Intertek Wins United States Department of Transportation (DOT) Contract for the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 108 Enforcement Test Program

October 13, 2009

FMVSS 108, covering automotive lighting, is designed to reduce traffic accidents and deaths/injuries by providing adequate illumination of the roadway and enhancing visibility of motor vehicles.

Intertek (LSE: ITRK), a global leader in testing, inspection and certification, has won a contract from the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, for the Enforcement Test Program for Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 108, covering automotive headlamps, tail lamps, brake lights, reflective devices and associated equipment. The contract has one base year and four option years.

The mission of NHTSA is to save lives, prevent injuries, and reduce traffic-related health care and other economic costs associated with motor vehicle crashes. To ensure the safety of automotive lighting products, FMVSS 108 contains stringent testing requirements for photometric (light intensity), mechanical (vibration) and environmental (corrosion, moisture, and dust). Enforcement testing is critical in order to ensure that both OEM (original equipment manufacturer) and aftermarket automotive lighting products continue to meet the performance requirements prescribed in FMVSS 108.

The purpose of this contract is to conduct testing against the government standard of randomly selected automotive lighting products sold in the marketplace. The test reports will be submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for determination of compliance to FMVSS No. 108.

“Intertek is proud to have been selected by the United States government as the FMVSS 108 Test Program Laboratory,” said Todd Straka, Director of Lighting Services, Intertek Commercial and Electrical division. “Bolstering vehicle and highway safety is critically important work, and with more than a century of experience testing lighting products we feel Intertek is ideally suited to support the DOT in this regard.”

Intertek has a long-standing history in testing for the automotive lighting industry. Intertek is accredited by the A2LA (American Association for Laboratory Accreditation), AMECA (Automotive Manufacturer Equipment Compliance Agency) and VCA (Vehicle Certification Agency) to test a wide variety of motor vehicle lighting, including headlamps, taillamps, fog lamps, turn signals, warning signals and more. In addition to testing to the FMVSS 108 Standard, Intertek is a single-source provider for additional performance testing needs, including EMC (AEMCLAP Accredited, Ford and GM Approved) vibration, moisture, dust and HALT (Highly Accelerated Life Testing).

For more information on Intertek’s automotive lighting testing services, please call 1-800-WORLDLAB (967-5352).


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