NHTSA or Manufacturer Safety Recall Notice
What does it mean when a manufacturer initiates a safety recall involving vehicles or items of motor vehicle equipment?
- A safety recall involving a motor vehicle or an item of a vehicle equipment can be independently conducted by a Manufacturer or ordered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In either case, the manufacturer must file a public report describing the safety-related defect or noncompliance with a Federal motor vehicle safety standard, the involved vehicle/equipment population, the major events that resulted in the recall determination, a description of the remedy, and a schedule for the recall. NHTSA monitors each safety recall to ensure the manufacturers provide owners safe, free, and effective remedies according to the Safety Act and Federal regulations.
Technical Service Bulletins (TSB’s)
- A bulletin issued to a product dealership by the manufacturer detailing a fix for a known concern. The bulletin is for informational purposes only. It is not a recall. The dealer is under no obligation to make the repair or notify customers. TSB’s are intended to assist dealers (and owners) in ongoing repairs.
Additional information can be located at the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration’s website.