Fiat Defect Investigation DP22005: Pedestrian alert sounds

2019 Fiat 500

Pedestrian alert sounds

Electrical System:Propulsion System

NHTSA received a petition on or about July 18, 2022, requesting that Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 141 be applied to all electric and hybrid vehicles operating in the United States. The petition can be reviewed at under ODI number 11486072.FMVSS 141 establishes performance requirements for pedestrian alert sounds for motor vehicles. The standard applies to hybrid and electric vehicles that have a gross vehicle weight rating of 4,536 KG or less or are defined as low-speed vehicles. The standard became fully applicable to all such vehicles manufactured on or after March 1, 2021.The petitioner asserts that hybrid and electric vehicles to which the standard does not apply should be found to contain a safety defect. In support of the petition, the petitioner includes findings contained in a bill introduced in the House of Representatives in 2009, the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act of 2009, H.R. 734, 111th CONG. (2009). A related bill, the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act of 2010, became law in January 2011 (Pub. L. 111-373). The petitioner requests that NHTSA require all electric and hybrid vehicles comply with FMVSS 141, regardless of production date.The defect petition has been opened to evaluate the issue and determine whether to grant or deny the petition.The associated product list is not exhaustive and may contain vehicles that are equipped with pedestrian alert sounds.
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Date Opened
JAN 27, 2023
Date Closed
NHTSA Recall #
No recall yet
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