SEMA eNews Vol. 22, No. 40, October 3, 2019

NHTSA to Require Seat Belt Warning Systems for Rear Seats

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) intends to require automakers to install a seat belt reminder system for rear designated seating positions in new passenger vehicles. The rule, designed to increase belt usage, is required under a 2012 law funding highway construction. 

As it begins drafting a regulation, NHTSA is seeking public comment on issues related to the warning systems, such as potential device requirements, anticipated effectiveness, consumer acceptance, vehicles required to have the systems and associated cost-benefits. About 13% of model-year ’19 vehicles are equipped with a rear seat belt warning system. They all use a display that is visible to the driver, indicate which rear seat belt is in use and include visual and audible non-use reminders. Comments are due November 26, 2019. 

For more information, contact Stuart Gosswein at stuartg@sema.org.

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