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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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California Adopts Right-to-Repair Law: Here’s What’s Changing for You

California’s new law also has more far-reaching consequences for companies than previous similar laws passed in New York, Minnesota, and Colorado. It requires manufacturers to make parts, tools, and documentation available to consumers for seven years after the production of … Continue reading

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A Flying Car Prototype Just Got an Airworthiness Certificate From the FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration has certified for testing a vehicle that a California startup describes as a flying car—the first fully electric vehicle that can both fly and travel on roads to receive U.S. government approval. Click here to read … Continue reading

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Freedom For Repair and Replacement: Auto Glass Shops Celebrate July 4

America celebrates its 247th birthday and independence from Great Britain this July 4. U.S. auto glass shops are taking a brief break next week to celebrate the occasion. We asked some shop owners what the Fouth of July means for … Continue reading

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‘Defective’ Vehicle Lawsuit Centralized in California

The Central District of California will hear a class action lawsuit alleging that certain Kia America Inc., Hyundai Motor America and Hyundai Kia America vehicles contain a “defect” making them more susceptible to theft. None of the parties in the … Continue reading

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Nissan Could Appeal Class Action Ruling from Lawsuit Alleging ‘Defective’ Sunroofs

Nissan could be on its way to challenging a recent California district court ruling that resulted in class action certification for drivers in multiple states. The ruling, a continuation of a 2017 lawsuit alleging that a number of vehicles contain … Continue reading

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Extreme Heat Requires Extreme Planning for Auto Glass Industry

Triple-digit temperatures in the western United States have auto glass repair and replacement (AGRR) shops navigating the associated issue of adhesive application in high temperatures. With most adhesive manufacturers recommending that such work not be performed in temperatures more than … Continue reading

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California DMV Files ADAS Advertisement Complaint Against Tesla

The long-lead times Tesla is experiencing with respect to securing glass for its automobiles is not the only challenge currently facing the automaker. California’s Department of Motor Vehicles has taken issue with Tesla’s advertisement of ADAS features, including usage of … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Now Opens Two Stores in California

Auto Glass Now has now opened four new locations in 2022 with the recent announcement of two new facilities in Pinedale and Sacramento, Calif. The company says the locations will “look to provide Californians a new level of service.” Auto … Continue reading

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Class Action Claims Certified in Lawsuit Against Nissan

A class action lawsuit brought against Nissan North America, Inc. from 2017 alleging a number of its vehicles include a “defect” on their panoramic sunroofs that results in shattering under normal driving conditions continues to make its way through court. … Continue reading

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Suspect Smashes USPS Vehicle Window, Steals Mail in Pomona

A man was caught on camera throwing an object at a USPS delivery vehicle in Pomona on Saturday, and stealing a box of mail. “I’ve been here 20 years and I’ve never seen something like this happen ever,” Pomona resident … Continue reading

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Everything’s Gone: Recovery After Burglary

The morning after Christmas, Fresno Glass LLC of Fresno, Calif., had three visitors—and none of them were Santa Claus. The glass shop, which provides auto, commercial and residential glass services, was broken into and $50,000 to $100,000 worth of tools … Continue reading

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Lawsuit Alleging Kia Telluride Windshields ‘Defective’ Continues in California Court

In September 2020, glassBYTEs.com reported on the class action lawsuit filed by Yandery Sanchez against Kia Motors America Inc. The suit continues in court after a second complaint was filed against Kia in August 2021. Sanchez, who lives in Houston, … Continue reading

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California Court to Judge Honda Sunroof Class Action Case

A class action lawsuit against Honda alleges a manufacturing defect in sunroofs and moonroofs of the 2015 to 2020 Honda and Acura vehicles. Mary Tappana of Webb City, Mo., Darryl Roberts of Tacoma, Wash., and Dustin Fulcomer of Riverview, Fla., … Continue reading

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Breaking Point: SF Suffers Highest Rate of Car Break-ins Compared to Atlanta, DC, Dallas, LA

In the heart of San Francisco, alongside popular tourist attractions, car break-ins have spiked nearly 200% since last year, turning visitors into victims and creating what some business owners are calling an “economic pandemic.” On average, the city suffers about … Continue reading

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San Francisco Car Burglars Target Parking Garages; Show up at Victim’s Home

Car break-in victims may feel their vehicles are generally safer parked in a garage than on San Francisco streets, but that no longer is true. Smash-and-grabs are also happening in parking garages. Click here to read more.

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Vehicle Windows Shattered on Hwy 17 in Santa Cruz County

A stretch of Highway 17 in Santa Cruz County was briefly closed Saturday after windows on two vehicles, including a California Highway Patrol cruiser, were shattered, officers said. Click here to read more.

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State Orders New Car Insurance ‘Stimulus Checks’ — Are You Due Another Refund?

While Washington stopped entertaining the idea of a fourth stimulus check, advocates and at least one state are still pushing car insurance companies to hand you some COVID-19 cash. Click here to read more.  

