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SAE International Creates Identification System for Off-Road Recreation Vehicles

WARRENDALE, PA, Jan. 31, 2005 - SAE International has established a new product identification number system for off-highway recreation vehicles.

The PIN system, which became effective this month, provides manufacturers of off-road recreation vehicles with a standardized procedure for assigning a 17-digit identification code. Decoding information for the new PIN system, which is similar to the vehicle identification number system, also is available through SAE International.

Creation of the PIN system was necessitated because the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regulates "motor vehicles" which are defined as "vehicle(s) driven on public streets, roads and highways." This definition puts off-road recreational vehicles outside NHTSA jurisdiction. Prior to this 2003 clarification, however, selected off-road recreational vehicles were assigned VINs.

Through a contract with NHTSA, SAE International assigns a portion of the VIN, specifically called the World Manufacturers Identifier, and will do likewise for the PIN system. The VIN system has been in place since 1981.

Many states, in addition to insurance and financial institutions, require identification numbers for off-road recreational vehicles.