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                     RVIA is teaming with the National Association of Trailer Manufacturers (NATM) to offer a free webinar exclusively for members of the two associations on Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. EST that will focus on NHTSA defect investigations and record retention requirements.

As reported in the RVIA Today Express, engineers and lawyers working for RV manufacturers, trailer manufacturers or supplier companies as well as any company personnel responsible for compliance with NHTSA rules and regulations are encouraged to participate in the webinar.

“This seminar will provide RVIA and NATM members the opportunity to better understand the structure of NHTSA and the Office of Defect Investigations (ODI),” said Bruce Hopkins, RVIA vice president of standards. “Attendees will receive insight and information on how and why NHTSA investigations are conducted, a company’s responsibility when receiving a request for an investigation from NHTSA, and the rules and procedures that apply to federal early warning reporting requirements.”

The webinar’s featured presenters will be Bruce York, NHTSA Division Chief, Medium and Heavy Duty Vehicles Division; Nate Seymour, safety defect investigator; and R. Nicholas Englund, Litigation and Enforcement Division, Office of Chief Counsel. The trio will discuss the roles of NHTSA and ODI and review key federal statutes and regulations, including: Title 49, United States Code, Chapter 301 ‐ Motor Vehicle Safety; Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Title 49 – General; CFR, Title 49 ‐ Sec 576, re Records Retention, OEM and Component Suppliers Investigations and Early Warning Reporting; and CFR, Title 49 ‐ Sec 579.5, re Notices, Bulletins, Customer Satisfaction Campaigns, Consumer Advisories and Other Communications.

To view the full agenda and registration form for the webinar, click here. To register for the event, send registration form (found at link above) to Gatie Gore at [email protected] or fax to (703) 620‐5071. Question can be directed to hear at (703) 620-6003, ext. 348.