WASHINGTON (Dec. 6)—The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a final rule requiring tire and auto makers to accelerate their programs to remedy product defects if the agency orders it. NHTSA may order an accelerated remedy if it determines that the manufacturer can't complete the remedy program "within a reasonable time;" that motorists are put at risk of death or serious injury if the program isn't completed quickly; or that the manufacturer can speed up the process by expanding the sources of replacement parts, authorized repairs or both. The rule goes into effect Jan. 6, and the agency will accept petitions for reconsideration of the document until Jan. 21.
NHTSA issues accelerated remedy rule
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