Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Occupant Protection in Interior Impact; Review: 1999-2003 Head Impact Upgrade; Evaluation Report, 9074-9075 [E7-3442]

Download as PDF 9074 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 39 / Wednesday, February 28, 2007 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [Docket No. NHTSA–2007–27337] Notice of Receipt of Petition for Decision That Nonconforming 2006– 2007 Carrocerias Alcides Cimarron Trailers Are Eligible for Importation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, DOT. ACTION: Notice of receipt of petition for decision that nonconforming 2006–2007 Carrocerias Alcides Cimarron trailers are eligible for importation. AGENCY: This document announces receipt by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of a petition for a decision that 2006–2007 Carrocerias Alcides Cimarron trailers that were not originally manufactured to comply with all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSS) are eligible for importation into the United States because they have safety features that comply with, or are capable of being altered to comply with, all such standards. DATES: The closing date for comments on the petition is March 30, 2007. ADDRESSES: Comments should refer to the docket number and notice number, and be submitted to: Docket Management, Room PL–401, 400 Seventh St., SW., Washington, DC 20590. [Docket hours are from 9 am to 5 pm]. Anyone is able to search the electronic form of all comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review DOT’s complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 70; Pages 19477–78) or you may visit https://dms.dot.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Coleman Sachs, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance, NHTSA (202–366–3151). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Background Under 49 U.S.C. 30141(a)(1)(B), a motor vehicle that was not originally manufactured to conform to all applicable FMVSS, and has no substantially similar U.S.-certified counterpart, shall be refused admission into the United States unless NHTSA has decided that the motor vehicle has safety features that comply with, or are capable of being altered to comply with, all applicable FMVSS based on VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:08 Feb 27, 2007 Jkt 211001 destructive test data or such other evidence as NHTSA decides to be adequate. Petitions for eligibility decisions may be submitted by either manufacturers or importers who have registered with NHTSA pursuant to 49 CFR Part 592. As specified in 49 CFR 593.7, NHTSA publishes notice in the Federal Register of each petition that it receives, and affords interested persons an opportunity to comment on the petition. At the close of the comment period, NHTSA decides, on the basis of the petition and any comments that it has received, whether the vehicle is eligible for importation. The agency then publishes this decision in the Federal Register. US SPECS of Havre de Grace, Maryland (Registered Importer 03–321) has petitioned NHTSA to decide whether 2006–2007 Carrocerias Alcides Cimarron trailers that were not originally manufactured to conform to all applicable FMVSS are eligible for importation into the United States. US SPECS contends that these vehicles are eligible for importation under 49 U.S.C. 30141(a)(1)(B) because they have safety features that comply with, or are capable of being altered to comply with, all applicable FMVSS. US SPECS submitted information with its petition intended to demonstrate that 2006–2007 Carrocerias Alcides Cimarron trailers are capable of being modified to comply with all applicable standards. Specifically, the petitioner claims that 2006–2007 Carrocerias Alcides Cimarron trailers are capable of being altered to meet the following standards, in the manner indicated: Standard No. 108 Lamps, Reflective Devices and Associated Equipment: Installation of (a) taillamps; (b) stop lamps; (c) rear turn signal lamps; (d) license plate lamp; (e) rear sidemounted marker lamps; (f) front sidemounted marker lamps; (g) rear clearance lamps; (h) rear identification lamps; (i) front clearance lamps; and (j) front, rear, and side reflex reflectors, on vehicles that are not already so equipped, to ensure compliance with the standard. Standard No. 119 New Pneumatic Tires for Vehicles Other than Passenger Cars: Installation of tires to ensure compliance with the standard. Standard No. 120 Tire Selection and Rims for Motor Vehicles Other than Passenger Cars: Installation of rims and a tire information placard to ensure compliance with the standard. Interested persons are invited to submit comments on the petition described above. Comments should refer to the docket number and be submitted PO 00000 Frm 00116 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 to: Docket Management, Room PL–401, 400 Seventh St., SW., Washington, DC 20590. [Docket hours are from 9 am to 5 pm]. It is requested but not required that 10 copies be submitted. All comments received before the close of business on the closing date indicated above will be considered, and will be available for examination in the docket at the above address both before and after that date. To the extent possible, comments filed after the closing date will also be considered. Notice of final action on the petition will be published in the Federal Register pursuant to the authority indicated below. Authority: 49 U.S.C. 30141(a)(1)(A) and (b)(1); 49 CFR 593.8; delegations of authority at 49 CFR 1.50 and 501.8. Issued on: February 22, 2007. Claude H. Harris, Director, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance. [FR Doc. E7–3425 Filed 2–27–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–59–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [Docket No. NHTSA–2007–27371] Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Occupant Protection in Interior Impact; Review: 1999–2003 Head Impact Upgrade; Evaluation Report National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation. ACTION: Request for comments on technical report. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice announces NHTSA’s publication of a Technical Report reviewing and evaluating its existing Safety Standard 201, Occupant Protection in Interior Impact. The report’s title is: HIC Test Results before and after the 1999–2003 Head Impact Upgrade of FMVSS 201. DATES: Comments must be received no later than June 28, 2007. ADDRESSES: Report: The report is available for viewing on line in PDF format at the Docket Management System (DMS) Web page of the Department of Transportation, https://dms.dot.gov. Click on ‘‘Simple Search’’; type in the five-digit Docket number shown at the beginning of this Notice (27371) and click on ‘‘Search’’; that brings up a list of every item in the docket, starting with a copy of this Federal Register notice (item NHTSA–2007–27371–1) and a E:\FR\FM\28FEN1.SGM 28FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 39 / Wednesday, February 28, 2007 / Notices copy of the report in PDF format (item NHTSA–2007–27371–2). Comments: You may submit comments [identified by DOT DMS Docket Number NHTSA–2007–27371] by any of the following methods: • Web site: https://dms.dot.