NHTSA Urged to Improve Documentation of Safety Defects

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July 18, 2019—The Center for Auto Safety has called on the NHTSA to extend the record retention period. 

According to a Center for Auto Safety statement, the NHTSA has proposed to extend the record retention period for 10 years, which is the minimum required by Congress.

The following was noted in a statement: "By proposing to require the preservation of less information than is necessary for robust enforcement of federal auto safety laws and regulations, NHTSA once again places the considerations of multi-billion-dollar corporations over the safety of the motoring public. Specifically, 44 percent of NHTSA’s current investigations involve vehicles or equipment that began production more than 10 years ago.  If the proposed limitation is promulgated the incentive for manufacturers to 'run out the clock' on reporting only increases."

The full statement can be found here.

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