The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a legislative mandate under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966 and the Motor Vehicle Information and Cost Savings Act of 1972 to issue Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) to which motor vehicle manufacturers of passenger cars, multipurpose passenger vehicles, trucks, trailers, buses, school buses, motorcycles, and items of motor vehicle equipment must conform and certify compliance. The FMVSS are regulations written in terms of minimum safety performance requirements for motor vehicles or items of motor vehicle equipment. These requirements are specified in such a manner "that the public is protected against unreasonable risk of crashes occurring as a result of the design, construction, or performance of motor vehicles and is also protected against unreasonable risk of death or injury in the event crashes do occur." This booklet lists the FMVSS in effect as of December 1998, and provides a brief description of each safety standard. It also provides a brief description of other Federal consumer information regulations and requirements, such as those dealing with fuel economy standards, theft prevention, vehicle identification number, anthropomorphic test devices, retrofit on-off switches for air bags, etc.


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 29 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00765917
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-805 674
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 12 1999 12:00AM