New testing and certification program specifies safety and quality requirements for tire pressure monitoring sensors in passenger vehicles and light trucks

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Due to the extensive impact tire pressure has on vehicle safety and efficiency, tire pressure monitoring sensors are required on all cars sold in the U.S. after September 1, 2007.  In conjunction with the SEMA automotive show, NSF International will launch the first and only certification program specifying safety and quality requirements for automotive in wheel tire pressure monitoring sensors for the aftermarkets parts industry.

U.S. Congress passed the Transportation Recall Enhancement Accountability and Documentation (TREAD) Act in 2000 in response to a defective tire recall that resulted in unsafe driving conditions and fatalities.  The Act mandates the use of a tire pressure monitoring systems technology in all light motor vehicles (under 10,000 pounds) to alert drivers about underinflated tires.

Consistent with this Act, NSF International’s Tire Pressure Monitoring Certification Program requires independent review and testing against original equipment (OE) service parts to ensure the highest level of performance from NSF Certified sensors.  Additionally, NSF International audits the manufacturing facilities and quality systems to ensure that they meet or exceed NSF’s stringent protocol requirements for the manufacture of automotive tire pressure monitoring sensors. To maintain certification, manufacturers of NSF Certified tire pressure monitoring system sensors will undergo quarterly facility audits and in-market parts testing to validate the quality and integrity of the NSF Certified sensors.

Engineers, regulators, manufacturers and industry associations developed the NSF Tire Pressure Monitoring Certification Program to respond to growing concerns that ineffective tire monitoring sensors are being installed in vehicles. The following companies helped developed the protocol in which the certification program is based: the Automotive Maintenance and Repair Association, Belle Tire, ATEQ, the Tire Industry Association, Tiremetrix, LLC, Orange Electronics, F3 Labs and NSF International.  The program fills a void as certification for tire pressure sensors was not available until now.

The new NSF Tire Pressure Monitoring Certification Program complements the NSF Automotive Collision Replacement Parts Certification Program.  Since the NSF auto parts program was launched in 2010, it has tested and certified thousands of lamps, fenders, sheet metal components, steel bumpers, bumper fascias, step bumpers, brackets, reinforcement bars (rebars), plastic components and absorbers verifying compliance with rigid quality, safety and performance standards.

According to Bob Frayer, Director of NSF International’s Automotive Collision Certification Programs and Engineering Laboratories, “Similar to the NSF Automotive Collision Replacement Parts Certification Program, NSF International’s new Tire Pressure Monitoring Certification will help meet the needs of companies manufacturing tire pressure monitoring sensors, regulators who strive to keep drivers safe on the road and consumers who want reliable tire pressure monitoring systems.”

In a recent independent survey conducted on behalf of NSF, a significant number of consumers affirmed that the quality and safety of automobiles are major concerns.  Manufacturers of auto parts are responding by choosing to pursue NSF Certification as proof of the quality of their parts, and more bodyshops and distributors continue to choose NSF Certified automotive parts.

All tire pressure sensors that meet NSF International's certification requirements will be listed on NSF’s website and are authorized to bear the NSF Certification Mark.

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.

Editor’s note: To schedule an interview with an NSF International automotive expert, contact Senior Communications Manager Greta Houlahan at media@nsf.org or +1 248-866-5326.

***NSF automotive experts will attend SEMA in Las Vegas Nov. 5-8 to discuss the new program.***

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 globalbusiness@nsf.org.

About NSF International: Founded in 1944, NSF International is a global independent public health and safety organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the food, water and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org). NSF International has been collaborating with the World Health Organization since 1997 in water quality and safety, food safety and indoor environments.

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 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.