The Consumer Product Safety Commission, which regulates electric vehicle warranties, has announced a rule that could lead to an increase in the number of electric vehicle warranty claims, a key regulatory goal.
The Consumer Product Protection Act, or CPPA, requires automakers to verify each electric vehicle’s electrical component safety record, which typically includes a record of all electric vehicle recalls in the United States.
However, the CPPAs language leaves open the possibility that a manufacturer could recall an electric vehicle without verifying that the vehicle has been certified to meet federal safety standards, according to the commission.
The CPPB is expected to release the rule Wednesday.
A consumer advocate group that has sued automakers over the rule says that it will create uncertainty that will cause electric vehicle buyers to wait longer to purchase an electric car, potentially increasing the number who are unable to purchase the vehicles.
The rule is one of several proposed rules that would allow electric vehicle owners to sue automakers for violations of the CPs standards.
In a statement to The Washington Post, the National Electric Vehicle Association said that the rule is “not intended to protect consumers from defective electric vehicles, but rather to encourage the development of standards for electric vehicles.”
The CPs is a federal law that requires automakers, dealers and electric vehicle manufacturers to disclose to consumers the safety and environmental factors that are included in their electric vehicle sales.
The CPs also requires automakers and dealers to report all recalls involving electric vehicles in the states that have signed onto the law.