New brake legislation puts a stop to counterfeit parts, says TRW27 May 2014

Braking system supplier TRW Automotive Aftermarket is welcoming the introduction of new regulations for brake discs and drums, calling it "a major step forward for global automotive safety".

The ECE R90 regulations mean that, from November 2014, all heavy commercial vehicle brake discs and drums (including those for buses and trailers) manufactured and sold across Europe will have to meet the minimum standards outlined in the legislation.

The rules will also apply to light commercial vehicles and cars from November 2016.

The discs and drums will need to pass a series of tests to ensure they perform to levels similar to the original equipment part.

Commenting on the legislation, TRW's Richard Adgey, says: "Provided they are universally enforced and policed, these regulations will make it much harder for sub-standard and counterfeit product to reach the market and seriously compromise driver safety."

He adds: "TRW's internal specification already exceeds legislation, so we are prepared for and welcome these changes – as we did in 1999 with the introduction of the ECE R90 rules for brake pads."

Laura Cork

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