3 June 2016
Mexico Sets New Requirements on Essential Safety Components in Motor Vehicles
Mexican authorities recently issued new requirements regarding essential safety components in new motor vehicles with a gross weight not exceeding 3,857 kilogrammes. Excluded from the scope of NOM-194-SCFI-2015 are vehicles weighing less than 400 kilogrammes; vehicles intended exclusively for use on race and kart tracks, airports, railroads, beaches, and desert or mountainous terrain; vehicles employed in farming activities; motorcycles; agricultural tractors; and construction and mining machinery.
NOM-194-SCFI-2015 requires covered motor vehicles to incorporate the following essential safety components: safety belts, controls, indicators, double locks, internal and external rear view mirrors, a seat system, tyres, headlights, warning lights, brake lights, rear plate lights, position lights, reverse lights, direction indicators, reflectors, a defogging system, a windshield wiping/washing system, a brake system, laminated/tempered glass and a speedometer. In addition to listing the essential component, the requirements specify the Mexican, U.S., European, Japanese, South Korean, Brazilian and/or United Nations standards that apply to each component.
NOM-194-SCFI-2015 requires subject motor vehicles to comply with the applicable Mexican or international standard on frontal and side collisions. Parties seeking to certify a vehicle for commercialisation in Mexico must submit all relevant technical documentation attesting compliance with all applicable collision requirements. In addition, covered motor vehicles must incorporate an anti-lock braking system as well as a seat belt warning light. NOM-194-SCFI-2015 also sets forth specific conformity evaluation and sampling procedures as well as compliance requirements.
The new requirements will apply from 5 November, with the exception of the article 5 performance evaluation procedures regarding frontal and side collisions, anti-lock braking systems and seat belt warning lights which will enter into force three model years following the date of entry into force of the standard (for new motor vehicles) or four model years following the date of entry into force of the standard (for existing new motor vehicles).