The 2016 Nissan Altima refresh adds more high-strength steel to the A- and B-pillars, which likely means body shops won’t be able to wait until the next Altima generation…
The Society of Collision Repair Specialists’ latest newsletter emphasizes its 2011 stance that OEM collision repair procedures are the “standard of repair” — and clarifies that the stance holds true for “mechanical” repair procedures such as diagnostics and calibration.
“This statement remains as true today, as it was in 2011; and while the statement in 2011 encompassed all published collision repair procedures, it is equally inclusive of published diagnostic and mechanical operations required from a collision and the subsequent repair,” the organization wrote in an open letter contained in the June 2017 newsletter.
“It remains SCRS’ position that if an OEM documents a repair procedure as required, recommended or otherwise necessary as a result of damage or repair, that those published procedures would be the standard of repair until such time the documentation changes. Disregarding a documented procedure that is made available to the industry creates undue and avoidable liability on the repair facility performing the repair.”
Actual OEM repair procedures and position statements (a repair instruction’s existence in one doesn’t preclude the other, so check both) can be accessed through the OEM1Stop and I-CAR Repairability Technical Support portals.
There’s more worthwhile content in the SCRS newsletter, including a letter from newly elected SCRS Chairman Kye Yeung, comments from repairers, links to all the movies in the group’s YouTube educational series, and estimating system tips from the Database Enhancement Gateway.
Society of Collision Repair Specialists newsletter, June 2017
SCRS, June 27, 2017
A cutaway showing higher-strength steels and aluminum in the 2016 Honda Civic is shown at the Society of Collision Repair Specialists’ booth at SEMA 2016. (John Huetter/Repairer Driven News)
A June 2017 Society of Collision Repair Specialists open letter emphasizes its 2011 stance that OEM collision repair procedures are the “standard of repair” — and clarifies that the stance holds true for “mechanical” repair procedures such as diagnostics and calibration. (Provided by Society of Collision Repair Specialists)