Sad news to report this morning: An employee of 1st Class Upholstery in San Pedro, CA was fatally shot yesterday when a masked gunman struck him down in front of his shop.
Archive for the ‘Safety Issues’ Category
Remember the “world’s most disgusting car interior” that we profiled in May of 2012? Soaked in methamphetamines and a drug dealer’s blood, it was literally a biohazard.
Well, don’t be surprised if a car comes to your shop in similar condition. According to the NY Daily News, mobile meth labs are a growing trend.
The Detroit News ran an interesting, yet strangely unseasonal, op-ed in this morning’s opinion section highlighting “Toasted Skin Syndrome” – which is the term that doctors use to describe the burns caused to vehicle-passengers’ skin after prolonged exposure to seat heaters.
Last year, it was reported that “new car smell“ – which stems from plastics and chemicals used to form car interiors – is, in fact, toxic.
To combat the negative health effects associated with the smell, governments have begun enacting stricter regulations on the auto industry. The latest comes from China.
Earlier this year, we reported on Nissan’s controversial use of “do not resew” tags on new vehicle seat covers. Nissan had implemented the restriction without giving an explanation as to why it had been put in place or what other repair options were available to auto trimmers. Not even SEMA was able to get the automaker to comment on the issue.
Well, after months of no response and then endless back and forth, we finally got Nissan to talk.
Early last year, a study conducted by researchers at Queen Mary University in London found that car interiors are home to more bacteria than public toilets. Since then, the idea of developing a self-sanitizing car has kept automakers busy.
The biggest advancement, of course, came when Nissan announced that its new NV200 taxi cab would be trimmed in antimicrobial nonstick upholstery. Now, Ford is getting in on the action.
Auto upholstery shops with front or non-gated parking lots beware. Media outlets are reporting a sharp increase in the number of third-row seats being stolen from SUVs. Thieves are scouring neighborhoods for unattended SUVs, hauling the seats away and selling them online.