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Aug. 12, 2010

Kelly McDonald to deliver keynote at
ASRW Opening General Session

ASRW Early-Bird Registration Discounts Expire Tuesday, Aug. 17

Notable marketing expert Kelly McDonald will present the keynote address, "The Changing Face of Your Business — Inside and Out," at the Automotive Service & Repair Week (ASRW) Opening General Session Monday, Oct. 11. Sponsored by DuPont Performance Coatings, McDonald's presentation will focus on diversity as a business opportunity and will examine its generational, racial and ethnic effects occurring in the changing automotive service workplace as it relates to employees and customers.

WIN employment webinar discusses increase in
harassment claims, including male-on-male 'hazing'

Demystifying discrimination, diversity and the evolving workforce

We understand that finding the right person for the job is often daunting. You'll learn best practices for recruiting and hiring top notch talent, managing your workforce, and navigating the evolving 21st Century workforce. This session will explore:

To view the webinar, click here.More

Wisconsin proposes changes to emissions inspection program
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) has scheduled a hearing on Aug. 12 to discuss proposed changes related to the state's vehicle emissions inspection program. Currently, the Wisconsin DOT must administer a motor vehicle emissions inspection and maintenance program for cars in nonattainment counties to establish that vehicles meet motor vehicle emissions standards. Certain provisions of the statute allow the department to "waive compliance with emission standards if the vehicle owner proves that despite attempted repairs, the vehicle cannot meet the standards and that the actual costs of repairs exceed the repair cost limit."More

Honda recalls 384,220 vehicles
The Detroit Free Press
Honda is recalling the popular Accord and Civic cars to address problems with an ignition switch that could allow the key to be removed without the transmission being shifted into park, its third recall over the problem since 2003. Honda said the most-recent recall involved 384,220 vehicles and includes 2003 model-year Accords and Civics and 2003-04 versions of the Honda Element. Honda told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the defect with the automatic transmissions could lead to a vehicle rolling away and increase the risk of a crash.More

Last chance! ASRW scholarship application deadline is
Friday, Aug. 13

The Automotive Management Institute (AMI) is accepting applications for annual scholarship opportunities. The scholarship money will be applied toward the recipients' expenses to attend the 2010 International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE) or Congress of Automotive Repair & Service (CARS) in Las Vegas, Oct. 10-13. Click here for more information.More

ASA Collision Division continues Time-Study Project
The Collision Division Operations Committee continues its work on the "Feather, Fill and Block" project it launched last year. To participate in the study, download the Time Study Project kit and complete at least 10 time studies for the committee.More

RepairPal launches free Android App
Marketwire via RepairPal
RepairPal announced that its RepairPrice Estimator, an industry-leading directory of shops and dealerships and instant roadside assistance, is now available for Android mobile devices. This version maintains the same ease of use and highly actionable information accessible through RepairPal's iPhone App and mobile website,

ASA members eligible for discount on On-Hold advertising programs
The Automotive Service Association (ASA) announces the launch of its newest member benefit through an agreement with On-Hold Concepts. Established in 1987, On-Hold Concepts develops and produces on-hold advertising, marketing and music services for the telephone environment. "On-Hold Concepts began providing high-quality professional messaging services for the ASA national office in 2004," said John Scully, ASA executive vice president. "Adding On-Hold Concepts to our sponsored benefit provider program demonstrates the added value and service ASA feels On-Hold Concepts will provide to our membership."More

Government: Initial probe finds no new Toyota issues
The Associated Press via Google News
A government investigation into runaway Toyotas has found no new safety defects beyond problems with accelerator pedals that explain reports of sudden acceleration in the vehicles, according to preliminary findings. Safety experts have said vehicle electronic systems could be to blame for the problems that have led to Toyota's massive recalls but the review by the government, while still at an early stage, has not found any evidence of those issues.More