The California Department of Insurance (DOI) will seek input about possible aftermarket replacement crash parts policy from industry stakeholders including collision repairers, insurance companies, OEMs, aftermarket crash parts manufacturers and automotive dealers during meetings slated for June 24 and 25.
The California Autobody Association (CAA), which will participate in the discussion, says it’s the result of a series of meetings CAA has been having with the DOI and Attorney General’s office for the last several months. CAA says these past meetings also resulted in the DOI issuing a notice to insurers that says non-OEM replacement crash parts used in repairs must have a permanent label identifying the manufacturer of the part. The issuance of this notice is the first step in establishing a “traceability” system in the state of California that will allow manufacturers to identify and track their parts in the event of a recall concerning safety, fit or quality.
The industry having the ability to use a uniform system to track aftermarket crash parts is “a priority project that needs to happen now,” CAA says.