The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a legislative
under Title 49 of the United States Code, Chapter 301, Motor Vehicle Safety,
issue Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) and Regulations to
manufacturers of motor vehicle and equipment items must conform and certify
compliance. FMVSS 209 was the first standard to become effective on March
1967. A number of FMVSS became effective for vehicles manufactured on
after January 1, 1968. Subsequently, other FMVSS have been issued. New
standards and amendments to existing standards are published in the Federal
These Federal safety standards 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
is protected against unreasonable risk of crashes occurring as a result
design, construction, or performance of motor vehicles and is also protected
against unreasonable risk of death or injury in the event crashes do
This is the future site for FMVSS documents, testing facilities, NHTSA
and etc. It will be more comprehensive than FMVSS.GOV, since it will offer
accredited facilities that are certified to test your components or vehicles
in your area.
It will also contain downloads to industry-standard, AIAG-approved documents
as automotive DVP&R's, DFMEA's, etc.
Typical facilities will offer testing such as durability, key life, corrosion,
impact, sun load, weatherometer, Florida and Arizona testing, lighting,
deflection and etc. If there's an OEM test, there will be somebody close
by willing to test it.
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MINI GUIDE to the FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARDS