Summary: H.R.1234 — 98th Congress (1983-1984)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed House amended (11/03/1983)

(Measure passed House, amended, roll call #448 (219-199))

Fair Practices and Procedures in Automotive Products Act of 1983 - Establishes within the Department of Transportation the United States Automobile Industry Advisory Council. Requires the Council to assist in formulating a strategy to increase the domestic production of automotive products for sale and distribution in interstate commerce. Provides for a membership of five consumer representatives on such council.

Sets forth for all motor vehicle manufacturers which produce over 100,000 motor vehicles for ultimate retail sale in the United States "minimum domestic content ratios" (the domestic value, including labor and parts, of the manufacturer's production costs of all automotive products sold in the United States). Requires all such vehicle manufacturers to provide information to the Secretary of Transportation for the purpose of administering this requirement.

Establishes penalties for a vehicle manufacturer who fails to meet the minimum domestic content ratio beginning with the first model year following January 1, 1984.

Requires the Secretary and the Federal Trade Commission to conduct a continuing study of the effectiveness and impact of this legislation.

Directs the Secretary and the Federal Trade Commission to investigate and prepare a written report regarding policies and practices of vehicle manufacturers used to persuade U.S. motor vehicle dealers to favor foreign made parts rather than domestically produced parts.

Requires the Secretary to make a continuing study of the impact of this Act on employment at retail motor vehicle dealerships in the United States, especially franchises that deal partly or exclusively in imports.

Allows the Secretary to terminate the domestic content requirements of this Act, if at any time after the sixth model year following enactment of this Act, the Secretary finds that specified injuries to domestic industries have been prevented or remedied.

Requires the Secretary to appoint a task force consisting of the chief officers of the appropriate Federal agencies to study the impact of unbalanced and fluctuating rates of currency exchange on vehicle manufacturers and on the extent to which such rates affect domestic production of automotive products for sale and distribution in interstate commerce.