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Pub. Law 89-563
September 9, 1966 80 STAT. 121
(3) Upon the filing of the petition referred to in paragraph (1) of this subsection, the court shall have jurisdiction to review the order
in accordance with section 10 of the Administrative Procedure Act 60 Stat. 243. (5 U.S.C. 1009) and to grant appropriate relief as provided in such
(4) The judgment of the court affirming or setting aside, in whole or in part, any such order of the Secretary shall be final, subject to
review by the Supreme Court of the United States upon certiorari or 62 Stat. 928. certification as provided in section 1254 of title 28 of the United States
(5) Any action instituted under this subsection shall survive, notwithstanding any change in the person occupying the office of Secretary of any vacancy in such office.
(6) The remedies provided for in this subsection shall be in addition to and not in substitution for any other remedies provided by law.
(b) A certified copy of the transcript of the record and proceedings under this section shall be furnished by the Secretary to any interested party at his request, and payment of the costs thereof, and shall be admissible in any criminal, exclusion of imports, or other proceeding arising under or in respect of this title, irrespective of whether proceedings with respect to the order have previously been initiated or be
come final under subsection (a). Research and Sec. 106. (a) The Secretary shall conduct research, testing, develtraining, etc. opment, and training necessary to carry out the purposes of this title,
including, but not limited to
(1) collecting data from any source for the purpose of determining the relationship between motor vehicle or motor vehicle equipment performance characteristics and (A) accidents involv. ing motor vehicles, and (B) the occurrence of death, or personal injury resulting from such accidents;
(2) procuring (by negotiation or otherwise) experimental and other motor vehicles or motor vehicle equipment for research and testing purposes;
(3) selling or otherwise disposing of test motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment and reimbursing the proreeds of such sale or disposal into the current appropriation available for the
purpose of carrying out this title. Grants.
(b) The Secretary is authorized to conduct research, testing, development, and training as authorized to be carried out by subsection (a) of this section by making grants for the conduct of such research, testing, development, and training to States, interstate agencies, and nonprofit institutions.
(c) Whenever the Federal contribution for any research or development activity authorized by this Act encouraging motor vehicle safety is more than minimal, the Secretary shall include in any contract, grant, or other arrangement for such research or development activity, provisions effective to insure that all information, uses, processes, patents, and other developments resulting from that activity will be made freely and fully available to the general public. Nothing herein shall be construed to deprive the owner of any background patent of
any right which he may have thereunder. Cooperation
Sec. 107. The Secretary is authorized to advise, assist, and cooperate with, other Federal departments and agencies, and State and other interesied public and private Agencies, in the planning and development of
(1) motor vehicle safety standards;
(2) methods for inspecting and testing to determine compliance with motor vehicle safety standards.
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80 STAT. 722 Sec. 108. (a) No person shall
(1) manufacture for sale, sell, offer for sale, or introduce or deliver for introduction in interstate commerce, or import into the United States, any motor vehicle or item of motor vehicle equipment manufactured on or after the date any applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standard takes effect under this title unless it is in conformity with such standard except as provided in subsection (b) of this section;
(2) fail or refuse access to or copying of records, or fail to make reports or provide information, or fail or refuse to permit entry or inspection, as required under section 112;
(3) fail to issue a certificate required by section 114, or issue a certificate to the effect that a motor vehicle or item of motor vehicle equipment conforms to all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards, if such person in the exercise of due care has reason to know that such certificate is false or misleading in a material respect;
(4) fail to furnish notification of any defect as required by section 113. (b) (1) Paragraph (1) of subsection (a) shall not apply to the sale, the offer for sale, or the introduction or delivery for introduction in interstate commerce of any motor vehicle or motor vehicle equipment after the first purchase of it in good faith for purposes other than resale. In order to assure a continuing and effective national Used motor traffic safety program, it is the policy of ('ongress to encourage and vehicles, strengthen the enforcement of State inspection of used motor vehicles. State inspecTherefore to that end the Secretary shall conduct a thorough study tion. and investigation to determine the adequacy of motor vehicle sa fety standards and motor vehicle inspection requirements and procedures applicable to used motor vehicles in each State, and the effect of programs authorized by this title upon such standards, requirements, and procedures for useal motor vehicles, and report to Congress Report to as soon as practicable but not later than one year after the date of Congress. enactment of this title, the results of such sudy, and recommendations for such additional legislation as he deems necessary to carry out the purposes of this Act. As soon as practicable after the submission of such report, but no later than one year from the date of submission of such report, the Secretary, after consultation with the Council and such interested public and private agencies and groups as he deems advisable, shall establish uniform Feileral motor vehicle safety standards applicable to all visel motor vehicles. Such standards shall be expressed in terms of motor vehicle safety performance. The Secretary is authorized to amend or revoke such standards pursuant to this Act.