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments on the DOT electronic docket site. • Fax: 1–202–493–2251. • Mail: Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Nassif Building, Room PL–401, Washington, DC 20590– 001. • Hand Delivery: Room PL–401 on the plaza level of the Nassif Building, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. You may call Docket Management at 202–366–9324 and visit the Docket from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Charles Kahane, Chief, Evaluation Division, NPO–131, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Room 5208, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590. Telephone: 202–366–2560. FAX: 202–366–2559. Email: chuck.kahane@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Safety Standard 201 (49 CFR 571.201) was upgraded in 1995, with a 1998–2002 phase-in, to reduce occupants’ risk of head injury from contact during crashes with a vehicle’s upper interior, including its pillars, roof headers and side rails, and the upper roof (60 FR 43031). Initially, energy-absorbing materials alone were used to meet the standard; later, some vehicles were also equipped with head-protection air bags. NHTSA does not yet have enough crash data to evaluate the injury-reducing effectiveness of the energy-absorbing materials. However, the agency has conducted 154 matched pairs of impact tests with free-motion headforms in preand post-standard vehicles of 15 selected make-models. The Head Injury Criterion, HIC(d) averaged 909.9 in the 154 pre-standard tests and 667.5 in the post-standard vehicles. This is a statistically significant average improvement of 242.4 units of HIC. How can I influence NHTSA’s thinking on this subject? NHTSA welcomes public review of the technical report and invites reviewers to submit comments about the data and the statistical methods used in the analyses. NHTSA will submit to the VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:08 Feb 27, 2007 Jkt 211001 Docket a response to the comments and, if appropriate, additional analyses that supplement or revise the technical report. How do I prepare and submit comments? Your comments must be written and in English. To ensure that your comments are correctly filed in the Docket, please include the Docket number of this document (NHTSA– 2007–27371) in your comments. Your primary comments must not be more than 15 pages long (49 CFR 553.21). However, you may attach additional documents to your primary comments. There is no limit on the length of the attachments. Please send two paper copies of your comments to Docket Management, submit them electronically, or fax them. The mailing address is U.S. Department of Transportation Docket Management, Room PL–401, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590. If you submit your comments electronically, log onto the Dockets Management System Web site at https://dms.dot.gov and click on ‘‘Help’’ to obtain instructions. The fax number is 1–202–493–2251. We also request, but do not require you to send a copy to Charles Kahane, Evaluation Division, NPO–131, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Room 5208, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590 (alternatively, FAX to 202–366–2559 or e-mail to chuck.kahane@dot.gov). He can check if your comments have been received at the Docket and he can expedite their review by NHTSA. How can I be sure that my comments were received? If you wish Docket Management to notify you upon its receipt of your comments, enclose a self-addressed, stamped postcard in the envelope containing your comments. Upon receiving your comments, Docket Management will return the postcard by mail. How do I submit confidential business information? If you wish to submit any information under a claim of confidentiality, send three copies of your complete submission, including the information you claim to be confidential business information, to the Chief Counsel, NCC– 01, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Room 5219, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590. Include a cover letter supplying the information specified in our confidential business information regulation (49 CFR Part 512). PO 00000 Frm 00117 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 9075 In addition, send two copies from which you have deleted the claimed confidential business information to Docket Management, Room PL–401, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590, or submit them electronically. Will the agency consider late comments? In our response, we will consider all comments that Docket Management receives before the close of business on the comment closing date indicated above under DATES. To the extent possible, we will also consider comments that Docket Management receives after that date. Please note that even after the comment closing date, we will continue to file relevant information in the Docket as it becomes available. Further, some people may submit late comments. Accordingly, we recommend that you periodically check the Docket for new material. How can I read the comments submitted by other people? You may read the comments by visiting Docket Management in person at Room PL–401, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. You may also see the comments on the Internet by taking the following steps: A. Go to the Docket Management System (DMS) Web page of the Department of Transportation (https:// dms.dot.gov). B. On that page, click on ‘‘Simple Search.’’ C. On the next page (https:// dms.dot.gov/search/ searchFormSimple.cfm/) type in the five-digit Docket number shown at the beginning of this Notice (27371). Click on ‘‘Search.’’ D. On the next page, which contains Docket summary information for the Docket you selected, click on the desired comments. You may also download the comments. (Authority: 49 U.S.C. 30111, 30168; delegation of authority at 49 CFR 1.50 and 501.8.) James F. Simons, Director, Office of Regulatory Analysis and Evaluation. [FR Doc. E7–3442 Filed 2–27–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–59–P E:\FR\FM\28FEN1.SGM 28FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 39 (Wednesday, February 28, 2007)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

