WASHINGTON (July 31)—Tire manufacturers will get confidential treatment for whatever production numbers they give to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration under "early warning" information reporting requirements, the agency has ruled. Warranty claims, field reports and consumer complaints also will be kept confidential, NHTSA decided, but not claims or notices involving death, personal injury or property damage. The effective date of the confidentiality rule is Sept. 11, the same day by which petitions for reconsideration must be submitted. Ann Wilson, senior vice president-government affairs with the Rubber Manufacturers Association, said the document is very complex and still under scrutiny. The association is pleased, however, that production figures and warranty adjustments will be kept confidential. "We´re particularly pleased they recognized that the release of production figures can be devastating to competition, and that warranty information is not considered within the realm of public information," Wilson said.
NHTSA allows some confidentiality in early warning data
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