The Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability, and Documentation (TREAD) Act

In response to the significant number of fatalities resulting from the Ford/Firestone catastrophe, Congress took swift legislative action to protect American motorists. The Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability, and Documentation (TREAD) Act became law in the fall of 2000. The legislation delegated new rulemaking authority to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and mandated that the agency carry out a list of critical tasks. 

Not At the Head of the Class:
NHTSA's TREAD Report Card 


Major crash avoidance and consumer information rules:  
Early warning information system to alert consumers on defects:  F
Tire pressure monitoring system to alert consumers of under-inflated tires:  F
Consumer reimbursement for defective vehicles or parts that are later recalled:  D
Rollover propensity consumer information program:  C-
  (Note: Companion rule on vehicle handling as yet un-issued)  
New tire safety standards:  D
NHTSA Average for implementation of these Major Safety rules from TREAD: D
Timeliness of issuance of rules A-
Read about NHTSA's regulatory work that has resulted from the passage of the TREAD Act:
Click here to read the text of the TREAD Act.

June 3, 2004 - Joan Claybrook testified before the Senate on TREAD Oversight and the need for SAFETEA's Title IV's safety measures
- click here to read the testimony -