Obtains 573 Report on DOT 430 Recall
When Safelite Auto Glass learned of the issue with the now-recalled
DOT 430 tempered products that were breaking in large shards, the
company completed a full 573 report for the Office of Defects Investigation,
a division of the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration.
The report, filed by Scott E. Damon of Baker & Hostetler LLP in
Orlando, Fla., on behalf of Safelite, says that when a Safelite
technician notified Safelite's quality coordinator of the issue
with the parts, the company destroyed all DOT 430 parts identified
as having the potential defect.
The report goes on to say, "Because Safelite purchases other DOT
430 parts (45 other distinct products) from its supplier, Auto Temp
Inc., it was decided that testing needed to be performed on all
other 45 DOT 430 products. Auto Temp Inc. performed the testing.
The only parts that appeared to be out of specification were the
three DOT 430 back glass products, DB10077 YPY, DB10533 YPY and
Auto Temp spokesperson Josh Hammond has advised it cannot comment
on whether it has had a problem with the products "for legal and
competitive reasons." (CLICK
HERE for related story.) At press time, Hammond, who is with
a public relations firm, Northlich, was not available for comment.
|According to Safelite's report, submitted
to NHTSA, Wholesale is located at 85 Fifth Avenue, Suite 30,
in Paterson, N.J. The office in Suite 30, which was locked during
glassBYTEs.com's visit, appears here.
The 573 report also says, with regard to the product's origin (prior
to purchase by Auto Temp from Wholesale Automotive), that "Wholesale
Glass Automotive is believed to import the tempered automotive glass
from Hangzhou Safety Glass Co. Ltd., DOT code 430."
The contact at Wholesale, located in Paterson, N.J., is noted to
be Mr. Andrew An. Continued attempts by glassBYTEs.com/AGRR
magazine to reach Wholesale have been unsuccessful, and a visit
to the company's facility in Paterson were unsuccessful as well.
According to the document, Safelite estimates it originally purchased
2,737 suspect DOT 430 parts from Auto Temp, and that 1,080 of these
were "destroyed or quarantined," with the remaining 1,657 representing
the recall population.
NHTSA spokesperson Eric Bolton told glassBYTEs.comô/AGRR magazine
it cannot comment on issues of this sort and that the only information
available is that which is available for public viewing, including
HERE for full 573 NHTSA report on recall filed on behalf of
Safelite on November 13.
HERE for NHTSA's acknowledgement of Safelite's voluntary recall.
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