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ASA Releases Statement on Vehicle Safety Bill

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July 9, 2014—The Automotive Service Association (ASA) released a statement Tuesday regarding a recent Senate committee vehicle safety bill.

The bill, S. 2559, would expand the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) authority to recall unsafe vehicles and increase funding for automobile safety.

The ASA said in a press release that the bill would demand greater transparency from the NHTSA by requiring that all customer satisfaction campaigns, customer advisories, recalls, consumer complaints, warranty claims, field reports, technical service bulletins and other activity involving the repair or replacement of motor vehicles or motor vehicle equipment be made available to the public.

Regular reports to Congress would also be required.

The bill also increases funding for the NHTSA’s safety programs by implementing a manufacturer’s fee of $3 per vehicle sale starting next year. The fee would increase by $3 each year until 2017, bringing the total fee to $9 per automobile sold.

For more information on the ASA’s legislative watches, visit TakingTheHill.com.

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