Certified Kia Auto Body Repair
Kia’s Position Statements are the manufacturers way of expressing how they prefer to have the Kia brand serviced at an auto body repair facility. The statements explain exactly what that manufacturer would suggest to have completed.
Below are Kia’s Position Statements:
Aftermarket Parts and Auto Body Repair
Kia Position Statement for General Parts
Kia parts sold by Kia Motors America are carefully designed and constructed of high quality materials for the exact application in each model, and are intended to provide high performance, proper fit, advanced corrosion protection, and durability. Kia parts are thoroughly tested by Kia and its carefully selected suppliers to ensure that each vehicle delivers the superior performance and safety specified by Kia’s Research & Development engineers. As a result, every new Kia and its original and replacement parts meets or exceeds all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, including compliance with rigorous FMVSS testing, as well as Kia’s own even higher internal standards.
The design, construction, and performance of Kia’s motor vehicles are thus focused on minimizing the risk of crashes occurring and the risk of severe injury or death in the event crashes do occur. Aftermarket parts, whether created new, remanufactured or rebuilt are not designed or constructed using the original Kia specifications and materials, and they may not perform up to Kia’s carefully designed, developed and tested safety, performance and dependability standards. Kia specifically disclaims any responsibility for of such aftermarket parts.
Customers should be aware that such aftermarket parts cannot be constructed to Kia’s exacting design standards, and thus can result in a lack of proper fit and attachment connections; this in turn can prevent compliance with the repair procedures detailed in the Kia repair manuals, leading to poor performance and limited durability. Any limitation on the strength and durability of aftermarket parts compared to Kia’s designs, whether due to improper design, inadequate testing, or improper manufacturing processes can result in severe dependability and safety problems. It is frequently impossible to identify the identities and geographic points of manufacture of such parts, making it also impossible to establish the brands or reputations for such aftermarket manufacturers. The use of such diminished quality aftermarket, remanufactured and rebuilt parts, as well as recycled ones can also diminish your vehicle’s value. The Kia Motors America New Vehicle Limited Warranty does not apply to any aftermarket part. This could affect the value of your Kia vehicle. Only the parts in your original Kia vehicle as well as original replacement Kia Parts and Genuine Kia Remanufactured Parts are covered by Kia Motors America’s warranties. Kia Motors America is not responsible for any repair costs, vehicle damage, property damage, injury or death associated with aftermarket parts, whether new, remanufactured or rebuilt.
For all of these reasons, the use of such aftermarket parts is not recommended by Kia Motors America. These items may include collision and mechanical parts, safety restraint systems, and other systems in the vehicle, such as but not limited to wheels, glass, and tires. Kia particularly cautions that the use of lower quality fluids, filters and lubricants can seriously reduce the longevity and durability of your vehicle’s engine, transmission and other components and their use can and will void your vehicle warranties.
Auto Body Parts Use
Kia Body Parts Use Statement
All Kia vehicles are designed, developed, tested and assembled to Federal and Kia safety standards which help protect the driver and occupants should a crash occur. In addition to the major passive safety systems, including seatbelts and airbags, Kia vehicles employ multiple important safety systems such as energy absorbing bumpers, and specifically engineered front and rear crumple zones which help reduce the injury-producing forces experienced by occupants during a crash. The driver/passenger compartment is further protected utilizing extra strength pillars and body panels. These Genuine Kia original equipment components function to provide a high degree of protection for occupants. Kia Motors America cannot recommend the use of aftermarket body parts or structural components nor the use of body parts and components obtained from recycled salvage vehicles. As described above, Kia has worked hard to design its body parts and vehicle structures to provide high levels of occupant protection. 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.
Since aftermarket body parts and structures are not designed, developed, tested and assembled by Kia, they may lack the benefits of that carefully developed safety process. Specifically, they may fail to meet Federal and Kia safety standards, they may not have the same fit and attachment integrity, and they may lack the same structural integrity and corrosion protection. There is also a significant risk that they do not have the same strong material composition. These concerns are magnified when Non-Genuine parts are manufactured in countries without the same commitment to engineering and quality control practices that Kia has utilized for development of vehicles.
Salvage parts are parts which are usually obtained from wrecked or totaled vehicles or vehicles which have been disposed of after their useful lives. They often have been subjected to prior accident damage that weakens their structures, environmental harms such as externally caused corrosion, especially due to road salt, application of previous poor repair standards, prior use of aftermarket parts, or parts which are becoming weakened at the end of their useful life. What is certain is that there is a good reason why the vehicle has been salvaged and there can be no confidence that the subsequently “salvaged parts” will provide adequate protection and safety to the vehicle occupants.
