Association frets about NHTSA airbag warning

Published: October 30, 2012 6:00 am ET

Related to this story

Topics Automotive, Public Policy

BETHESDA, MD. (Oct. 30, 1:45 p.m. ET) — The Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association has written to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, expressing concern that NHTSA’s recent consumer advisory on counterfeit air bags cast the auto aftermarket as criminals.

The Oct. 10 NHTSA safety alert “unfairly cast the full automotive aftermarket as culprits in the illegal sales of faulty air bags bearing counterfeit OEM logos,” AAIA said in an Oct. 24 letter to the agency.

The vast majority of auto repair shops buy air bags from trusted sources they have purchased from for years, according to AAIA. “However, motorists were led to believe by NHTSA that might be most at risk if they had their vehicle repaired at a non-dealer repair facility,” it said.

The alert covered only a very small number of replacement air bags, but created confusion among vehicle owners as to whether they were at risk, AAIA said.

AAIA asked NHTSA why it believes that faulty air bags can only be replaced or remedied at dealerships; why NHTSA failed to work with the aftermarket industry to coordinate an effective response; and why it took so long for NHTSA to tell the industry and the public about the air bag problem after first discovering it.

In issuing the alert the way it did, NHTSA showed a real lack of understanding of the auto aftermarket, according to AAIA. “AAIA strongly asserts that an better line of communication between us is critical for the independent repair industry, but more importantly for consumers who depend on our industry,” it said.


Comments

Association frets about NHTSA airbag warning

Published: October 30, 2012 6:00 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Judge limits scope of jury verdict against JM Eagle

December 19, 2014 2:30 pm ET

A federal judge in Los Angeles said Dec. 18 that last year's jury verdict issued against J-M Manufacturing Co. — now JM Eagle — for...    More

Image

Sabic: Rapid demand growth led to Ultem shortage

December 18, 2014 12:06 pm ET

Sabic Innovative Plastics has been increasing production capacity for its Ultem polyetherimide but it still got caught short by increasing demand for ...    More

Auto supplier M-Tek relocating headquarters

December 18, 2014 3:37 pm ET

M-Tek Inc., a subsidiary of Japanese automotive supplier Kasai Kogyo Co. Ltd., will build a new North American corporate headquarters in Murfreesboro,...    More

Image

Europe puts its 'Circular Economy' recycling effort on hold, for now

December 18, 2014 12:28 pm ET

The European Commission has withdrawn its Circular Economy initiative from its 2015 work program, and will instead replace it with “a new, more ...    More

Image

Indian auto parts maker set to buy assets in Germany, Mexico

December 18, 2014 10:35 am ET

Indian auto parts maker Samvardhana Motherson Gropup is buying the assets of insolvent German plastics car parts producer Scherer & Trier (S&T).    More

Market Reports

Flexible Packaging Trends in North America

Our latest RESEARCH report examines trends in FLEXIBLE PACKAGING impacting the North American market including a review of economic conditions, key drivers of growth, materials pricing, M&A activity, sustainability challenges and the outlook for 2015.

Learn more

Plastics in Brazil - State of the Industry Report

This in-depth report examines the Brazilian plastics industry from a historical and geographical context. Our analysts provide insight on economic trends and forecasts, growing manufacturing sectors that utilize plastics, private investment opportunities, market environment challenges, and innovations in R&D.

Data tables and charts on producer prices, trade, plastics production and end market indicators is also included.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

October 27, 2015 - October 29, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - New York - 2015

More Events