SOURCE: WABCO Holdings Inc.

WABCO Holdings Inc.

January 21, 2010 07:00 ET

WABCO Obtains Approval in EU for Roll Stability Support for Trailers; Industry's First to Comply With New EU Regulation Mandating Roll-Over Control for Heavy Trailers

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM--(Marketwire - January 21, 2010) - WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC) [], a global technology leader and tier-one supplier to the commercial vehicle industry, today announced that WABCO's roll stability support (RSS) for trailers has been certified by TÜV Nord Germany, an accredited technical service, which leads to the approval by the German Federal Authority for Road Transport. As a result, WABCO RSS for trailers is the industry's first trailer roll-over control approved for use in all 27 countries of the European Union and in 20 other countries worldwide in accordance with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe's Regulation 13 for braking.

As recently reported, the EU has approved a mandate that sets better standards to improve road safety in Europe. It includes the EU's new regulation to introduce a vehicle stability function with roll-over control for semi-trailers and heavy trailers, both with air suspension and up to three axles, as compulsory for new type approvals from July 2010 and for new registrations from July 2011.

WABCO has been offering RSS for trailers with its trailer electronic braking system (EBS) since 2001, ten years ahead of such a function becoming compulsory in the European Union and continuing WABCO's industry-leading trailer EBS series that was launched in 1998.

"We are proud to contribute to the aim of the United Nations and European Union to improve road safety as we build on our track record of technology leadership in trailer electronic braking systems and air management for trailer safety controls and systems," said Nick Rens, WABCO Vice President, Aftermarket and Trailer Systems. "As the industry's first supplier to comply with the EU's new requirements for trailer stability and roll-over control, WABCO continues to help customers optimize the value of their trailer electronic braking systems."

Integrated with WABCO's Trailer EBS system, RSS reliably prevents vehicle roll-over within physical limits. It analyzes vehicle data such as wheel speed, load and lateral acceleration. In case it detects an imminent roll-over hazard, RSS automatically applies the brakes to reduce the speed and re-stabilize the vehicle.

Beyond the scope of the EU's new regulation, WABCO also offers RSS for trailers with mechanical suspension, lift axles and steering axles, and the company can adapt RSS for special vehicle types such as non-standard flatbed semi-trailers with independent wheel suspension.

As of 2009, WABCO has sold more than 900,000 trailer electronic braking systems worldwide.


WABCO Vehicle Control Systems (NYSE: WBC) is a leading supplier of safety and control systems for commercial vehicles. For over 140 years, WABCO has pioneered breakthrough electronic, mechanical and mechatronic technologies for braking, stability, and transmission automation systems supplied to the world's leading commercial truck, trailer, and bus manufacturers. With sales of $2.6 billion in 2008, WABCO is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. For more information, visit

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