WASHINGTON (Nov. 18, 2004)—The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) has created a Suspension Task Force to liaise with the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) regarding the association's policies on altered-height vehicles.
The task force — comprising representatives of vehicle suspension, wheel, tire and brake equipment manufacturers, dealers and installers — already is engaged in discussions with the AAMVA's working group on altered-height vehicles, which is reviewing the group's policies governing bumper and frame height limits for light-duty trucks and sport-utility vehicles for possible changes, SEMA said.
“The primary goal of working with other associations and governmental agencies is to open lines of communication with influential entities that can have an impact on the vehicle suspension, tire and brake industries,” said Task Force Chairman Ken Yoder of Race Car Dynamics Inc./RCD Suspension.
The task force, operating under the umbrella of SEMA's Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA), is dedicated to the “fair implementation and enforcement of responsible, well-targeted and technically supported laws and regulations” regarding altered-height vehicles, Mr. Yoder said, and is “committed to promoting the freedom of consumers to responsibly accessorize and enhance the utility and performance of their light-duty trucks and SUVs through aftermarket modifications.”
Besides liaising with the AAMVA, the task force intends to work with the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), state and local government agencies and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) to review and address consumer and law enforcement concerns related to the manufacture, sale and use of suspension equipment, SEMA said,
As a first step, the task force has compiled a list of all state laws impacting altered-height vehicles, including those on maximum allowable bumper and frame heights, headlamp and taillamp heights, tire and wheel sizes and other equipment restrictions, that can be used as a reference tool by the LTAA membership.
This resource is available to SEMA members on CD-ROM and can be found on SEMA's Web site: www.sema.org.
The Suspension Task Force members are: chairman, Ken Yoder, RCD Suspension; LTAA chairperson, Anne Johnson, California Truck Works Inc.; Andy Barbieri, Skyjacker Suspension; Bill Johnson, Tenneco Automotive Inc./Rancho Suspension; Bob Corwin, Driver Alliant Insurance; Bret Lovett, Superlift Suspension Systems; Chris Ripper, Chux Trux Inc.; Dan Kettelson, Performance Truck Centers; Gary Woofter, Fabtech Motorsports; George Lathouris, Keystone Automotive Industries Inc.; and Rob Gillanders, Gaitan Group L.L.C.