The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it is creating a "Compliance Assistance Program" 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. roadways.
The Feb. 26 announcement noted that regulated entities may not sell new vehicles or equipment that do not comply with all applicable federal motor vehicle safety standards.
NHTSA said it tests and monitors important vehicle components like brakes, tires, air bags, child seats, seat belts and headlights to ensure they are compliant with federal standards, and its Office of the Chief Counsel issues interpretations on various legal issues.
It said the new compliance assistance program "will help NHTSA achieve the highest standards of excellence in motor vehicles" by providing informal compliance guidance.
"NHTSA seeks to promote safety through proactive and responsive engagement. In addition to vigilant enforcement, NHTSA also serves as a federal resource that small and large manufacturers can contact for guidance on federal regulations," said Deputy Administrator Heidi King. "A transparent partnership with manufacturers assures the development of safe, reliable vehicles and equipment."
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