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Comments to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Reporting of Information and Documents about Potential Defects Retention of Records that Could Indicate Defects

Consumers Union appreciates the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for early warning information on potential product defects, acknowledging the agency’s effort to refine and streamline the process of gathering early warning information, and taking notice of the important changes and improvements made in the NPRM since the publication of the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) in January of 2001. If the data that are submitted pursuant to this regulation are properly organized and regularly reviewed by NHTSA analysts, we believe this will be an essential tool for protecting motorists and promoting automotive safety.