Tue May 17, 2016
More than 300 people representing RV manufactures and suppliers attended a recent seminar hosted by RVIA in Elkhart, Ind., where they learned best practices for communicating with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Federal law requires manufacturers of motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment to report safety related defects and non-compliances with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. In addition, certain information must be reported under what is commonly known as Early Warning Reporting (EWR), or the TREAD Act.
Sponsored by Thor Industries and Forest River, Inc., the free seminar provided an overview of NHTSA and a detailed review of specific regulatory reporting requirements, and explained who is obligated under the law to comply. The agenda featured a panel discussion with Bruce York of NHTSA and industry leaders, including David Mihalick, Thor Industries; Chris Grigorian, Foley & Lardner, LLP; Wes Chestnut, Spartan Motors; Leo Akins, Forest River; and Von Lindsey, Lindsey Research Services. A question and answer session with York and Bruce Hopkins, RVIA vice president of Standards and Education, punctuated the widely attended gathering.
"The seminar was a homerun," said Doug Gaeddert, general manager of Forest River Inc. "It was very impactful to have the session here in Elkhart, home to so many RV manufacturing and supplier companies." Seminar attendee Mat Johnson, Lippert Components, agreed. "The information provided was helpful and really put our responsibilities in perspective," he said.
The seminar was recorded and available for viewing in eight segments at this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd5Ma3svnB7QketaIOBLyAA