NHTSA creates program to help regulated industries comply with rules

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced the creation of the Compliance Assistance Program, which will assist regulated commercial entities in the motor vehicle and equipment industry to comply with safety rules to promote safety on U.S. highways.

Regulated entities include dealers, equipment manufacturers, and vehicle and trailer manufacturers. These entities are permitted to sell only new equipment and vehicles that comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS).

The NHTSA tests and monitors vehicle components such as air bags, brakes, child seats, headlights, seat belts, and tires to ensure they are FMVSS compliant.

The program allows the NHTSA to provide tools, education, and resources to current, new and prospective manufacturers. It also will provide direct communication between the NHTSA and the manufacturers.

The NHTSA Office of the Chief Counsel will interpret legal issues.

“NHTSA seeks to promote safety through proactive and responsive engagement,” NHTSA Deputy Administrator Heidi King said. “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.”

The program will continue to evolve over time, the NHTSA said.