Interior and Exterior Vehicle Component Testing

Interior and Exterior Component Testing

Delivering real business benefits across key segments

Delivering real business benefits across key segments

What is passive safety systems and components testing?

Passive vehicle safety systems and components are typically subjected to a variety of tests to assess their ability to perform as intended in a collision or accident. Most passive safety systems and components are evaluated for their ability to maintain their requisite strength and durability over time despite exposure to variations in temperature. For more complex systems, such as airbags, operational testing may be required to assess actual performance under extreme environmental conditions such as high humidity.

Watch our video to learn more about TÜV SÜD's passive safety tests and testing laboratories for various automotive components like seats, head restraints, Dashboards, airbags or steering wheels.

Why is Passive Safety Testing of Interior and Exterior Components so important?

The extensive assessment and testing of vehicle systems and components provides system and component suppliers with several benefits:

  • Demonstrate compliance with regulatory requirements and specifications of automotive manufacturers by conducting comprehensive testing of passive safety systems and components
  • Ensure that interior and exterior systems and components perform as intended during vehicle accidents and collisions and withstand a range of environmental conditions to protect drivers and passengers from death or serious injury
  • Uncover design defects at the earliest possible stages of product development, thereby minimizing the risk of litigation attributable to defective safety systems and components and avoid costly and time-consuming reworks

TÜV SÜD is your Passive Safety Testing Expert for the Automotive Industry

For more than 100 years, TÜV SÜD has been the preferred testing and certification partner for automobile and automotive component manufacturers worldwide. Our state-of-the-art testing facilities, combined with our global network of technical experts, can provide your company with a single source solution for achieving compliance with all applicable regulatory requirements, standards and voluntary industry schemes.


TÜV SÜD offers comprehensive testing, type approval and certification services for all types of passive vehicle safety systems and components, including vehicle bumpers and doors, roofs and protective frames, interior seats and seating surfaces, dashboards, head restraints, seatbelts and airbags. Our state-of-the-art testing facilities located near major automotive development centres around the world are equipped with the most advanced testing and environmental simulation equipment, as well as computerised measurement systems and video recording equipment. These capabilities, combined with our extensive technical experience, enable TÜV SÜD to thoroughly assess the effectiveness of passive vehicle safety systems and components under a wide range of conditions.


TÜV SÜD's Passive Safety Services for Interior and Exterior Components

TÜV SÜD testing services include:


Automotive Buzz, Squeak and Rattle (BSR) Testing
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Automotive BSR testing

Receive a direct comparison of servohydraulic and servoelectric four poster test systems.

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Advanced Non-Destructive Testing Methods for Automotive Components
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Non-Destructive Component Testing

Ensure faster and more accurate safety assessments during vehicle development.

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A second life for lithium-ion batteries
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A “second life” for lithium-ion battery

Learn more about the current technologies.

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White paper: ISO 26262 compliance
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ISO 26262 Compliance

Get an overview of the functional safety standard and learn how to achieve compliance.

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