Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Consultation on new airbag regulations

In 2015 BIS plans to replace the 2010 Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations with an updated version - the 2015 Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations. This has implications for vehicle SRS (secondary restraint systems – including airbags).  This is being done because 2 new European Directives need to be implemented in the UK. Among other things this introduces new requirements to improve the traceability of pyrotechnic articles.

The main changes are that there will be new labelling requirements for manufacturers and importers and, along with distributors, they will also have to keep records (for 10 years) of the registration number of articles, who they have sold pyrotechnic articles to and who has supplied them.  They will also have new obligations to take action over unsafe articles that they have put on the market.  

The draft regulations can be viewed on the BIS website at: 

The closing date for receiving comments is Thursday 22nd January 2015.

Motor Vehicle Dismantlers Association of Great Britain Office 5, Top Floor,
Charrington House, 17A Market St, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 6JX, UK.
Tel: (01543) 254 254
Fax: (01543) 254 274 

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