Collision parts are some of the most important factors in driver safety in the event of a crash. Some of the most commonly replaced parts are:
- Automotive Glass – Windshields, Back Glass and Door Glass
- Grills and Fascias
- Lighting – Headlights and Taillights
- Side Mirrors
These parts work together the way Ford engineers intended to ensure proper fit, function, and most importantly, safety.
Using Ford collision parts to repair your vehicle guarantees that it will have the same structural performance characteristics
as it did with the original parts, giving you peace of mind in the event of a subsequent collision.
7/100ths of a second can mean the difference between life and death when it comes to airbags. It’s true — if your airbag deploys
even .07 seconds late, it could fail to do its job in saving your life. Counterfeit airbags lack the high standards of Genuine Ford parts,
so don’t take the risk.
Above: Deployment performance testing of Genuine Ford airbags against counterfeit airbags.
One reason that airbag counterfeiting is so insidious is that it occurs at the component level—that is, counterfeiters often use a Ford
housing and place used or counterfeit components inside. For example, many vehicles are now equipped with dual-stage airbags for increased
safety in the event of high-speed crashes. The images below show that what appears to be a dual-stage inflator is actually a single-stage
inflator hidden beneath a false cover.
Left: From outward appearance, the inflator appears to be dual-stage. However, when the cover is removed it reveals a single-stage inflator. A resistor has even been soldered into the wiring in order to trick the vehicle diagnostics.
Left: Images from a counterfeit airbag raid where fake and used components were placed inside Ford airbag casings.
Counterfeit windshields can fit poorly causing wind noise, water leakage, and distortion/appearance problems. They are often made without safety
shatterproof glass which may cause injury. Telltale signs of a counterfeit windshield can be located in the manufacturing information,
which includes the Ford logo. Some counterfeit examples are shown below.
Counterfeit lights do not provide sufficient illumination for night driving required by regulatory authorities and often fail the heat,
plastic, corrosion, dust, moisture, and vibration tests required by regulatory authorities.