This can be seen though the most recent government shutdown. The United States entered day 24 on Jan. 14, 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) auto glass 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 website.
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.