The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed amendments “to certain provisions of the early warning reporting (EWR) rule and regulations governing motor vehicle and equipment safety recalls.” According to NHTSA’s notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR), the EWR rule amendments would require light vehicle manufacturers “to specify the vehicle type and the fuel and/or propulsion system type in their reports” as well as “add new component categories of stability control systems for light vehicles, buses, emergency vehicles, and medium-heavy vehicle manufacturers, and forward collision avoidance, lane departure prevention, and backover prevention for light vehicle manufacturers.” These changes would also compel manufacturers “to report their annual list of substantially similar vehicles via the Internet.”

Under the revised safety recall regulations, NHTSA would ask certain manufacturers “to submit vehicle identification numbers (VIN) for recalled vehicles and to daily report changes in recall remedy status for those vehicles.” The agency would also not only require the online submissions of recall reports but would make alterations to the content of owner notification letters issued to the owners and purchasers of recalled vehicles and equipments. NHSTA has requested comments on the NPR by November 9, 2012. See Federal Register, September 10, 2012.