The Canadian/American Spinal Research Organization (CSRO) and the Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada are pleased to announce a partnership to address road safety through AIA Canada’s Canadian Collision Industry Accreditation Program (CCIAP). The focus of the partnership will be to promote the message of proper car repair and to improve the safety of Canadian drivers through CCIAP.
Recognizing that motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries, the CSRO, as part of their “Paving the Way to a Cure” campaign, is partnering with automotive industry stakeholders, such as AIA Canada. The campaign acknowledges the high proportion (43%) of spinal cord injuries that are caused by motor vehicle collisions, naturally making the partnership with AIA Canada a good fit.
AIA Canada’s Canadian Collision Industry Accreditation Program accredits collision repair facilities to meet a collection of industry standards, which are contributed by participating original equipment manufacturers and other stakeholders. As automobiles become more sophisticated, the techniques required to repair them become more complex. CCIAP accreditation requires an auto body facility to successfully demonstrate compliance with accreditation standards covering core business operations, equipment and training.
“The quality of repairs and the safety of Canadians are paramount to AIA Canada and its members,” explains Jean-François Champagne, President of AIA Canada. “The automotive aftermarket plays a critical role in repairing and maintaining the 26 million vehicles on Canadian roads. Safe cars save lives and prevent tragedies such as spinal cord injury.”
“Working together to make our roads safer will have a direct effect on the prevention of spinal cord injuries, which in addition to our fundraising and awareness initiatives, is something we believe very strongly in at the CSRO,” states Barry Munro, Chief Development Officer of the CSRO. “We’re looking forward to spreading the message of accredited vehicle repairs, which in turn will keep our roads safer for everyone.”