Which parts of the U.S. auto industry are at risk from car-modification legislation?
The auto industry is a major contributor to the federal government’s $4.5 billion auto-modifying program, which includes millions of dollars for state and local agencies.
But some parts of it are already vulnerable to car-makers’ tinkering.
“You have companies like Ford who have been able to put in this big-box, massive, massive-size factory that’s capable of making all these cars, and they’re making them in very different vehicles,” said Mike Zarrella, director of the Center for Automotive Innovation at the University of Michigan.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has a $4 billion research program that tracks how cars crash, said it could be hard to tell which parts are safe.
“The vehicle is a computer model, the sensors, the actuators are all computer-based,” said Dan Kahan, director for the NHTSA’s Automotive Safety Research Laboratory.
“So, if we’re looking at a vehicle that’s not designed to withstand those kinds of crashes, then we may be missing out on some really important information that might help us identify that safety issue.”
In the U, where most of the cars are made, manufacturers can still buy parts to make a vehicle crash-proof.
But they can’t sell those parts to consumers without first going through a process known as an “agreement with the customer.”
The agreement with the consumer is supposed to set out the amount of money automakers can ask their customers to pay for the new parts.
Even though they’ve paid that amount, it can be difficult to determine if the vehicle is safe, especially if a manufacturer can’t show how much money they’ve received from the government.
But the auto industry says it can help.
In an agreement with automakers, the federal agency will offer the company the option to offer a warranty if a particular part is deemed to be safe.
In the U., that means a manufacturer won’t have to pay to repair the car after it’s been in the shop for a year.
A spokesperson for the agency said the agency would continue to make its recommendations on how to best address safety issues with the industry’s existing policies and procedures.
Ford spokeswoman Liz McKean said the automaker would consider “proprietary or competitive offers” from the federal auto industry, and “consider how to make our cars safer.”
But she said the U.-government agreement only applies to vehicles made since 2007, when the federal law went into effect.
Kahan said it’s unlikely the government would make a formal offer to Ford to purchase parts.
He said the auto-maker needs to prove to the government that it is making vehicles safer and it has a way to sell parts to automakers that have not yet been approved for the program.
For instance, if Ford was to offer the parts for free, the automatists could say they’ve got a program that’s working.
That could also be a way for the U-government to force Ford to pay back the money the government is paying to fix its cars.
But Kahan said the company would be better off selling parts and using a “fairly aggressive” negotiating strategy to convince Ford to negotiate.
Zarrella said Ford would be wise to get more involved in the program, but said he doesn’t think the automakers are getting it right.
He said that the government has a “very limited budget” to make the auto program work and that the automats should be more involved to make sure it does. Read more: