Hello, I’m Todd Tracy with the Tracy Law Firm in Dallas, Texas and I’m in my Crash Lab with a 2010 Honda Fit that has not ever been involved in an accident and has never been repaired. We are going to send this vehicle to California to a NHTSA-approved crash test facility called Karco. They are going to run this vehicle into a narrow frontal offset barrier at 40 miles per hour. We are then going to take two additional 2010 Honda Fit vehicles that are presently at Burl’s Auto Body Shop in Henderson, Texas where the following repair modifications are being done: first, we are taking the windshield, the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) windshield, and we are replacing that with an aftermarket windshield. We are then taking the roof off of the vehicle, removing the 108 welds that the OEM Honda put on there to secure the roof to the safety cage, and we are going to glue that roof on using 3M 8115 adhesive glue. We are then going to run a crash test with that vehicle, running the same narrow frontal offset at 40 miles an hour.
We are then going to take a third vehicle that’s also at Burl’s Collision Center in Henderson, Texas, and we’re going to do the following: we are going to replace the front bumper, the front radiator support, the quarter panel, the door, all of the glass, and we are going to use aftermarket parts that are non OEM approved, and then we’re going to ship that vehicle out to California as well and have that same crash test performed.
“The vehicle repair industry must follow the OEM repair specifications to the letter, and when they don’t, people die or get seriously injured.”
Why are we doing this? Why are we putting our money where our mouth is? Because for so long, the insurance industry and the aftermarket industry has said you do not need to follow OEM repair specifications, that our aftermarket parts are just as safe as the OEM’s original parts. We’re putting those statements to the test. We are using the scientific method to prove our point that the vehicle repair industry must follow the OEM repair specifications to the letter, and when they don’t, people die or get seriously injured. I encourage you to stay focused on this very important issue, and as the results come out, we will forward them to you.
Most people don’t know that they can sue car manufacturers, bus manufacturers and 18-wheeler truck manufacturers for unsafe vehicles that cause wrongful death or serious personal injury in car accidents.
Personal injury lawyer Todd Tracy focuses on “Who Caused The Serious Car Accident Injuries or Death” — not who caused the accident. Even if you may be at fault in the cause of the accident such loosing control on an icy or wet surface, you still may have a case if your vehicle’s safety systems failed to protect you. Car companies are required by federal motor vehicle safety standards to make vehicles that will protect the driver and passengers from catastrophic injuries or death.
If you, a family member or a friend have suffered a traumatic car accident injury or they were killed in an auto accident, you need to contact a car accident lawyer with a successful record in court for fighting the world’s biggest car companies.
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