COLDWATER, Mich. — In an effort to reduce the risk of rollover crashes the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) established the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 126 requiring all new passenger vehicles under 10,000 lbs GVWR include an electronic stability control (ESC) system as standard equipment.
FMVSS No. 126 tests new vehicle ESC systems through a series of evasive lane-change maneuvers at highway speeds to ensure the driver can maintain control in critical driving situations. Effective August 2012 this law requires aftermarket products to be compliant with these same standards.
With the new requirements in place, SEMA reached out to aftermarket manufacturers to test kit compliance of products. The initial investment to test compliance is large, so many companies have chosen to self certify their products without any formal engineering analysis. BDS Suspension and Zone Offroad, however, have been on the industry forefront working towards independent verification of all applicable suspension kits to show compliance with the new standards. Currently many of the Jeep, Dodge, and Ford suspension kits have been verified compliant and other applications continue to be tested periodically.
This accomplishment is just a small representation of the larger investment by the Sport Truck USA team to produce the safest and highest quality products on the market today. For additional information on this and other quality products available log on to our website at sporttruckusainc.com. BDS Suspension and Zone Offroad Products are divisions of Sport Truck USA Inc.