On 11th February, the Canadian Department of Transport published a Part I proposal in the Canada Gazette proposing changes to a number of CMVSS that cover frontal impact requirments.
- Adopting combined lap and shoulder seat belts at the inboard rear position of vehicles under 4 536 kg gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR);
- Modifying the 50th percentile male rigid barrier crash by
- increasing the test speed from 48 km/h to 56 km/h,
- adopting neck injury criteria, and
- eliminating the head acceleration requirement;
- Adopting the 5th percentile female rigid barrier and offset deformable barrier requirements and test procedures; and
- Adopting the out-of-position driver and passenger requirements and test procedures.
While most of Canadian safety standard 208 would be aligned with the United States standard, areas that would remain unique to Canada include
- no requirement for unbelted barrier testing;
- no chest acceleration requirement; and
- unique barrier chest deflection limits for all vehicles up to 3 856 kg GVWR:
- 55 mm for the 50th percentile male (63 mm in the United States), and
- 45 mm for the 5th percentile female (52 mm in the United States).