Trailer manufacturers must provide the NHTSA statement below to each customer to meet the requirement for NATM certification. Most NATM Members meet the requirement by incorporating the NHTSA Notification Statement into their Owner’s Manual. Below is the pertinent section of the Code of Federal Regulations followed by the statement itself in bold and italics.
49 CFR Part 575.6 (a) (2) (i-ii)
At the time a motor vehicle manufactured on or after September 1, 1990, is delivered to the first purchaser for purposes other than resale, the manufacturer shall provide to the purchaser, in writing, in the English language and not less than 10-point type, the following statement in the owner’s manual, or, if there is no owner’s manual, on a one-page document.
(ii) The manufacturer shall specify in the table of contents of the owner’s manual the location of the statement in 575.6(a)(2)(i-ii).
The heading in the table of contents shall state “Reporting Safety Defects.” 49 CFR Part 575.6 (a)(2)(i-ii).
Refer to Section B-9 Warning Standards in NATM’s Guidelines Manual.
If you believe that your vehicle has a defect that could cause a crash or could cause injury or death, you should immediately inform the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in addition to notifying ABC Manufacturing Inc.
If NHTSA receives similar complaints, it may open an investigation, and if it finds that a safety defect exists in a group of vehicles, it may order a recall and remedy campaign. However, NHTSA cannot become involved in individual problems between you, your dealer, or ABC Manufacturing Inc.
To contact NHTSA, you may either call the Vehicle Safety Hotline toll-free at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY:
1-800-424-9153), go to http://www.safercar.gov; or write to:
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE Washington, DC 20590
You can also obtain other information about motor vehicle safety from http://www.safercar.gov