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AASA challenges, reaches out to Honda on aftermarket parts

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September 2, 2010—The Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) has challenged American Honda’s recent statement that aftermarket parts “are not recommended” for Honda vehicles.

“AASA rejects any implication that all aftermarket products are somehow inferior to OE parts and have the same risks that are associated with counterfeit and gray market goods,” said Steve Handschuh, president and chief operating officer of AASA. “Quality aftermarket products are designed, validated and manufactured using the same formal quality operating system as those used in original equipment applications.”

The Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) made a formal complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against Honda in August concerning its aftermarket parts statement.

AASA has made no formal complaint, but hopes to meet with Honda to discuss the quality of aftermarket parts, according to the AASA press release_notes.

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