John Eagle Collision Center Did Not Follow Honda’s Rules When It Glued On A New Steel Roof Instead Of Welding It On.
If you have a 100-link safety chain and you’ve got 99 great links and then you’ve got one weak link, it’s going to cause the entire safety chain links to fail.
That’s no different than we have in this particular case. When you glue the roof structure down, the roof cannot take the energy and distribute and channel that energy from the front to the rear, down the sides of the vehicle, underneath the vehicle. When the roof was glued, there was no ability for the energy to ripple and to channel through there.
You can actually see this in crash testing. When you watch a roof that is welded with 104 wells, you literally see the roof panels rippling because it’s channeling that energy.
However, when you glue it, the glue will not stay affixed. The manufacturer spent hundreds of millions of dollars developing, designing, conducting engineering analysis and conducting crash test after crash test, after crash test to determine what kind of bonding material are we going to use, will it provide adequate safety?
A vehicle repair shop should not, under any circumstances, think they know more than the vehicle manufacturer or because they didn’t spend hundreds of millions of dollars developing, designing, testing, and manufacturing the vehicles.
They need to follow the OEM manufacturer specifications because like it says on page 2 of the 2009 to 2013 Honda Fit repair body manual, “If you don’t follow this repair manual, people will die or be seriously injured.” It’s that simple.
Auto insurance companies are forcing collision centers to make substandard repairs. This is a nationwide threat to the safety of unsuspecting motorists.
The Tracy Law Firm’s Vehicle Safety Crash Lab has uncovered the car insurance industry’s dirty little secret of pressuring auto body shops into not restoring their customers vehicles to the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) specifications.
What does this mean to you and your family? If you are in an accident, the defective repair work will likely cause the failure of your vehicle’s safety systems as well as the safety cage that’s designed to protect occupants from severe injury or death.
This heavy handed pressure by auto insurance companies turns a survivable accident into a catastrophic tragedy.
It gets worse. Our accident investigations have uncovered that used car dealers are not disclosing the full history of vehicle repairs to their customers. You cannot trust CARFAX to give you a true report about a vehicle’s repair record because they only report what used car dealers tell them. As the late President Ronald Reagan used to say, “You must trust but verify.”
Ethical collision centers want to do the right thing. When selecting a body shop, you should insist that it will fight the insurance company to pay for OEM standard repairs and equipment.
You should also put your insurance agent and the insurance carrier on notice in writing that they are putting your safety in jeopardy by not following OEM standards.
When the insurance claims adjuster calls after you report an accident, start the conversation by insisting that they confirm that your vehicle will be repaired according to all OEM standards.
Glue vs. Welds
Unfortunately, the defective body shop repairs coerced by the insurance industry are hidden beneath a fresh coat of paint. My clients, Matthew and Marcia Seebachan, would never have bought a used car that had a history of major body work. And they certainly would not have bought the used 2010 Honda Fit had they known a new steel roof had been glued on to replace hail damage.
Sadly, none of these safety defects came to light until Matthew was almost burned to death and Marcia was crushed in what should have been in minor car accident. That’s why they asked me to file lawsuits against John Eagle Collision Center in Dallas and State Farm Auto Insurance.
If you or a loved one believe you are the victim of a defective car repair, please feel free to contact me. My team of automotive engineers will examine your vehicle in The Tracy Law Firm’s Vehicle Safety Crash Lab in Dallas to determine if a defective repair caused severe injuries or death.
Contact Todd Tracy here to “Find Out If You Have A Case” or call 214-324-9000.
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