The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration's early warning reporting system has been in place for almost 13 years. The agency collected data before the EWR's time, but it relied on consumer complaints and manufacturers' technical service bulletins as sources. Congress gave the NHTSA the authority to require manufacturers to report certain information about accidents with injuries and fatal accidents, both here and abroad.
The regulation requires that automakers and equipment manufacturers report quarterly. But it came to light in fall 2014 that Honda had not reported any information about 1,729 accidents that had resulted in injuries or deaths.