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NSF International Surpasses 2,000 Certified Aftermarket Automotive Sheet Metal and Plastic Parts

NSF International Milestone reached with Tong Yang Industry Co.’s recent certification of more than 500 automotive aftermarket sheet metal fenders and hoods and 600 plastic bumper covers and grills

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – NSF International, a global organization with 70 years of certification and testing experience, has reached a milestone with 1,000 exterior sheet metal automotive aftermarket hoods and fenders and 1,000 exterior plastic automotive aftermarket bumper covers and grills certified to the NSF Automotive Collision Replacement Parts Certification program. This milestone was recently reached by certifying over 500 automotive aftermarket sheet metal fenders and hoods and more than 600 plastic bumper covers and grills manufactured by Tong Yang Industry Co.  NSF’s total certified aftermarket parts  now include more than 6,500 unique parts which help to meet the demand for high quality certified automotive aftermarket replacement parts.

The NSF Automotive Collision Replacement Parts Certification program  tests and certifies that auto collision parts –  including Tong Yang’s exterior metal fenders, hoods, plastic bumper covers and grills — meet rigid quality, safety and performance standards through rigorous facility audits and parts testing.

Certification Requirements

NSF International certifies automotive sheet metal parts that are made of materials equivalent to that of the original equipment (OE) manufacturer service parts to verify that they meet all:

  • Performance, fit and function requirements;
  • Dimensional and strength requirements;
  • Thickness and adhesion requirements for coatings;
  • In-plant quality control requirements including passing an in-plant audit; and
  • Packaging requirements.

To earn certification, Tong Yang automotive parts were independently reviewed and tested against OE service parts. Additionally, all exterior metal fenders, hoods, plastic bumper covers and grills were fitted to vehicles to ensure proper fit. NSF International also regularly audits Tong Yang’s OE-ready manufacturing facilities and quality systems to ensure that they meet or exceed each of NSF’s stringent requirements.

Benefits of NSF Certification to Repairers, Distributors, Insurers and Consumers

NSF certification of auto parts greatly benefits repairers, distributors, insurers and most importantly, consumers. These certified parts will help body repairers make higher quality repairs using parts that have been tested and certified by NSF International.

Consumers and collision repair shops benefit from a competitive marketplace with affordable, high-quality options for collision repair parts that come with a limited lifetime guarantee. Additionally, using cost-effective alternative parts can reduce the number of vehicles that are totaled based on repair cost. Collision repair shops also benefit because NSF certified parts are fit tested on vehicles to ensure they fit the first time, reducing time spent on repairs.

For meeting all of NSF International’s certification requirements, Tong Yang’s certified parts are authorized to bear the NSF certification mark and are listed in NSF’s online certification listings. To maintain certification, Tong Yang will undergo quarterly facility audits and random, in-market parts testing, validating quality and integrity.

In a recent independent survey conducted on behalf of NSF International, a significant number of consumers affirmed that the quality and safety of automobiles are a major concern. Auto parts manufacturers are responding by choosing to pursue NSF certification as proof of the quality of their parts, and more body shops and distributors continue to choose NSF certified automotive parts.

“Tong Yang has also earned NSF certification for its front and rear rebars, front and rear bumper absorbers, and front bumper brackets. Expanding its NSF certification to metal hood and fender parts and plastic bumper covers and grills is another example of Tong Yang’s commitment to supplying the highest quality collision replacement parts to the aftermarket,” said Bob Frayer, Global Managing Director Automotive NSF International.

In addition to sheet metal and plastic components, the NSF Automotive Collision Replacement Parts Certification Program tests and certifies lamps, reinforcing beams (rebars), step bumpers and absorbers.

Automotive Collision Parts Distributor Certification

NSF also offers automotive collision parts distributor certification, which requires distributors to have quality management systems in place that address traceability, service and quality issues. This includes having an effective records system, inventory systems to track orders and parts through the supply chain, and an ISO 9001-certified quality management system.

Manufacturers or distributors of automotive collision parts seeking information about NSF International’s Automotive Collision Certification Programs can visit NSF International’s website or contact Bob Frayer at autocert@nsf.org.

For more information on management systems registration visit www.nsf-isr.org or contact Tony Giles at agiles@nsf.org.

About NSF International

NSF International is an independent global organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the food, water, health sciences and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. NSF International is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Food Safety, Water Quality and Indoor Environment.

NSF International Strategic Registrations (NSF-ISR) offers a comprehensive portfolio of management systems registration solutions to meet the demands of the global marketplace (nsf-isr.org). NSF-ISR is the largest automotive registrar in North America and is recognized by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) to provide ISO/TS 16949 registrations in the automotive sector. NSF-ISR also provides registrations for the following programs: ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, AS 9100/10/20, ISO 13485, ISO 20000-1, Responsible Care (RC) 14001 and Responsible Care Management Systems (RCMS) as well as greenhouse gas verification/validation.

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