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ENGINE CUT OFF SWITCH / KILL SWITCH

United States Code]
[Title 46 Chapter 43]
[Revised as of December 4, 2018]

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

(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 forrecreational 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 vesselsor associated equipment to purchasers whom the seller in good faith believes to be purchasing any suchvessel or associated equipment for purposes other than resale.
(3)Distributor.—
The term “distributor” means any person engaged in the sale and distribution of recreational vesselsand 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 machinerywhile stationary.
(Added Pub. L. 115–282, title V,  503(a), Dec. 4, 2018, 132 Stat. 4270.)