MERA, MEMA urge FTC to align auto parts guides with commercial reality

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The Motor & Equipment Remanufacturers Association and the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association both urged the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to classify remanufactured parts more accurately. The associations submitted official comments to the FTC on the 16 CFR Part 20 Auto Parts Guidelines.

In the comments, MERA and MEMA stated that classifying remanufactured parts in the same category as parts not produced using standardized industrial processes in a manufacturing environment (used parts) is both inaccurate and confusing to consumers.

“While the industry acknowledges remanufactured parts are not ‘new,’ the new commercial reality is that they should not be classified as ‘used’ parts,” said John Chalifoux, MERA president and chief operating officer. “Doing so ignores the significant advancements this country’s remanufacturing industry has made with regard to consumer quality and in the area of international trade since the guides were first adopted in 1979.”

In support of their position, MERA and MEMA referenced more recent documents from other U.S. federal agencies – including bilateral free trade agreements – that recognize “remanufactured goods” as a unique classification.

“We look forward to further discussing the Part 20 Guides with the FTC to make sure consumers are fully aware of the benefits of remanufactured parts,” said Bob McKenna, MEMA president and chief executive officer.