Looks Like More Than The U.S. Government Is Shutdown

When children argue it usually doesn’t last long before they make up, but when adults argue there’s no set time limit. This can even be seen though the most recent government shutdown. The United States entered day 24 today, making it the longest government shutdown thus far. But what if anything does that mean for the industry?

For starters it means there are no new Department of Transportation (DOT) autoglass identification numbers available – why? It’s simple; the DOT is funded by the government and is currently not getting the funding needed to produce and award companies with new numbers. But there’s more of an impact than just new DOT numbers.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the agency will not (and has not) been doing testing for defective products since the shutdown began. This means there have not been any new recalls issued in nearly one month.

“During a government shutdown, some key agency functions will be discontinued until funding is restored … those funded by annual appropriations will be suspended, including safety defect investigations, field crash investigations, review of consumer complaints, and notification of new vehicle and equipment recalls,” a portion of the association’s statement reads.

There could be numerous amounts of vehicles on the road with defects. This directly impacts your business because shop owners, like you, do not have the information needed to service their customers if they believe they might have a defective product. Although vehicle manufacturers are required to notify all affected customers of recalls, the NHTSA aids in spreading information about the latest recalls through its routine safety checks and by making the information available on its site.

As a result, there are a number of things that have been put on hold since the shutdown began, and only time will tell how much it will end up impacting auto glass professionals.

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1 Response to Looks Like More Than The U.S. Government Is Shutdown

  1. Onlooker says:

    President Trump may have accepted the mantle for shutting down the government, but the Democrats are responsible for keeping it shut down when they know all that is needed is to fund the much needed border wall. Congress has the power of the purse, but they must pass a funding bill that the POTUS will sign. They know what it will take. Just do it!

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