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I have searched this forum but cannot find an answer, Is Safe Launch a Requirement of IATF 16949 if so, what is the clause.

Or, is it driven by top Auto makers and flowed down to Tier 1 suppliers? We supply a range of parts to all Automotive makers but struggle with this requirement being applied to "ALL" parts we make. In some cases we are a Tier 2 supplier, it doesn't make sense to place the burden of 100% sort unless necessary when we have robust milestone launch program that is followed. Parts are off process, off tool and ready for launch, any feedback would be appreciated.
 
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Safe Launch is a customer requirement - not everyone mandates it, but (IMHO) it is a good idea at the start of ANY new program, so that you get a better understanding of how your processes actually work, instead of just how you THOUGHT they would work.

A point to keep in mind about Safe Launch is that it does not require 100% sort. It is intended to be an ENHANCED inspection of features which you (possibly with customer input) select, based on risk and possible impact to the customer.
 
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