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May
3

Service (motor vehicle) – Wikipedia

Periodic maintenance of a motor vehicle

A motor vehicle service or tune-up is a series of maintenance procedures carried out at a set time interval or after the vehicle has traveled a certain distance. The service intervals are specified by the vehicle manufacturer in a service schedule and some modern cars display the due date for the next service electronically on the instrument panel. A tune-up should not be confused with engine tuning, which is the modifying of an engine to perform better than the original specification, rather than using maintenance to keep the engine running as it should.

The completed services are usually recorded in a service book upon completion of each service. A complete service history usually adds to the resale value of a vehicle.

Scheduling[edit]

The actual schedule of car maintenance varies depending on the year, make, and model of a car, its driving conditions and driver behavior.
Car makers recommend the so-called extreme or the ideal service schedule based on impact parameters such as

  • number of trips and distance traveled per trip per day
  • extreme hot or cold climate conditions
  • mountainous, dusty or DE-iced roads
  • heavy stop-and-go vs. long-distance cruising
  • towing a trailer or other heavy load

Service advisers in dealerships and independent shops recommend schedule intervals, which are often in between the ideal or extreme service schedule.

Common maintenance[edit]

Maintenance tasks commonly carried out during a motor vehicle service include:

Mechanical parts that may cause the car to cease transmission or prove unsafe for the road are also noted and advised upon.

In the United Kingdom, few parts that are not inspected on the MOT test are inspected and advised upon a Service Inspection, including clutch, gearbox, car battery, and engine components (further inspections than MOT).

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Apr
30

Motor Vehicle Defects and Safety Recalls: What Every Vehicle Owner Should Know | Safercar.gov

Defects and Recalls Booklet
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Introduction

In 2009, approximately 30,000 lives were lost on our Nation’s highways Although 30,000 reflect a 28% decrease in traffic fatalities since 2006, much can still be done to address this issue on our Nation’s highways Traffic crashes are the primary cause of debilitating injuries in the United States and the number one killer of Americans under the age of 34 In addition to staggering emotional costs, the annual economic loss to society because of these crashes, in terms of worker productivity, medical costs, insurance costs, etc , is estimated at more than $230 billion Clearly, there is a need for dramatic improvement in motor vehicle safety Getting unsafe vehicles off the road is integral to improving safety and saving lives.

The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act (originally enacted in 1966 and now recodified as 49 U.S.C. Chapter 301) gives the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the authority to issue vehicle safety standards and to require manufacturers to recall vehicles that have safety-related defects or do not meet Federal safety standards. Since then, more than 390 million cars, trucks, buses, recreational vehicles, motorcycles, and mopeds, as well as 46 million tires, 66 million pieces of motor vehicle equipment, and 42 million child safety seats have been recalled to correct safety defects.

Manufacturers voluntarily initiate many of these recalls, while others are either influenced by NHTSA investigations or ordered by NHTSA via the courts. If a safety defect is discovered, the manufacturer must notify NHTSA, as well as vehicle or equipment owners, dealers, and distributors. The manufacturer is then required to remedy the problem at no charge to the owner. NHTSA is responsible for monitoring the manufacturer’s corrective action to ensure successful completion of the recall campaign.

Purpose

The purpose of this Motor Vehicle Safety Defects and Recalls Booklet is to answer the most commonly asked questions about how and why recall campaigns are initiated, and to inform consumers of their rights and responsibilities when a vehicle or item of motor vehicle equipment is recalled. In these pages, you’ll discover how to report a safety-related problem to NHTSA, as well as how participation by citizens like you helps to keep motor vehicles as safe as possible. See the following section for comprehensive answers to some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) NHTSA receives on recalls.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is a recall necessary?

  • When a motor vehicle or item of motor vehicle equipment (including tires) does not comply with a Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard.

  • When there is a safety-related defect in the vehicle or equipment.

Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards set minimum performance requirements for those parts of the vehicle that most affect its safe operation (brakes, tires, lighting) or that protect drivers and passengers from death or serious injury in the event of a crash (air bags, safety belts, child restraints, energy absorbing steering columns, motorcycle helmets). These Federal Standards are applicable to all vehicles and

Apr
22

Motor Vehicle Sales

Previous
Total Vehicle Sales 11.4M
Domestic Vehicle Sales 9.1M

Definition

Unit sales of motor vehicles, published by the Bureau of Economic Analysis at the beginning of each month, include domestic sales and imports. Domestics are sales of autos produced in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Imports are U.S. sales of vehicles produced elsewhere. The data track all passenger cars and light trucks up to 14,000 pounds gross weight (including minivans and sport utility vehicles). Though totals include a relatively small portion sold to businesses, motor vehicle sales are good indicators of trends in consumer spending and often are considered a leading indicator at business cycle turning points.

Description

Since motor vehicle sales are an important element of consumer spending, market players watch this closely to get a handle on the direction of the economy. The pattern of consumption spending is one of the foremost influences on stock and bond markets. Strong economic growth translates to healthy corporate profits and higher stock prices. The bond market focus is on whether economic growth goes overboard and leads to inflation. Ideally, the economy walks that fine line between strong growth and excessive (inflationary) growth. This balance was achieved through much of the nineties. For this reason alone, investors in the stock and bond markets enjoyed huge gains during the bull market of the 1990s.

Retail sales growth did slow down in tandem with the equity market during the 2001 recession but then, boosted by a low interest rate environment, rose sharply through 2007 before falling sharply during the Great Recession. Sales then recovered and, once again boosted by low rates, began a long period of steady and favorable growth.

In a more specific sense, auto and truck sales show market conditions for auto makers and the slew of auto-related companies. These figures can influence particular stock prices and provide insight to investment opportunities in this industry. Given that most consumers borrow money to buy cars or trucks, sales also reflect confidence in current and future economic conditions.

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Apr
21

Bicycle Safety | Motor Vehicle Safety

Photo of a biker wearing jeans riding a bicycle.

How big is the problem?

Deaths and Injuries

In 2015 in the United States, over 1,000 bicyclists died and there were almost 467,000 bicycle-related injuries.3

Cost

Data from 2010 show fatal and non-fatal crash-related injuries to bicyclists resulted in lifetime medical costs and productivity losses of $10 billion.3

What are the major risk factors?

  • Adults aged 50 to 59 years have the highest bicycle death rates.3
  • Children (5-14 years) and adolescents (15-19 years) have the highest rates of nonfatal bicycle-related injuries, accounting for more than one-third of all bicycle-related injuries seen in U.S. emergency departments.3
  • Males die 6 times more often and are injured 4 times more often on bicycles than females.3
  • Most bicyclist deaths occur in urban areas and at non-intersection locations.4
  • Among bicyclist deaths, 37% had alcohol involvement either for the motor vehicle driver or bicycle rider.4

How can bicycle-related injuries and deaths be prevented?

Effective Interventions

Effective interventions to reduce injuries and fatalities to bicyclists include the following:

Bicycle helmets

Bicycle helmets reduce the risk of head and brain injuries in the event of a crash.5 All bicyclists, regardless of age, can help protect themselves by wearing properly fitted bicycle helmets every time they ride.

Bicycle helmet laws 

Bicycle helmet laws are effective for increasing helmet use and reducing crash-related injuries and deaths among children and adults.6

Promising Interventions

Interventions that have shown promise for reducing injuries and fatalities to bicyclists include the following:

Active lighting and rider visibility
  • Fluorescent clothing can make bicyclists visible from further away than regular clothing during the daytime.6
  • Retro-reflective clothing can make bicyclists more visible at night.6
  • Active lighting can include front white lights, rear red lights, or other lighting on the bicycle or bicyclist. This lighting may improve the visibility of bicyclists.6
Roadway engineering measures

Information about roadway engineering measures, like bike lanes, that can improve safety for bicyclists is available from The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information CenterExternal.

