DETROIT (Reuters) – Automakers provide notice of recalls involving cars, SUVs or pickup trucks to their owners, but drivers may not know whether their vehicles are covered by one of the thousands of “technical service bulletins” filed each year with U.S. safety regulators or where to find them.
Following are some facts about technical service bulletins, or TSBs, and where vehicle owners might find them.
* A technical service bulletin is a repair notice aimed at dealers and mechanics directing repairs for a range of issues not deemed safety risks. Safety risks require a vehicle recall under the formal system administered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
* Manufacturers are required to submit all TSBs and related correspondence to U.S. safety regulators. NHTSA posts summaries on the www.safercar.gov website. Several car companies and consumer advocates provide access to bulletins on websites.
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