The Car and Truck Fleet and Leasing Management Magazine

Toyota Issues Bulletin About Non-OEM Crash Parts

December 15, 2010

TORRANCE, CA - Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. recently distributed a bulletin to collision repair centers, warning them that the use of non-OEM parts on Toyota vehicles has the potential to compromise vehicle safety and performance. 

The bulletin, dated Nov. 30, warns body shops that Toyota, Lexus and Scion do not recommend the use of aftermarket, rebuilt or salvage/recycled parts in the repair of their vehicles. In explaining its position on non-OEM crash parts, Toyota cites "the sensitive nature of the safety and performance systems and lack of testing to determine their effect on vehicle crashworthiness." 

The bulletin adds: "Genuine Toyota, Lexus and Scion Parts are constructed using metals with specific properties, thicknesses and stamping structures built to perform in a consistent and predictable way during a collision event. The use of non-OEM structural components may compromise the overall crashworthiness and occupant safety of Toyota, Lexus or Scion vehicles in a subsequent collision."

Toyota's bulletin also raises concerns that non-OEM parts have the potential to cause airbags and seatbelt pretensioners to malfunction during a collision because such supplementary restraint system components rely upon precisely manufactured sensors.

Twitter Facebook Google+


Please note that comments may be moderated. 
Leave this field empty:

Fleet Incentives

Determine the actual cost of owning and running a vehicle in your fleet. Compare vehicles by class and model.

Sponsored by

CSA stands for Compliance, Safety, Accountability, and refers to a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) program designed to help ensure over-the-road and other heavy truck drivers adhere to various DOT safety requirements and laws.

Read more

Accident Costs Calculator

Use this calculator to see how much extra sales revenue your company needs to generate to make up for the profits lost as a result of fleet accidents.
Launch Accident Cost Calculator 

Up Next

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher