WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Competitive Car Parts Alliance today announced that it had discovered variances in the weight of key Ford braking system components and is examining parts from other original equipment manufacturers (OEM). The umbrella organization, which has a following among automotive consumers, declared the testing of the brakes to be a public safety issue of the highest order.
"The lives of millions of America's motorists depend upon their having quality vehicles, and the brakes are a critical component in ensuring passenger safety," said David Parde, Executive Director of the U.S. Competitive Car Parts Alliance. "For some time I have been hearing rumblings about the performance of OEM braking system components, including the brake pads. We will be putting these parts to the test, and encourage other industry and governmental organizations, including NHTSA, to closely examine this issue."
During a recent USCCPA meeting, the ongoing and widespread discussion of Ford's brake systems made their way onto the agenda. The organization decided to carry out its own initial investigation of Ford's brakes and purchased a number of components. An initial examination already revealed significant discrepancies in the weight, thickness and other key attributes of the parts. This has led the group to conclude that additional testing must be conducted to explore if these discrepancies produce differences in performance.
Diamond Standard, which tests OEM and aftermarket parts, recently noted material discrepancies in the weight, thickness, tensile and yield strength properties of OEM bumpers.
Parde said the USCCPA hopes to play an important role in ensuring that OEM parts are subject to the same scrutiny as other vehicle parts, noting that "it's time to take a hard look at some of the very same car companies who have been most critical of the aftermarket parts with which they compete."
SOURCE U.S. Competitive Car Parts Alliance