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Compliance assistance program offered by NHTSA

Efforts seeks to spur a more “proactive and responsive engagement” with industry, agency says

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced the creation of a “Compliance Assistance” program to help regulated entities – including vehicle and trailer makers, plus other equipment manufacturers – comply with safety regulations as a means to further promote U.S. highway safety efforts.  Regulated entities may not sell vehicles or equipment that do not comply with all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS), the agency stressed.

NHTSA added that it wants to promote safety through “proactive and responsive engagement” while also serving as a “federal resource” that small and large manufacturers can contact for guidance on federal regulations, creating a “transparent partnership” with manufacturers to assure the development of “safe, reliable vehicles and equipment.”

The agency added that it tests and monitors important vehicle components like brakes, tires, air bags, child seats, seat belts and headlights to ensure they are compliant with FMVSS, while its office of the chief counsel issues interpretations on various legal issues.

At the end of the day, NHTSA said it hopes this new compliance assistance program will help it achieve “the highest standards of excellence in motor vehicles by providing informal compliance guidance, to current and prospective manufacturers.”

Regulated entities can contact NHTSA for guidance on compliance issues at [email protected] and visit NHTSA’s website for details.

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