NSF International, a global organization with 70 years of certification and testing experience, has certified more than 900 TYC Brother Industrial Company Ltd.’s (TYC) lamps via the NSF Automotive Collision Replacement Parts Certification Program. These 900 TYC lamps can be used in 3,800 vehicle applications. TYC is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of automotive, motorcycle, truck and bus lighting products.
The NSF certification of 900 TYC lamps represents a 30 percent increase in the number of certified parts available in the market covering more than 16,600 applications. The certification includes testing and certifying TYC headlamps, tail, fog, corner, reverse and park lamps, and reflectors in addition to performing facility audits to make sure that these lamps, like all NSF certified automotive parts, meet rigid quality, safety and performance standards.
NSF Certified lamps are tested against NSF’s stringent requirements, which include meeting Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108 – Lamps, reflective devices and associated equipment. The standard specifies requirements for original and replacement lamps and reflective devices to reduce traffic accidents by providing adequate illumination of the roadway.
This newly NSF Certified group of TYC lamps is of great benefit to repairers, distributors and insurers. The vast majority of these certified lamps are new to market and will help body repairers make higher-quality repairs using NSF Certified lamps.
To earn certification, TYC’s lamps were independently reviewed and tested against original equipment (OE) service parts. NSF International also audited TYC’s OE-ready manufacturing facilities and quality systems to ensure that they meet or exceed each of NSF’s stringent requirements. NSF International engineers independently evaluate collision replacement parts against OE service parts to ensure the highest level of performance in terms of form, fit and function.
Benefits of NSF Certification to Consumers and Collision Repair Shops
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 part repair cost. Collision repair shops also benefit because NSF certified parts are fit tested in vehicles to ensure they fit the first time, reducing time spent on repairs.
For meeting all of NSF International's certification requirements, TYC’s NSF Certified lamps are authorized to bear the NSF Certification Mark. These parts also are listed in NSF’s certification listings.
To maintain certification, TYC will undergo quarterly facility audits and random, in-market parts testing, validating quality and integrity.
“Achieving this important certification from NSF International is essential as it underscores the quality and integrity of our lighting in regards to fit, form and function. We look forward to certifying additional auto parts in the near future,” said Jackson Kwok, President of TYC, a worldwide supplier of lighting products for all functions to both original equipment manufacturers and automotive replacement parts. “The completion of NSF’s announcement coincides with the increase in TYC lamp inventory by Genera Corporation (the North American distribution arm of TYC) so we are ready to supply these NSF Certified lamps to ensure inventory levels in the US can meet the expected growth in demand.”
“Earning NSF Certification for more than 900 automotive lamps highlights TYC’s commitment to ensuring the highest quality collision replacement parts are available,” said Bob Frayer, Director of NSF International’s Automotive Collision Certification Programs and Engineering Laboratories. “The result: body repairers, insurers and distributors can make more quality repairs using NSF Certified lamps, which include headlamps, tail, fog, corner, reverse and park lamps, and reflectors.”
In a recent independent survey conducted on behalf of NSF, 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 bodyshops and distributors continue to choose NSF Certified automotive parts.
In addition to lamps, the NSF Automotive Collision Replacement Parts Certification Program also tests and certifies fenders, sheet metal components, steel bumpers, bumper fascias, step bumpers, brackets, reinforcement bars (rebars), plastic components 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 including:
- Effective records systems and inventory tracking systems to track orders and parts through the supply chain,
- An ISO 9001-certified quality management system,
- A defective parts procedure including a customer parts complaint process,
- The ability to administer a manufacturer’s recall, and
- When necessary, a formal corrective action to complaints and an immediate recall plan.
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 [email protected].
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.
About TYC: TYC Brother Industrial Company Ltd. (TYC) is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of automotive, motorcycle, truck and bus lighting products. TYC is worldwide supplier of lighting products for all functions to both original equipment manufacturers and automotive replacement parts in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. All of TYC lighting products are designed in house by a team of research and development engineers engaged that embraces, among other areas of research; optics, design, tooling, regulatory standards, quality validation and assurance.