July 4, 2002


NHTSA implements early warning reporting in U.S.

Washington – The U.S. Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a regulation that will implement the early warning reporting provisions of the U. S. Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability, and Documentation (TREAD) Act.

“Under this rule, motor vehicle and motor vehicle equipment manufacturers will be required to report information that will assist NHTSA in promptly identifying defects related to motor vehicle safety,” said Dr. Jeffrey W. Runge, NHTSA administrator.

Larger manufacturers of motor vehicles, (500 or more annually) and all manufacturers of child restraint systems and tires must report information about incidentd involving deaths and injuries in the United States. They must also report the number of warranty claims (adjustments for tire manufacturers), consumer complaints, property damage claims, and field reports that they receive related to problems with certain components and systems. Smaller motor vehicle manufactuers, manufacturers of original motor vehicle equipment and manufacturers of replacement motor vehicle equipment other than child restraint systems and tires must report information about incidents
involving deaths.

The new reporting procedures come into effect April 1, 2003 with the first quarterly reports due August 31, 2003.

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