California Air Resources Board Votes to Adopt New Auto Glass Regulations
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) recently voted to adopt regulations
that will require new cars sold in California, starting in 2012, to have
windows that reflect or absorb the sun’s heat-producing rays.
Under the terms of the regulation, over a three-year period starting in
2012, windows in new cars sold in California must prevent 45 percent of
the sun’s total heat-producing energy from entering the car, with the
windshield rejecting at least 50 percent of the sun’s energy. In 2016
car manufacturers will be required to install windows in new cars sold
in California that prevent at least 60 percent of the sun’s heat-producing
rays from entering the cars interior, or propose alternative technologies
to achieve an equivalent result.
The regulation is designed to help keep cars cooler, increase their fuel
efficiency and reduce global warming pollution, according to CARB.
“This is a common-sense and cost-effective measure that will help cool
the cars we drive and fight global warming,” says CARB Chairperson Mary
D. Nichols. “It represents the kind of innovative thinking we need to
reduce greenhouse gas emissions from our vehicles and steer our economy
toward a low-carbon future.”
The initiative is part of the state’s efforts under its climate change
legislation, AB 32, enacted in 2006, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
According to CARB spokesperson Stanley Young, the regulations also apply
to replacement glass. He advised the CARB staff also is working to develop
a labeling system so that glass parts that meet the regulations can be
One proponent of the regulations has been Dick Heilman, former vice president
of marketing and research and development for Pittsburgh Glass Works,
who told AGRR magazine/ glassBYTEs.com™ that he believes the regulations
are a win-win for both the consumer and the industry at large.
“… Some outside our industry may not call this a win, but the glass industry
will have an opportunity to sell more value-added products,” Heilman says.
“This regulation, especially if it goes nationwide, will stimulate innovation
within the automotive glass industry and provide another level upon which
competitors can differentiate themselves.”
Heilman’s optimism seems to be shared by shop owners and managers as well
“Any energy policy implemented is worthwhile,” says Mitch Lee, logistics
manager for Auto Glass of San Diego.
Federal Bill Would Establish National Insurance Regulations
The U.S. House of Representatives currently is considering a bill to establish
a system of regulation and supervision for insurers, insurance agencies
and insurance producers chartered or licensed under federal law. If passed,
the goal of the system would be to ensure the stability and financial
integrity of those insurers, agencies and producers in an effort to protect
The bill, tagged the National Insurance Consumer Protection Act, was introduced
by Congresswoman Melissa L. Bean (D-Ill.) and Congressman Ed Royce (R-Calif.).
“The events of 2008 show us that insurance reg[ulation] reform can no
longer be postponed—it is needed now,” says Bean. “This bill will provide
consumer protection and choice while eliminating barriers to industry
competitiveness in the global market.”
“Never before has the federal government been so invested in an industry
it has no regulatory authority over. Leaving the business of insurance
regulation solely to the various state insurance commissioners, while
the federal government provides taxpayer-funded assistance is simply irresponsible,”
Under the terms of the bill, states would maintain responsibility for
regulating state-licensed insurers, agencies and producers.
The bill also would establish a single nationwide phone number through
which consumers could share problems with their local federal or state
insurance regulator. The Office of National Insurance also would have
a physical office and staff in every state through its Division of Consumer
At press time, the bill was under the consideration of the House Committee
on Financial Services, the Committees on the Judiciary and the Energy
and Commerce Committee.
This is one of two major Federal insurance regulation reform bills introduced
this year. Another, the Insurance Industry Competition Act of 2009, would
amend the McCarran-Ferguson Act as such that the Federal Trade Commission
Act would be applicable to the business of insurance “to the extent that
such business is not regulated by state law” (see related story in May/June
AGRR, page 20).
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