AFTERMARKET PARTS NEWS:
NCOIL, the National Conference of Insurance Legislators, published its newsletter reporting the results of the Spring Conference held in Washington, D.C. in 2011. NCOIL reports that its fourth attempt to adopt a Model Act Regarding Motor Vehicle Crash Parts and Repair was defeated "due to lingering concerns over aftermarket part quality, safety, and cost impacts, among other things." The defeat of the aftermarket (imitation) parts model act due to concerns over part quality and safety represents a decade of public and governmental concerns over the use of these parts. In January of 2001, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) published its report to Congress outlining concerns over the quality and safety of these parts and raising the specter of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) inability to recall these parts if defective.