46 U.S. Code § 4312 - Engine cut-off switches

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(a) Installation Requirement.—
A manufacturer, distributor, or dealer that installs propulsion machinery and associated starting controls on a covered recreational vessel shall equip such vessel with an engine cut-off switch and engine cut-off switch link that meet American Boat and Yacht Council Standard A–33, as in effect on the date of the enactment of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2017.
(b) Education on Cut-off Switches.—
The Commandant of the Coast Guard, through the National Boating Safety Advisory Committee established under section 15105, may initiate a boating safety program on the use and benefits of cut-off switches for recreational vessels.
(c) Availability of Standard for Inspection.—
(1) In general.—Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this section, the Commandant shall transmit American Boat and Yacht Council Standard A–33, as in effect on the date of enactment of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2017, to—
(A)
the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives;
(B)
the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate; and
(C)
the Coast Guard Office of Design and Engineering Standards; and
(D)
the National Archives and Records Administration.
(2) Availability.—
The standard submitted under paragraph (1) shall be kept on file and available for public inspection at such Coast Guard office and the National Archives and Records Administration.
(d) Definitions.—In this section:
(1) Covered recreational vessel.—The term “covered recreational vessel” means a recreational vessel that is—
(A)
less than 26 feet overall in length; and
(B)
capable of developing 115 pounds or more of static thrust.
(2) Dealer.—
The term “dealer” means any person who is engaged in the sale and distribution of recreational vessels or associated equipment to purchasers whom the seller in good faith believes to be purchasing any such vessel or associated equipment for purposes other than resale.
(3) Distributor.—
The term “distributor” means any person engaged in the sale and distribution of recreational vessels and associated equipment for the purposes of resale.
(4) Manufacturer.—
The term “equipment manufacturer” means any person engaged in the manufacture, construction, or assembly of recreational vessels or associated equipment, or the importation of recreational vessels into the United States for subsequent sale.
(5) Propulsion machinery.—
The term “propulsion machinery” means a self-contained propulsion system, and includes, but is not limited to, inboard engines, outboard motors, and sterndrive engines.
(6) Static thrust.—
The term “static thrust” means the forward or backwards thrust developed by propulsion machinery while stationary.
Editorial Notes
References in Text

The date of enactment of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2017, referred to in subsecs. (a) and (c)(1), probably means the date of enactment of the Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018, Pub. L. 115–282, which enacted this section and was approved Dec. 4, 2018. No act with the title “Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2017” has been enacted.

The date of the enactment of this section, referred to in subsec. (c)(1), is the date of enactment of Pub. L. 115–282, which was approved Dec. 4, 2018.

Statutory Notes and Related Subsidiaries
Effective Date

Pub. L. 115–282, title V, § 503(c), Dec. 4, 2018, 132 Stat. 4271, provided that:

Section 4312 of title 46, United States Code, as amended [probably should be “enacted”] by this section, shall take effect one year after the date of the enactment of this Act [Dec. 4, 2018].”