FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 23, 2010
CONTACT: Greta Houlahan
Diamond Standard Parts, LLC's vehicle energy absorbers obtain NSF certification for meeting quality, safety and performance requirements
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Diamond Standard Parts, LLC’s high-density foam vehicle energy absorbers are the first to be certified by NSF International’s new Automotive Aftermarket Parts Certification Program. Automotive safety reports continue to underscore the importance of manufacturing replacement structural parts to standards that replicate the safety and damage criteria design of the original vehicle part. This NSF Certification Program helps ensure that an auto aftermarket part meets rigid quality, safety and performance standards in terms of form, fit and function.
NSF International’s unique Automotive Aftermarket Parts Certification Program tests and certifies absorbers in addition to steel bumpers, step bumpers, reinforcement bars and brackets. Twenty-three of Diamond Standard’s absorbers have been approved to date, and more are expected to follow.
In July, Diamond Standard Parts’ front steel bumpers received NSF Certification. NSF Certification of absorbers expands the scope of Diamond Standard Parts’ certification to include both bumpers and absorbers. This means body shops and insurance companies will be able to find quality aftermarket parts.
To obtain NSF certification, Diamond Standard Parts high-density foam absorbers were independently reviewed, tested and compared by NSF to original equipment (OE) service parts. The certification process also included:
To maintain NSF certification, Diamond Standard must undergo quarterly facility inspections and random in-market part testing, which will validate the part’s quality and integrity.
“NSF International’s certification of Diamond Standard Parts’ absorbers complements the company’s recent bumper certification,” said Bob Frayer, Director of NSF International’s Automotive Aftermarket Parts Certification Program and Engineering Laboratories. “It’s important that parts replicate the original to maintain safety and performance requirements.”
For meeting NSF International's rigorous certification requirements, Diamond Standard Parts’ high density vehicle energy absorbers will be authorized to display the NSF Mark. The company’s certified parts also are listed on NSF’s certification listings webpage.
Part manufacturers seeking more information on NSF International's Automotive Aftermarket Parts Certification Program can visit www.nsfautomotive.com or contact Bob Frayer at 734-827-6825 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Media interested in more information can contact Greta Houlahan at email@example.com or 734-913-5723.
About NSF International: NSF International, an independent organization, certifies products and writes standards for food, water and consumer goods to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.
NSF International Strategic Registrations (NSF-ISR), a NSF International Company, is recognized globally as one of the premier registrars of automotive manufacturing facilities (www.nsf-isr.org). NSF-ISR is one of the top three ISO/TS registrars in the U.S. with more than 350 automotive-focused auditors supporting the program. In addition to accredited registration programs, NSF-ISR also offers an Automotive Aftermarket Parts Certification Program to help ensure aftermarket auto parts (e.g. steel bumpers, step bumpers, brackets, rebars, sheet metal, lighting and absorbers) meet rigid quality, safety and performance standards in terms of form, fit and function.
Headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich., with offices in China, Taiwan and Canada; NSF-ISR performs audits and provides management systems registration for more than 7,000 companies worldwide. Registration programs include: ISO 9001, AS9100/10/20, ISO/IEC 13485, ISO/IEC 20000-1, ISO 22000, FSSC 22000, ISO 14001, Responsible Care® (RC) 14001, Responsible Care® Management Systems (RCMS), OHSAS 18001, American Tree Farm System and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) through ANAB accreditation as well as Greenhouse Gas Verification/Validation and SFI Chain of Custody (CoC) through ANSI accreditation.