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Certification mark for Roof racks

Certification mark for roof racks

Scope: 

The certification mark applies to roof racks to be used for transporting bicycles or skis on car roofs.

Basis of certification:

The certification mark is awarded within the framework of voluntary testing and certification. The test procedure developed by TÜV SÜD Product Service is based on parts of the DIN 75302:1991 (Roof racks for passenger cars; requirements and testing) and the DIN 53151 standards. 

Some of the requirements established by TÜV SÜD go beyond the requirements of these standards. They are designed to guarantee a minimum level of safety for the users of roof racks and other road users, provided the roof racks are used as intended.

 

Key words of the certification mark:

  • Crash Test
    A city crash test simulates a rear-end collision in built-up areas (at 30 km/h or 50 km/h). During the test, neither the load nor the roof rack may come loose.

    Furthermore, neither the load nor the roof racks may pose any risks for people. This includes the following requirements: Bicycles must remain safely fastened on the roof, and skis must not be ejected out of the roof box.

  • Production monitored
    Periodic surveillance of the manufacture of a product constitutes the basic premise for certification that includes the award of a certification mark. Certification always requires product testing and regular factory inspections.

    As a third-party expert organisation, TÜV SÜD Product Service verifies that the manufacturer is able to maintain consistent quality in line with the requirements throughout high-volume production and has established the necessary quality system, including incoming goods inspections, lists of materials and final product testing.

    In addition, calibration of the necessary measuring and monitoring equipment must be ensured. Surveillance and/or monitoring covers the testing of safety-critical components and other materials used. If unauthorised changes are made to the product, the certificate will be withdrawn and the TÜV SÜD certification mark may no longer be used.
  • Safety tested
    The voluntary certification mark with the statement "Safety tested" is issued for products, indicating that the product was tested and certified by the independent third-party organisation of TÜV SÜD Product Service for conformity with the essential technical safety requirements.

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