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NI probe exposes risks of ‘cheap’ car parts

replica-car-partsLeading industry body NIBA says lives at risk by widespread use of replica parts

One of Northern Ireland’s largest car industry bodies said today (Wednesday 6th April, 2016) that lives were being put at risk in Northern Ireland because of the widespread use of cheap, replica car parts.

The Northern Ireland Bodyshop Alliance (NIBA), which represents more than 50 independent car repair garages and more than 200 professional mechanics, said it was now deeply concerned about driver and passenger safety after analysing the results of the region’s first major independent study into the issue.

NI Car Repairers Warn Over Motorist Safety

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A group representing more than 200 car repairers employed across over 50 independent small and medium-sized businesses in Northern Ireland warned today that lives could be put at risk by a range of "questionable" practices which it said were being carried out by members of the motor insurance industry.
The Northern Ireland Bodyshop Alliance (NIBA) said it is now urging Stormont to more urgently review the car insurance sector, which it said is putting its members under increasing pressure to cut corners in a bid to save money and maintain profit margins.


NIBA Chairman Sean Bradley outlined the organisation's concerns following its annual general meeting.

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A group which represents more than 40 independent car garages warned today that up to 200 local jobs could be at risk if insurance companies in Northern Ireland continue to drive accident jot consumers to garages which only they have chosen.

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