Collision Repair News

Your job requires that you keep on top of the latest in vehicle, tool, and equipment technology – I-CAR is committed to helping you do so in one convenient place. We regularly publish new articles highlighting the latest and greatest collision repair information.

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Why do I need a subscription to an OEM website if I have full subscription access to the I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) portal? This is a question received on a regular basis through Ask I-CAR. Let’s take a look at why and how to purchase an OEM subscription.


The role of the windshield is a lot more complex than simply allowing a view of the road ahead. It is considered a structural part of the vehicle as it contributes to the strength of the roof and A-pillars. The windshield helps to manage collision energy and has become an integral part of several advanced safety systems.

It is commonly asked, "What is required when replacing a windshield?" With this question in mind, we will be presenting a series of articles that highlight some of the requirements from the various OEMs. As always, it is important to read through each vehicle-specific procedure to ensure a complete, safe, and quality repair.


If you have been working on any Toyota/Lexus vehicles recently, you may have noticed a new type of attachment method. This new attachment method is known as laser screw welds. How is a Toyota/Lexus vehicle laser screw welds repaired? Let’s take a look.


“'I believe I can repair anything’ is no longer the case. Technicians need to be courageous enough to say I need training in order to repair this vehicle properly.” This was a quote provided to Jason Bartanen, I-CAR TC Industry Technical Relations Director, by an industry colleague that led the Joining Method’s for Today’s Materials article featured in SearchAutoParts.com.


Backup or parking sensors are being installed on a large number of today’s vehicles. Sensors can become damaged in collisions and it can be difficult to diagnose. However, Honda/Acura has an easier way to let technicians know which sensor may be damaged.


The role of the windshield is a lot more complex than simply allowing a view of the road ahead. It is considered a structural part of the vehicle as it contributes to the strength of the roof and A-pillars. The windshield helps to manage collision energy and has become an integral part of several advanced safety systems.

It is commonly asked, "What is required when replacing a windshield?" With this question in mind, we will be presenting a series of articles that highlight some of the requirements from the various OEMs. As always, it is important to read through each vehicle-specific procedure to ensure a complete, safe, and quality repair.


The role of the windshield is a lot more complex than simply allowing a view of the road ahead. It is considered a structural part of the vehicle as it contributes to the strength of the roof and A-pillars. The windshield helps to manage collision energy and has become an integral part of several advanced safety systems.

It is commonly asked, "What is required when replacing a windshield?" With this question in mind, we will be presenting a series of articles that highlight some of the requirements from the various OEMs. As always, it is important to read through each vehicle-specific procedure to ensure a complete, safe, and quality repair.


The Takata airbag recall affects more than 25 automotive brands. In an effort to get these safety recalls completed, Honda/Acura is getting the word out on which vehicles have open recalls. Honda/Acura will be sending out posters, to be hung in repair facilities, that help make consumers aware that the recall exists and what Honda/Acura vehicles are affected. How can you help get these recalls completed? Let’s take a look.


The addition of more and more collision mitigation features on today’s vehicles has many collision repair professionals worried about the future of the collision repair inter-industry. The concern is that if vehicles automatically brake to avoid a collision, there won’t be any vehicles to fix anymore. Is this a fact or fiction?


The role of the windshield is a lot more complex than simply allowing a view of the road ahead. It is considered a structural part of the vehicle as it contributes to the strength of the roof and A-pillars. The windshield helps to manage collision energy and has become an integral part of several advanced safety systems.


General Motors has followed suit with other OEMs by updating their position statement to disallow the use of recycled and salvage parts.


With all of the new advanced safety, driver convenience, and collision mitigation systems on today’s vehicles, there has been a lot of talk about having to calibrate the system following collision repairs. Many industry professionals are wondering when is it required to recalibrate the system, which, if any, special tools are required, if a scan tool is required, and if there are procedures available. Here are some answers to these questions.


The role of the windshield is a lot more complex than simply allowing a view of the road ahead. It is considered a structural part of the vehicle as it contributes to the strength of the roof and A-pillars. The windshield helps to manage collision energy and has become an integral part of several advanced safety systems.

It is commonly asked, "What is required when replacing a windshield?" With this question in mind, we will be presenting a series of articles that highlight some of the requirements from the various OEMs. As always, it is important to read through each vehicle-specific procedure to ensure a complete, safe, and quality repair.


In case you missed it, in 2015 Honda/Acura revised a couple of their Body Repair News publications to include 2016 model year information. The titles did not change, so check the revision dates to make sure that you are looking at the correct versions.


Your job requires that you keep on top of the latest in vehicle, tool and equipment technology – I-CAR is committed to helping you do so in one convenient place.