The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) dictates the guidelines for a proper Ignition Interlock in the United States. Most states require that vendors’ Ignition Interlock Devices (IIDs) need to follow NHTSA’s current guidelines.
NHTSA first developed the federal guidelines for IIDs in 1992. They have since then included more pertinent information within their updated standards in 2013.
Some Ignition Interlock companies followed suit, and took a year to reflect these standards. Some did not. So, what’s that mean for the person who must use an Ignition Interlock?
Why It’s Important to Choose a Vendor That Follows Current Ignition Interlock NHTSA Standards
NHTSA created these standards for companies to make sure clients’ Ignition Interlocks programs were as seamless as possible.
One issue you could encounter by using an older Ignition Interlock is breath test failures that are not related to alcohol consumption. The current NHTSA guidelines have standards that are more precise, and require an alcohol-specific sensor to pass the performance tests.
Another difference between the old versus new devices is the possibility that your car stereo or cell phone could affect your older IID. NHTSA’s updated standards include a new test that ensures your device is protected from this type of interference.
Smart Start: Exceeding the Federal Guidelines
Smart Start follows the most up-to-date federal standards in the industry. This means your Ignition Interlock and the service you receive are reliable throughout your program.
Some Ignition Interlock companies do not follow NHTSA’s current standards. Although they’ll look to the standards from 1992, it is still an outdated guideline for Ignition Interlock vendors. If you do decide to go with this type of company, you may be looking at an Interlock that is unreliable and will cause you issues.
Get Back on the Road Again with a Smart Start Ignition Interlock Device (IID)
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