Even worse, all of these limitations on the quality, integrity and safety of such components are likely to be invisible to the average consumer and mayonly be revealed after components fail in a subsequent crash. Aftermarket components lacking in quality and damaged or worn out salvage parts may also deteriorate quickly, thus reducing the value of your Kia at trade-in or when selling to another party.
Kia Motors America recommends that consumers take an active role in ensuring their vehicle is repaired using the same high level of quality and performance designed into their vehicle by Kia. It believes that this goal can best be achieved by customers using Genuine Kia original body parts and structures, which also come with the Kia limited parts warranty. It is important for customers to understand that Kia’s original factory and parts warranties do not apply to any aftermarket or remanufactured component or anything other than a Genuine Kia Part or Genuine Kia Remanufactured Part. Kia Motors America is also not responsible for any physical damage or injuries or death which might occur as the result of the use of such non-Genuine Kia parts.
Kia Remanufactured Parts Use Statement
Kia Motors America has contracted with a number of high quality established suppliers to provide Kia consumers with superior remanufactured components, which meet very specific remanufacturing standards established and monitored by Kia engineers.
Engines, transmissions, starters, alternators, and air conditioning compressors are included in the list of available Kia authorized remanufactured components. These contain new internal Genuine Kia Parts so that a Kia remanufactured component is essentially almost completely brand new.
Some remanufactured parts, not authorized by Kia, are in fact rebuilt components where only worn items are identified and replaced, sometimes using aftermarket parts which do not meet the quality standards of a Genuine Kia Part. Kia Motors America does not recommend the use of non-Kia authorized remanufactured components, some which come with sub-standard warranties as well as sub-standard parts.
Authorized Kia Dealers nationwide have ready access to all genuine remanufactured components which may be needed for complete repairs, which includes Kia’s excellent limited warranty.
Kia Motors America original factory warranty or extended warranties do not apply to any remanufactured component or part other than a Genuine Kia Part or Genuine Kia Remanufactured Part. Kia Motors America will not be responsible for any subsequent repair costs associated with remanufactured component or part failures, caused by the use of remanufactured components or parts other than those of genuine Kia origin.
Safety Restraint Systems
Kia Safety Restraint Systems Statement
There are important restraint systems in every Kia vehicle. All Kia restraint systems are designed to meet or exceed all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, as well as Kia’s own advanced engineering standards. The vehicle seatbelts are the primary passive protection system in each model. The airbag system plays an important supplemental role in helping to provide protection to the vehicle occupants in specified crash conditions. Kia has an extensive design, development and testing program to ensure the safety systems in each model meet or exceed all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, as well as Kia’s own superior performance standards.
Therefore, Kia Motors America cannot endorse the use of any repair or replacement safety restraint component, including airbags, seatbelts, or pre-tensioners, that are not authorized Kia parts. These non-Kia parts, commonly known as “aftermarket parts” and “remanufactured parts”, were developed outside of Kia’s design, development and testing specifications and requirements. Neither Kia nor any ordinary consumer has the ability to determine if those non-Kia components would provide the same level of protection as afforded by Kia authorized components. If such aftermarket or remanufactured parts do not meet the standards designed into Kia authorized components, vehicle occupants can be subjected to increased risks of injury and death.
In addition, Kia Motors America cannot endorse the use of safety restraint system components offered by automotive recycling centers; i.e., previously used restraint components that purportedly came from original Kia models. Specifically, there is no way for Kia or ordinary consumers to determine if used restraint systems, removed from collision-damaged or worn salvage vehicles can still function and provide the same level of protection as originally designed and assembled by Kia.
Kia Motors America recommends that consumers take an active role in ensuring their vehicle is repaired using the same high level of quality and performance designed into their vehicle by Kia. It believes that this goal can best be achieved by customers by using Genuine Kia original parts and components, which also come with the Kia limited parts warranty. It is important for consumers to understand that Kia’s original factory and parts warranties do not apply to any aftermarket or remanufactured component or anything other than a Genuine Kia Part or Genuine Kia Remanufactured Part. Kia Motors America also is not responsible for any physical damage or injuries or death which might occur as the result of the use of such non-Genuine Kia parts.