The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced last month that it will launch a real-time recall website, complete with information about specific vehicles. In July, Congress enacted the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, which required the Secretary of Transportation to mandate that safety recall information for motor vehicles be available to the public via the Internet. To meet the mandate, the NHTSA has announced the creation of www.safecar.gov, which will offer a VIN-based search function. Consumers will be able to find out whether a vehicle has been the subject of a recall and whether a specific vehicle has had its manufacturer remedy.
In order to gather the necessary information for the site, the agency recently proposed amendments to the agency’s early warning reporting rule that would mandate more recall data from car manufacturers. In addition to giving the agency the VINs of recalled vehicles and remedy completion information on a daily basis, light vehicle makers would be required to provide additional information about the fuel and/or propulsion system type and add four new reporting categories for this class of vehicles: electronic stability control, forward collision avoidance, lane departure prevention and backover prevention. Manufacturers of buses, emergency vehicles and medium-heavy vehicles would be required to provide data about stability control/roll stability systems under the new rule. The agency is accepting public comments on the proposed rule until November 9th of this year.
Source: Lawyers USA Online
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