Brake manufacturers are wary of the National Highway Traffic Safety Admin.'s plans for a vehicle rating system based on stopping distance (see Ward's Automotive Reports — July 17, '00, p.1). NHTSA is expected to unveil the details of the testing program by the end of June. Concerns center around variation, says Philip M. Headley, chief engineer for Continental Teves GmbH, which, May 1, marked production of its 50 millionth electronic brake system. “You can buy the same car with three ...

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