roof,” letting users see a clear view directly upward from within their cars. In a recent post, Tesla highlighted one rather unique use of the glass roof, as one user … Continue reading

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ICAT To Demonstrate ADAS Capabilities At Its Test Track

The Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) Show 2023, organised by the International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT), with the nodal testing agency under the Ministry of Heavy Industries (MHI), will be held on 7th December at the ICAT Test Track … Continue reading

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36 Cars Broken into at the University of Memphis Campus

Students at the University of Memphis are frustrated and fighting for answers after several car break-ins on campus. The university confirmed that 36 vehicles have been hit since Saturday. Read more on WREG.com

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Giraffe Smash Texas Family’s Car Windshield

According to Fox4, Kari Hill, her two teenage sons and a 1 year-old granddaughter parked at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, Texas, feeding the giraffe through the car’s sunroof. Read more on Foxnews.com

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Troy Mason Named Senior VP at Caliber Auto Glass

Caliber Auto Glass named Troy Mason, senior vice president, the Lewisville, Texas, company announced October 24. As SVP, Mason will oversee all brand operations, including business expansion, go-to-market strategies and customer experience, all in support of Caliber’s purpose of “Restoring … Continue reading

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Hearing Held on Massachusetts Auto Glass Safety Bill

The Massachusetts’ Joint Committee on Transportation held a hearing on Oct. 17 in Boston to receive industry comment on a bill creating auto glass replacement standards. “The bill provides a road map for auto glass replacement safety,” said Peter Brown, … Continue reading

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Auto Insurance Claims Inflation Outpaces U.S. Consumer Price Index Inflation

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

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Gerber Collision & Glass Expands Automotive Scanning and Diagnostics Capabilities through Opus IVS Partnership

Gerber Collision & Glass, a collision repair and glass replacement provider, has announced it is strengthening its partnership with Opus IVS, a provider of intelligent vehicle support solutions. The alliance allows Gerber Collision & Glass to consolidate its diagnostic services … Continue reading

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Corrugated Iron Hits Wellington Man’s Windscreen in Shocking Video

A Wellington, New Zealand, man has shared the moment his vehicle’s windscreen was hit by a flying piece of corrugated iron. The corrugated iron is already in motion when the video begins, and appears to have flown out of a … Continue reading

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WATCH: Safari Drive Goes Wrong as Elephant Smashes Car Windscreen

In the video, taken on a South African safari, “an elephant pressed on a car, shattering the windshield, but the occupants were unharmed, highlighting the elephant’s strength and the car’s durability.” Read more on Iol.co.za

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Ford Developing Sun Visor That Can Break Glass

Ford Global Technologies now holds the patent for a sun visor that gives vehicle occupants an option for breaking glass in case of an emergency. The initial application for a sun visor with an incorporated impact point was filed in … Continue reading

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GEICO Plans Layoffs and Tells Others to Return to the Office

A letter from GEICO Chairman, president and CEO Todd Combs informed workers it was laying off 2,000 of them. Read more on WGRZ.com

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Police Investigating Increase of Car Break-Ins in Downtown Kansas City

This week, more than a dozen residents in a private garage in Downtown found their vehicle windows smashed. While it’s awful for certain people, it’s good for those in the auto glass industry. Kevin Dvorak owns Clarity AutoGlass in Gladstone, … Continue reading

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Tesla Fans Blame Four-Year-Old Child For Falcon Wing Door Closing On His Head

Theoretically, owners have been warned, but it’s also completely reasonable to think that Tesla should prioritize making sure that its doors reliably detect when they’re closing on a person or object and stop before it crushes them. And while that … Continue reading

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Antitrust Raids Target Companies Accused of Anti-Competitive Behavior

Several European companies associated with auto glass replacement, specialty chemicals and construction were the target of unannounced antitrust raids by the European Commission and other investigative bodies. The Commission initiated the investigations following what it says were suspicions of anti-competitive … Continue reading

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Auto Windscreens Invests in REACH Training for its Team

Auto Windscreens is working to makes sure all its appropriate colleagues have undertaken Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) training for the use of polyurethane. REACH training is required under EU regulations to ensure the urethane, which contains … Continue reading

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Insurance Costs for Electric Cars May Weaken Sales

The growth of electric car sales in Europe may be impeded by rising insurance costs and expiring subsidies, as reported in an article by Forbes. Read more on Insurance Business

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Reward Offered for Info Leading to Arrest of Man who Threw Milk at Passing Semi

A reward has been offered for information that leads to the arrest of a man who threw a gallon of milk at a passing semi-truck and smashed its windshield. Read more on WIBW.com

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Massachusetts Legislature to Hold Hearings on AG Safety Bill

The Massachusetts legislature Joint Committee on Transportation is holding a hearing today about the House and Senate bills that would create state auto glass replacement safety standards. The identical bills are two of several pieces of legislation “regarding bicycles and … Continue reading

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) Utilizing Deep Learning Techniques to Enhance ADAS

By effectively incorporating machine learning development techniques into the training of deep learning models, ADAS systems can analyze the sensor data in real-time and make informed decisions to enhance driver safety and assist in driving tasks, making it future ready … Continue reading

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Obituary: John F. “Jack” Cimino

He was the proud owner of Jack’s Auto Glass for fifty years, the first mobile and on-site auto glass repair company in Rhode Island. Read more on Legacy.com

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Handcuffed Suspect Kicks out Window, Escapes from Patrol Car

30-year-old Randy Alan Ramey was handcuffed in the back of a Georgia State Patrol car when he kicked out the rear passenger side window and fled. The arresting officer tased him during the escape attempt, a state patrol report says. … Continue reading

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Massive Fruit from Overgrown Trees Causes Car Damage and Safety Concerns

Osage oranges, or hedge apples, that can grow to be larger than a softball and weigh several pounds, have been falling on cars shattering windows and causing dents. Read more on WMAR2News.com

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Texas Police Agencies Installing Bullet-Resistant Glass in Patrol Vehicles

The threat of violence is constant each time a police officer dons their uniform and steps out on patrol. That’s why safety is of utmost importance for officers, who are required to wear bullet-resistant vests and carry weapons for protection. … Continue reading

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