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Serious Business By Jef White The SFI Foundation works hard to ensure safety equipment works as advertised. Working closely with manufacturers, consumers, motorsports sanctioning bodies, racers and government agencies, the SFI Foundation offers third-party testing services to ensure racing-related products meet certain quality benchmarks. 44 n Performance Business PBMAY 2.indd 44 n T is all about having a good time. But when it comes to the safety of competitors on the racetrack, things get serious. Enter the SFI Foundation, an organization that "develops and administers various standards, testing criteria and methods of manufacturer certification for the industry, as well as a number of other safety-related programs and services." Working closely with manufacturers, consumers, motorsports sanctioning bodies, racers and government agencies, SFI offers third-party testing services to ensure racing-related products meet certain quality benchmarks. Speed shops may often deal with products marked as "SFI-certified." It doesn't mean the organization specifically endorses the product—only that it has achieved certain specification levels outlined by the manufacturer. "The most prevalent misunderstanding is that products with SFI certification are SFI-approved. Unfortunately, that inaccurate term is used frequently to describe certified equipment," says Jennifer Faye, SFI vice president. "If you look closely at any SFI conformance label or sticker, you'll find the words 'This Manufacturer Certifies that this Product Meets SFI Spec X.X.' It's actually the manufacturer of the product making the assurance that the item meets the requirements of the specification, not SFI. SFI merely oversees the administration of the program as a service to the motorsports community." he performance aftermarket May 2013 3/29/13 10:42 AM

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