NHTSA Introduces New Compliance Assistance Program Aimed at Improving Highway Safety

With the implementation of the program, NHTSA aims to achieve the highest standards of excellence in motor vehicles and equipment

NHTSA Introduces New Compliance Assistance Program Aimed at Improving Highway Safety
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March 1, 2018

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) unveiled a new compliance assistance program this week aimed at helping regulated entities within the auto industry—including vehicle and trailer manufacturers, equipment manufacturers, and dealers—better comply with auto safety regulations as a means to promote safety on our highways.

Emphasis on Safety and Reliability

NHTSA tests and monitors important vehicle components like brakes, tires, air bags, child seats, seat belts, and headlights to ensure that they are compliant with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS).

Regulated entities, such as auto manufacturers and dealers, may not sell new vehicles or equipment that fail to meet the requirements with ALL applicable federal safety standards.

"NHTSA seeks to promote safety through proactive and responsive engagement," said NHTSA Deputy Administrator Heidi King. "In addition to vigilant enforcement, NHTSA also serves as a federal resource that small and large manufacturers can contact for guidance on federal regulations. A transparent partnership with manufacturers assures the development of safe, reliable vehicles and equipment."

Highest motor vehicle Standards

NHTSA says that the new compliance assistance program will help the agency achieve the highest standards of excellence in motor vehicles and equipment by providing informal compliance guidance to current and prospective manufacturers.

Get More info

Regulated entities within the auto industry can contact NHTSA for guidance on safety standard compliance issues at NHTSAComplianceAssistance@dot.gov.

For further information, visit NHTSA's website.