An Act to amend the Motor Vehicle Safety Act and the Department of Transport Act (safety information)

This bill was last introduced in the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session, which ended in March 2011.


Jim Maloway  NDP

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Introduced, as of April 19, 2010
(This bill did not become law.)


This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

This enactment amends the Motor Vehicle Safety Act to require manufacturers of motor vehicles and equipment to report specified safety information to the Minister of Transport, to post this information on their website and to send it to all ascertainable owners and lessees of vehicles in Canada. It also requires companies that sell or import vehicles or equipment to report any consumer safety complaints to the manufacturer and the Minister of Transport. In addition, it requires the Minister of Transport to post any safety information that he or she receives from a manufacturer, vendor, importer or owner on the departmental website.

This enactment also amends the Department of Transport Act to prohibit a former employee of the Department from accepting employment with a manufacturer or importer of motor vehicles during the one-year period following the termination of their employment with the Department.


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Motor Vehicle Safety ActRoutine Proceedings

April 19th, 2010 / 3:05 p.m.
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Jim Maloway NDP Elmwood—Transcona, MB

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-513, An Act to amend the Motor Vehicle Safety Act and the Department of Transport Act (safety information).

Mr. Speaker, I have an amendment to the Motor Vehicle Safety Act and the Department of Transport Act, called the consumer's accountability and reporting act. The CAR bill would make the industry more accountable, with a new reporting system that would put crucial safety information in the hands of consumers.

The bill would clarify that the vehicle event data recorder, or black box, information is owned by the owner of the vehicle and that the information must be made available at an easily understood format by the manufacturer.

It would require automakers to report real safety issues identified in Canada and elsewhere to Transport Canada within seven days and to the owner of the vehicle within thirty days. It would bring in a standardized consumer safety complaint procedure, with dealers and automakers reporting to Transport Canada within seven days.

It would require safety information, including worldwide recalls, automaker service bulletins to dealers, which are also known as secret warranties, as well as any legal actions against automakers here and abroad, to posted on automaker and Transport Canada websites.

It would bring in a one-year cooling off period before former Department of Transport employees could accept employment from an automaker or importer.

The bill would also improve communication across the country, with the federal minister providing the safety complaints to the appropriate provincial departments within seven days.

Consumer groups in Canada and abroad have called the CAR bill the world's best and a world first for elements of accountability and safety for consumers.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)