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Feb. 11, 2010--NSF International launched an Automotive Parts Certification Program to address the quality of aftermarket and structural automotive parts.

The program is meant to verify the quality and performance of steel bumpers, step bumpers, absorbers, reinforcement bars and brackets through testing and inspections.

The program was developed in response to concerns that lower quality parts are being used for automotive repairs. Certification helps ensure that an aftermarket auto part meets quality, safety and performance standards, according to NSF International.

The certification program includes the following tactics:

• On-site inspection and approval of the manufacturing facilities’ production and quality system.
• In-plant part quality assurance requirements.
• Part testing to ensure the highest levels of performance.
• Comparison to original equipment (OE) parts across dimensional and material attributes.
• Ongoing monitoring of certified parts through quarterly facility audits.
• Random, in-market part testing.
• An ongoing process for monitoring and taking action regarding customer complaints.
• A traceability requirement that allows for an effective recall process.
• Automotive parts that complete the requirements of this NSF certification program will bear the NSF Mark.

Memphis, Tenn.-based Reflexxion Automotive and Production Bumper Stamping, Inc. (PBSI), manufacturers of Diamond Standard Parts brand, are the first companies to participate in the certification program, according to NSF International.

“The events of the last few weeks concerning crash related safety parts illustrate the glaring need for certification to assure the consumer, collision repair shop, independent distributor and insurance industry that the parts utilized for the repairs of a vehicle maintain the integrity of the original collision management system,” said Michael O’Neal of Diamond Standard Parts.

Ann Arbor, Mich.-based NSF International is an American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited standards writing organization with more than 1,100 automotive clients.

Visit nsf.org for more information about the Automotive Parts Certification Program.

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