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I-CAR to launch best practices for HSS course

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Feb. 6, 2012—I-CAR recently announced the launch of its newest course “Best Practices for High-Strength Steel Repairs” (SPS09), which is scheduled to debut Feb. 27.

I-CAR said the new course was developed through industry discussions during the I-CAR Repairability Summit in May 2011. Experts from several collision industry segments analyzed best practices for repair procedures including anchoring, straightening, replacement, squeeze-type resistance spot welding, GMA (MIG) welding, MIG brazing and riveting methods.

The course will discuss topics such as vehicle construction, how to identify characteristics of certain steels, where they are commonly located, and to what extent they can be repaired, according to I-CAR.

“The need for lighter, more fuel efficient vehicles, and a heightened awareness of the environment are just some of the key factors that have the majority of vehicle makers using high-strength steel (HSS) and ultra high-strength steel (UHSS),” I-CAR said. “With that said, I-CAR recognized the need for a training program that highlights some of the best practices for repairing collision-damaged vehicles that have been built primarily with HSS and UHSS.”

“Improperly repairing vehicles made from HSS and UHSS can cause additional damage to a collision damaged vehicle. The outcome of returning a vehicle to a customer in this condition is unacceptable,” said Jason Bartanen, technical director for I-CAR. “This training class will provide students with an overview of procedures and techniques that will promote proper collision repair and methods that will help them ensure vehicle safety through the entire vehicle lifecycle.”

I-CAR said registration for the course is open now. For more information or course details, visit

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