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The Gecko Will Pay Up: GEICO Settles in California Short Pay Case for $19.5 Million

GEICO reached a settlement deal of $19.5 million in a class-action lawsuit by California policyholders over sales tax and regulatory fees of insured vehicles and insured leased vehicles when total loss was declared. The legal battle began when Cindy Ventrice-Pearson … Continue reading

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California Orders Car Insurance Refunds for More Drivers

Millions of California drivers are due refunds on their car insurance premiums, the state’s insurance commissioner said on Wednesday. Click here to read more.

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Safelite Group Acquires Fremont’s Unique Payless Auto Glass

Safelite Group has acquired assets of Unique Payless Auto Glass of Fremont, Calif. The deal closed Friday, September 24, 2021. Unique Payless Auto has served the Bay Area since 2017 and, according to a statement from the company, “enjoys a … Continue reading

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Car Insurance Premiums: The Most Expensive Cities for Parents of Teen Drivers

Adding a novice driver to your auto insurance plan is bound to hike the price you pay – but in some U.S. cities, it can cost parents more money. Two parents who add a 16-year-old to their full-coverage auto insurance … Continue reading

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California Says Self-Driving Vehicles Must be Zero Emission

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed legislation that mandates all light-duty autonomous vehicles in the state to produce zero emissions, reports Tech Crunch. The law would take effect in 2030. Click here to read more.

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Auto Glass Techs Take on Western Heat Waves

California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency Thursday, addressing power grid concerns spurred by scorching temperatures that have climbed as high as 118 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. It’s the latest in the heat-wave crisis that … Continue reading

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Bad Roads Mean Higher Car Repair Costs–a Comparison by State

The state of U.S. infrastructure has been in the news lately, but just how much does that infrastructure affect the amount of car repairs (including auto glass repair and replacement)? Plenty, as it turns out. A state-by-state fact sheet produced … Continue reading

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Gerber Collision & Glass Acquires 11 Locations in California

The Boyd Group Inc. (the Boyd Group) announced it recently acquired 11 locations in California. The acquisitions include 10 repair centers and one intake center in the counties of Riverside and San Bernardino in southern California, east of Los Angeles. … Continue reading

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Wildfires and Their Impacts on the Industry

Wildfires have severely impacted businesses, homes and more on the West Coast, and according to news reports, California recorded its first gigafire in modern history this week. A gigafire is a term for a blaze that burns at least one … Continue reading

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Auto Insurance Fraud Halted By California Insurance Department

Three Californians have been charged with multiple felony counts of auto insurance fraud and forgery, according to the California Department of Insurance. Luis Manuel Burgos self-surrendered to the Fresno County Jail shortly after being charged for allegedly filing fraudulent auto … Continue reading

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California Clamps Down on 1099 Contractors

California often serves as a bellwether for legislation that is slowly adopted in other states throughout the country and an Assembly Bill could have serious implications for auto glass companies that subcontract work to installers as independent (1099) contractors. Assembly … Continue reading

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The Boyd Group Acquires 11 Locations

The Boyd Group Inc. (the Boyd Group) recently announced it acquired 11 locations within three different areas around the globe. According to the company, the newest locations are located in California, British Columbia and Michigan. California The Boyd Group entered … Continue reading

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Two Earthquakes Strike California Over Holiday Weekend

California experienced two earthquakes over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. According to Key Media & Research, California has more auto glass shops than any other state in the U.S., as well as the largest number of registered vehicles. World … Continue reading

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Safelite to Pay $8.2 Million Settlement

Earlier this week a California Federal Court judge granted a preliminary settlement in the Yadir A. Ontiveros v. Safelite lawsuit. Safelite agreed to pay roughly $8.2 million to settle its labor violation suit, which claimed the company “shortchanged” California workers … Continue reading

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Company Inaugurates Program to Help Fire Victims

California has had massive fires in its past, but none as devastating as the state’s most recent one. It’s been nicknamed the “Camp Fire” and has destroyed 150,000 acres of land, leaving nothing but soot and ash behind in addition … Continue reading

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Apple Receives Autonomous-Car Testing Permit in California

Apple Receives Autonomous-Car Testing Permit in California

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AGRR Technicians Stay Cool in Intense Heat

As hot weather scorches parts of the country in Southern California, Arizona and Texas, AGRR technicians are scheduling more jobs in-shop and doing their best to stay cool, says Dominique Contreras, a customer service representative (CSR) with Glass Doctor in Murrieta, Calif. Continue reading

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Former Safelite AutoGlass Tech Files Class Action Over Pay-Per-Piece Compensation

Former technician Yadir Ontiveros has filed a state class action lawsuit against Safelite Fulfillment, Safelite Group and Safelite Glass Corp. in the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, alleging Fair Labor Standards (FLSA) violations stemming from Safelite’s pay-per-piece program. Continue reading

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Pilkington Closing Lathrop, Calif., Plant

Pilkington North America, a subsidiary of Nippon Sheet Glass, has announced it is closing its Lathrop, Calif., plant, which currently manufactures automotive and commercial architectural glass. According to a release from the company, “This decision was made after a careful … Continue reading

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