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ArvinMeritor drum brake line meets shorter stopping-distance regulations

ArvinMeritor Inc announced that its portfolio of Meritor Q Plus drum brakes will enable North American truck operators to meet the recently issued US government mandate for shortened stopping-distance requirements.

The company has worked for more than three years to prepare the Q Plus product in anticipation of this ruling. The Q Plus drum brake is undergoing the final phases of implementation testing to meet this new requirement.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the new standard requires a typical tractor-trailer traveling at 60 miles per hour come to a complete stop in 30% less distance (250 feet versus the existing standard of 355 feet). The new rule applies only to new truck tractors and does not include single-unit trucks, trailers, and buses. The new rule will be phased in over the next four years beginning with 2012 models.

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