Aftermarket parts are commonly used in many auto glass repair shops, but some parts could affect how Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), features work, according to Honda. A recently revised statement from Honda showed possible issues for its drivers if original equipment (OE), is not used when customers get repairs.
Honda cautioned its customers that using the wrong windshield and grille starting in its 2013 vehicles could impair driving. “Many Honda and Acura models beginning in 2013 use one or more of the following systems: Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM),” Honda wrote. “These systems either use a camera that is mounted behind the rearview mirror or a combination of that camera and a radar unit mounted in the front bumper or grille. Installing anything other than an original equipment replacement windshield may cause these systems to work abnormally. Specifically, the camera will not be able to aim properly.” The inability of functional vehicle cameras may cause drivers to misjudge the distance they have while operating their Honda.
Issues with head – up displays or HUD were also found when using aftermarket windshields during replacements. Non HUD windshields and OE HUD look and fit the same. Though it can be less costly to use a different HUD windshield, Honda states why it isn’t the best option. “Installing anything other than an original equipment replacement windshield may result in the HUD appearing as a double image,” Honda wrote. In an effort to get the correct replacement windshield for a person’s car it’s recommended to use the vehicle’s VIN when parts are being ordered.
Another item Honda owners and auto glass technicians should be aware of involves acoustic front side door glass. This type of glass can be found in some 2014 models. The glass helps isolate sound. “The glass has a sound insulation layer of polyvinyl butyral (PVB) sandwiched between two layers of semi-tempered glass. Acoustic side glass is thinner than conventional side glass. It is similar to laminated windshield glass in that it does not shatter like conventional side window glass” Honda wrote. If an auto glass technician were to install anything other than acoustic glass, the vehicle owner is more likely to experience a decline in their car’s noise reduction qualities.
Overall non OE parts can be used in multiple instances, but when referring to older Honda models “…aftermarket parts may present unforeseen circumstances causing the driver assist or other safety systems to operate abnormally, or not at all,” Honda wrote.