Kia Issues Parts Position Statement
April 24, 2017—Kia Motors America has issued a statement addressing the quality of its parts.
The auto manufacturer says its parts are carefully designed and constructed of high quality materials for the exact application in each model. Kia says its parts are thoroughly tested by its workers and suppliers to ensure that each vehicle delivers top safety. The manufacturer also said its original and replacement parts meet or exceed all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, including compliance with FMVSS testing.
Kia noted that it disclaims any responsibility for inferior aftermarket parts. The manufacturer said its customers should be aware that inferior aftermarket parts cannot be constructed to Kia’s exact design standards, and thus can result in a lack of proper fit and attachment connections, which in turn can prevent compliance with the repair procedures detailed in the Kia repair manuals, leading to inferior durability. For all those reasons, Kia said, it does not recommend the use of questionable aftermarket parts.
Additionally, the vehicle manufacturer said it cannot endorse the use of any repair or replacement safety restraint component, including airbags, seatbelts or pre-tensioners, that are not authorized Kia parts. Kia also warned against using remanufactured parts that don’t meet its specifications.
The manufacturer said in a statement, “parts obtained outside of Kia’s engineering process have no assurance that they have the crash protection afforded by Genuine Kia parts, regardless of their nominal appearance, and thus their use can increase the risk of injury or death in a crash.”