ARA Testifies Before Congress on Implementation of New Law Requiring Automakers to Provide Recalled Parts Data

On April 14, 2016 Michael Wilson, ARA CEO, testified before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade on the subject of “Oversight of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)”.

ARA’s testimony discussed critical issues that need to be incorporated in a final rule to make the provision requiring automobile manufacturers provide access to OEM parts data for recalled parts truly effective. Wilson outlined in some detail that an automated system linking recalled part data to specific VIN’s was necessary. He further stated that the automakers must be required to provide data dating back to 2000 for a workable system.

Prior to ARA’s testimony, NHTSA Administrator Dr. Mark Rosekind testified before the Subcommittee. Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), sponsor of the recall data provision, questioned Dr. Rosekind about the status of implementation of the new law and if NHTSA had been working with recyclers. Dr. Rosekind responded that the process of implementation is on-going, would require a formal rulemaking and that recyclers have been “very forthcoming”. He also added in response to other questions that he felt the relationship with recyclers has been “very productive”. Kinzinger assured Rosekind that his staff would be following their progress on this provision.