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All of us here at Cascade Collision Repair want you to know we care deeply for the well-being of our customers and employees. In an effort to minimize the possible spread of COVID-19,we are taking the following measures:

  1. Office employees wear face masks and production employees wear their respirators or face masks.
  2. Disinfect high touch areas in every stage as well as clean the interior and exterior of the vehicle prior to delivery.
  3. Keys are disinfected when received and prior to delivery, gloves are worn, and hands are washed frequently when handling keys.
  4. Practice social distancing by meeting customers outside for drop off and delivery. (Walk-in estimates are still offered those who prefer to do business in person.) If you do not want to come inside, please call our office upon arrival. Lehi-(801)919-8597, Provo-(801)396-8303, Orem-(801)406-8469, Park City-(435)214-1834
  5. Encourage customers who call in for estimates to submit photos online through our website www.cascadecollision.com/quote. We can also text or email a link for customers to enter their contact information and submit photos. Estimates will be written within one business day, at the latest.
  6. Payments can be made over the phone or through an email link and insurance checks can be collected outside prior to delivery if preferred.
  7. Communication with customers is handled by phone, text, or email. Customers who wish to have in person conversations are always welcome inside.
  8. Pick-up and delivery options are available for those who want their car repaired but don’t want to leave their homes.
  9. Require employees to go home if they don’t feel well, even if symptoms are unrelated to the Coronavirus.
  10. Providing all employees the option to work from home whose positions allow them to do so.

We understand the seriousness of this virus and are trying as best we know how to do our part in helping our customers, employees, and vendors remain safe and healthy. As a small business, we hope you will keep your appointment. We would love the opportunity to do everything we can to make the repair process as seamless and convenient for you as possible.


Sincerely,

Cascade Collision Repair

Tuesday, 17 May, 2016
crash test dummies

A Fascinating Look at How Human Cadavers Make Our Cars Safer

It’s The Walking Dead but with a twist: these cadavers are doing more than wandering about aimlessly, they’re driving! Driving test crash vehicles, that is. While we’ve all seen test car-crash footage featuring a violently jostled dummy, many of us don’t realize that the large majority of vehicular collision safety statistics have actually been pulled from human cadavers.

History of the Driving Dead

The fourth leading cause of death is accidents and in attempts to make vehicular transportation safer, large amounts of time, money, and research have gone into testing and analyzing car crashes. Cadavers have commonly been used in automobile testing and safety ratings since the 1930s.

Running into Problems

The auto industry learned quickly that using cadavers in car-crash testing posed several unique problems. First off, as the New York Times eloquently put it, cadavers “lacked the durability required for repeated trials.” Second, cadavers come in an array of shapes, sizes, and conditions, giving varied and unreliable results. And finally, they respond much differently in a crash simulation, as would a living human. While claims surfaced as recently as 2008 that automobile companies were still using cadavers, this is now a very rare practice and dummies have replaced most cadaver testing.

Possible Alternatives

Researchers began experimenting with alternatives to human cadavers to address these problems and in 1966 the first dummy was created. It weighed 170 pounds with a hinged pelvis and elbows so it could sit behind the wheel just like a person would. Over the next few decades, companies continued perfecting the test dummy to accurately portray a human body exposed to the conditions of a car crash, eventually giving way to the modern version used still to this day.

While cadavers are rarely used anymore, with most auto companies opting instead for dummies or digital simulations, it is believed that human bodies are, on occasion, still used to gain critical information that only cadavers can give. Cadaver testing has even begun to leave the arena of car-crash testing and is supposedly used for researching ways to prevent concussions in the NFL.

Finding the Answers

While the thought of using human bodies as dummies may seem gruesome and morbid, we have much to thank those early test subjects for. We’ve gained tons of statistical data without any risk to human life.

Driving Dummies

The auto industry is constantly improving every model it puts on the road to deliver the most reliable and safe vehicles possible. Without the use of cadavers as research, we would likely be far behind the modern advances and safety regulations we are at today. So while some might find the use of human bodies offensive, we have high safety ratings because of their use.