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Apr
12

Defective Motor Vehicle Lawsuits – FindLaw

Motor vehicle defect cases include claims involving not only passenger automobiles, but also motorcycles, trucks, and vans. Unlike an ordinary personal injury claim for negligence after a motor vehicle accident, in order to establish a vehicle manufacturer or seller’s liability for a car defect, you do not need to show that they were careless.

Claims may be based on defects in:

  • The body and frame,
  • Brakes and braking system,
  • Cooling and temperature control system,
  • Electrical system,
  • Engine assembly,
  • Exhaust system,
  • Fuel system,
  • Lubrication system,
  • Passenger compartment,
  • Steering and suspension systems,
  • Transmission and drivetrain, and other parts and accessories.

Again, carelessness is not a requirement under the strict liability legal standard. Instead, liability in motor vehicle defect cases is controlled by the doctrine of strict liability. Regardless of what steps a manufacturer or dealer says it takes in designing, assembling, or handling a motor vehicle, you can make a strict liability claim based on a motor vehicle defect — without making any showing as to carelessness — if all three of the following conditions exist:

  • The vehicle or one of its components had an “unreasonably dangerous” defect that injured you. The defect can come into existence either in the design of the vehicle, during manufacture, during handling or shipment (i.e. delivery from the manufacturer), or through a failure to warn consumers of a dangerous aspect of the vehicle.
  • The defect caused an injury while the vehicle was being used in a way that it was intended to be used. For example, you may not be able to recover if a sports sedan were used to cross a stream.
  • The vehicle had not been substantially changed from the condition in which it was originally sold. “Substantially” means in a way that affects how the vehicle performs.

Defenses to Defective Motor Vehicle Lawsuits

The vehicle manufacturer and/or the seller may have a defense to your strict liability claims, particularly if you have owned the vehicle for some time, if it can be shown that you knew about the defect but continued to use the vehicle anyway. This is usually established either through the vehicle’s condition (which the manufacturer’s or seller’s insurance company will be able to examine if you bring a claim) or from your own description of your use of the vehicle. In some states, a manufacturer or seller may also be able to defend against your motor vehicle defect claim under the theory that your contributory or comparative negligence was the cause of, or a factor in, your injuries.

Punitive Damages

A recent trend in vehicle product liability cases is to increase awards of punitive damages for those who successfully bring a claim against a manufacturer or seller. These punitive damages awards are above and beyond damages to compensate a plaintiff for his or her injuries, and can range into the tens of millions of dollars in certain instances. Punitive damages are

Apr
10

Motor vehicle – definition of motor vehicle by The Free Dictionary

motor vehicle - a self-propelled wheeled vehicle that does not run on railsmotor vehicle – a self-propelled wheeled vehicle that does not run on rails
airbrake – a vehicular brake that operates by compressed air; especially for heavy vehicles
bloodmobile – a motor vehicle equipped to collect blood donations
bodywork – the exterior body of a motor vehicle
brake system, brakes – a braking device consisting of a combination of interacting parts that work to slow a motor vehicle
cab – a compartment at the front of a motor vehicle or locomotive where driver sits
auto, automobile, car, motorcar, machine – a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine; “he needs a car to get to work”
car wheel – a wheel that has a tire and rim and hubcap; used to propel the car
chassis – the skeleton of a motor vehicle consisting of a steel frame supported on springs that holds the body and motor
electrical system – equipment in a motor vehicle that provides electricity to start the engine and ignite the fuel and operate the lights and windshield wiper and heater and air conditioner and radio
fuel system – equipment in a motor vehicle or aircraft that delivers fuel to the engine
go-kart – a small low motor vehicle with four wheels and an open framework; used for racing
hearse – a vehicle for carrying a coffin to a church or a cemetery; formerly drawn by horses but now usually a motor vehicle
internal-combustion engine, ICE – a heat engine in which combustion occurs inside the engine rather than in a separate furnace; heat expands a gas that either moves a piston or turns a gas turbine
power brake – a brake on an automobile that magnifies a small force applied to the brake pedal into a proportionately larger force applied to slow or stop the vehicle
second gear, second – the gear that has the second lowest forward gear ratio in the gear box of a motor vehicle; “he had to shift down into second to make the hill”
suspension system, suspension – a mechanical system of springs or shock absorbers connecting the wheels and axles to the chassis of a wheeled vehicle
roadworthiness – (of motor vehicles) the quality of being fit to drive on the open road
smash-up, smash – a serious collision (especially of motor vehicles)

