Crash Testing and Certifications
Our Scopema Seat Swivels are tested to the highest standards, be wary of counterfeit products.
Over the years The Swivel Shop has received numerous questions regarding TUV certification. What is it? Why is it important? What is required? Other companies are starting to claim they have TUV certification or equivalent and we have received numerous questions as to whether these claims are true or false. We can’t determine whether others are properly going through the legitimate process of getting TUV approval. What we can do is clarify what is required of TUV and what you should be looking for from a company that claims to have TUV approval.
1) WHAT IS TUV?
TUV is a European auditing and certification body that ensures vehicle components manufactured for sale in Germany, Switzerland and Austria meet international (ECE Regulations), EC (European Community) directives, and German Motor Traffic Agency (KBA) road traffic legislation. These testing standards are more stringent than the testing standards in the U.S and Canada and allow our clients to have peace of mind when purchasing our products.
2) HOW DOES TUV WORK?
Manufacturer Certification (Certification of the manufacturer’s quality management system) - If you aren’t an actual manufacturer you can’t be a TUV certified manufacturer. If you’re not a real manufacturer and your supplier isn’t a TUV certified manufacturer you cannot have your products TUV approved. This requires that the actual manufacturing facility passes an audit every 3 years by TUV authorities from Europe. The facility must ensure the manufacture of its products meet the standards set by the authorities above in point 1. This is very similar to an ISO 9001 audit and designed to ensure consistent quality of manufacture. TUV wants to ensure that products sent to TUV for testing are not “ringers” and that all products manufactured at the approved facility meet the same standards.