Demonstrating Safety & Quality of Aftermarket Parts


Aftermarket auto parts are high-quality,
safe, affordable alternatives to similar components sold by car companies known
as original equipment manufacturers or OEM’S Typically priced twenty five to fifty
percent lower aftermarket parts are engineered to meet
the quality of the OEM parts and are often produced by the same
manufacturers that supply the car companies. With competitive pricing and
widespread availability aftermarket parts have carved out a
significant amount of market share. Today fifteen percent of crash parts, those
most often repaired following auto accidents, are produced by the aftermarket As the OEM’s have lost their near
monopoly and seen their own sales of repair parts decline they have grown increasingly critical of
the competition, challenging the quality of aftermarket parts even as their own
vehicles face unprecedented numbers of recalls and serious safety concerns. Yet tests consistently demonstrate
aftermarket parts not only meet the public’s needs but also deliver the
quality and protection their consumers demand and deserve Some aftermarket critics have used saws to
cut through parts suggesting that different materials used in OEM and
aftermarket parts may impact safety however the only conclusion to be
drawn from those theatrics is that motorists should avoid slowly driving
into madmen wielding reciprocating saws. This video shows that when both OEM
and aftermarket parts are subject to a saw applying the same pressure it takes an equal amount of time
to cut through both. Merely chopping up parts though, tells you
nothing about how they will perform in crashes. In the real world, part performance,
quality and safety are measured using scientific instruments and sophisticated
tests and analysis, so that’s just what the Automotive Body Parts Association or ABPA did. The results consistently showed
aftermarket parts meeting the same crash worthiness criteria as OEM’s. Two 2007 Ford Mustangs were
crash tested at 5 MPH. One vehicle featured an aftermarket
bumper reinforcement bar and the other an original equipment
supplied equivalent. At this speed the aftermarket equipped
vehicle performed better. As expected, air bags did not
deploy in either vehicle and while both parts effectively absorbed
the impact and protected the vehicle’s occupants, a piece of the bumper fell off of
the OES outfitted Mustang. Two repair shops calculated
the cost of repair, one gave an identical estimate, while the other estimated it would
cost $200 less to repair the aftermarket equipped vehicle than the one
with original equipment parts which sustained more damage. A high-speed crash test at
35 mph provided valuable data related to the impact of
aftermarket parts on vehicle dynamics, air bags sensor response, and most importantly occupant safety. This test is the same procedure used by the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to assign the star safety
rating to new cars Two 2006 Toyota Corollas were used.
One equipped with a high quality aftermarket bumper
reinforcement bar and the other unmodified from its
original factory condition. The side by side video is precisely timed and shows the impact, crush and
deployment of the air bags when engineers compared data from both
cars’ onboard instruments they found the numbers
essentially equivalent. The first set of analyzed results
involved vehicle crush along the center line of the cars. The measurement of six hundred one
millimeters on each car was identical. The timing of the airbag sensors was
evaluated down to the 1000th of a second. Airbag response occurred at 7.5 milliseconds. The timing for both cars was identical. When it came to occupant injury the aftermarket equipped car performed
essentially the same actually slightly better numerically
than the OEM. In terms of head impact the
aftermarket vehicle was 36% and the OEM was 45% of the
maximum allowable limits. Chest deflection is another key measure
of injury in a crash. The aftermarket and the OEM results
were identical at 29%. In the end an average of eleven
occupant injury criteria revealed that the aftermarket equipped vehicle
performed slightly better than the OEM As with the previous tests these numbers
are essentially equivalent. Both cars delivered occupant
safety performance well within the allowable limits for crash
certification established by NHTSA under the Federal Motor Vehicle
Safety Standards number 208. Auto makers have suggested only car company branded parts should be
used to repair vehicles. Yet despite an estimated eight million
annual crashes in the U.S So despite claims by car companies,
the 35 MPH tests in laboratory conditions demonstrated that these aftermarket
parts are safe and crashworthy In fact, the aftermarket and the OEM equipped
vehicles used in this test fell well within government established
safety standards for occupant protection. Based on the results of tests at both
low and high speeds, consumers should feel secure about using aftermarket parts
to repair their cars the ABPA invites you to visit our
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