The use of aftermarket, alternative or reverse engineered replacement parts in collision repair is common practice. Know your rights!
Lawmaker warns of bad bumpers on Vehicles
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This bulletin updates General Motor’s position on refinishing aluminum wheels. GM does not ensorse any repairs that involve welding, bending, straightening, or re-machining. Only cosmetic refinishing of the wheel’s coatings, using recommended procedures, is allowed.
American Honda Motor Co, Inc. does not approve of any repair of steel or aluminum wheels that involves welding, bending hammering, straightening, re-machining, reforming, or adding new material.
American Honda does not support the use of aftermarket, alternative, reverse-engineered, or anything other than original equipment Honda or Acura parts for the collision repair of any Honda or Acura vehicle.
“Plainly stated, citizens all across Pennsylvania and the entire country who are operating vehicles having been repaired utilizing untested and inferior replacement crash parts are in possible danger, as are their passengers.”
Chubb is suspending the use of “Structural” Aftermarket Parts (i.e. bumper bars, reinforcements, absorbers, bumper mounting brackets, and radiatorsupports etc.) on any estimate or appraisal prepared on our behalf.
During the week of January 18, 2010 members of the Auto Body Parts Association (ABPA), the Taiwan Auto Body Parts Association (TABPA) and TABPA’s consultant, Karen Fierst, conveyed the seriousness of the findings presented at the Collision Industry Conference to the two aftermarket part association Boards.
“SCRS recommends that collision repair professionals use exceptional caution when performing repairs to consumers vehicles, and to only use parts that will perform with the same expectation of quality and safety, both upon installation, and for the life of the vehicle.”
More companies and associations throughout the industry are taking action and issuing calls for change as the possible ramifications of unchecked aftermarket part quality begin to berealized across the industry.
The consumer safety implications of using untested aftermarket parts has taken center stage in industry dialog recently after shocking live demonstrations before industry leaders attending recent meetings of the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) focused a spotlight on the issue.
Concerned about the potential safety problems associated with the use of some aftermarket structural replacement parts such as bumper reinforcements and core supports, the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) is adding itself to the list of groups raising red flags about their use.
Auto Damage Experts expressed concern over recent tests whereas the quality and safety of aftermarket (non-original/generic) replacement crash parts suggesting serious safety concerns and risks to consumers.
The Automotive Body Parts Association (ABPA) is taking an aggressive path to fix a possible problem in the field as it pertains to the issueof the quality of several potential safety-related crash replacement parts.
The action is in response to recent demonstrations by the Collision Industry Conference which showed material differences between OEM parts and their aftermarket replacements, differences that the ABPA says, “may impact the performance of structural parts in a vehicle collision.”
The collision repair industry has been fully consumed by cost containment market forces over the past several years. While this may be a necessary evil, we must all ensure that these pressures do not come at the expense of the end-product goal – a proper repair that returns the vehicle to pre-accident condition, not just in terms of appearance, but much more importantly, in terms of safety.