7. As noted here and in the balance sheet of this communication, the “contracting parties” refer to the contracting parties to the 1998 comprehensive agreement. On 25 June 1998, the United States signed the United Nations/Economic Commission for Europe (EEC-UN) agreement  on the establishment of technical and comprehensive rules for wheeled vehicles, equipment and parts that can be mounted on wheeled vehicles (the “Global Agreement 1998”).  The 1998 comprehensive agreement provides for the establishment of global technical rules on safety, emissions, energy savings and the prevention of theft of wheeled vehicles, equipment and parts.  The agreement provides for procedures for establishing comprehensive technical rules through harmonization of existing rules or the development of a new regulation. The 1959 agreement is based on the reception procedure. An independent testing body is compiling a report to confirm the validation of the REQUIREMENTs of the UN-EEC. On this basis, an authority issues reception by type. As a result, the United States is in principle prohibited from adhering to the 1958 agreement. This is because the self-certification process used in the United States is not compatible with the type reception. This is why another agreement has been launched under the aegis of the United Nations, which is called the Global Technical Regulation under the 1998 EEC-UN Agreement (“Global Technical Rules for Wheeled Vehicles, Equipment and Parts That Can Be Mounted and/or Used on Wheeled Vehicles”). The agreement was signed by 33 countries, including some EU member states, the People`s Republic of China, South Korea and the United States of America.
The 1998 Global Agreement is about to enter into force. The agreement provides that it enters into force thirty days after reaching the number of contracting parties . There are now seven parties and an eighth country has signed the agreement subject to ratification.  From 2015[update], 135 UN regulations were annexed to the 1958 Convention; most prescriptions relate to a single component of the vehicle or a single vehicle technology. This results in a sub-list of rules for passenger cars (heavy vehicles, motorcycles, etc.) may be subject to derogatory provisions. WP.29 is currently working on the enhancement of the EEC-ECE regulations on child deductions and tends to adopt slightly different bars and use legs, i.e. dental appliances that extend between the front of the child restraint and the floor of the vehicle instead of touching bypass plates. Working with WP.29 at this stage will minimize differences between U.S. standards and ECE regulations, while ensuring that children have the best possible protection worldwide. Based on available information and analysis on the relative degree of rigour and benefits of U.S. and foreign standards and regulations, NHTSA has divided its preliminary recommendations into two categories: (1) priority recommendations and (2) other recommendations. In order to facilitate the selection of NHTSA in the selection of the first technical rules to be recommended for development under the 1998 comprehensive agreement, NHTSA is asking for answers to the following questions.
If you answer any of the questions by proposing changes to the Agency`s list of preliminary recommendations, we invite you to support your proposals with real data on falls and research data.