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Registration Now Open for Third Annual Automotive Safety Inspection Forum

On October 19, 2016, the Automotive Service Association (ASA), and ASA-Texas will host the third annual safety inspection forum in Houston, Texas area.

A lack of regular maintenance poses a risk to the safety of the vehicle owner, his or her passengers, other drivers, pedestrians, and property. In addition, it hurts the long-term value of the vehicle. Safety inspections have been proven to reduce the number accidents caused by vehicle defects, preserve the quality safety-related vehicle components, and diminish the amount of fatal accidents.

Join us this fall for a half-day forum in Texas to determine how best to promote the importance of preventative maintenance programs. Register is free and open to the public. Sign up here.

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U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Asks NHTSA to Address OBD-II Port Security Risks

On September 12th, 2016, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), along with subcommittee chairmen Greg Walden (R-OR), Tim Murphy (R-PA), and Michael Burgess (R-TX), submitted a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), requesting the formation of a stakeholder group to develop a strategy to address the potential security risks posed by automotive On-Board diagnostics ports (OBD-II). OBD-II ports were first mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1994 as a means to test vehicle emissions under the Clean Air Act. Since then, the use of OBD-II ports has expanded to include repair diagnostics for both technicians and consumers.

To see the full text of the letter, click here.

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NHTSA Publishes Proposed Rule on Recall Notification, Requesting Public Comment

On September 1st, 2016 the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), released a proposed rule that would require manufacturers to notify consumers of outstanding recalls by electronic means in addition to first-class mail.

The proposal would also allow NHTSA to require manufacturers to send additional notifications if the agency determines that an inadequate number of vehicles have been returned for remedy. To see the full text of the proposed rule, please click here.

 

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