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AUTOBODY REPAIR CONSUMER SAFETY

As a vehicle owner in need of collision repairs, the safety of you and your family all depends on the choices you make.

We truly understand the importance of your vehicles carefully designed safety restraint systemÖ a system that must perform perfectly in less than a heartbeat.

A careless repair can cause the failure of this system at the very moment you need it most, so please don't take your collision repairs lightly.

Make the safest choice for you and your family.


Insurance companies cannot force us to use imitation parts. Make sure only Original Equipment Manufacturers' parts are used in the repair of your vehicle. Imitation parts are not always as good as the original, and we believe our customers should be assured of a top quality repair. After all, you pay premiums month after month just to have the assurance that your car will always be protected. Using substandard parts can put the condition of the car in jeopardy.

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THE FACTS ON AIR BAGS
READ YOUR OWNERS MANUAL!

Supplemental Restraint Systems (SRS) or Airbags have been documented for saving thousands of lives. Airbags are also blamed for injuries or fatalities when occupants have not been wearing seat belts or belts worn improperly. These guidelines will help prevent this type of injury. Remember, everybody buckle up, children under 12 ride in back!

DRIVERS SIDE:
ALWAYS wear your safety belt snug across your hips and shoulder strap between your neck shoulder tip
Hold steering wheel at 9:00 & 3:00 or 8:00 & 4:00(where the grip holds are) and NOT 10:00 & 2:00 .
Sit back least 10"away from steering wheel (pedal extenders are available if this is not possible) with tilt steering aim the wheel at chest area
Sit back least 10"away from steering wheel (pedal extenders are available if this is not possible) with tilt steering aim the wheel at chest area
NO object should be between you and the steering wheel

PASSENGER SIDE:
ALWAYS wear your safety belt properly with the seat as far back as possible
NEVER use a rear facing child seat in front and children age 12 or under should ride in back! The rear seat is 35% safer than the front
Do not brace yourself on the dash or raise your hands in the event of a collision or store or mount anything on the dash and avoid leaning on dash cover

ALSO:
Pre crash braking with an improperly restrained occupant puts them out of position for proper airbag deployment and can put them in danger
Improper structural body work or windshield installation can affect airbag deployment timing
Improper structural body work or windshield installation can affect airbag deployment timing
In Fire Rescue operations airbags can deploy
Technicians should use care when handling
Many new vehicles have side airbags and have warnings specifically for them in the owners manual
If your air bags have deployed in a crash, your seat belts will not function properly and your car should not be driven and it should towed in for repairs

READ YOUR OWNERS MANUAL FOR SPECIFIC USE OF
RESTRAINT SYSTEMS!



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