Left to right: Bob Wills, ASA mechanical division director, acting NHTSA administrator David Friedman, Bill Moss, ASA general director Photo: Howard Pitkow
ASA leaders discuss vehicle safety inspection
On May 29, 2014, a group of ASA’s mechanical division leadership met with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) acting administrator to discuss the importance of vehicle safety inspection, as well as advancements in vehicle technology. During the meeting, David Friedman, NHTSA acting administrator, acknowledged that independent repairers are a valuable source of on-the-ground expertise and expressed interest in working directly with ASA’s members to collect information for the NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation (ODI).
Bob Wills, AAM, ASA’s mechanical division director, said, “We certainly enjoyed meeting Administrator Friedman and look forward to working closely with the NHTSA team on related issues in the near future.”
The Automotive Service Association is the largest not-for-profit trade association of its kind dedicated to and governed by independent automotive service and repair professionals. ASA serves an international membership base that includes numerous affiliate, state and chapter groups from both the mechanical and collision repair segments of the automotive service industry.
ASA has met with senior NHTSA officials in the past to discuss automotive safety defects, ways to raise awareness of safety defects and aftermarket crash parts regulation. Among other results, the meetings have increased accessibility of NHTSA’s automotive safety-based website, www.safercar.gov. The website features a tool for consumer complaints on automotive safety defects. The Vehicle Owner’s Questionnaire (VOQ) form is used to measure frequency and severity of defects to determine if a recall is necessary. A common goal is to make the VOQ more consumer-friendly and well-known to encourage drivers to report problems. NHTSA and ASA hope to create a compatible form for repair shops.
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