CAS Sues Transportation Secretary Foxx For Violating Safety Act Mandate to Post Dealer Technical Service Bulletins & Index on DOT Website

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February 5, 2016

CAS Sues Transportation Secretary Foxx For Violating Safety Act Mandate to Post Dealer Technical Service Bulletins & Index on DOT Website

 For over three years DOT has violated the Congressional mandate in the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act” (MAP-21) enacted on July 6, 2012 that “the Secretary shall make available on a publicly accessible Internet website, a true or representative copy of each communication to the manufacturer’s dealers or to owners or purchasers of a motor vehicle or replacement equipment produced by the manufacturer about a defect or noncompliance with a motor vehicle safety standard prescribed under this chapter in a vehicle or equipment that is sold or serviced.”

         To make the Bulletins findable by consumers, MAP-21 required “an index to each communication, which–
(A) identifies the make, model, and model year of the affected vehicles;
(B) includes a concise summary of the subject matter of the communication; and
(C) shall be made available by the Secretary to the public on the Internet in a searchable format.”

DOT has failed to do either legal mandate – publish the actual bulletins or an index to them.

According to CAS Executive Director Clarence Ditlow:  “DOT’s failure to implement the law costs consumers money for repairs covered by Service Bulletins and endangers their lives by witholding Service Bulletins that disclosures defects that can cause crashes, deaths and injuries.  Today the Center for Auto Safety filed suit against DOT Secretary Foxx to force the Secretary to do what the law so clearly requires.  This is yet another example of where voluntary and cooperative action by the auto industry so praised by Secretary Foxx fails.” 

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The Center is represented by Adina Rosenbaum of the Public Citizen Litigation Group in Washington DC.

Related Documents

In Response to CAS Lawsuit, NHTSA Announces Plan to Comply With Law to Post TSBs and Manufacturer Communications to Dealers

NHTSA Enforcement Guidance Bulletin 2016–01; Guidance on Submission and Treatment of Manufacturer Communications to Dealers, Owners, or Purchasers About a Defect or Noncompliance – 3/25/16

CAS v. Foxx Complaint – 2/4/16

Examples of Technical Service Bulletins – Ford  Toyota  General Motors

GM Ignition Switch Technical Service Bulletin

Why Auto Repair Bulletins aren’t on Regulators’ Website

Letter from NHTSA to U.S. Rep Chris Van Hollen Promising Service Campaign Bulletin Disclosure