New Rules For Auto Manufactures A Win/Win For Consumers
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New Rules For Auto Manufactures A Win/Win For Consumers

Thursday, August 29, 2013By Richard Alexander
National Highway Traffic Safety AdministrationThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced that a new rule that will require auto and motorcycle manufacturers to provide a free online tool to to assist consumers in finding recall information based on the Vehicle Identification Number(VIN) of their vehicle.

This a great news for consumers who will now be able to find out immediately whether a vehicle has had any recalls for any reason and if the recalled part has been fixed. Used car shoppers will benefit greatly from being able to instantly know if a vehicle they are considering for purchase has had any recalls and if they have been repaired.

Auto and motorcycle manufactures will be required to provide the information on their website and update the data weekly. Some automakers have already implemented VIN search on their websites; all others will have one year from the date of the rule to comply.

The search feature will also be available on NHTSA’s website. Until now, vehicle owners have only been able to search by make, model and year. The addition of the VIN search will save consumers time and make searching a much easier task.

In addition to the new rules which require manufactures to provide the type of powertrain and crash avoidance technologies they have uses so NHTSA can look at potential defects, trends, or safety issues related to those systems the new rules are a win/win for consumers.

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