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Rulemaking by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is the agency within the Department of Transportation that is responsible for establishing and enforcing safety standards for passenger vehicles.
During the rulemaking process, the NHTSA posts rules under contemplation by the agency in a public, online docket. Anyone can comment to the docket through this on-line interface. Public Citizen comments on multiple rulemakings each year (our comments are listed below, sorted by subject).
If you are interested in looking at or commenting to NHTSA's public docket, click here. Below is a list of the docket numbers for rules Public Citizen has commented to or is monitoring (most of these rules are mentioned elsewhere on our website). If you are interested in looking at additional rules, you can search for specific terms or use the "advanced search" engine.
Public Citizen's Comments to NHTSA's dockets
Child Restraint Systems
Designated Seating Positions and Seat Belt Assembly Anchorages
Early Warning Database/Part 512 Secrecy Disclosure
Event Data Recorders
Frontal New Car Assessment Program
Fuel Economy Standards for Light Trucks
Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
International Symbol Adoption
Kahane Safety, Weight and CAFE Report
New Car Assessment Program (NCAP)
NHTSA Report on Vehicle Compatibility (to read the report, click here)
NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Rulemaking Priorities
Reimbursement Prior to a Recall
Rollover - Dynamic Resistance Standard
Rollover - Roof Crush
School Buses and 15-Passenger Vans
Tire Performance Safety Standards
Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems
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