This request concerning "A" Ranks (level of serverity) may be difficult to satisfy. Nonconformances in our business (automobiles seatbelts) are considered to be an "A" rank when it concerns a safety issue or involves noncompliance with government regulations and requires immediate reponse and containment. In other words a show stopper !! With that in mind does anyone know how to predict potential 'A" ranks early on in the initial phases of development and prior to product design so as to prevent noconformances down the line. Information may be out there under a different title. I am aware that DFMEA and FMEA covers this requirement with a severity ranking of one (1) through ten (10). I am also familar with preventitive action as stated in QS 9000 and ISO 9001. I have searched through the forums to no avail. Would appreciate any help I can get and thanks in advance.