The RV Industry Association is proud to present the 4th Annual NHTSA Seminar, sponsored by Winnebago Industries, Forest River Inc., Thor Industries, Dometic Corporation, Lippert Components, Inc., Dave Carter & Associates, Dexter Axle Company and Flexsteel Industries, Inc.

This interactive seminar will focus on the following potential life stages of a recall: identifying a potential issue that requires further investigation, elevating such issue to a safety committee, investigating and identifying the elevated issue, and administering a recall campaign; in addition to reviewing basic federal motor vehicle safety standards and the function of a safety committee.

There will be a keynote presentation given by Bruce York of NHTSA and Trevor Lehouillier of Transport Canada, followed by interactive break-out sessions where attendees will have the opportunity to discuss such topics with their peers, as well as industry compliance veterans and outside legal counsel serving the industry. Individual break-out sessions will be selected during the registration process. They include:

  • Breakout Sessions 1/2 (Start Time: 10:00am)
    • Session #1: Basic FMVSS Review An interactive discussion on a few of the federal motor vehicle safety standards, such as 108 and 111, and how to ensure compliance with labeling requirements. Led by David Mihalick, Thor Industries, with additional participant, Chris Grigorian, Foley & Lardner LLP.
    • Session #2: Issue Identification An interactive discussion on how those on the front lines (i.e., warranty and customer service departments) can help identify safety issues that may need to be elevated to a safety committee. Led by Mike Becker, Forest River, Inc., with with additional participant Christie Iannetta, King & Spalding LLP.
  • Breakout Sessions 3/4 (Start Time: 11:50am)
    • Session #3: Safety Committee Function An interactive discussion on the purpose and make-up of a safety committee as well as how to most effectively integrate a safety committee into your corporate routine. Led by Leo Akins, Forest River, Inc. & Byron Chartier, Lippert Components, Inc. with additional participant Christie Iannetta, King & Spalding LLP.
    • Session #4: Recall Investigation and Identification An interactive discussion on best practices of how to run a recall investigation as well as how to identify elevated safety-related issues once they’ve been elevated to the safety committee. Led by David Mihalick, Thor Industries & Mike Becker, Forest River, Inc., with additional participant Chris Grigorian, Foley & Lardner LLP.
  • Breakout Sessions 5/6 (Start Time: 12:50pm)
    • Session #5: Recall Campaign Execution An interactive discussion on how to effectively administer a recall campaign, including the challenges companies face and how to address them. Led by Von Lindsey, Lindsey Research Services, with additional participant Chris Grigorian, Foley & Lardner LLP.
    • Session #6: Recall Investigation and Identification Repeated from the 11:50 AM session, for those that attended the safety committee function in the first session period. Led by David Mihalick, Thor Industries & Mike Becker, Forest River, Inc., with additional participant Christie Iannetta, King & Spalding LLP.

All interested parties are invited, particularly those that have compliance responsibilities, wish to learn more about safety and recall issue processes, or are involved in identifying potential issues that may need to be elevated to a safety committee/superior. 

This free seminar is an RV Industry Association member-only event.