The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) recall data confirms yearly increases in the number of recalls issued and the number of vehicles recalled, culminating with 927 recalls issued affecting 53,194.177 vehicles in 2016.

Product traceability is critical in allowing manufacturers to pinpoint at risk products and initiating quick, focused containment either through the corrective action or recall processes.  The ability to pinpoint vehicles affected by a non-conformance accelerates the containment process by reducing the number of vehicles inspected, which benefits vehicle owners through fewer dealership visits and disruptions.  How does an organization standardize and implement product traceability without an industry guideline?

AIAG’s Traceability Work Group, consisting of OEM(s), Tiered Suppliers, and traceability solutions providers, is developing an industry guideline that explains traceability system benefits and outlines several scenarios to highlight the effectiveness of traceability through the automotive value stream, including how traceability has positively impacted containment and recall situations.  The Group understands the need for traceability throughout the value stream and is utilizing its members to ensure the guideline is applicable for all organizations.

The Traceability Work Group is open to AIAG members at any level of the automotive value stream and is looking forward to receiving real traceability solutions to share in the guideline.

Program Manager: Brian Martensen - AIAG (248) 358-3570

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Established in 1982, AIAG is a not-for-profit association where professionals from a diverse group of stakeholders - including retailers, suppliers of all sizes, automakers, manufacturers, service providers, academia and government - work collaboratively to streamline industry processes via global standards development and harmonized business practices.