Volume 13, Issue 3 - May-June 2011

 

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AGRSS® Council Helps Industry Resolve PAAS Issue
The Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standards (AGRSS) Council Inc. recently learned that while the NAGS catalog notes that the FW02525 should be available with a pre-applied adhesive system (PAAS), at least one manufacturer has been distributing this windshield without the expected PAAS. The Council notified the manufacturer by letter on February 4, and on March 8 the Council received a letter that the issue had been corrected, according to a recent issue of the AGRSS newsletter.

AGRSS Standards Committee chair Bob Beranek says he first heard of the issue from Binswanger Glass, an AGRSS-registered company with locations throughout the country.

“Binswanger officials voiced a concern about some of the aftermarket glass coming to them that was supposed to have PAAS and instead had underside mouldings,” says Beranek.

This posed a safety concern. “When you exchange a PAAS bead with an underside moulding with double-faced tape, the amount of bonding is reduced substantially,” says Beranek. “This is a problem when it comes to replicating the OEM installation.”

Beranek himself had encountered the same issue with this particular part from the same manufacturer. “I had to make a decision—do I add an underside moulding, which would render that glass unsafe? Or install the glass without any moulding at all, in which case the customer would have an appearance difference?” he said. “I’m caught between a rock and a hard place—I can put in an unsafe windshield or I can put in a windshield the customer doesn’t want to look at.”

The manufacturer advised the AGRSS Council that, as a result of the AGRSS notification, the company conducted a full review of its replacement products that are offered as PAAS products, according to the recent newsletter.

“We discovered that we have products identified as a PAAS product that are not indeed a PAAS product,” writes the manufacturer. “Those products will be re-identified as a non-PAAS product if a proper NAGS number exists. In those cases where a NAGS number does not exist, [we] will request a new NAGS non-PAAS number that we can properly use to identify our glass replacement products.”

“We were very pleased to see the AGRSS Standard work in such a positive way. It requires that any unsafe conditions be brought to the manufacturer’s attention for correction,” says AGRSS Council president Debra Levy. “This safety-conscious manufacturer was appreciative of the notification. The system worked.”

AGRSS® Accreditation Committee Tests Changes to Validation Procedures
Several alternative audit procedures will be utilized in the Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standards (AGRSS) Council Inc.’s third-party validation review program this year, in an attempt to test the efficacy of each. These will be tested on three randomly selected clusters this year, according to information from the AGRSS Council Inc.

“In the past, AGRSS auditor Orion Registrar Inc. has notified the validation review board about any non-compliance issues, and the shops have had to submit paperwork to show that they’ve resolved the noncompliance,” says accreditation committee chair Jean Pero of Mygrant Glass. “We found it to be a long process with lots of time and paperwork involved.”

However, three random clusters will utilize a new process this year, in which, in the case when a noncompliance is found, the validators will schedule a follow-up visit to make sure the noncompliance is corrected.

“We’re working to build in a return of the auditors to see if the non-compliance is corrected,” says Pero. “We hope this will streamline the process a bit, and will cut down on unnecessary paperwork.”

The group also is trying out a method in which training sessions will be provided for any AGRSS-registered shops that wish to attend prior to validation. “AGRSS will go in six weeks earlier and offer training and information on the validation process,” says Pero. “Such training will be open to all registered shops.”

This year, the Council will try these methods on three clusters—two will utilize the reformed noncompliance option, and one will undergo a validation review that includes both options.

“AGRSS is not a ‘gotcha’ organization,” says Pero. “The goal of the AGRSS Council is to raise safety throughout the industry, and we want to bring everyone along with us.”

She adds, “Our real goal is to advance our compliance rates and increase safety. We’re trying to see if these changes help with this.”


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