So we’ve had some debate recently at the company I work for. It’s about traceability. I was doing an internal audit and found we were not keeping traceability on O-Rings. We make tube and hose assemblies and the O-Rings are critical to keeping a good seal. TS-16949 says, “Where traceability is a requirement, the organization shall control the unique identification of the product and maintain records.” My interpretation of the intent of the standard that if a material failure occurs, traceability is used to track back and find all that material. The general consensus here is that only metal components require traceability, and our local procedures were written to say that. I’d say that any material failure that can affect form, fit, or function should have treaceability requirements. Any thoughts?