As Ford reported its crash test results of non-OEM bumper covers, the industry became a whirlwind of reports, opinions, and accusations. This isn’t surprising to those understanding the current dynamic between aftermarket companies and automakers. But, Ford has immense clout, and therefore, has incredible reach.
ConsumerReports.org and USAToday both shared the information readily, sparking nationwide interest in the topic. With the IIHS’s (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) chief research officer David Zuby weighing in, the questioning of aftermarket parts began.
However, his statement isn’t nearly as damning as some organizations would have us believe: “There’s too much unknown to recommend them.”
Essentially, all of the fervor and concerns are over a simple issue…
We need testing in the aftermarket parts industry, which can help reward organizations that are MEETING industry standards while admonishing those that don’t.
We have confidence that we will see extensive testing on BOTH sides of this argument in the very near future. And, when we do, our industry will be the better for it.