Government shutdown halts car recalls, crash tests

3:24 PM, Oct 1, 2013   |    comments
(AP file)
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(USA Today) -- The impact of the federal government's shutdown is just beginning to be felt. One area affecting car owners is that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will not be posting any new recall notices as of today.

A note on NHTSA's website, which isn't easy to locate if you're not a regular user of the site, reads:

"Due to a lapse of Federal Government funding, NHTSA is unable to post any new recalls after close of business September 30, 2013. Recall searches will remain available but are only current as of that time. Consumers can continue to file safety defect complaints via this website, but they will not be evaluated by NHTSA staff until funding and services are restored."

For comparison, in case the shutdown runs on, in September Cars.com and USA TODAY posted news of 11 car and truck recalls. That does not count the motorcyle and commercial vehicles recalls that NHTSA also regulates.

Automakers can, however, announce their own recalls during this period.

(USA Today)

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