[Docket No. NHTSA-2007-27371]


Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Occupant Protection in 
Interior Impact; Review: 1999-2003 Head Impact Upgrade; Evaluation 
Report

AGENCY: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 
Department of Transportation.

ACTION: Request for comments on technical report.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces NHTSA's publication of a Technical 
Report reviewing and evaluating its existing Safety Standard 201, 
Occupant Protection in Interior Impact. The report's title is: HIC Test 
Results before and after the 1999-2003 Head Impact Upgrade of FMVSS 
201.

DATES: Comments must be received no later than June 28, 2007.

ADDRESSES: 
    Report: The report is available for viewing on line in PDF format 
at the Docket Management System (DMS) Web page of the Department of 
Transportation, https://dms.dot.gov. Click on ``Simple Search''; type in 
the five-digit Docket number shown at the beginning of this Notice 
(27371) and click on ``Search''; that brings up a list of every item in 
the docket, starting with a copy of this Federal Register notice (item 
NHTSA-2007-27371-1) and a

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copy of the report in PDF format (item NHTSA-2007-27371-2).
    Comments: You may submit comments [identified by DOT DMS Docket 
Number NHTSA-2007-27371] by any of the following methods:
     Web site: https://dms.dot.gov. Follow the instructions for 
submitting comments on the DOT electronic docket site.
     Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
     Mail: Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of 
Transportation, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Nassif Building, Room PL-401, 
Washington, DC 20590-001.
     Hand Delivery: Room PL-401 on the plaza level of the 
Nassif Building, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC, between 9 
a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays.
    You may call Docket Management at 202-366-9324 and visit the Docket 
from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Charles Kahane, Chief, Evaluation 
Division, NPO-131, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, 
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Room 5208, 400 Seventh 
Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590. Telephone: 202-366-2560. FAX: 202-
366-2559. E-mail: chuck.kahane@dot.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Safety Standard 201 (49 CFR 571.201) was 
upgraded in 1995, with a 1998-2002 phase-in, to reduce occupants' risk 
of head injury from contact during crashes with a vehicle's upper 
interior, including its pillars, roof headers and side rails, and the 
upper roof (60 FR 43031). Initially, energy-absorbing materials alone 
were used to meet the standard; later, some vehicles were also equipped 
with head-protection air bags. NHTSA does not yet have enough crash 
data to evaluate the injury-reducing effectiveness of the energy-
absorbing materials. However, the agency has conducted 154 matched 
pairs of impact tests with free-motion headforms in pre- and post-
standard vehicles of 15 selected make-models. The Head Injury 
Criterion, HIC(d) averaged 909.9 in the 154 pre-standard tests and 
667.5 in the post-standard vehicles. This is a statistically 
significant average improvement of 242.4 units of HIC.

