Compliance audits & handbooks
Handbooks
Dale Kardos & Associates, Inc. maintains up-to-date compliance handbooks regarding motor vehicle labeling and owner's manuals requirements. These two handbooks cover all Title 49 requirements pertaining to vehicle labeling and the vehicle's owner's manual. Please inquire for pricing.

Audit Checklists
Based on the checklist used by NHTSA's compliance staff, DKA has developed a comprehensive up-to-date visual compliance audit checklist which provides manufacturers the opportunity to audit production and pre-production vehicles for nonconformities with U.S. safety and emissions requirements. Though limited to compliance items that can be visually audited, there is no question that our compliance checklist can help manufacturers avoid time-consuming and costly recalls. The checklist covers virtually every NHTSA, EPA and CARB requirement that can be visually audited (over 400 individual checkpoints). Topics covered by the audit include:

Safety
  • FMVSS 101 - controls and display
  • FMVSS 102 - transmission shift lever sequence
  • FMVSS 104 - windshield wiping and washing
  • FMVSS 105 - hydraulic and electric brakes
  • FMVSS 106 - brake hoses
  • FMVSS 108 - lamps
  • FMVSS 109 - pneumatic tires
  • FMVSS 110 - tire selection and rims
  • FMVSS 111 - rearview mirrors
  • FMVSS 113 - hood latch systems
  • FMVSS 114 - theft protection
  • FMVSS 118 - power operated windows
  • FMVSS 119 - pneumatic tires for vehicles other than passenger cars
  • FMVSS 120 - tire selection and rims for vehicles other than passenger cars
  • FMVSS 124 - accelerator control systems
  • FMVSS 135 - brakes
  • FMVSS 138 - tire pressure monitoring systems
  • FMVSS 139 - new Pneumatic Tires for Light Vehicles
  • FMVSS 202 - head restraints
  • FMVSS 203 - impact protection from the steering control system
  • FMVSS 205 - glazing materials
  • FMVSS 206 - door locks and retention components
  • FMVSS 207 - seating systems
  • FMVSS 208 - occupant crash systems
  • FMVSS 209 - seat belts
  • FMVSS 210 - seat belt anchorages
  • FMVSS 225 - child restraint anchorage systems
  • FMVSS 401 - interior trunk release
  • 49 CFR Part 541 - theft prevention standard
  • 49 CFR Part 565 - VIN requirements
  • 49 CFR Part 567 - safety certification label
  • 49 CFR Part 574 - tire identification
  • 49 CFR Part 575 - consumer information regulations
  • 49 CFR Part 583 - automobile parts content labeling

Emissions
  • Vehicle Emission Control Information Label
  • Vehicle Emission Configuration (VEC) Bar Code Label
  • Smog Index Label
  • Fuel Economy Label
  • Fuel Inlet Restrictor
  • OBD

We offer clients the option of purchasing the checklist for use by in-house staff or contracting with DKA to perform the audit.