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Old 05-10-2009, 11:22 PM   #269

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NHTSA recently issued a final rule to incorporate a dynamic pole test into
FMVSS No. 214, “Side Impact Protection.” The rule will lead to the installation of
new technologies, such as side curtain air bags and torso side air bags, which are capable
of improving head and thorax protection to occupants of vehicles and that crash into
poles and trees and vehicles that are laterally struck by a higher vehicle. The phase-in
requirements for the side impact test are as shown below:

Phase-in Date Percent of each manufacturer’s light vehicles that must comply
during the production period
September 1, 2009

to August 31, 2010
20 percent (excluding vehicles GVWR > 8,500 lbs.)

September 1, 2010
to August 31, 2011
50 percent vehicles (excluding vehicles GVWR > 8,500 lbs.)

September 1, 2011
to August 31, 2012
75 percent vehicles (excluding vehicles GVWR > 8,500 lbs.)

September 1, 2012
to August 31, 2013
All vehicles including limited line vehicles, except vehicles with
GVWR > 8,500 lbs., alterers, and multi-stage manufacturers
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