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  • "Phil Long Collision Repair Centers" is an authorized Insurance Repair Facility.
  • In the State of Colorado, it's your legal right to have your vehicle repaired by the Phil Long Collision Repair Centers.
  • There is no law requiring you to obtain two or three estimates of damage.
  • You may leave your vehicle at Phil Long and ask that your insurance company inspect the vehicle here with us, so that we may protect your interests at all times.
  • Phil Long works cooperatively with all insurance companies.
  • Never drive a vehicle that could be unsafe or a vehicle you feel is unsafe. Just because a car may be drivable does not mean its safe. When in doubt, have it towed to the Phil Long Collision Repair Centers.
  • Phil Long Collision Repair Centers is a "Certified Gold Class Repair Facility".
  • Phil Long can and will negotiate your claim with the insurance company to take the stress out of the process.
  • The safety, function and appearance of your vehicle should be restored by trained and certified professionals like the ones that will repair your vehicle at the Phil Long Collision Repair Centers.
  • Having an accident is stressful enough; choosing a repair facility just became easier.
  • Have your vehicle repaired where the leading insurance companies have their vehicles repaired, "Phil Long Collision Repair Centers".
  • Remember, only one repair facility can be the best, "Phil Long Collision Repair Centers".
  • Since 1945 over 1 million Phil Long customers have been coming to Phil Long for quality repairs and "Peace of Mind".


Chronologic Timeline of Car Safety


  1. The 1800's


    The earliest automobiles begin using headlamps previously used on horse-driven buggies, which operate by burning kerosene in front of mirrored reflectors.


    The first electric headlight is introduced as an option on the Columbia electric car. Filaments were brittle and needed to be replaced frequently, so these lights were not widely implemented.

  2. Early 1900's


    The first automobile speedometers are introduced by Oldsmobile. For the first time, drivers could monitor their speed.


    The first traffic signal is installed in Cleveland, OH. The introduction of these signals revolutionized traffic safety.


    The first 4-way, tri-color light is installed in Detroit. The implementation of the yellow light allowed drivers to anticipate an approaching red light.

  3. The Thirties


    Laminated safety glass becomes standard on all Ford vehicles. This prevents windshields from shattering and causing additional harm in the event of a crash.


    - General Motors conducts the first vehicle crash test in Milford, MI. These tests allow for a greater understanding of high-speed impacts and occupant safety.

    - The first driver's education program in the US is launched in a high school in State College, Pennsylvania.


    Buick replaces hand signals with the introduction of the blinker.

  4. The Fourties


    First padded dashboard is introduced in the Tucker 48. This provided extra protection in the event of an accident.


    The Chrysler Imperial is the first vehicle produced in the United States to come standard with 4-wheel disc brakes.

  5. The Fifties


    The first crumple zone concept is patented by Mercedes-Benz. Crumple zones are designed to crush in the event of an accident to absorb energy from the impact and protect the vehicle's occupants.


    Volvo introduces the first modern 3-point seatbelt that restrains both the lap and shoulder of the vehicle's occupants.

  6. The Sixties


    The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act is signed into United States law. It allows the federal government to set safety standards for automobiles throughout the country.


    - Volvo introduces head restraints, or headrests, as standard equipment. The device works to prevent or limit the possibility of whiplash during a collision.

    - The United states law begins to require 2-point lap seatbelt in the front seats in all new vehicle makes produced for use within the country.


    All new vehicles in the United States must include head restraints on the vehicle's front seats for whiplash protection

  7. The Seventies


    The Chrysler Imperial is the first production vehicle to come standard with anit-lock brakes. The technology allows for additional control and shorter stopping distances on slippery surfaces.


    - General Motors introduces the first commercially available air bags in 1,000 of the Chevrolet Impalas. The airbag did not perform well on the market and was shelved for a few years.

    - The United States requires all new vehicles to offer a 3-point lap-shoulder seatbelt in the front driver and passenger seat.


    The United States introduces a law that requires a belt-interlock system on all new vehicles. The system requires all seatbelts to be fastened in order for the engine to start. The unpopular law is later repealed.

  8. 1980's


    Mercedes-Benz introduces the seatbelt pretensioner in its 1981 S-Class. The device works by tightening the belt in the event of intense braking or a collision and reducing the motion of the occupants.


    - By the end of the year, all states have passed a child safety seat law that requires infants and toddlers to be properly secured in a specialty designed child safety seat.

    - The United States passes a law that all new vehicles must include a third top and center brake light, in addition to the two existing lights.


    Chrysler becomes the first automaker in the United States to include air bags standard in all vehicles.

  9. 1990's


    The first head-on collision between two cars equipped with airbags occurs. Both drivers survive and walk awa.

    According to United States law, all new cars are required to come standard with passive restraints such as airbags and seatbelt pretensioners.


    Volvo introduces the Side Impact Protection System (SIPS) on several of its models. SIPS incorporates a crumple zone between the driver and passenger sides that absorbs energy in the event of collision on the side of the vehicle.


    Chrysler offers integrated child safety seats in their line of minivans.


    Volvo improves SIPS with the addition of side-impact air bags. These air bags protect the driver and passenger from exessive movement in the event of a collision on the side of the vehicle.


    Daytime running lights are offered in many new vehicle makers. This allows for greater visibility during the day.

    49 out of of the 50 states have mandatory seatbelt laws. Over 75,000 lives were saved by seatbelts during this year alone.


    The United States experiences 2 automotive-related deaths per every 10,000 motor vehicles.


    Side curtain airbags are introduced in many new vehicle makes. These airbags offer additional side protection for front and rear passengers.

  10. Early 2000's


    Cadillac offers a night vision interfact which displays infrared image on the windshield of the road ahead. The feature is seen on its Deville model.


    Nissan introduces the first optional backup camera on vehicles in their Infinity series. The camera allows for greater visibility when in reverse.


    There are 42,815 traffic-related fatalities in the United States; this down from 1979 by over 16 %


    Volvo introduces the Blind Sport Information System (BLIS). The system provides the driver with a visible alert when there is a vehicle in the blind spot while attempting to switch lanes.


    Tire pressure monitoring systems are required on all new vehicle makes in the United States. This system alerts drivers immediately when a tire is flat or unsafe to drive on.


    Volvo introduces emergency brake assist, which automatically applies the brakes to prevent a collision, should the driver fail to do so. The system is only able to reach a complete stop at speeds under 18mph.

  11. The Present


    Toyota implements the Pre-Collision System in its new vehicles. The system identifies hazards in the road, such as other vehicles or pedestrians, and will apply the brakes or steer out of the way to avoid a collision, depending on the best determined route.

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