Post-Collision Vehicle Repairs Should Follow OEM Repair Procedures

Recently, the Association of Global Automakers and Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers announced that all the post-accident vehicle repairs are asked to adhere to OEM repair process.

Both the trade groups denote 99% of the United States’ latest car and light truck producers officially regulates automakers with the position held for almost ten years by the 3 national collision repair trade associations and I-CAR. Moreover, it also agrees with what the courts have advocated – probably with the $31.5 million 2017 verdict of John Eagle Collision.

On January 16, 2019, Wayne Weikel, Auto Alliance government affairs senior director gave a statement in which he said that in order to fix 21st century cars, outdated repair process can’t be used. The method to fix today’s cars is by adhering to the repair procedures laid down by the OEM.

The joint statement of the news stated that the top most priority of a vehicle maker is safeguarding its consumer’s life and also the safety of the vehicle fleet using the country’s roads on an everyday basis.

All the post-damaged cars repairs must be carried on according to the repair process sanctioned by the OEM, keeping in mind the vehicle’s model, year, and make. This also covers any directions included related to post- and pre- scanning of the systems of the vehicle.

OEMs have come up with fixing process in order to cautiously fix vehicle systems to fixed conditions. The procedure starts with structural and service engineering methods that have been conducted by the producers with the help of crash simulation and crash testing.

Besides putting back the hardware of the vehicle, OEM fixing process offers the tolerances and measurements to accurately recalibrate complex driver safety and help systems discovered on latest vehicles, which encompasses emergency braking, monitoring blind-spot, and warnings related to lane departures.

The statement further read that if the OEM’s process is not followed while repairing a post-collision repair, it should be regarded as an illegal transformation of a car and also its systems. Moreover, it increases the risk for accidents and death of any potential drivers and occupants of the car, also the drivers of other vehicles present on the road.

Some of the membership of the Auto Alliance are Land Rover, Toyota, Porsche, BMW, Volvo, General Motors, Mercedes, Jaguar, and Mazda. Global automakers are Local Motors, Suzuki, Ferrari, Toyota, Kia, Mclaren, Nissan, and Maserati.

On January 16, maximum of the automakers stated that the repair process could be accessed and most of the members let anyone to gain access to an online copy of the instructions to repair their vehicles with either a long-term or short-term subscription.

Nikhil Kaitwade

With over 8 years of experience in market research and consulting industry, Nikhil has worked on more than 250 research assignments pertaining to chemicals, materials and energy sector. He has worked directly with about 35 reputed companies as lead consultant for plant expansion, product positioning, capacity factor analysis, new market/segment exploration, export market opportunity evaluation and sourcing strategies.