Saturday, July 04, 2009
NHTSA may make ABS mandatory for bikes in the US
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the US is now considering the viability of making it mandatory for all new motorcycles sold in the US to be fitted with anti-lock brakes (ABS). An insurance institute study in North America showed that the rate of fatal crashes was 28% lower for motorcycles equipped with ABS as compared to motorcycles without ABS.
Motorcycle deaths in the US went up from 2,116 in 1997 to 5,154 in 2007. Motorcycle fatalities also went up from 21 per million miles travelled in 1997 to 39 per million miles travelled in 2007. The incidence of serious injuries also doubled in the same period.