Tuesday, 29 June 2021 20:40

CAPA Launches Tier 1 Replacement Parts Verification Program


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The Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA), an independent nonprofit standard-setting and certification organization for automotive crash parts, announced the launch of its new Tier 1 Replacement Parts Verification Program.

The program is available for any Tier 1 supplier that also produces an in-house, alternately branded version of car company original (CCO) or car company service (CCS) parts used for automotive repair.


CAPA Tier 1 Verification will help to ensure there are no changes---aside from branding such as trade name, trademarks and packaging---when the production is switched from car company parts to Tier 1 branded version, making it easier to determine which Tier 1 branded parts are produced to the same standards as car company parts.


Historically, Tier 1 replacement parts have lacked clear definitions and been classified as aftermarket parts, making it difficult to determine which parts are truly equivalent to CCOs or CCSs. The CAPA Tier 1 Verification Program helps clarify these parts by ensuring the same factory, tooling, materials and manufacturing processes are used during the production of the car company part and the Tier 1 Verified replacement part.


Additionally, CAPA Tier 1 Verified parts must also demonstrate compliance to all applicable federal regulations. These efforts help to ensure there are no differences when a supplier changes production from manufacturing the car company parts to the Tier 1 branded version of the part.


“At CAPA, we strive to be a trusted leader in providing assurance of quality auto parts,” said Clark Plucinski, chairman at CAPA. “For more than 30 years, we have provided...

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