WASHINGTON-Manufacturers of antilock brake systems (ABS) have formed the ABS Education Alliance to develop and implement a national program to educate the public about the proper use and benefits of ABS. The group grew out of a recent comment by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Administrator Ricardo Martinez that while ``drivers now have some experience'' with ABS and its benefits, ``many do not use these brakes properly.''
The Alliance's trustees-AlliedSignal Automotive; Robert Bosch Corp.; Delphi Chassis Systems; ITT Automotive; and Kelsey-Hayes-represent U.S. makers of ABS.
The supplier group will oversee implementation of the Alliance's objectives and provide technical expertise for the development of educational materials.
The Educational and Research Foundation of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) has been
selected by the trustees to administer the program.
The Automotive Parts & Accessories Association has debuted its ``home page'' on the Internet's World Wide Web to provide automotive aftermarket news and events.
The APAA also is sending complementary software to members granting them access to the ``information superhighway.'' They will be able to develop a product placement map, contact colleagues through an interactive membership directory, and each company will be furnished an electronic mail address. A technical help line will provide 24-hour support.
The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) has moved its Washington office to 1225 New York Ave., NW, Suite 300, Washington, D.C. 20005.
MEMA's phone and fax numbers there, however, remain the same: (202) 393-6362. Fax: (202) 737-3742.