It should come as no surprise that Ford’s findings in its tests of non-OEM bumpers and covers were not favorable. While the company has earned immense respect in the industry during its long tenure, any positive findings would have been shocking. After all, aftermarket, non-OEM auto parts provide direct competition to Ford’s OEM sales efforts.
Are we saying that the findings are inaccurate? Of course not. Instead, we’re noting the dynamics associated with the testing and conclusions reached in this particular setting.
The real issues arose when it came to the bumper brackets. During the crash tests, the mounting brackets, which were thinner than the OEM renditions, didn’t hold up as necessary. The key for these bumpers is all in the design, as Ford utilizes a single component to create the part. However, the non-OEM alternatives were found to be made of two separate pieces welded together. While this may work with proper manufacturing techniques, in this case, it would seem that the non-OEM parts simply didn’t get the job done.
This isn’t really a negative thing for aftermarket parts providers, so long as companies use this test as a barometer, and made necessary adjustments. In fact, we fully expect to see comprehensive testing and grading systems for non-OEM parts in the very near future, which should help clear up any issues arising from this particular crash test.