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NHTSA proposes electronic stability control requirement for large CMVs

May 16, 2012

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Washington – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on May 16 published a notice of proposed rulemaking (.pdf file) that would mandate the installation of electronic stability control devices in all large commercial motor vehicles between two to four years from the rule’s passage.

The technology could prevent up to 56 percent of rollover crashes each year – the deadliest among all crash types – and an additional 14 percent of loss-of-control crashes, a NHTSA press release stated.

Comments are being accepted on the NPRM until Aug. 14, and NHTSA plans to host a public hearing on the matter this summer.

In related news, the American Transportation Research Institute on May 9 released a new database that tracks which intersections in the United States have the highest number of large truck rollovers. Users can view injury and fatality data by state or an interactive online map that highlights the intersections.

ATRI is the nonprofit research arm of the Arlington, VA-based American Trucking Associations.

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