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information requirements discussed in “2. Suggested Changes to the Information to be

Communicated by the VIN.”

8. Supply of Manufacturer Identifiers

In the NPRM, NHTSA specifically asked for comments “on the likelihood and

implications of manufacturers releasing previously-issued identifiers that are no longer in use.”

Comments:

On this issue the Alliance expressed the understanding that, “this proposal would require

no change to currently assigned and used WMIs, and would only affect WMIs assigned in the

future. Manufacturers will be able to continue to use the WMIs they are currently using in

production or that have been assigned to them.” The Alliance also observed that “a general

review of assigned and reserved WMI’s that the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has

requested the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to undertake should ensure

adequate availability for future needs.”

GM said, it “does not anticipate manufacturers releasing previously assigned WMIs;

however, the proposed modification will reduce the need for additional WMIs allocation to

manufacturers.”

Ford said it anticipates many manufacturer identifiers that are “assigned to countries with

little or no current vehicle manufacturing will be reassigned to other countries, thus resolving the

potential shortage” of manufacturer identifiers. Ford further indicated that “many organizations,

including law enforcement, rely on consistency” in manufacturer identifiers to identify vehicle

manufacturers. Ford said it does not plan to relinquish manufacturer identifiers that are assigned

to that company “at this time.”

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