NHTSA issues final ruling on early warning reporting provisions

April 15, 2003

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has responded to issues raised by vehicle manufacturers and suppliers, including tire manufacturers, since its "final" ruling on early warning reporting provisions was announced last July.

Manufacturers and suppliers affected by the ruling were still able to petition NHTSA to reconsider provisions of the ruling; specifically, they had questions about field reports, one-time historical reports and multiple, "substantially similar" platforms.

The final rule implemented the early warning reporting provisions of the Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability, and Documentation (TREAD) Act. Under this rule, motor vehicle and motor vehicle equipment manufacturers are required to report "information and to submit documents about customer satisfaction

campaigns and other activities and events that may assist NHTSA to promptly identify defects related to motor vehicle safety."

The transcript of NHTSA's responses to these petitions can be found in today's Federal Register (NHTSA also took the opportunity to clarify several other provisions of the final rule).

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