(2) Paragraph (1) of subjection (a) shall not apply to any person who establishes that he did not have reason to know in the exercise of clue care that such vehicle or item of motor vehicle equipment is not in conformity with applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards, or to any person who, prior to such first purchase, holds a certificate issued by the manufacturer or importer of such motor vehicle or motor vehicle equipment, to the effect that such vehicle or equipment conforms to all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards, unless such person knows that such vehicle or equipment does not so conform.
(3) A motor vehicle or item of motor vehicle equipment offered for Importation. importation in violation of paragraph (1) of subsection (a) shall be refused admission into the United States under joint regulations issuer! by the Secretary of the Treasury and the Secretary; except that the Secretary of the Treasury and the Secretary may, by such regulations, provide for authorizing the importation of such motor vehicle or item
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of motor vehicle equipment into the United States upon such terms and conditions (including the furnishing of a bond) as may appear to them appropriate to insure that any such motor vehicle or item of motor vehicle equipment will be brought into conformity with any applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standard prescribed under this title, or will be exported or abandoned to the United States.
(4) The Secretary of the Treasury and the Secretary may, by joint regulations, permit the temporary importation of any motor vehicle or item of motor vehicle equipment after the first purchase of it in good faith for purposes other than resale.
(5) Paragraph (1) of subsection (a) shall not apply in the case of a motor vehicle or item of motor vehicle equipment intended solely for export, and so labeled or tagged on the vehicle or item itself and on the outside of the container, if any, which is exported.
(c) Compliance with any Federal motor vehicle safety standard issued under this title does not exempt any person from any liability
under common law. Violations.
Sec. 109. (a) Whoever violates any provision of section 108, or any regulation issued thereunder, shall be subject to a civil penalty of not to exceed $1,000 for each such violation. Such violation of a provision of section 108, or regulations issued thereunder, shall constitute a separate violation with respect to each motor vehicle or item of motor vehicle equipment or with respect to each failure or refusal to allow or perform an act required thereby, except that the maximum civil penalty shall not exceed $100,000 for any related series of violations.
(b) Any such civil penalty may be compromised by the Secretary. In determining the amount of such penalty, or the amount agreed upon in compromise, the appropriateness of such penalty to the size of the business of the person charged and the gravity of the violation shall be considered. The amount of such penalty, when finally determined, or the amount agreed upon in compromise, may be deducted
from any sums owing by the United States to the person charged. U.S. District Sec. 110. (a) The t'nited States district courts shall have jurisdiccourts, Jurig tion, for cause shown and subject to the provisions of rule 65 (a) and diction.
(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, to rast rain violations of 28 USC app. this title, or to rest rain the sale, offer for sale, or the introduction or
delivery for introduction, in interstate commerce, or the importation into the United States, of any motor vehicle or item of inotor vehicle equipment which is determined, prior to the first purchase of such vehicle in good faith for purposes other than resale, not to conform to applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards prescribed pursuant to this title, upon petition by the appropriate United States attorney or the Attorney General on behalf of the United States. Whenever practicable, the Secretary shall give notice to any person against whom an action for injunctive relief is contemplated and afford him an opportunity to present his views, and, except in the case of a knowing and willful violation, shall afford him reasonable opportunity to achieve compliance. The failure to give such notice and afford such opportunity shall not preclude the granting of appropriate relief.
(b) In any proceeding for criminal contempt for violation of an injunction or restraining order issued under this section, which violaLion also constitutes a violation of this title, trial shall be by the court or, upon demand of the accused, by a jury. Such trial shall be conducted in accordance with the practice and procedure applicable in
the case of proceedings subject to the provisions of rule 42(b) of the 18 USC app.
Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.
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80 STAT. 724 (c) Actions under subsection (a) of this section and section 109(a) of this title may be brought in the district wherein any act or transuction constituting the violation occurred, or in the district wherein the defendant is found or is an inhabitant or transacts business, and pocess in such cases may be served in any other district of which the defendant is an inhabitant or wherever the defendant may be found.
(d) In any actions brought under subsection (a) of this section and section 109(a) of this title, subpoenas for witnesses who are required to attend a United States district court may run into any other district.
(e) It shall be the duty of every manufacturer offering a motor Motor vehicle vehicle or item of motor vehicle equipment for importation into the importation. United States to designate in writing an agent upon whom service of Service of all administrative and judicial processes, notices, orders, decisions process; desand requirements may be made for and on behalf of said manufacturer, 1gnation of :ind to file such designation with the Secretary, which designation may
agent. from time to time be changed by like writing, similarly filed. Service of all administrative and judicial processes, notices, orders, decisions and requirements may be made upon said manufacturer by service upon such designated agent at his office or usual place of residence with like effect as if made personally upon said manufacturer, and in default of such designation of such agent, service of process, notice, order, requirement or decision in any proceeding before the Secretary or in any judicial proceeding for enforcement of this title or any standards prescribed pursuant to this title may be made by posting such process, notice, order, requirement or decision in the Office of the Secretary.
