Automotive Reinforcing Beam (Rebar) Certification

  • Overview
  • Why Work With NSF?
  • Benefits of Certification
  • Certification Process
  • Dynamic Laboratory Testing

NSF International's automotive parts certification program verifies the quality and performance of reinforcing beams (rebar) through extensive testing including vehicle crash testing as well as dynamic and static laboratory testing. The NSF mark on rebar provides assurance to consumers, shops and insurers that these parts are equivalent in form, fit and function to the original equipment service parts. Vehicle crash testing on cars with NSF certified rebars has shown that damageability and airbag deployment performance in both 10-mph and 16-mph frontal impacts is equivalent to that of vehicles fitted with original equipment service parts.

Our program certifies that reinforcing beams (rebars):

  • Are made of a steel or aluminum equivalent to that of the original equipment manufacturer service part
  • Meet all dimensional and strength requirements
  • Meet all performance and fit requirements
  • Meet all weld requirements
  • Meet all in-plant quality control requirements including passing an in-plant audit

Why Work With NSF?

Our history of testing and certifying products for nearly 70 years ensures that certified automotive parts meet rigid quality, safety and performance standards. Manufacturers of high quality parts can distinguish their parts and brand, compared to others in the marketplace, by using NSF certification to show equivalency to OEM service parts in form, fit and function.

In addition, we have global reach and automotive expertise:

  • We have a global presence with strategically placed offices in key automotive markets in Asia, Europe and North America.
  • Insurance companies worldwide recognize and support NSF parts for collision parts replacement.
  • NSF knows the automotive industry. NSF International Strategic Registrations (NSF-ISR) is recognized globally as one of the premier registrars of automotive manufacturing facilities. NSF-ISR's extensive automotive client list includes both OEMs and major parts manufacturers.

Benefits of Certification

NSF certification allows manufacturers to distinguish their high quality products against all the other me-too parts in the marketplace. Collision repair shops know that NSF-certified parts fit right the first time, saving time and money.

Certified parts bear the NSF mark, an internationally recognized mark of quality and distinction. It assures consumers that when their vehicle is repaired with NSF-certified parts, it is properly and effectively restored to its pre-accident condition.

Certified products and manufacturers are also listed on the NSF website. We extensively promote the certification program and offer co-marketing opportunities to help you promote your products.

Certified manufacturers can use the NSF mark in their promotion and sale of their NSF certified products.

Certification Process

NSF certification verifies the quality and performance of a range of auto parts through testing and inspection. The program is open to parts manufacturers able to meet NSF's rigid quality and production requirements.

The certification process includes:

  • Inspection and approval of on-site production and quality systems
  • In-plant part quality assurance requirements
  • Rigorous part testing to ensure the highest levels of performance
  • Vehicle test fit and appearance evaluation
  • Ongoing monitoring of certified parts through quarterly facility audits
  • Random, in-market part testing
  • Verification of an operating customer complaint process and a parts traceability program that allows for effective tracking of parts in the event of a recall

Parts passing all of the stringent requirements are included in the NSF-certified parts listings.

Dynamic Laboratory Testing

NSF performs quasi-static pole testing on every steel bumper it certifies. This industry-wide standard test is used by both NSF and original equipment manufacturers to measure the ability of the bumper to absorb energy in the event of a vehicle impact. The test is performed by lowering a pole section (14-inch diameter) directly on the center of the test part at a fixed rate for a fixed distance and measuring the applied force and displacement over time.

NSF tests the OE service part and the aftermarket part in the same manner to make sure the aftermarket part is equivalent to the OE service part.

An article by SAE International shows the direct correlation between quasi-static testing and vehicle crash testing.

Detailed information on part performance can be collected via quasi-static testing. View an example chart.

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