A jury recently awarded $42 million to a young couple who suffered major burns and crushing injuries in a car wreck. A Dallas body shop fixed their hail-damaged Honda using a cheaper, but untested, method of roof repair.

Just before Christmas, the couple was headed for a family visit when a truck hydroplaned and hit the Honda head-on.

The roof collapsed. The couple was trapped inside their burning car. 

The car’s manufacturer had recommended a specific welding method to fix the Honda’s hail-damaged roof. Instead, the body shop used a glue-like adhesive.

 

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Welding affixes metal joints by heat. In this case, the mechanic used an adhesive—against manufacturer recommendations.

 

If the repair had been done properly, the couple could have walked away from the car wreck unharmed.


Why we say “car crash”, not “car accident”— and you should, too. 


Trial jury sends a message to car repair shops

Vehicle repairs are a part of everyday lives. If you own any kind of vehicle, at some point you will need professional repairs and services.

But, repair shops have been known to cut corners and use repair methods that save money. There can be no tolerance for this practice, as too much is at stake.