In a new report by the auto parts industry trade group, researchers say it’s safe to put your car’s parts in storage.
They found that in 2015, more than 2.5 million of the industry’s more than $2.6 trillion in annual revenue came from the storage of parts.
The report, “Comprehensive Market Study: 2013,” comes at a time when automakers are under intense scrutiny from lawmakers over safety concerns.
The study’s authors, the American Society of Automotive Engineers (ASAE), noted that in 2013, there were nearly 1.6 million reported accidents involving auto parts that were caused by human error.
That was up from 1,542 in 2012.
The safety numbers for 2013 and 2014 are lower because of a large increase in vehicle-related injuries.
While the authors said they were surprised to find so many reported injuries, they noted that this was in line with trends that have been seen for several years.
The authors pointed out that car parts manufacturing accounted for an estimated 2.4% of total US vehicle sales in 2013.
In an emailed statement to Politico, the Association of Automobile Manufacturers said it was “aware of the safety data” but didn’t comment on the study.
“We are reviewing the report and are monitoring it closely,” the association said in an emailed response to questions from Politico.
“There are a number of factors that contribute to the increased use of vehicles in storage, including increased demand for these vehicles by consumers and businesses, increased storage requirements, increased maintenance, and increased manufacturing efficiencies,” the statement added.
“We encourage industry to share information on the safety of their products.”