The Proof Is In The Scientific Data. Crash Tests Show After Market Parts Cause Catastrophic Injuries
Auto insurance companies dictate and bully the collision industry into using cheaper aftermarket parts rather than replacing damaged parts with those produced by the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). A Dallas County Jury slapped the John Eagle Collision Center in Dallas with a $42 Million damage verdict for replacing a hail damaged roof on a 2010 Honda Fit with glue instead of 108 welds called for by Honda’s OEM specifications.
Aftermarket Parts Required by Car Insurance Carriers Flunk Crash Safety Test By Vehicle Safety Lawyer Todd Tracy
Vehicle Safety Lawyer Todd Tracy who has a degree in Physics and deep knowledge about automotive engineering details the crash test results in this video.
Every body shop should show this video to insurance estimators that try to force them into using aftermarket structural parts that are key to the performance of a vehicles safety systems. As the Dallas verdict shows, the collision industry is ultimately liable for using aftermarket parts.
Follow the Scientific Results of Crash Testing Non OEM Repairs & Aftermarket Parts
If your prefer to read, here’s a transcript of Todd’s video:
What we have learned is, when you make slight changes to the assembly by not utilizing OEM parts and by not utilizing the OEM-specified repairs, you change the head injury criteria dramatically. You’ll notice that when you use roof adhesive, the head injury criteria numbers are 427. When you use after-market parts, the head injury criteria numbers are 332, and when you have the Honda OEM, it’s the lowest at 262. Each of these numbers represents the ability to cause a brain injury.
Let’s go to the neck. When you have the rood adhesive, on the neck, 500 Newtons for both the roof adhesive and the after-market part, but when you compare that to the OEM, 250 Newtons. When you double the Newtons like that, because it’s an exponential change in numbers, you have a serious risk of a neck fracture.
Let’s keep going down. When we look at the femurs, the long bones between your knee and your pelvis, looking at the roof adhesive, 800 Newtons for the roof adhesive. For the after-market parts, 1700 Newtons, and for the OEM, 180 Newtons. Basically, what this means, that with the after-market parts and with the adhesive, you’re going to fracture your long bones. With the OEM, you’ll walk away with not a single bruise.
Let’s look at the – when we look at the ankles. The rood adhesive, 150 G. With the after-market, 180 G, and with the OEM, 65 G. What does this mean? It means that your ankles and your feet will be crushed when you alter the material used and you change the repair specification that is required by the OEMs.
What does this all mean? It means when you don’t follow the rules, when you don’t follow OEM, when you don’t follow I-CAR, serious and catastrophic injuries follow, and don’t trust me – you trust the scientific data.