Sec. 111. (a) If any motor vehicle or item of motor vehicle equip. Noncompliance. ment is determined not to conform to applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards, or contains a defect which relates to motor vehicle sn fety, after the sale of such vehicle or item of equipment by a manufacturer or a distributor to a distributor or a dealer and prior to the sale of such vehicle or item of equipment by such distributor or dealer:
(1) The manufacturer or distributor, as the case may be, shall immediately repurchase such vehicle or item of motor vehicle equipment from such distributor or dealer at the price paid by such distributor or dealer, plus all transportation charges involved and a reasonable reimbursement of not less than 1 per centum per month of such price paid prorated from the date of notice of such nonconformance to the date of repurchase by the manufacturer or distributor; or
(2) In the case of motor vehicles, the manufacturer or distributor, as the case may be, at his own expense, shall immediately furnish the purchasing distributor or dealer the required conforming part or parts or equipment for installation by the distributor or dealer on or in such vehicle and for the installation involved the manufacturer shall reimburse such distributor or dealer for the reasonable value of such installation plus a reasonable reimbursement of not less than 1 per centum per month of the manufacturer's or distributor's selling price prorated from the date of notice of such nonconformance to the date such vehicle is brought into conformance with applicable Federal standards: Provided, however, That the distributor or dealer proceeds with reasonable diligence with the installation after the required part, parts or equipment are received. (b) In the event any manufacturer or distributor shall refuse to comply with the requirements of paragraphs (1) and (2) of subsection (a), then the distributor or dealer, as the case may be, to whom such nonconforming vehicle or equipment has been sold may bring suit against such manufacturer or distributor in any district court of the
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United States in the district in which said manufacturer or distributor resides, or is found, or has an agent, without respect to the amount in controversy, and shall recover the damage by him sustained, as well as all court costs plus reasonable attorneys' fees. Any action brought pursuant to this section shall be forever barred unless commenced within three years after the cause of action shall have accrued.
(c) The value of such installations and such reasonable reimburse. ments as specified in subsection (a) of this section shall be fixed by mutual agreement of the parties, or failing such agreement, by the
court pursuant to the provisions of subsection (b) of this section. Inspection.
Sec. 112. (a) The Secretary is authorized to conduct such inspec. tion and investigation as may be necessary to enforce Federal vehicle safety standards established under this title. He shall furnish the Attorney General and, when appropriate, the Secretary of the Treasury any information obtained indicating noncompliance with such standards, for appropriate action.
(b) For purposes of enforcement of this title, officers or employees duly designated by the Secretary, upon presenting appropriate credentials anil a written notice to the owner, operator, or agent in charge, are authorized (1) to enter, at reasonable times, any factory, warehouse, or establishment in which motor vehicles or items of motor vehicle equipment are manufactured, or held for introduction into interstate commerce or are held for sale after such introduction; and (2) to inspect, at reasonable times and within reasonable limits and in a reasonable manner, such factory, warehouse, or establishment. Each such inspection shall be commenced and completed with reason
able promptness. Recordkeeping
(c) Every manufacturer of motor vehicles and motor vehicle equiprequirements. ment shall establish and maintain such records, make such reports,
and provide such information as the Secretary may reasonably require to enable him to determine whether such manufacturer has acted or is acting in compliance with this title and motor vehicle safety standards prescribed pursuant to this citle and shall, upon request of an officer or employce duly designated by the Secretary, permit such officer or employee to inspect appropriate books, papers, records, and documents relevant to determining whether such manufacturer has acted or is acting in compliance with this title and motor vehicle safety standards prescribed pursuant to this title.
(d) Every manufacturer of motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment shall provide to the Secretary such performance data and other technical data related to performance and safety as may be required to carry out the purposes of this Act. The Secretary is authorized to require the manufacturer to give such notification of such performance and technical data at the time of original purchase to the first person who purchases a motor vehicle or item of equipment for purposes other than resale, as he determines necessary to carry out the purposes of this Act.
(e) All information reported to or otherwise obtained by the Secretary or his representative pursuant to subsection (b) or (c) which
information contains or relates to a trade secret or other matter 62 Stat. 791. referred to in section 1905 of title 18 of the United States Code,
shall be considered confidential for the purpose of that section, except that such information may be disclosed to other officers or employees concerned with carrying out this title or when relevant in any proceeding under this title. Nothing in this section shall authorize the withholding of information by the Secretary or any officer or employee under his control, from the duly authorized committees
of the Congress. Notification of Sec. 113. (a) Every manufncturer of motor vehicles shall furnish defect.
notification of any defect in any motor vehicle or motor vehicle equip