New regs for Monday: Airplanes, warranty, chemicals

Monday's edition of the Federal Register contains new safety requirements for airplanes, rules for product warranties, and electronic reporting requirements for chemical manufacturers.

Here's what is happening: 

Airplanes: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is looking into new bird strike requirements for transport category airplanes.


The FAA is looking to strengthen its existing bird strike requirements, which are intended to prevent airplanes from crashing in the event of a collision with a bird. The information it collects could be used for potential future rule-making.

In rare instances, birds that have crashed into an airplane's windshield or gotten stuck in the engine have forced the plane down.

The public has 120 days to comment.

Warranty: The Federal Trade Commission is moving forward with new rules for consumer product warranties.

The warranty rules clarify the seller's obligation to provide information about the warranty to consumers prior to purchase, and what information must be provided as part of that warranty.

The changes go into effect immediately and will update existing warranty rules.

Chemicals: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving forward with new electronic reporting requirements under the Toxic Substances Control Act.

Chemical manufacturers will be required to use the EPA's Central Data Exchange to provide the agency with pre-manufacture notices and other supporting documents.

The rule goes into effect in 180 days.