At the 2013 SEMA Show, NSF International launched the first and only certification program specifying safety and quality requirements for automotive in-wheel tire pressure monitoring sensors for the aftermarket parts industry.
NSF International said its Tire Pressure Monitoring Certification Program requires independent review and testing against 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 they meet or exceed NSF’s stringent protocol requirements for the manufacture of automotive TPMS sensors. To maintain certification, manufacturers of NSF Certified TPMS sensors will undergo quarterly facility audits and in-market parts testing to validate the quality and integrity of the NSF Certified sensors.
According to the company, engineers, regulators, manufacturers and industry associations developed the certification program to respond to growing concerns that ineffective sensors are being installed in vehicles. The following companies helped develop the protocol in which the certification program is based: the Automotive Maintenance and Repair Association, Belle Tire, Ateq, the Tire Industry Association, Tiremetrix, Orange Electronics, F3 Labs and NSF International.
All tire pressure sensors that meet NSF International’s certification requirements will be listed on NSF’s website.