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On this week’s show…

Ken is here for today only!

Phil wants to you to know about new Department of Transportation rules regarding towing trailers.  If you pull a motorcycle or car to the racetrack you might be subject to the new rules.  If you have sponsor stickers on your race bike and your trailer is 10,000 pounds you are a commercial tow and subject to the same rules as commercial haulers. If you get pulled over you might be stuck on the side of the rode until you can hire a commercial driver.

Ken is gloating about how right he was on the return of Ken Roczen to Supercross.  Phil and Warren are still not sure he will make it to race day.

Ijustwant2ride.comThe US DOT on the 20th of Aug mandated that all major manufactures now list all the VIN numbers of vehicles affected by recalls.  And you can check that list at the website.  Well not quite all manufactures yet, but the stragglers are coming around.

What is the mandate, all major light vehicle and motorcycle manufacturers are required to provide VIN search capability for uncompleted recalls on their own websites. This data must be updated at least weekly.

NHTSA’s new VIN look-up tool directly relies on information from all major automakers.

Determining whether there is a recall that consumers need to take action on is easy. After entering the VIN number into the field, results will appear if the consumer has an open recall on their vehicle, and if there are none, owners will see “No Open Recalls.”

If this works as advertised it will be, in my view, the second website that the government has gotten right.  The first being the American Byways site that I wrote about here.

Photo from Fox News

Photo from Fox News

Fox News’ website has a nice article on helmet laws across the county. In addition to the table explaining the laws they also discuss some of stats around helmet usage. Check it out here.

picture by scott massey

DOT Approved? Not likely!

Consumer Reports is reporting that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has revised its helmet labeling requirements. That due to the ease of counterfeiting the current labels to many people are using “novelty helmets”.

The article states that “Novelty helmets often bear labels similar to those formerly used by the Department of Transportation to identify helmets in compliance with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 218.”  So the new label should reduce the fake DOT stickers on the back of helmets.