Volume 10, Issue 3 - May/June 2008

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AGRSS-ive Action
The Latest Happenings of the AGRSS Council Inc.

The AGRSS Council Inc. has had a busy few months. From recall alerts, to new safety videos to 2008 conference planning, the group has had a full calendar. See below for the latest updates.

AGRSS Council Issues Alert Regarding Recent Recalls
The Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standards (AGRSS) Council Inc. recently issued an alert to its registered shops regarding the recent recall of tempered glass parts from DOT No. 430 and DOT No. 628 (see related story on page 42). Hangzhou Safety Glazing Ltd. holds DOT No. 430 and Hebei Tongyong Glass Inc. holds DOT No. 628.

Safelite Auto Glass/Belron US issued the original recall for certain tempered part numbers from DOT No. 430 in December, and earlier this month Process Polymers Development (PPD) in Clinton Township, Mich., issued a recall for a part from both manufacturers. 

Both recalls were issued voluntarily via the National High Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA). In the AGRSS Alert, the Council warns registered companies that they “should make every effort to recall any glass [involved in the recall] that they have installed.”

The Council goes on to quote the Standard, which says, “All glass parts must be traceable to the installation by a DOT and part number.”

“Your documentation of these DOT numbers and part numbers on your work orders should allow you to identify the Lexus RX 300 for the 1999 to 2003 model years, which may have had the subject glass installed,” the alert continues.

AGRSS.com and SafeWindshields.com Launch Safety Video
The Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standards (AGRSS) Council has launched an auto glass safety video at agrss.com and safewindshields.com. The video, “The Importance of Windshields,” discusses the role of the windshield as an integral part of an automobile’s safety as well as chronicles the origin and development of AGRSS as an organization dedicated to auto glass safety.

The video was developed and sponsored by Glass America and is now available at both agrss.com and safewindshields.com.

“We are excited to have this video available as another resource for auto glass technicians and consumers alike,” says Cindy Ketcherside, AGRSS Council chairperson.

Nik Frye, Glass America’s vice president of sales, adds, “Glass America was happy to sponsor and produce this video for the AGRSS websites. We want to continue to promote the importance of safe windshield installation as well as the work AGRSS has been doing for the industry.” 

Mark Your Calendars for Annual Auto Glass Safety Conference
The dates for the fourth annual Auto Glass Safety Conference have been set. The Conference will be November 5-6, 2008, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. The conference is one of several events being held during Auto Glass Week™ in Las Vegas. The week’s events also will include the Fourth Annual Auto Glass Technician Olympics, the Third Annual Walt Gorman Memorial Windshield Repair Olympics, the annual National Windshield Repair Association Annual Conference and the Independent Glass Association’s Marketing Conference.

To register, visit www.agrss.com or call 540/720-5584. www.agrss.com

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