The new OEM parts that were tested, compared or used during NCACAR’s presentation included a front bumper, front reinforcement (AL), rear reinforcement steel, rear bumper cover, left front headlamp, upper front bumper stiffener, hood, radiator support, fender, radiator, condenser, left front door, left quarter panel, left control arm, left strut, left knuckle, left hub and bearing.
Alternative parts tested, compared or used included the following aftermarket parts: bumper, front reinforcement, reinforcement steel, headlamp, front stiffener, hood, radiator support (both steel and composite), a NSF fender, a non-certified fender, radiator and condenser, as well as a used door, a used quarter panel and a used (LKQ) knee assembly.
The table below provides a sample of the tests performed and lists the weight and hardness as measured with three consecutive impacts to the same spot per the hardness tester procedure: GYSTEEL model ST 1200.
Davies explained, “It's obvious from the measurements that both the hardness and weight of these parts are different, specifically the progression of the hardness of the radiator support. The North Carolina Statute states, ‘Parts are required to have equal performance,’ and the differences were shown and explained to the DOI representatives in order to demonstrate how the parts may not meet the ‘like kind and quality’ requirement of the North Carolina law. We also shared a video produced by Honda that demonstrated when parts that have such glaring physical differences from original parts are used, the airbag timing is negatively affected to the detriment of the occupants.”
As the meeting drew to a close, Rogers shared his insights on the privacy concerns with telematics as they relate to steering, personal injury and automatic accident notifications, along with driving habits. Additionally, NCACAR sponsored and shared a several-hundred-page color binder with a multitude of industry information to serve as a resource to all the DOI representatives.
Davies concluded, “My hope is for this type of collaboration to continue with all the Departments of Insurance throughout the United States, so that we, as an industry along with our government, can continue to grow, advance and ensure consumer safety.”