Thanks to a new transportation bill that passed last week, technical service bulletins (TSBs) are now going to be fully available to the public.
Up until now, only partial information regarding TSBs was available to consumers, but now it is required for the manufacturers to provide TSBs to the Department of Transportation, who in turn must make the information available to consumers.
TSBs are much like recalls, except they provide information on what the defect is and how to fix it. Dealers were provided with TSBs up until now, and could charge consumers for fixing the issues listed if the car is no longer under warranty. This won’t be the case anymore, as all of the information needed to fix the problem will go out straight to the owners.