RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC — Representatives of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) will discuss non-compliant automotive products and the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) in a free seminar scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 3, during the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) in Las Vegas.
Offered by the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and its safety product group, the Transportation Safety Equipment Institute (TSEI), “What You Need to Know About Non-Compliant Products” will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. in Room 106 of the Sands Expo Center.
Non-compliant products are a serious concern. In 2002, NHTSA recalled thousands of non-compliant replacement tail lamps and levied a $650,000 fine against the manufacturer that made them. In 2003, the agency recalled 11,000 non-compliant emergency warning triangles.
“These actions by NHTSA are solid steps in the road toward better enforcement, but only correct a small percentage of the problem,” said Brad Van Riper, vice president of research and development, Truck-Lite Inc., and TSEI president. “We hope this seminar will help explain to manufacturers and distributors alike that there are federal safety standards products need to meet and penalties if you fail to comply,” he noted.
“This program will review the safety standards, what is involved in making a compliant product, the penalties for manufacturing non-compliant products and the responsibilities of buyers,” said Ann McCulloch, TSEI executive director
While this session will be of interest to all parts and equipment manufacturers regulated by Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, particular emphasis will be given to FMVSS 108, 111 and 125, McCulloch noted. Speakers will include representatives of MEMA, TSEI and NHTSA.
Admission to this seminar is free, but space is limited, so interested participants are urged to register early. Registration information and forms are available from Ann McCulloch, 202-312-9242 or [email protected]
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