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Turnkey replicas now legal in US

Friday, 4 March 2022 at 9:30:00 UTC


Al Suttie

US low volume replica production made legal

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Small volume car makers in the US can sell up to 325 replica vehicles per annum in a change to policy from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The new law recognises the growth in low volume manufacturers. Previously, the only laws covered all vehicle manufacturers in the US.

All turnkey replica vehicles now built will have to meet current emissions regulations, but the move has been welcomed following a legal challenge by SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) in 2019. All low volume manufacturers must also register with the NHTSA, as well as the Environment Protection Agency, and Californian Air Resources Board prior to selling turnkey cars.

Daniel Ingber, SEMA Vice President of Government Affairs, said: ‘SEMA applauds NHTSA’s final rule allowing companies to market classic-themed cars. Regulatory barriers have previously prevented small automakers from producing heritage cars that are coveted by consumers. The roadblocks have been eliminated. This is a hard-fought victory for enthusiasts, small volume manufacturers, their suppliers, and all the men and women who will be hired to fill new jobs created by this law.

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