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Apr
8

American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators

2020 Region 1
Conference is Cancelled  



The 2020 AAMVA Region 1
Conference scheduled for May 12-14, 2020 in Providence, Rhode Island, has been
cancelled due to health and safety concerns about COVID-19 (coronavirus) and
travel bans being imposed by many entities that traditionally participate in
the event. Individuals do not need to take any action to cancel event
registration and AAMVA will automatically process a refund of any paid
registration fee. Attendees will need to cancel their own hotel and travel
reservations. You can call the Hilton Providence directly at 888.225.9664. For
questions, please contact Patrice Aasmo (571.435.2861), Samara Fetner (703.254.7020)
or Dianne
Graham
 (571.265.5573).

 

Visit our homepage to view all event cancellations and
announcements.


AAMVA Legislative
Alert: TSA Grants Temporary Exemption for Security Threat Assessments for
HAZMAT Holders 



The United States
Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security
Administration (TSA) has granted a temporary exemption from requirements regarding the expiration of TSA security threat assessments for Hazardous
Material Endorsement (HME) holders (49 CFR 1572). For the duration of this exemption, a state may grant an extension of up to 180 days for an HME that
expired or would otherwise expire between March 1, 2020 and the end date of this exemption (currently through July 31, 2020), even if the individual was unable to initiate or complete the required security threat assessment before
the expiration date. If the state grants an extension, the individual with an expired HME must initiate the process of renewing his or her security threat
assessment for an HME no later than 60 days before the end of the stategranted
extension. Read more here.


California Conducts
NMVTIS Online Inquires and Batch Updates 



AAMVA is very pleased to
announce California has completed their NMVTIS implementation and is now
conducting online inquiries and will continue to provide batch updates in
NMVTIS. California is now fully participating in NMVTIS. This is a significant
achievement. Congratulations, California! For more information about NMVTIS
requirements, please contact Tom Manuel, Senior Program Manager.


Welcome Associate
Members!



AAMVA is pleased to welcome the following
organizations to our Associate Membership Program. Follow the links below to
learn more about each organization:



Owner-Operator Independent
Drivers Association (OOIDA) – https://www.ooida.com/


Jurisdiction Response
to COVID-19



Click here to view consolidated information
and see how motor vehicle administrations are handling driver licensing and
vehicle registration. This document will be updated with the most current
information on our homepage. 


Motor Vehicle Industry
Response on COVID-19 Pandemic



On March 11, 2020, the
World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19, a novel (new)
coronavirus, to be a global pandemic. This is a rapidly-evolving
pandemic, and though early data suggested people above the age of 60
and/or with underlying medical conditions (such as diabetes, heart disease, or
lung disease) were considered to be most at risk, recent data has shown 40% of hospitalized
patients were between the ages of 20 and 54. By March 13, COVID-19 was
declared a 

Apr
3

Automotive Steering Motor Market 2019-2023 | Use of EPS in Modern Vehicles to Boost Growth | Technavio

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Technavio has been monitoring the automotive steering motor market and it is poised to grow by USD 2.06 billion during 2019-2023, progressing at a CAGR of almost 9% during the forecast period. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment.

