The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will delay for three months the implementation of a wide-ranging vehicle safety reporting system that was to go into effect Aug. 1.
Initial reports under the Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability and Documentation Act (TREAD), including a three-year historical accounting and the first quarterly report of safety-related incidents, will be due Dec. 1, under final rules posted by NHTSA on Wednesday (June 11) in the Federal Register.
Manufacturers of more than 500 vehicles annually will be required to report at that time such items as deaths and injuries, property damage, warranty claims and consumer complaints involving their units during the last three years and then report quarterly after that. Additionally, manufacturers are to report the number of vehicles they manufacturer by make, model and model year.
The new rules, ordered by Congress after several dozen deaths caused by defects in Firestone Wilderness AT tires, apply to all manufacturers of vehicles, motorcycles and towable trailers.
The delay was requested by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) along with several other organizations and companies.
However, NHTSA rejected an RVIA petition that the threshold for reporting be increased to 5,000 vehicles.