United States and more than 20 other nations have agreed on a new standard
intended to lead to safer passenger vehicles worldwide.
This “global standardization” establishes the first international vehicle safety
regulation, Jeffrey W. Runge, administrator of the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration, announced at a press conference in Geneva Nov. 21.
new door retention standard is the result of three years of research,
development and negotiations. On the horizon are many additional standards that
would regulate head restraints, motorcycle brakes, the installation of lighting
devices, vehicle window glazing and pedestrian safety.
new door retention regulation is the first international vehicle safety
standard to be established under “The 1998 Global Agreement,” an accord reached
by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, which includes the United
States and other countries from around the world.
that signed the 1998 agreement voted to establish the proposed standard,
designed to improve door locks and door retention systems to help prevent
injury and death because of passenger ejection.
other elements, the new global standard will strengthen safety requirements and
test procedures for sliding doors used on many passenger vehicles, including
mini-vans and 15-passenger vans.
plans to publish a notice in the near future outlining the proposed new door
standard for the U.S. market.