For starters it means there are no new Department of Transportation (DOT) autoglass identification numbers available – why? It’s simple; the DOT is funded by the government and is currently not getting the funding needed to produce and award companies with new numbers. But there’s more of an impact than just new DOT numbers.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the agency will not (and has not) been doing testing for defective products since the shutdown began. This means there have not been any new recalls issued in nearly one month.