Ford Crash Test Confirms Aftermarket Imitation Crash Parts Are Unsafe

Vehicle Safety Lawyer Todd Tracy Challenges IIHS Auto Insurance Lap Dogs To Safety Debate About Aftermarket Parts
Vehicle Safety Lawyer Todd Tracy Challenges IIHS Auto Insurance Lap Dogs To Safety Debate About Aftermarket Parts

Aftermarket Imitation Crash Parts For Ford F-150 Unsafe At Any Speed

Since I’ve spent the last thirty-years suing the automakers for safety defects, it’s not often that I agree with them. But Ford Motor Co. confirms for its Ford F-150 pickup what my crash test found for the Honda Fit.  So called aftermarket crash parts which are cheap imitations of Original Equipment Manufacturer parts, are unsafe if not deadly in a wreck.

Ford crash tested an aftermarket hood and aftermarket front bumper brackets for the 2012 F-150. It concluded from the independent tests, “that even slight changes in materials or deviation from proper procedures can have severe consequences.”

Ford conducted its test in the wake of a $42 Million verdict by a Dallas County Jury in my lawsuit against a collision center for using a Non-OEM repair procedure. The collision center’s manager testified that they did not follow OEM standards that called for the use of 108 welds to replace a hail damaged roof on a 2010 Honda Fit.  Instead he testified that they used glue if they wanted to get paid by State Farm Insurance.

Crash Test of Aftermarket Honda Fit Parts Documents Catastrophic Injuries

The Tracy Law Firm with the support of the vehicle safety professionals at the Auto Body Association of Texas (ABAT) and other associations conducted three crash tests of similar model Honda Fits at Karco Engineering in December of 2017.  A 2013 Honda Fit equipped with NON-OEM aftermarket crash parts resulted in catastrophic injury data recorded by two sophisticated crash test dummies in the driver and front passenger seats.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) issued an Industry Advisory spinning our aftermarket crash test results into a “Good Rating”. If you check out their industry member group online, you may get the impression that the IIHS  is a boot licking car insurance industry lap dog.

I am on a nationwide crusade speaking to the vehicle safety professions in collision industry associations around the country about the importance properly restoring a vehicle’s crash safety systems.  I’ve heard horror story after horror story of how the auto insurance companies try to bully vehicle safety professionals into using shoddy aftermarket parts that are cheap imitations of OEM parts as well as force collision centers not to follow OEM repair standards.

Those horror stories are potential nightmares for a collision center’s customers.  This past Wednesday I spoke to the Winter 2018 AkzoNobel Acoat Selected North American Performance Group Meeting in San Antonio.  You can download my presentation here: Anatomy of A Crisis — Getting Vehicle Safety Professionals RFocused On Fighting The Insurance Industry by Vehicle Safety Lawyer Todd Tracy

An audible gasp went up from more than 200 vehicle safety professionals when I showed  photographs of the injuries sustained by Matthew and Marcia Seebachan when their 2010 Honda Fit with a glued on roof crushed them and burned Mathew’s feet and lower legs to the bone. The head of the Burn Unit for the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center testified that based on her recently completed study of burn patients for the past 25 years, Matthew would suffer the equivalent pain of childbirth everyday for the rest of his life.

I have stressed that the Auto Insurance Bullies have never run a single crash test to support the crashworthiness of Non-OEM repairs and aftermarket parts that they try to cram down the throats of honest collision repair businesses every day.

Ford Takes The Pole Position On Aftermarket Part Safety Issue

The vehicle safety professionals in the collision repair industry and I have been running the alone until now.

Kudos to the Ford Motor Company. Ford just took the pole position on this important safety issue for their customers.

Ford warned it’s dealers in the latest issue of On Target which you can download here. Ford Warns Dealers About Unsafe Aftermarket Crash Parts In On Target – 2018, Vol. 1

Ford Motor Company supports my view stating, “All components of the vehicle structure are designed and tested to work together in a real-world collision,” says FCSD Collision Product Team Manager Lisa Fournier. “Any significant deviations from engineering specifications, such as changes in materials, forming processes, dimensional inaccuracies and any structural differences, along with how it is repaired, can dramatically alter the crash characteristics of a vehicle.”

Now it’s time for the rest of the automakers to get in the race and and start warning the public. You can draft behind me all day long if it’s in the name of crashworthiness and safety.

Can The IIHS Auto Insurance Lapdog Bite The Hand That Feeds It?

Once again I am calling on IIHS or an Auto Insurance Company representative to meet me center stage at SEMA 2018 to debate the crashworthiness of aftermarket parts.  Their silence is DEAFENING!

You can read more about Ford’s aftermarket crash parts test at Body Shop Business.






6 Responses

  1. On behalf of every injured party I thank you.

    For the repairers still fighting daily against insurers to do what is right – I thank you.

    Vehicles are and have been for many years, a complex amalgam of specifically formulated, critically formed materials.

    Each vehicle is a scientifically designed and tested container for human cargo.

    If even one known quantity of the formula is exchanged for a variable – the result is a vehicle with unknown crash characteristics.

    From these efforts to reform the collision repair practices, come safer vehicles in which the consumer can place their confidence.

    1. The issue on this comes down one important withheld point. Ford Motor Company allows only one aftermarket parts company to produce Ford Patented Parts for distribution within the US. Quality aftermarket parts are certified by CAPA and have been approved by IIHS.

  2. Please sent any and all videos and ligature you have to me if you can. We are an independent collision repair shop that is constantly battling insurance companies.We will share and post all you can send. Thank you for your hard work . Sean

  3. Why does ford not put out a position statement stating that it does use aftermarket parts then instead of recommend?? Along with all manufacturers?? This would clear up the debate of the use of aftermarket parts!!

  4. people should beware also that the large chain body shops are just as on board with the aftermarket parts as the insurance companies. Having a shop with a direct repair relationship with an insurance company repair your car is a huge conflict of interest. The people at the insurance companies will tell you anything to get you to go to their approved shop so they can hack out your car on the cheap. The last 2 shops I’ve worked at have been bought out by a company like this. It says right in the company handbook for the parts managers that OEM parts are to be used only as a last resort.

  5. Your statement is a little confusing to understand but Ford does have plenty of information and warning out stating the importance using oem parts over aftermarket and the effects of using them even before this test . Problem is that the insursnce have all power over the car manufactures right now to depicted what the body shops can use on a crash vehicle . B.A.R can only slap the insurance wrists unlike a body shop or mechanic shop where they can close them down for doing shady things.

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