Precious Cargo: NHTSA expands child seat testing to include side impact ‘t-bone’ test

Washington, D.C. — The U.S.’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration granted final approval on Monday to a set of updates to testing requirements for child safety seats which introduced a 48 km/h side impact “t-bone” test to the list of requirements. “Side-impact collisions cause serious injuries and deaths in young children each year,” said NHTSA […]

A Price on Perfection: Driven Brands acquires Indiana-based Perfection Auto Glass

Indianapolis, Indiana — Driven Brands is continuing its conquest of the U.S. glass repair market as the automotive aftermarket giant announced the acquisition of Indiana-based Perfection Auto Glass on Thursday. This deal marks Driven’s fourth auto glass repair acquisition in the U.S., following the company’s purchase of All-Star Glass and its 30 locations in late […]

Digital Doubts: Customers unsatisfied with digital insurance options, J.D. Power says

Toronto, Ontario — A new study from J.D. Power has found that despite the large amounts of money being poured into customer-facing websites and mobile apps by insurance companies, customer satisfaction with digital shopping is on the decline. The 2022 U.S. Insurance Digital Experience Study found that customer satisfaction fell 16 points from last year, […]

A Fairer Deal: Damaged vehicles surround Mass. state house as repairers protest low labour rates

Boston, Massachusetts — The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Massachusetts put the value of their work on full display Wednesday, as members of the organization rallied around the Massachusetts State House with damaged vehicles loaded up on flatbeds, protesting their state’s exceptionally low repair labour rate. Organizers of the motorcade pointed to “unsustainably low […]

Loosening the Leash: Ford sells eight million Rivian shares, totalling $214 million

Toronto, Ontario — Ford is shedding some of its shares in electric vehicle upstart Rivian, according to a filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchanges Commission. The legacy automaker sold eight million Rivian shares on Tuesday, an amount totalling $214 million at $26.80 per share; a relatively small offload considering Ford still holds 94 million […]