Congress repeals dealer requirement to certify CAA devices

Congress repeals dealer requirement to certify CAA devices

President Obama has signed into law an NADA-backed bipartisan bill unanimously passed by Congress earlier this month that repeals a 1977 mandate requiring dealers to give new-vehicle buyers a form certifying compliance with the Clean Air Act. The certification, required for new vehicles only, was found to be no longer needed with disclosures in the ownerês manuals and under-hood stickers of light-duty vehicles.

The certification law and the rule implementing it, which, along with the rule, was revised in 1981, provided that: (1) based on written notification from the manufacturer, the dealer knows the vehicle is covered by an EPA Certificate of Conformity; (2) based on a visual inspection of emissions control devices, there are no apparent deficiencies in their installation by the manufacturer; and (3) the dealer has performed all emission control system preparation required by the manufacturer before sale of the vehicle. The certification disclosure also stated that it –Äshould not be construed as a warranty.”

For questions on the repeal, call Michael Harrington in NADAês legislative office, (202) 547-5500, or NADA attorney Douglas Greenhaus, (703) 821-7040.

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