WASHINGTON (June 26, 2012)—Periodic safety inspections of all registered vehicles in every state are necessary to maximize vehicle safety, according to the amendments to highway safety program guidelines issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The NHTSA amendment published in the June 20 Federal Register is part of an ongoing federal mandate for the agency to update its highway safety program guidelines to provide states with current information on effective program content. To provide such guidelines is a basic part of the agency's charter.
According to the amended NHTSA guideline, each state should have a safety inspection program to reduce the number of vehicles with existing or potential conditions that lead to vehicle crashes.
At a minimum, every state should require that every vehicle registered within its borders be inspected for safety at the time of initial registration and periodically thereafter, the amended guideline said.
The inspection should be carried out by personnel trained to carry out the inspection and certified by the state, the proposal said. It should cover all systems, subsystems and components related to safe vehicle performance, it said.