AIAG Guidelines Aim To Improve Quality of Automotive Parts

DETROIT, Aug. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- New guidelines developed by the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) aim to improve quality of automotive parts, helping to lower warranty claims and recalls. The automotive industry spent almost $12.8 billion in warranty claims in 2006, according to Warranty Week.

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AIAG has specified standard audit requirements for special processes -- heat treat, coatings and platings because OEMs and suppliers are experiencing quality issues in these areas which are impacting product performance on parts such as seat belts and steering gears; interior and exterior painted parts.

Developed by automotive manufacturers and suppliers, the guidelines are written for automotive suppliers or any organization performing these processes. Completion of coating, heat treat and plating assessments, as detailed in the guidelines, will assist companies in meeting ISO 9001:2000, ISO/TS 16949:2002 and OEM Customer Specific requirements related to internal audit and effectiveness of the organization's manufacturing special processes.

Coatings System Assessment, Heat Treat System Assessment, Second Edition; and Plating System Assessment are available for purchase from AIAG by visiting or calling customer service at (248) 358-3003.

About AIAG

Founded in 1982, AIAG is a globally recognized organization where OEMs and suppliers unite to address and resolve issues affecting the worldwide automotive supply chain. AIAG's goals are to reduce cost and complexity through collaboration; improve product quality, health, safety and the environment; and optimize speed to market throughout the supply chain. Headquartered in the metro Detroit area, its member companies include North American, European and Asia-Pacific OEMs and suppliers to the automotive industry. Additional information is available on the organization's newly redesigned Web site at

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