Do Body Parts Affect Safety?

December 31st, 2014 by

Do Body Parts Affect SafetyDo Body Parts Affect Safety?

Absolutely. The moments after a collision conjure a lot of questions. Am I OK? Is everyone else OK? What’s the damage? Will my insurance cover this? When will my car be fixed? Most likely, assuming there are no injuries, the first thing on your mind is getting your car repaired as soon as possible. And most likely, the last thing on your mind is what kind of body parts your body shop will use. It might not seem like a big deal. Body parts are body parts, right?

Wrong. Hondas are made up of complex integrated systems that work together for optimal performance and safety. They are specifically designed, down to the most miniscule measurement, to work in tandem with the other vehicle systems. The slightest alteration of these specs can compromise safety. This makes a lot of sense for the internal safety systems, but it also applies to the external elements of your Honda, like the doors, hood or bumpers.

For example, the bumper on a Honda is an integral element of the complex ACE™ body structure, which helps distributes crash energy away from the vehicles occupants. In a recent independent study, Honda sought to attain quantifiable data to learn how aftermarket parts affect safety system performance. The lab compared a Honda bumper to an aftermarket bumper and found that 42 out of 45 points did NOT match Hondas specifications. Another independent test also revealed that using aftermarkets parts can actually DOUBLE the cost of repair in a subsequent crash.

Bottom line is that aftermarkets parts are usually constructed using reverse engineering, where the manufacturer examines the real Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) part and tries to duplicate it. That might seem OK, but it can be a bit of a guessing game. These parts also don’t have to meet the OEM’s testing and quality requirements. That can mean body parts that aren’t up to Honda strict standards for materials, design and construction.

Our body shop, Keenan Collision Center, uses OEM Honda parts, so you can rest assured that your vehicle is being repaired the right way. Don’t compromise your safety. Be sure to insist on Genuine Honda parts. Questions? Please feel free to contact Keenan Collision by phone at 215-345-6800 or via their website.

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