How can I influence NHTSA's thinking on this subject?

    NHTSA welcomes public review of the technical report and invites 
reviewers to submit comments about the data and the statistical methods 
used in the analyses. NHTSA will submit to the Docket a response to the 
comments and, if appropriate, additional analyses that supplement or 
revise the technical report.

How do I prepare and submit comments?

    Your comments must be written and in English. To ensure that your 
comments are correctly filed in the Docket, please include the Docket 
number of this document (NHTSA-2007-27371) in your comments.
    Your primary comments must not be more than 15 pages long (49 CFR 
553.21). However, you may attach additional documents to your primary 
comments. There is no limit on the length of the attachments.
    Please send two paper copies of your comments to Docket Management, 
submit them electronically, or fax them. The mailing address is U.S. 
Department of Transportation Docket Management, Room PL-401, 400 
Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590. If you submit your comments 
electronically, log onto the Dockets Management System Web site at 
https://dms.dot.gov and click on ``Help'' to obtain instructions. The 
fax number is 1-202-493-2251.
    We also request, but do not require you to send a copy to Charles 
Kahane, Evaluation Division, NPO-131, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, Room 5208, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 
20590 (alternatively, FAX to 202-366-2559 or e-mail to 
chuck.kahane@dot.gov). He can check if your comments have been received 
at the Docket and he can expedite their review by NHTSA.

How can I be sure that my comments were received?

    If you wish Docket Management to notify you upon its receipt of 
your comments, enclose a self-addressed, stamped postcard in the 
envelope containing your comments. Upon receiving your comments, Docket 
Management will return the postcard by mail.

How do I submit confidential business information?

    If you wish to submit any information under a claim of 
confidentiality, send three copies of your complete submission, 
including the information you claim to be confidential business 
information, to the Chief Counsel, NCC-01, National Highway Traffic 
Safety Administration, Room 5219, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, 
DC 20590. Include a cover letter supplying the information specified in 
our confidential business information regulation (49 CFR Part 512).
    In addition, send two copies from which you have deleted the 
claimed confidential business information to Docket Management, Room 
PL-401, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590, or submit them 
electronically.

Will the agency consider late comments?

    In our response, we will consider all comments that Docket 
Management receives before the close of business on the comment closing 
date indicated above under DATES. To the extent possible, we will also 
consider comments that Docket Management receives after that date.
    Please note that even after the comment closing date, we will 
continue to file relevant information in the Docket as it becomes 
available. Further, some people may submit late comments. Accordingly, 
we recommend that you periodically check the Docket for new material.

How can I read the comments submitted by other people?

    You may read the comments by visiting Docket Management in person 
at Room PL-401, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC from 10 a.m. to 
5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
    You may also see the comments on the Internet by taking the 
following steps:
    A. Go to the Docket Management System (DMS) Web page of the 
Department of Transportation (https://dms.dot.gov).
    B. On that page, click on ``Simple Search.''
    C. On the next page (https://dms.dot.gov/search/
searchFormSimple.cfm/) type in the five-digit Docket number shown at 
the beginning of this Notice (27371). Click on ``Search.''
    D. On the next page, which contains Docket summary information for 
the Docket you selected, click on the desired comments. You may also 
download the comments.
(Authority: 49 U.S.C. 30111, 30168; delegation of authority at 49 
CFR 1.50 and 501.8.)

James F. Simons,
Director, Office of Regulatory Analysis and Evaluation.
[FR Doc. E7-3442 Filed 2-27-07; 8:45 am]
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