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What is the Arbitration Certification Program?

The Arbitration Certification Program (ACP) serves as state regulators for California. It has the mandate to ensure that all state-certified vehicles remain in general compliance with the regulations and statutes governing the vehicle-related arbitration process involving the performance and quality of vehicles.

NHTSA upgrades new car assessment program

The United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced plans to revamp its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) in 2020. This will help ensure the continued safety of drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and cyclists by adapting to and evaluating the latest technology manufacturers are putting in vehicles, particularly crash avoidance technology, electric vehicles and hybrids, as well as self-driving vehicles.

Takata recalls 1.4 million more airbags

Bankrupt airbag manufacturer Takata has recalled 1.4 million more driver’s side airbags. The reason given is the commonly cited ones of the inflator potentially exploding and hurling shrapnel into the airbag and driver, or not correctly inflating to protect the driver when activated. This new recall impacts BMW, Honda, Mitsubishi, Toyota and Volkswagens models manufactured between 1995 and 2000, but will likely include more vehicles as vehicle manufacturers determine which vehicles are affected. This includes BMW’s popular 3-Series.

Common ways to void a warranty

A warranty is a contract between the buyer and the manufacturer. They are long and complicated documents, but generally, they promise to take care of all applicable repairs, provided that the owner meets expectations for maintenance and use. Owners who do not meet expectations can have their warranty partially voided or entirely voided.