American Honda has taken a stance against salvaged/recycled parts for Acura and Honda vehicles in a position statement released today. Specifically, Honda states that it recognizes the importance of recycling but "the use of salvage/recycled parts to repair collision-damaged vehicles raises serious concerns about quality, suitability, safety and warranty."
The position statement goes on to say the following:
"Many factors can influence the quality and/or suitability of salvaged/recycled parts including but not limited to exposure to weather, improper removal or transfer of parts, possible mismatch of vehicle electrical components or other safety-related items as well as excessive wear on vital mechanical parts such as steering or suspension parts.
"In cases where the donor vehicle was repaired due to a prior collision, salvaged/recycled parts may not be an original or Acura Genuine/Honda Genuine replacement part. At this time, there is no generally accepted process or system in place to regulate the quality or suitability of salvaged/recycled parts.
"American Honda believes the interests of vehicle owners and collision repairers are best served when Acura Genuine/Honda Genuine replacement parts are used in the repair of an Acura/Honda vehicle."