Time Running Out to Comment on ESC Rulemaking - Tire Review Magazine

Time Running Out to Comment on ESC Rulemaking

(Las Vegas/Tire Review) NHTSA is beginning rulemaking that would mandate electronic stability control (ESC) systems. If left to OE manufacturers, it may not allow certain aftermarket products to be installed.

NHTSA has proposed that automakers install ESC systems in all vehicles by the 2012 model year. The rule would be phased in over four years, requiring 30% of vehicles to have electronic stability control by the 2009 model year, 60% by 2010 and 90% by 2011.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is urging NHTSA to adopt a more aggressive timeline.

The current deadline to submit comments is Nov. 17.

Tire dealers should contact Stuart Gosswein, SEMA director of government affairs, at 202-783-6007, ext. 30.

Dealers should send comments and real-world concerns to Gosswein so that SEMA can make a formal proposal to NHTSA regarding ESC. Comments should be directed at the potential impact of this future mandate. It could prohibit consumers from having a choice in the types of products they can install on their vehicles.

At its Annual Meeting this week in Las Vegas, the Tire Industry Association passed a resolution to limit the impact of ESC regulations on vehicle servicing.

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