I am writing concerning your Jan. 27 story on General Motors' statement regarding custom wheels ("GM questions safety of custom wheels/Company won't cover costs of lawsuits").
GM's position is hardly news. General Motors has never shouldered warranty or liability support for nonbranded products sold by dealers, and no one expects GM to do that now.
The only news here is that GM is now employing tactics to scare its dealers into selling only GM-branded wheels and accessories.
Vehicle dealerships have long enjoyed serving their customers and earning profits by offering a wide array of independently manufactured wheels and other accessories made by SEMA members. The independent manufacturers of those products are often original-equipment suppliers as well.
The real story here is that, for more than half a century, dealers have sold their customers our members' products based on often-superior materials, styling and availability.
Dealers are extremely discerning buyers. The independent manufacturers that supply them are proud of the product quality, durability and reliability that continually earn this business. SEMA's members will continue to stand behind their products and to provide dealers with profitable opportunities for personalizing their customers' vehicles.