CAPA Certified Lamps
CAPA = Quality Assurance + Opportunity
The CAPA program (Certified Automotive Parts Association) is a quality assurance program that helps maintain a high level of quality in today’s collision repair parts. The collision repair market is made up of largely insurance-covered repairs, 70% of those insurance covered repairs prescribe CAPA certified parts.
CAPA is responsible for creating exacting standards for each type of collision product; manufacturers will need to meet these standards in order to be CAPA certified. Meeting these stringent standards ensures that the product is as close to the OE as possible, making them a viable alternative to the Original Equipment.
In 2005, TYC, through extensive collaboration with CAPA, became the first manufacturer to achieve CAPA certification for our lights. TYC brand CAPA certified lamps create repair opportunities since they are the preferred parts specified by some Insurance companies. CAPA currently has certification standards for sheet metal, bumpers, and lamps, catering specifically to the collision repair market.
TYC CAPA Certified Lamps
CAPA certified TYC brand lighting products are designed to be OE comparable in form, fit and function; and are highly regarded as viable quality alternative parts in the collision repair industry. Through years of close work with CAPA, TYC/Genera is able to offer a vast selection of CAPA certified lighting products for today’s most popular vehicles. We are constantly developing new, top selling applications to keep atop of the changing industry. In addition, our aggressive production planning ensures that large quantities of CAPA certified products are always in stock to achieve high fill rates for customers requiring CAPA certified products.
Overview of stringent CAPA-Certification procedures for lighting products:
- VDI - Vehicle Dimensional Inspections with precise dimensions are collected from vehicles to ensure precision “accurate in-vehicle” lamp positioning. This data is then used to create lighting fixtures utilizing computer generated 3-D CAD data.
- FMVSS-108 - In addition to comprehensive photometry testing, metallurgical and material compositions are analyzed and validated via infrared spectroscopy. Impact tests for lens and housing are conducted at room temperature and after 4-hour exposure at -30 degrees Celsius. Other durability testing includes abrasion, humidity, rain, salt spray, vibration, mounting stud strength, and thickness measurements of vacuum metalizing ('chroming') of housing.
- VTF - Vehicle test fit processes to ensure precise fitment of light assemblies on vehicles.
- Certification - Random selection of production batches for photometry testing with final approval via official CAPA certification.