FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 8, 2010
CONTACTS: Greta Houlahan, NSF International
Geoff Crane, Reflexxion Automotive
Diamond Standard Parts, LLC First to Pursue Certification for Collision Safety Parts
ANN ARBOR, Mich. and MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Concerns regarding consumer safety and compromised automobile crashworthiness continue to center on the use of certain aftermarket structural parts. NSF International today announced the launch of a new Automotive Parts Certification Program to address these concerns. The one-of-a-kind program verifies both the quality and performance of aftermarket auto parts via testing and inspections.
The NSF Automotive Parts Certification Program offers independent, third-party certification of steel bumpers, step bumpers, absorbers, reinforcement bars and brackets to ensure that high-quality aftermarket safety parts are available. NSF International’s certification criteria require the highest level of performance in terms of form, fit and function, as well as the production facility’s quality systems.
The certification program was developed to counter the growing concerns that lower quality parts were being used in the automotive repair industry. Certification helps ensure that an aftermarket auto part meets rigid quality, safety and performance standards.
Reflexxion Automotive and Production Bumper Stamping, Inc. (PBSI), which manufacture Diamond Standard brand parts, are the first companies to participate in NSF International’s Automotive Parts Certification Program. The certification program includes:
Michael O’Neal of Diamond Standard parts stated, “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. NSF International’s 65-year history of certification, testing and inspections coupled with its extensive automotive industry experience, provides the confidence that the collision repair industry can rely on.”
"When any collision repair professional or insurance company sees the NSF Mark on an automotive part, they can be confident that the part meets the industry's highest standards,” said Bob Frayer, Director, NSF International Engineering Laboratories. “NSF Certification also allows manufacturers to demonstrate their commitment to product quality and safety."
Headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, NSF International is an American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited standards writing organization. Located near the automotive manufacturing capital of the world, NSF International has over 1,100 automotive clients, approximately 700 employees, operates in over 120 countries worldwide, and certifies more than 275,000 products. NSF International has been providing automotive services since 1996.
Manufacturers of parts seeking information on NSF International's Automotive Parts Certification Program can visit http://www.nsf.org/media/enews/automotive_landing.asp or email email@example.com.
Media interested in more information should contact Greta Houlahan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734.913.5723.
About NSF International: NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit organization, helps protect consumers by certifying products and writing standards for food, water, dietary supplements and consumer goods (www.nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide and operates in more than 120 countries. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.
NSF International’s Automotive Parts Certification Program verifies both the quality and performance of aftermarket auto parts via testing and inspections. Additional services include safety audits for the food and water industries, education and training, and organic certification provided by QAI (Quality Assurance International).