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The market is concentrated, and the degree of concentration will accelerate during the forecast period. Bosch, Brose Fahrzeugteile, DENSO, Johnson Electric, MAHLE, and SKF are some of the major market participants. The use of EPS in modern vehicles will offer immense growth opportunities. To make the most of the opportunities, market vendors should focus more on the growth prospects in the fast-growing segments, while maintaining their positions in the slow-growing segments.

Use of EPS in modern vehicles has been instrumental in driving the growth of the market.

Automotive Steering Motor Market 2019-2023: Segmentation

Automotive Steering Motor Market is segmented as below:

  • Type
    • Electric Power Steering
    • Electro-hydraulic Power Steering
  • Application
    • Passenger Car
    • Commercial Vehicle
  • Geographic Landscape

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This study identifies increasing penetration of steer-by-wire technology as one of the prime reasons driving the automotive steering motor market growth during the next few years.

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Automotive Steering Motor Market 2019-2023 : Key Highlights

  • CAGR of the market during the forecast period 2019-2023
  • Detailed information on factors that will assist automotive steering motor market growth during the next five years
  • Estimation of the automotive steering motor market size and its contribution to the parent market
  • Predictions on upcoming trends and changes in consumer behavior
  • The growth of the automotive steering motor market
  • Analysis of the market’s competitive landscape and detailed information on vendors
  • Comprehensive details of factors that will challenge the growth of automotive steering motor market vendors

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PART 02: SCOPE OF THE REPORT

  • 2.1 Preface
  • 2.2 Preface
  • 2.3 Currency conversion rates for US$

PART 03: MARKET LANDSCAPE

  • Market ecosystem
Apr
2

Motor vehicle registration transfer

Overview

If you acquire, or become the operator of, an ACT registered vehicle, or trailer, you must apply to transfer the vehicle’s registration within 14 days. In addition to the prescribed registration fees, a transfer fee is payable. A late transfer penalty fee will be charged for applications made after the 14 days.

If you aren’t sure what you need to do to transfer the vehicle, use the Registration information and transfer guide to assess what paperwork, inspections, fees and/or any additional requirements you will require.

Access Canberra must confirm your identity prior to completing this transaction. If you do not hold, or cannot produce, your ACT Driver Licence, you may be required to provide full proof of identity and/or residency. Further information about identity requirements can be found on the proof of identity and residency page.

If you wish to add a secondary operator to a registration you will be required to provide proof of Identity/Residency for both operators. If both persons are not present for the transaction, an authority to act as an agent form (PDF 156KB) will need to be completed authorising the vehicle to be registered into the person’s name that is not present.

If you wish to register the vehicle into an organisational name (e.g. company or charity) you will be required to provide a company certificate and authorisation from a director to allowing the transaction to be performed.

Buying an ACT registered motor vehicle

All vehicles up to 4.5 tonnes and more than six years old, and all imported vehicles currently registered in the ACT with green or yellow compliance plates need to be inspected to ensure they are roadworthy before the registration transfer can be completed. This can be done at the Access Canberra Motor Vehicle Inspection Station at Hume or by an authorised examiner in the ACT.

All imported vehicles with a magenta (purple) compliance plate whether from the ACT or another jurisdiction must be inspected at the Access Canberra Motor Vehicle Inspection Station at Hume.

All imported vehicles from another jurisdiction to be established in the ACT with green or yellow compliance plates must be inspected at the Access Canberra Motor Vehicle Inspection Station at Hume.

All imported and currently un-registered ACT vehicles with green or yellow compliance plates must be inspected at the Access Canberra Motor Vehicle Inspection Station at Hume.

For further information about booking an inspection refer to the Motor vehicle inspections page.

If the vehicle purchased has had a concession applied to the current registration period by the previous operator, you may be required to pay pro-rata registration fees. Payment of the pro-rata registration fees will be required for this period beginning on the date you acquired the vehicle