Product Compliance & Automotive Regulatory

We identify and keep track of worldwide regulatory changes with the focus on areas such as:

product compliance, product safety, vehicle type approval and homologation, import restrictions, international trade law, radio certification, material compliance, chemistry, environmental regulations, electric vehicles, cybersecurity and autonomous driving.

Below you will find an excerpt of the world News on regulations from these areas.
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Expansion on Energy Guide labeling requirements

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is seeking public comment on a proposed expansion of Energy Guide labeling requirements.

The extension would apply to new product categories, and a requirement to include repair information in consumer product labeling.

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NHTSA published updated draft guide for cybersecurity

This draft guide will introduce a new “Cybersecurity Best Practices” guideline for the Safety of Modern Vehicles.

The main reason for the publication of this updated guideline is to support industry-led efforts to improve the cybersecurity state of the industry.

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California to allow only zero-emission new cars from 2035

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) issued a new regulation for zero-emission vehicles.

By signing this new policy, it can be widely expected to boost the global transition to electric vehicles.

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The NHSTA proposes to amend FMVSS 141

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) proposes to amend the test procedure in section S6.7.3 of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 141.

The proposal mainly focuses on Minimum Sound Requirements for Hybrid and Electric.

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The California Highway Patrol proposes to amend regulations

The California Highway Patrol proposes to amend regulations.

The CHP proposes to amend certain regulations in Title 13, of the California Code of Regulations (CCR), regarding noise measurement procedures.

The proposal mainly focuses on noise measurement procedures for new Motor Vehicles. Those would adopt the currently most recognized Society of Automotive Engineers SAE International standards.

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The NHTSA proposes to amend its regulations regarding Event Data Recorders

The  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposes to extend the EDR recording period for timed data metrics of pre-crash data

The proposal mainly focuses on extending the recording time before an accident. The biggest amendments would include, changing the timed data metrics from 5 seconds of pre-crash data at a frequency of 2 Hz to 20 seconds of pre-crash data at a frequency of 10 Hz. This would for example  increase from 2 samples per second to 10 samples per second.

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New Average Fuel Economy Standards for USA finalized

The new Fuel Economy Standards will affect Passenger Cars and Light Trucks of the Model Years 2024-2026

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has finalized its revisions of the Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards for Model Years 2024-2026 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks and published a final rule regarding the subject.

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Revised Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards

EPA is proposing to revise the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for light-duty vehicles.

The American Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to revise the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for light-duty vehicles for 2023 and later model years to make the standards more stringent.

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Minnesota adopts rule to reduce emissions

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) adopts rule that reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) and other air pollutant emissions from light-duty and medium-duty vehicles.

As we already reported several months ago (Link), the new rule was planned to adopt the Low-Emission Vehicles (LEV) and Zero-Emission Vehicles (ZEV) standards of the California Air Resources Board. The proposed measure was now accepted and enters into force on the 2nd of August 2021.

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PFOA re-classified under California Proposition 65

OEHHA intends to classify perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) as carcinogen under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Proposition 65).

While PFOA is currently listed under the Proposition 65 due to its developmental toxicity, the OEHHA plans to list it as carcinogen as well. PFOA was used in the manufacture of various consumer goods, for example as coating material in the clothing industry or for cookware but also in many other products. OEHHA is requesting comments as to whether PFOA meets the criteria set forth in the Proposition 65 regulations by May 3, 2021.

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Minnesota to adopt California emission standards?

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) proposed a rule to adopt the Low-Emission Vehicles and Zero-Emission Vehicles standards from California. 

The proposed rule, known as Clean Cars Minnesota, would adopt two California emissions standards for GHGs and other air pollutants from light-duty and medium-duty vehicles.  The aim is to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) and other air pollutant emissions.

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Applicability of NHTSA FMVSS Test Procedures 

The American authority NHTSA recently clarified a controversy about the applicability of NHTSA FMVSS Test Procedures to manufacturers.

The NHTSA published a notice in which it explained that the FMVSS test procedures apply only to NHTSA’s compliance testing, and manufacturers are not required to ensure that their vehicles are designed in such a manner as to ensure that the vehicles are capable of being tested pursuant to such standards as a condition of self-certification.

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NHTSA Requests Comments on Cybersecurity Best Practices

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA is requesting comments on the draft on Cybersecurity Best Practices for the Safety of Modern Vehicles.

On January 8th, 2021, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA submitted a draft on Cybersecurity Best Practices for the Safety of Modern Vehicles to the Federal Register for publication to consolidate current industry knowledge and insights.

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Possible FMVSS test procedures update

NHTSA is seeking public comments on whether any of the FMVSS testing procedures should be updated or replaced.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in USA issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking to seek public comment on whether any test procedures for any Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) may be a candidate for replacement, repeal, or modification, for reasons other than for considerations relevant only to automated driving systems (ADS).

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Framework for Automated Driving System Safety

NHTSA is requesting comments on the development of a framework for Automated Driving System (ADS) safety

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in USA is requesting comments on the development of a framework for Automated Driving System (ADS) safety. The framework’s aim is to define, assess, and manage the safety of ADS performance while ensuring the flexibility needed to enable further innovation.

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