CRA to bring safety message to California lawmakers

Feb. 3, 2010

The Collision Repair Association of California (CRA) announced a campaign to inform California lawmakers and regulators about the risks associated with the use of certain aftermarket safety parts.

Toby Chess, a member of the Collision Industry Conference Task Force, will work with the CRAC to perform presentations to lawmakers to demonstrate the inherent risks associated with the use of some aftermarket safety parts.

The CRA has asked the Office of Insurance to sign up for the Chess demonstration, according to Allen Wood, CRA executive director. Members of the state senate and the state assembly and congress would also be invited to view the structural differences between high-strength steel and inferior aftermarket metals.

Part of the Chess demonstration will show how a hacksaw is unable to cut high-strength steel while aftermarket metals are easily cut.

“I’m pleased that Toby Chess is willing to commit his expertise and research to improve the quality of structural repairs that affect the safety of a vehicle,” said Lee Amaradio, CRA president. “With Toby’s help we are going to demonstrate why inferior aftermarket parts are dangerous. I am committed to protecting consumers and advancing the expertise of the collision industry in the area of safe repairs.”

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