Mobile Electronics Roundtable
JM: What we can do as manufactures is to continue to remind our retailers about how important it is to support MECP, to have certified installers, and to encourage and reward them. Here at our company, our sales managers do a huge amount of training and testing through our technical department. We put the MECP logo on all of our packaging, documentation and advertising. I think it's in all of our best interests to encourage the growth of this as we did with the SAE group a long time ago. We need to do more to get re-tailers to stay onboard and continue to certify and give premiums to MECP-certified installers. We reward our technical people here. I think encouraging other manufacturers to do the same is something CEA and MECP should continue to do. It's probably one of the best programs the industry has ever come up with.
PL: I think MECP is the most important thing CEA has done to date for the mobile industry. Also important is the training aspect of it, raising the professionalism of the industry, so that we are not legislated. We can do this ourselves, but it's a monumental task. MECP is well into it, but it's only going to happen with the support of manufacturers and all the retailers.
SW: It's not the sole responsibility of the manufacturers, and it's not the sole responsibility of the retailers. We have to work together. Communication and coordination are really key here. We have to work hand-in-hand with the retail channels, otherwise we will be legislated, we won't stand tall as an industry and innovation will be curtailed. Retailers are looking at survival in challenging times, and in response to customers, they are doing things like going around manufacturers' safety interlock devices, not following manufacturers' instructions for installing. They need to recognize it is a federal offense to remove a safety device from a car.