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International Journal of Reliability and Safety
International Journal of Reliability and Safety


Special Issue on: "Modelling and Analysis of Automobile Warranty Data"

Guest Editors:
Bharatendra K. Rai, University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth, USA
Om Prakash Yadav, North Dakota State University, USA

Yearly warranty cost of major automobile companies and their suppliers run into billions of dollars. In addition, market driven need for wider warranty coverage in terms of time and mileage exposes these companies to the risk of higher warranty spending. Warranty cost reduction programmes have thus become a major objective and challenge in these companies. At the same time, warranty data that capture vehicle failures in true field conditions are a rich source of information for design, manufacturing, and service engineers seeking reliability and robustness improvements leading to warranty cost reduction. Developing sound modelling and analysis methods for warranty data has become an important field of research with practical implications.

This special issue invites submission of papers that provide methods for modelling and analysis of automobile warranty datasets.

Subject Coverage
Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:
  • Field reliability studies
  • Methods for early warning/detection of wrong design, production process, parts, materials, etc.
  • Assessing impact of changes in warranty coverage
  • Design of warranty programs
  • Studies involving relationship between test data and field performance
  • Reliability prediction using warranty data
  • Prediction of unexpended warranty
  • Six sigma studies for warranty cost reduction
  • Case studies

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Manuscript submission: 30 August, 2007

First review process: 30 November, 2007

Notification of acceptance: 30 November, 2007

Submission of revised manuscript: 31 December, 2007

Notification of final acceptance: 31 January, 2008

Submission of final manuscript: 1 March, 2008