The Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA), an independent nonprofit standard-setting and certification organization for automotive crash parts, has approved Robert Bosch LLC (Bosch) for its Tier 1 Replacement Parts Verification Program, according to a news release.
Bosch plans to submit its ultrasonic parking sensors for CAPA verification. The program is available for any Tier 1 supplier that also produces an in-house alternately branded version of car company original (CCO) or car company service (CCS) parts used for automotive repair.
Historically, Tier 1 replacement parts have lacked clear definitions and have been classified as aftermarket parts, making it difficult to determine which parts are truly comparable to CCOs or CCSs.
The CAPA Tier 1 Verification Program helps clarify these parts by ensuring the same factory, tooling, materials, and manufacturing processes are used during the production of the car company part and the Tier 1 Verified replacement part. Additionally, CAPA Tier 1 Verified parts must also demonstrate compliance with all applicable federal regulations.
“We’re thrilled to add an esteemed manufacturer like Bosch to the CAPA Tier 1 Verification Program,” said Clark Plucinski, Chairman of the CAPA Board of Directors. “The demand has never been higher in the repair industry for high-quality replacement sensors. CAPA is eager to begin answering that call with its Tier 1 Verified ultrasonic parking sensors.”
With Bosch’s successful completion of CAPA’s approval process, it may begin submitting parts for
verification. Verified parts will be announced via CAPA’s weekly updates, and they can be identified by the CAPA Tier1 Verified label. Updates can be found on their website.