I-CAR has heralded an announcement from FCAI regarding OEM repair position statements as a huge step forward in ensuring safer repairs. "As a result of ongoing discussions with the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) over the last year regarding OEM position statements, the FCAI has released a statement to clarify their members' unanimous position on this. As a result of the closure of automotive manufacture in Australia, new vehicles on Australian roads are fully imported and are also available in other international markets and are built to comply with international safety standards," an I-CAR release stated.
"I-CAR supports OEM repair procedures and as such is pleased that the FCAI and its members are now recognising Position Statements regardless of their issuing country in ensuring that repairs to vehicles restore the integrity of vehicles after a collision repair."
The FCAI has issued the following statement.
"The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) is the peak industry association representing the importers of passenger vehicles, sport utility vehicles, light commercial vehicles and motorcycles in Australia.
FCAI members provide official guidance on repair procedures to automotive collision repair providers to ensure correct processes when repairing damaged vehicles. Given the global nature of the automotive industry, motor vehicles imported into Australia are designed for multiple international markets, with necessary variations to account for Australian market and environmental conditions.
Issuance of Collision Repair Statements:
Australian OEM representatives work with parent companies to develop and provide correct repair procedures to automotive repairers in order to restore the integrity of the vehicle. In many cases, this information is issued in documentation by the parent company.
These international collision repair statements apply to the Australian market except where advised and issued separately by the Australian distributor. In such cases, the international documentation may bear branding, livery and contact details for another market (such as the OEM’s home country).
FCAI members undertake to:
• Ensure that all Collision Repair Statements issued or authorised by the FCAI member account for the specifics of relevant ADRs;
• Ensure that all the above Collision Repair Statements are correctly translated into English language; and •
Provide adequate and efficient means for collision repair businesses, and insurance companies, to verify the correct and official Collision Repair Statement for ADR-compliant vehicles in Australia.
The terms of this industry-led undertaking apply to motor vehicle models approved for supply by OEM’s into the Australian market after 1 January 2020.
Where a repairer has not been able to access a relevant Collision Repair Statement for a particular circumstance/s, the repairer should contact their nearest authorised dealer to discuss the matter further.