With the advent of the new season of the hit TV show “House of Cards,” the question is not whether the rubber bands you buy at the grocery store are made of rubber.
It’s the kind of rubber that gets you killed.
In a new Federal Register article, the U.S. Government Accountability Office, or GAO, said that, under the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards Act, rubber bands must be treated as motor vehicle parts and should not be subjected to a higher safety standard than the tires and body panels they replace.
The agency’s report, released Thursday, also recommended the use of rubber bumper stickers on motor vehicles.
But the rules don’t require manufacturers to make those stickers available to consumers.
In fact, the Federal Register said, the requirements for the stickers are only “inapplicable” if the sticker is a sticker for a vehicle used by a manufacturer who manufactures rubber bumper parts.
In other words, the stickers aren’t required by the law, the GAO said.
The GAO’s report was a major milestone for a group of lawmakers and the auto industry.
They have been pushing for rubber bumper rules for decades.
But it’s been a year since the industry first raised its voice, when it filed a petition in Washington, D.C., with the U,S.
Department of Transportation to change its rubber bumper rule.
“The rubber bumper industry has been fighting this for years,” said Jim Brown, the former head of the industry’s trade group.
“It is really the industry that has a big voice.”
The GAOC said in the report that rubber bumper manufacturers are “currently limited by the standards of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to make or offer an acceptable product as a replacement for a bumper,” and the company can’t be exempt from the standard by making a bumper sticker available for free.
But that’s a loophole the rubber bumper companies say they would like to close.
The rubber bumper business has been booming in recent years.
In 2014, the rubber industry reported $4.2 billion in sales, according to the National Rubber Industry Association, which represents rubber companies.
The industry has also benefited from the recent wave of car recalls, which have seen a significant increase in the number of accidents and deaths related to defective products.
The carmakers have said the new bumper rules would have no impact on safety.
The rules would apply only to cars made in the past 10 years, meaning older models, which may be more vulnerable to puncture, would be exempt.
But manufacturers say the rules would be an important step in protecting their brand.
They argue that, in an age when many carmakers are turning to self-driving cars, manufacturers need to put safety first.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the agency responsible for enforcing the law that created the rubber standards, has issued a statement that the industry has a strong case to fight the rubber regulations.
“As a result of the rubber standard, manufacturers must ensure that their rubber products comply with the safety standards and must provide free or reduced-price replacement for the bumper and tire,” the agency said.
“This is a critical component of the auto safety and public health programs.”
The industry is already fighting back.
In February, the American Rubber Manufacturers Association (AUMA) filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration, arguing that the rules were an attempt to “deregulate motor vehicles.”
“This rule is intended to force manufacturers to use cheaper, less effective and less durable products to meet the Federal Safety Requirements,” the suit said.
But Jeff Buhl, executive director of the AUMA, said the industry believes the rubber rules should be left in place, at least for now.
“In terms of rubber safety standards, we’re very comfortable with them,” Buhr said.
And he said the government’s actions “are going to hurt us for a long time.”
A spokeswoman for the Department of Transport and Safety (DOTS) told the Associated Press in an email that the rubber bumpers must be sold in stores, not online.
“These are products made in factories and they’re sold in shops,” the spokeswoman said.
She added that DOTS has no plans to change the standards for the rubber sticker.
The U.K. has also long opposed rubber bumper requirements.
Last year, the British government ordered its roads to be cleared of the cars.
In 2015, it became the first country in Europe to outlaw rubber bumper sales.
But last month, the government of Slovakia passed a law requiring all new cars manufactured after October 2018 to be equipped with rubber bumpies.
That law is due to take effect in March 2019.
But experts say that a new law in the U and Europe will not affect the popularity of the bumper stickers.
“People will just go to a store and buy them,” said Mark Stokes, director of automotive safety at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
“There is no market for rubber bumpy parts.”
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