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Bendix Spicer ready for new NHTSA requirements

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake officials announced at the Mid-America Trucking Show that they are confident the long-awaited NHTSA stopping distance requirements will be released in ...


CHANGES COMING: New NHTSA stopping distance requirements could lead to an increase in disc brakes.
CHANGES COMING: New NHTSA stopping distance requirements could lead to an increase in disc brakes.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake officials announced at the Mid-America Trucking Show that they are confident the long-awaited NHTSA stopping distance requirements will be released in September, and that the company is ready to comply.

Kishor Pendse, president of Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake, said “I’m still optimistic it will happen in September. If not, I’m very concerned because it will most likely get delayed significantly (due to the US election).”

Bendix Spicer has been preparing for the new regulations, which will require tractor-trailer units to stop in a 20-30% shorter distance. So far, Pendse says the company feels a combination of disc and drum brakes will be the best solution.

“Overall, our recommendation is for disc brakes on the front and drums on the rear axles – we believe this to be the most economical solution,” he said, adding “We’re committed to all solutions.”

The company plans to introduce new, high-performance versions of its current foundation drum brake products for both steer and drive axles. The new products have been in the works for nearly four years, the company announced. Field testing is currently underway and the new brakes are expected to be ready in 2010 when the new stopping distance requirements are expected to take effect. NHTSA is not expected to mandate the use of any specific product.

“When it comes to choosing foundation brakes that will give their vehicles the performance needed to comply with the new requirements, vehicle manufacturers and fleets will have the freedom to make decisions based on their own needs and preferences,” confirmed Jim Clark, product line director for foundation drum brakes at Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake.


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