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  • Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213 specifies requirements for child restraint systems used in motor vehicles
  • • Before initiating an investigation, ODI carefully reviews the following to determine whether an alleged defect trend may exist. • Auto Safety Hotline • Vehicle Owner Questionnaires • Correspondence • Technical Service Bulletins • Dealer Communications • Other available data to determine whether an alleged defect trend may exist
  • While there are certain areas within the TREAD Act that need improvement, NHTSA has worked hard to ensure that new rules are issued in a timely manner. Major crash avoidance and consumer information rules:  Early warning information system to alert consumers on defects: F Tire pressure monitoring system to alert consumers of under-inflated tires: F Consumer reimbursement for defective vehicles or parts that are later recalled: D Rollover propensity consumer information program: C-  ( Note: Companion rule on vehicle handling as yet un-issued) New tire safety standards: D NHTSA Average for implementation of these Major Safety rules from TREAD:D Timeliness of issuance of rules: A-
  • Preliminary Evaluation (PE) • Initial phase of a NHTSA investigation • Most PEs are resolved within four months • Options: • May be upgraded to EA • Recall initiated • Investigation closed Engineering Analysis (EA) • Undertaken if data from a PE indicate further examination of a potential safety defect is warranted • Most EAs are resolved within one year • Second and final phase of a NHTSA investigation • Safety recall may be initiated or investigation closed Recall Query (RQ) • NHTSA monitors recalls to ensure that the scope, completion rate, and remedy are adequate • May be expanded or an adjustment in existing remedies is required Defect or Recall Petition (DP or RP) • NHTSA may be petitioned to investigate an alleged safety defect or whether a manufacturer has successfully carried out the requirements of a recall
  • Labeling on the child restraint itself must include both an address and phone number for the manufacturer • Manufacturers are required to maintain these registration records for a minimum of six years from the date of manufacture of the seat • Child restraints built into vehicles at the factory are exempt from these registration requirements.
  • 11% of these (in both time periods) were reported as campaigned units (those restraints that were reported remedied, removed from sale to the public, or removed from use by the public.)
  • During this time manufacturers are required to provide recall kits or a remedy to the consumer. After the 18 month period, there is no legal obligation to provide a kit or remedy although many do.

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