The RV Industry Association was recently informed by NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) that the divisions the RV industry most commonly communicates with will have new leaders in place as of Monday, February 1. The RV Industry Association and its members most often interface with the following three divisions within ODI: Medium & Heavy Duty Vehicle Division, Recall Management Division, and the Trends Analysis Division. All three will have new Division Chiefs. Below, we have listed the names of the new chiefs next to the division they will oversee:
- Josh Neff - Medium & Heavy Duty Vehicle Division
- Alex Ansley – Recall Management Division
- Jeff Quandt – Trends Analysis Division
These three divisions are critical to the RV industry. They help our members stay compliant with their regulatory obligations and share the goal of ensuring the safety of the RV consumer. The Medium & Heavy-Duty Vehicle Division is responsible for investigating alleged safety defects and determining whether a recall may be necessary. The Recall Management Division monitors recalls to ensure that the scope is appropriate and that the recall completion rate and remedy are adequate. The Trends Analysis Division collects and analyzes Early Warning Reporting data as well as other information gathered from a variety of sources, which allows ODI to identify trends and possible safety concerns within the industries it regulates.
In discussions with the ODI’s Director, we learned that all three division chiefs are former chiefs of different ODI divisions and have several years of experience within ODI, which should allow each Chief to share their knowledge and help gain a different, overall perspective.
The RV Industry Association looks forward to engaging with Messrs. Neff, Ansley and Quandt and hope they will be able and available to engage the RV Industry Association members during future programs and events, including the annual Regulatory & Safety Compliance Seminar as well as future virtual engagements.
If you have questions about these personnel changes or want to learn more about NHTSA and who it regulates in our industry, please contact Kyle Correa-Brady at [email protected].