Summary: S.2538 — 93rd Congress (1973-1974)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for S.2538. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in Senate (10/04/1973)

National Mobile Home Construction and Safety Standards Act - Sets forth the purpose of this Act and definitions of terms used in the Act.

Directs the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to establish by order appropriate Federal mobile home safety standards. Provides that in prescribing standards under this Act, the Secretary shall: (1) consider relevant available mobile home safety data; (2) consult with such State or interstate agencies (including legislative committees); (3) consider whether any such proposed standard is reasonable for the particular type of mobile home for which it is prescribed; (4) considered whether any such standard increases the cost of the mobile home substantially beyond the value of expected benefits to the public; and (5) consider the extent to which any such standard will contribute to carrying out the purpose of this Act.

Directs the Secretary to establish a National Mobile Home Advisory Council. Specifies the composition of such Council and their rates of compensation.

Provides for judicial review of any order regarding Federal mobile home construction and safety standards. States that whenever any manufacturer is opposed to action taken by the Secretary, such manufacturer shall submit cost information for evaluation by the Secretary. Prescribes the procedures for such submission and evaluation.

Directs the Secretary to conduct research, testing, development and training necessary to carry out the purposes of this Act. Authorizes the Secretary to advise and assist Federal agencies, State agencies, and other interested public and private agencies in the planning and development of mobile home safety standards.

Sets forth the activities which constitute prohibited actions under this Act, including (1) to fail or to refuse access to or copying of records, or to fail to make reports or to provide information, or to fail or to refuse to permit entry or inspection, as required under this Act; and (2) to fail to issue a certificate required by this Act.

Prescribes a civil penalty not to exceed $5,000 for each violation of this Act. Provides that each violation shall constitute a separate violation, and that the maximum civil penalty shall not exceed $1,000,000 for any related series of violations.

Provides that if the Secretary or a court determines that any mobile home does not conform to Federal standards, the manufacturer shall (1) repurchase the mobile home or (2) furnish the equipment, at his own expense, to bring the mobile home into conformance with such standards.

Authorizes the Secretary to conduct inspections necessary to enforce the standards promulgated under this Act. Enumerates addtional authorizations empowered to the Secretary. Requires each manufacturer of mobile homes to submit the building plans of every model to the Secretary for technical evaluation and approval.

Requires every manufacturer to furnish notification of any defect which relates to mobile home construction or safety, to the purchase of such mobile homes, within reasonable time after discovery of the defect. Sets forth additional notice and record requirements to be compiled with by mobile home manufacturers, including the furnishing of a one-year warranty to the first purchaser of every mobile home.

Establishes the National Mobile Home Administration to perform such duties as are delegated by the Secretary. Directs the Secretary to conduct a study to determine the adequacy of State programs with respect to used mobile homes.

Requires the Secretary to submit an annual report to Congress. Specifies the content of such report.

Authorizes the appropriation of such sums as are necessary to carry out the provisions of this title.