Coast Guard seeks feedback on engine cut-off switches

WASHINGTON — At the recommendation of the National Boating Safety Advisory Council and with support from National Marine Manufacturers Association, the U.S. Coast Guard is developing a new regulation on the installation and use of engine cut-off switches, more commonly known as lanyards, for boats less than 26 feet.

Engine cut-off switches are simple, low-cost mechanisms that turn off a boat’s engine should the operator be ejected from the boat, preventing boating injuries and casualties caused by persons being struck by the boat and/or its propeller.

The Coast Guard is currently seeking feedback on 29 specific questions as well as general input until Sept. 6, 2011. NMMA is developing a work group to develop comments in response to the Coast Guard’s questions.

To join the NMMA work group or provide feedback on NMMA’s comments, you can contact Cindy Squires at 202-737-9766 or

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