The state of Montana and the American association
of motor vehicle administrators enter into the following agreement:
(1) The purpose is to
provide a uniform procedure for approval of motor vehicle safety equipment
components and/or assemblies to facilitate the approval and issuance of equipment
approval certificates by jurisdictions as required by applicable statutes.
(2) Parties to agreement are the American
association of motor vehicle administrators, a non profit association organized
under the laws of the District of Columbia, of which each state and province of
Canada is a member, hereinafter referred to as the association and each state
of the United States; each province of Canada; the District of Columbia; the
canal zone; Puerto Rico; hereinafter referred to as the jurisdiction.
(3) the association agrees to the following terms:
(a) The association
agrees to receive requests from the manufacturers of automotive vehicles and
manufacturers of after market components, parts, materials, and/or assemblies
for approval and issuance of certificate of approval.
(b) The association
agrees to conduct or have conducted tests to ascertain that the components,
parts, materials, and/ or assemblies meet prescribed standards and/or
specifications covering vehicle safety equipment. Such standards and/or
specifications shall be those of the society of automotive engineers American
standards association, or other recognized authority.
(c) The association
agrees to issue uniform certificate of approval to the manufacturer or supplier
submitting request, or notice of failure to meet required tests or procedures.
(d) The association
agrees to furnish the jurisdiction with certificate of approval on all
components, parts, materials, and/or assemblies as required by the statutes of
association agrees to maintain a list of approved safety equipment and make
information available upon request.
(4)The jurisdiction agrees to the
(a) The jurisdiction
agrees to permit the association to conduct or have conducted tests of vehicle
safety equipment without cost to the jurisdiction.
jurisdiction agrees to accept association certificates of approval as the
basis for issuance of jurisdictional certificates of approval, where such
jurisdictional certificates are required by statute to be made by the
appropriate governmental department or official.
(5) It is mutually agreed
that the association may conduct its own tests or contract with approved
testing laboratories for such tests, and may accept test results directly from
an approved testing laboratory irrespective of whether the components, parts,
materials, and/or assemblies covered by the test reports were submitted to the
laboratory for testing by the association or by the manufacturer.
(6) It is further
mutually agreed that the association may, upon its own motion or upon request
by the jurisdiction, require additional or supplementary tests of components,
parts, materials, and/or assemblies. When any previously approved component,
part, material, and/or assembly fails to meet subsequent tests, the association
shall cancel the previously issued certificate of approval and shall issue the
manufacturer an appropriate notice of cancellation of certificate of approval.
Notices of such cancellations shall be furnished the jurisdiction which will follow
procedures established by its laws for cancellation of certificate issued. When
permitted by applicable jurisdictional law, cancellation of a certificate of
approval by the association shall constitute cancellation by the jurisdiction
and notice of such cancellation shall be noted on lists of approved safety
equipment compiled and maintained by the association and by the jurisdiction.