NHTSA Safety Standards 

NHTSA has a legislative mandate under Title 49 of the United States Code, Chapter 301, Motor Vehicle Safety, to issue Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) and Regulations under Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 571. Vehicles and equipment must conform and certify compliance to these safety standards.

FMVSS and Regulations Quick Reference Guide. This booklet lists the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards that were in effect as of October 2003, and provides a brief summary of each safety standard. It also provides similar information on other NHTSA consumer information regulations and requirements.

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FMVSS are regulations written in terms of minimum safety performance requirements for motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment. They specify the level of protection to an occupant against unreasonable risk of death or injury in the event of a crash.