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Manufacturers have fought to inhibit the production and publication of an Early Warning database

Following the Ford Firestone debacle, Congress enacted the TREAD Act, establishing the creation of an Early Warning database that would help NHTSA and the public be aware of life threatening safety defects. Manufacturers have fought, tooth and nail, to keep this information as sparse and secret as possible.

Click here to read the comments of the Alliance for Automobile Manufacturers to the NHTSA regulatory docket urging NHTSA to prevent early warning information disclosure. 

The Alliance submitted two additional comments requesting blanket non-disclosure of early warning information.  Click here to read the first, click here to read the second, which is in direct response to Public Citizen's comment, available by clicking here.

Click here to learn more about the history of the early warning database and manufacturers' opposition to it.

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