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 HERE for related story.)

"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 motorists."

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.

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