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NHTSA Launches Compliance Assistance Program for Highway Safety

March 1, 2018
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) tests and monitors vehicle components for safety features.

A new program from the NHTSA aims to help regulated entities, including vehicle and trailer manufacturers, equipment manufacturers, and dealers, comply with safety regulations as a means to promote safety on U.S. highways. 

Regulated entities may not sell new vehicles or equipment that do not comply with all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS).

"NHTSA seeks to promote safety through proactive and responsive engagement," said NHTSA Deputy Administrator Heidi King, in a statement. "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."

NHTSA tests and monitors important vehicle components like brakes, tires, air bags, child seats, seat belts and headlights to ensure they are compliant with FMVSS. NHTSA's Office of the Chief Counsel issues interpretations on various legal issues. The new compliance assistance program will help NHTSA achieve the highest standards of excellence in motor vehicles by providing informal compliance guidance, to current and prospective manufacturers.

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

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