WASHINGTON (Oct. 1, 2004) — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has worked fast to complete most requirements of the Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability and Documentation (TREAD) Act, according to a new report from NHTSA's Office of the Inspector General.
But NHTSA needs to upgrade its analytical capability for “early warning” data and finalize data screening procedures before the early warning system lives up to its potential, the report stated. The agency also needs to revise its cost estimates and schedule for bringing its ARTEMIS safety defects information system completely online, it said.
A spokesman for the Rubber Manufacturers Association said it is “not surprising that more work needs to be done” to bring the early warning system up to speed. It is “a very new system with which all RMA members are fully complying,” he said.