QUESTION: Now it was my understanding that only aftermarket parts were CAPA approved if it is approved by the original manufacturer. But I know OE parts are made by the original manufacturer. My question is I found a OE par for my car but it is labeled as CAPA approved as well.... Can some one clear this up for me?
ANSWER: "CAPA’s stated claim located on their website is 'If it isn't CAPA-Certified, it isn't a genuine replacement part.' I guess that means that OEM parts backed by the collective knowledge of the vehicle manufacturer's research, development, engineering, crash testing and federally regulated safety standards just don’t live up to CAPA’s definition of genuine replacement parts since to date, I’ve never seen a CAPA certified seal on an original OEM part."
In my opinion, you may have misunderstood the label. Perhaps it is said "CAPA certified OE Replacement" not "CAPA certified OE" since OE or OEM means Original Equipment Manufacturer; and CAPA or Certified Automotive Parts Association is an organization whose stated objective is to “Certify the quality of automotive parts used for collision repairs by overseeing a testing and inspection program that certifies the quality of automotive parts used for collision repairs.” So in any case, the CAPA seal is only used for aftermarket parts.