ANN ARBOR, Mich.—NSF International has introduced the first-ever safety and quality certification program for tire pressure monitoring systems for the auto aftermarket industry.
Unveiled at the Specialty Equipment Market Association's annual trade show in Las Vegas, NSF's Tire Pressure Monitoring Certification Program requires independent TPMS review and testing against original equipment service parts to ensure the highest level of performance from NSF Certified sensors, NSF said.
In addition, NSF audits the manufacturing facilities and quality systems for TPMS sensors to ensure they meet or exceed the stringent protocol requirements of the standard, NSF said.
To maintain certification, TPMS sensor manufacturers will have to undergo quarterly facility audits and in-market parts testing, NSF said.
The certification program is optional for industry stakeholders, according to an NSF spokeswoman. However, she said, the program is completely consistent with the requirements of the Transportation Recall Enhancement Accountability and Documentation (TREAD) Act, which mandated the placement of TPMS in every new car sold after Sept. 1, 2007.
Several TPMS manufacturers, engineering firms and aftermarket industry associations collaborated with NSF in developing the certification program, according to NSF. These included the Tire Industry Association, the Automotive Maintenance and Repair Association, Belle Tire, ATEQ, Tiremetrix L.L.C., Orange Electronics and F3 Labs.
The TPMS program, NSF said, complements the NSF Automotive Collision Replacement Parts Certification Program which was launched in 2010.
Since the auto parts program began, thousands of lamps, fenders, steel bumpers, bumper fascias, step bumpers, brackets, reinforcement bars, plastic components and absorbers have been verified for safety, quality and performance, NSF said.
Founded in 1944, Ann Arbor-based NSF International is a global public health and safety organization that writes standards and conducts testing and certification for the food, water and consumer goods industries.
For more information about the TPMS or Automotive Collision Replacement Parts programs, visit www.nsf-isr.org.