DALLAS, October 3, 2017 — Dallas automotive executive John Eagle and vehicle safety lawyer Todd Tracy agreed to work together today to improve safety standards in the nation’s collision repair industry. Mr. Tracy acknowledged that despite Mr. Eagle’s sincere desire to settle the claim, his insurance carriers elected to proceed with the trial and a Dallas County jury found $42 million dollars in damages in a negligence repair case. The damages were awarded to a Dallas couple who were critically crushed and burned following a high speed head on collision when the roof of their 2010 Honda Fit separated in part due to being repaired with bonding epoxy instead of welded in accordance with an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) bulletin.
Afterwards, Todd Tracy praised John Eagle for making a commitment to encourage the collision repair industry across the nation to follow OEM bulletins instead of insurance companies’ mandates when they repair vehicles. “We salute John Eagle for his leadership in the wake of this tragedy to act as a safety beacon for the collision repair industry.”