California Cancels Plans to Enact Auto Glass Regulations
March 26, 2010
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has announced that it
will not enact the previously planned California auto glass regulations
(known as "Cool Cars") based on concerns from stakeholders
that they might impact electronic device performance, according
to a statement from CARB. The regulations were set to be finalized
this month. (CLICK
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"After listening to this input and accounting for the legal
deadline to finalize the rule, today we are announcing that the
AB32 'cool cars' rulemaking will cease," reads the statement.
"Instead, the Board will pursue a performance-based approach
as part of its vehicle climate change program to reduce CO2 from
air conditioning and provide cooler car interiors for California
Work on the regulations started more than a year ago. Their goal
was to reduce the amount of heat that enters a vehicle from the
sun by mandating solar-reflective glass. The possibility of the
regulations had brought concerns from many, including some in the
windshield repair industry who feared the glass might not be repairable
if the regulations were enacted as drafted.
HERE for full text of statement.
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