The association said it the automaker’s decision was a real disservice to consumers because it limits low-cost part alternatives.
Honda revised a position statement saying its vehicles safety systems may fail unless OE parts are used. The company stated that the driver assist systems and safety systems on its late model Honda and Acura vehicles may have issues if parts other than the original equipment parts are used to repair these systems. “While aftermarket parts may look the same and fit in the same physical space on the vehicle, their use may present unforeseen circumstances causing the driver assist or other safety systems to operate abnormally, or not at all,” the company said.
The decision opens the door for states to collect sales tax from businesses even if they don’t have a brick-and-mortar presence.