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Windscreen defrosting and demisting systems for motor vehicles

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Windscreen defrosting and demisting systems for motor vehicles

This Regulation lays down requirements concerning EC type-approval for windscreen defrosting and demisting systems of category M1 motor vehicles. It also provides for the possibility of adapting these requirements to the technical characteristics of hybrid and electric vehicles.

ACT

Commission Regulation (EU) No 672/2010 of 27 July 2010 concerning type-approval requirements for windscreen defrosting and demisting systems of certain motor vehicles and implementing Regulation (EC) No 661/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning type-approval requirements for the general safety of motor vehicles, their trailers and systems, components and separate technical units intended therefor.

SUMMARY

This Regulation defines EC type-approval requirements for windscreen defrosting * and demisting * systems of category M1 motor vehicles. This category covers vehicles with a maximum of nine seats.

Requirements for windscreen defrosting and demisting systems

Every M1 category vehicle must be equipped with:

  • a system for removing frost and ice from the exterior glazed surface of the windscreen. The driver of the vehicle must have adequate visibility through the windscreen in cold weather.
  • a system for removing mist from the interior glazed surface of the windscreen.

The efficiency of windscreen defrosting and demisting systems shall be verified by tests carried out on the vehicle at a temperature of -8 °C or -18 °C to defrost the ice that has formed on the outside of the windscreen, and a temperature of -3 °C for mist that has formed on the interior of the windscreen.

Provisions for EC type-approval

The vehicle manufacturer must submit an application for EC type-approval to the competent authority. The application must contain certain information, including:

  • the make and type of vehicle;
  • the characteristics of the windscreen defrosting and demisting system on the display panel;
  • the characteristics of the vehicle motor heating the system.

If the competent authority considers that the vehicle satisfies all the requirements for windscreen demisting and defrosting systems, it shall grant an EC type-approval and issue a type-approval number in accordance with the numbering system set out in Directive 2007/46/EC.

Key terms of the Act

  • Defrosting system: a system intended to eliminate frost or ice on the outside surface of the windscreen.
  • Demisting system: a system intended to remove mist on the inside surface of the windscreen.

References

Act

Entry into force

Deadline for transposition in the Member States

Official Journal

Regulation (EC) No 672/2010

17.8.2010

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OJ L 196 of 28.7.2010

Last updated: 11.11.2010

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