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Are You Subject to EPA Regulation of Flame Retardant Chemicals Found In Auto Products?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to increase the regulation of flame-retardant chemicals known as polybrominated diphenylether (PBDEs) that are added to plastics and many other materials.

California to Create Standards for Self-Driving Cars

California legislation to allow driverless cars to be operated on public roads for testing purposes, provided that each vehicle has a fully licensed and bonded operator in the driver’s seat to take control if necessary, was signed into law.

California Governor Mandates That Electronic Key Law Be Applied Uniformly

In 2007, California began requiring car manufacturers to give electronic key replacement information to registered locksmiths so lost electronic keys could be replaced 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

California Bill to Create Legacy License Plate Program Signed Into Law

Governor Jerry Brown signed into law legislation to establish the California Legacy License Plate Program. Under the new law, the DMV will create and issue a series of specialized license plates that replicate plates from the state's past.

EPA Issues Stricter Chromium Emissions Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established new emissions standards for chromium electroplating and anodizing operations. For decorative chrome plating, the EPA has lowered the emissions levels for existing sources from 0.01 milligrams per dry standard cubic meter (mg/dscm) to 0.007 mg/dscm.

Chinese Tire Tariffs Expire and 
U.S. Files WTO Action Against China for Auto Parts Subsidies

The Tire Industry Association (TIA) stated that the U.S. trade tariffs on car and light-truck tires expired September 26, 2012, after three years, eliminating the current duties on these imports from China. The duties or “safeguards” were established by the Obama administration to combat what the Department of Commerce found were Chinese tire manufacturers receiving subsidies ranging from 10.90% to 30.69%. 

U.S. Protests Chinese Auto and Auto Parts Subsidies

The Obama Administration has requested that the World Trade Organization (WTO) resolve a trade dispute with China over at least $1 billion in alleged subsidies made available to Chinese auto and auto-parts exporters between 2009 and 2011. The U.S. Government contends that the subsidies are unfair under WTO rules and threaten jobs in America’s $350 billion auto sector.

Reoccurring Legislative and Regulatory Trends Affecting Your Business

The following are several important legislative trends affecting the automotive specialty-equipment industry that continue to feature prominently in state and federal government agendas.

2012 Election Enters Home Stretch

The party conventions are in the books and the much-anticipated presidential debates are around the corner as we begin the home stretch of the 2012 election. On November 6, voters will head to the polls to elect the president of the United States, 435 members of the U.S. House, 33 U.S. senators, 12 governors and thousands of state and local leaders.

ESC Compliance Deadline Takes Effect for Aftermarket Modifications

In 2007, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 126 requiring all motor vehicles weighing 10,000 lbs. or less to have an electronic stability control (ESC) system.
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