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Wabco and CVSA join forces for Brake Safety Week

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. – Wabco Holdings revealed today that it has joined forces with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) to help improve brake safety in time for the alliance’s 2015 Brake Safety Week running September 6-12.

“Wabco is excited to support the efforts of CVSA and to be an integral part of its initiatives that bring attention to critical commercial vehicle maintenance and regular inspections that impact individual Compliance, Safety and Accountability (CSA) ratings,” said Jon Morrison, Wabco president, Americas. “We look forward to supporting Brake Safety Week to highlight the importance of properly installed and maintained brakes on commercial vehicles that help improve road safety for everyone. As a leader in the development of air disc brakes for commercial vehicles, we are deeply invested in advancing traffic safety through better stopping distances and improving CSA scores for our customers.”

The alliance recently concluded its annual, unannounced Brake Check Day where inspectors in the US and Canada checked more than 50,000 brakes on more than 6,000 commercial vehicles. Even though the results are still being evaluated, in 2014 CVSA reported that brake-related violations found during that campaign, comprised the largest percentage (46.2%) of all out-of-service violations.

“CVSA provides an invaluable service to the commercial vehicle industry by emphasizing the importance of proper brake system maintenance through its outreach to the marketplace and its educational programs,” added Morrison. “We look forward to contributing to that effort.”

Brake Safety Week runs September 6-12 this year and is a major CVSA annual campaign designed to improve commercial vehicle brake safety across North America. It is part of the Operation Airbrake program sponsored by CVSA in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). During the campaign week, inspectors carry out brake system inspections on trucks and buses throughout North America. More than 3.4 million brakes have been inspected since the program’s inception in 1998.

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