The US government's shutdown may have an adverse effect on vehicle recalls and safety testing, according to a report from AOL Autos. Complaints can still be submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but nothing will actually be done about any of these submissions or any ongoing investigations until the agency's funding returns, NHTSA said in a statement.

The Department of Transportation has furloughed 333 of its 597 employees in the automotive realm – some 3,000 aviation safety inspectors and 52 percent of the Federal Railroad Administration have also been furloughed – which means the agency is operating on a skeleton crew of sorts.

So, what does this mean for new-car buyers? Not much, at least initially. Speaking with AOL Autos, Clarence Ditlow, Executive Director of the Center For Auto Safety, says that a long-term government shutdown could "significantly endanger consumer safety" as automakers may be reticent to conduct major recall actions. Further, customers who purchase vehicles that aren't safety tested in a timely manner "won't get their money back" if they are later found to be poor safety performers, says Ditlow.

Here's hoping for a timely funding resolution...


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      Porsche4life
      • 1 Year Ago
      **** you who ever is ruining this beautiful country fcuk you! It was just 2 weeks ago you stupid ******** wanted to bomb Syria now your shutting down your own government because your broke. Good job dudes!!!!!
        tinted up
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Porsche4life
        They're all in it together. There is an occasional party galvanization towards big deal topics, but most of the time they agree TOO much. I don't like the GOPs postions on a lot of issues, but also loathe the logic of nearly all of the DNC. (neither are pro rights, both are invasive, and both want to spend all of our money). How about I decide how I spend my hard earned money with less government extortion.
      MTU 5.0
      • 1 Year Ago
      While NHTSA is partially shutdown, right now the government still has workers putting barricades back up around the open air WWII monument. Forklifts and all. I guess they are "essential." To borrow from Charles Cooke, how insane does your conception on the role of government have to be to contend that WWII vets cannot visit a park without supervision? I mean, seriously?!
      bullitt2605
      • 1 Year Ago
      How we gonna rag on everyone's favorite car when it gets recalled now!!!!
      mikoprivat
      • 1 Year Ago
      heeey, toyota gets a break for a week at least. toyota recalls will resume on the monthly schedule after the shut down
      scott3
      • 1 Year Ago
      This s a big to do over nothing. This deal will just be hashed out over a week and the majority of Americans not working got the government will notice nothing. When did Al Roker join the Crash Test Dummies?
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Does this mean a quarter of the staff of Autoblog is laid off as well?
      jebibudala
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good. Nobody reads that junk mail anyway.
      Luis A. Martinez
      • 1 Year Ago
      He can used the Xterra time to do some meditation and change his diet too,so he understand that not only catrs have to be safe but we do have to be healty too and in case we need some help from others make it easy and lighter to transport
      • 1 Year Ago
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      dukeisduke
      • 1 Year Ago
      Caption: "Which is the smart guy?"
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