Bumper Recall: Some Front and Rear Bumper Parts May be Hazardous
New tests conducted by the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) have resulted in a recall of aftermarket parts that were deemed unsafe. These hazardous parts were used in the repair of car bumpers and may pose a threat to a driver’s safety if in an accident – as well as auto insurance rates.
About the Recall
Recently, the SCRS sent out an announcement saying that specific aftermarket parts that had been used during bumper replacement following a crash needed to be recalled. They determined that some of these parts might prevent proper deployment of the airbag if the car is involved in an accident.
These parts include:
- Front and rear bumper reinforcement beams
- Radiator core supports
- Bumper brackets
- Bumper energy absorbers
Are You in Danger?
If your car’s bumper was repaired or replaced after an accident, the SCRS and local auto body associations are urging consumers to determine if aftermarket parts were used during the repairs to make sure you’re not in danger while driving. Businesses like the Auto Body Association of Connecticut are offering to determine – without charge – if any of the recalled, inferior aftermarket parts were used in a repair.
To ensure each driver’s safety on the road, NSF International has announced the launch of a new Automotive Parts Certification Program specifically meant to address these concerns. The program will verify both the quality and performance of these aftermarket parts via testing and inspections of steel bumpers, step bumpers, absorbers, reinforcement bars and brackets.
The great news is that businesses are helping consumers determine whether these faulty parts are on their cars, so it’s up to you to take this warning seriously. Bad driving isn’t all that affects auto insurance rates. Very often, defective parts that cause greater damage or increased injuries to drivers and passengers can do the same.