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E7–19642 Filed 10–3–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–05–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [Docket No. NHTSA–2007–28734; Notice 1] DaimlerChrysler Corporation, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance DaimlerChrysler Corporation (DCC) has determined that certain model year 2007 motor vehicles that it produced between May 8, 2006 and March 16, 2007 do not comply with paragraph S4.3(d) of 49 CFR 571.110, Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 110, Tire Selection and Rims for Motor Vehicles With a GVWR of 4,536 Kilograms (10,000 pounds) or Less. DCC has filed an appropriate report pursuant to 49 CFR Part 573, Defect and Noncompliance Responsibility and Reports. Pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 30118(d) and 30120(h), DCC has petitioned for an exemption from the notification and remedy requirements of 49 U.S.C. Chapter 301 on the basis that this noncompliance is inconsequential to motor vehicle safety. PO 00000 Frm 00107 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 This notice of receipt of DCC’s petition is published under 49 U.S.C. 30118 and 30120 and does not represent any agency decision or other exercise of judgment concerning the merits of the petition. Affected are a total of approximately 3,037 model year 2007 Dodge Dakota (Dakota) pickup trucks produced between May 8, 2006 and March 16, 2007. Paragraph S4.3(d) of FMVSS No. 110 requires: Vehicles S4.3 Placard. Each vehicle, except for a trailer or incomplete vehicle, shall show the information specified in S4.3(a) through (g),* * * (d) Tire size designation, indicated by the headings ‘‘size’’ or ‘‘original tire size’’ or ‘‘original size,’’ and ‘‘spare tire’’ or ‘‘spare,’’ for the tires installed at the time of the first purchase for purposes other than resale. For full size spare tires, the statement ‘‘see above’’ may, at the manufacturer’s option replace the tire size designation. If no spare tire is provided, the word ‘‘none’’ must replace the tire size designation;* * * By way of background, DCC explains that model year 2006 Dakotas were equipped with five P265/65R17 tires— the four tires installed on the vehicle at time of sale and the spare tire. The vehicle placard on the 2006 model year Dakota accurately reflected the sizes of the tires. DCC further explained that they decided to equip the subsequent model year 2007 Dakota with P265/ 60R18 tires. However, prior to the actual launch of the MY 2007 vehicles, DCC discovered that a P265/60R18 tire would not fit properly in the spare tire location on the vehicle. Therefore, DCC decided to retain the P265/65R17 tire as the spare tire, while going forward with the decision to use P265/60R18 tires as in-service original equipment. Unfortunately, the vehicle placards affixed to the subject model year 2007 Dakotas were not revised to reflect the decision to use the P265/65R17 spare tire, therefore the vehicles do not comply with S4.3(d). DCC argues that the noncompliance, the erroneous designation of the size of the spare tire on the vehicle placard, does not have any adverse safety impact. In DCC’s estimation, the P265/ 60R18 tire and the P265/65R17 tire are equivalent. They support this estimation by stating that the recommended cold tire inflation pressure specified on the vehicle placard—240 kPa (35 psi)—is appropriate for either P265/60R18 or P265/65R17 tires when mounted for service on the Dakota, and that the Tire & Rim Association Handbook confirms that the P265/65R17 spare tire supplied with the vehicles can carry more weight at 35 psi (2,124 pounds) than the P265/ E:\FR\FM\04OCN1.SGM 04OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 192 / Thursday, October 4, 2007 / Notices 60R18 tire referred to on the erroneous vehicle placard (2,064 pounds). DCC states that all other information provided on the 2007 Dakota vehicle placard is correct. In summation, DCC states that it has corrected the problem that caused these errors so that they will not be repeated in future production and that it believes that because the noncompliance is inconsequential to motor vehicle safety that no corrective action is warranted. Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments on this petition. Comments must refer to the docket and notice number cited at the beginning of this notice and be submitted by any of the following methods: a. By mail addressed to: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590. b. By hand delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590. The Docket Section is open on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Federal Holidays. c. Electronically: until September 29, 2007, by logging onto the DOT Docket Management System Web site at http://dms.dot.gov; after September 28, 2007, by logging onto the Federal Docket Management System Web site at http://www.regulations.gov/. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Comments may also be faxed to 1–202–493–2251. The petition, supporting materials, and all comments received before the close of business on the closing date indicated below will be filed and will be considered. All comments and supporting materials received after the closing date will also be filed and will be considered to the extent possible. When the petition is granted or denied, notice of the decision will be published in the Federal Register pursuant to the authority indicated below. Comment closing date: November 5, 2007. pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES Authority: 49 U.S.C. 30118, 30120: delegations of authority at CFR 1.50 and 501.8. Issued on: September 27, 2007. Claude H. Harris, Director, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance. [FR Doc. E7–19602 Filed 10–3–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–59–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:20 Oct 03, 2007 Jkt 214001 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [Docket No. NHTSA–2007–28769; Notice 1] Ford Motor Company, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance Ford Motor Company (Ford) has determined that certain motor vehicle replacement equipment that it sold prior to May 17, 2007 did not comply with paragraphs S4.1(k) and S4.1(l) of 49 CFR 571.209, Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 209 Seat Belt Assemblies. FORD has filed an appropriate report pursuant to 49 CFR part 573, Defect and Noncompliance Responsibility and Reports. Pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 30118(d) and 30120(h), FORD has petitioned for an exemption from the notification and remedy requirements of 49 U.S.C. Chapter 301 on the basis that this noncompliance is inconsequential to motor vehicle safety. This notice of receipt of FORD’s petition is published under 49 U.S.C. 30118 and 30120 and does not represent any agency decision or other exercise of judgment concerning the merits of the petition. Affected are approximately 180,603 seat belt replacement assemblies for 2000–2004 model year Ford Focus passenger cars and 191,352 service seat belt assemblies for 2001–2004 model year Ford Escape multipurpose passenger vehicles. The assemblies for the Focus passenger cars were sold from July 1999 through May 17, 2007, and the assemblies for the Escape multipurpose passenger vehicles were sold from June 2000 through April 18, 2007. Paragraphs S4.1(k) and S4.1(l) of FMVSS No. 209 require: (k) Installation instructions. A seat belt assembly, other than a seat belt assembly installed in a motor vehicle by an automobile manufacturer, shall be accompanied by an instruction sheet providing sufficient information for installing the assembly in a motor vehicle. The installation instructions shall state whether the assembly is for universal installation or for installation only in specifically stated motor vehicles, and shall include at least those items specified in SAE Recommended Practice J800c, ‘‘Motor Vehicle Seat Belt Installations,’’ November 1973. If the assembly is for use only in specifically stated motor vehicles, the assembly shall either be permanently and legibly marked or labeled with the following statement, or the instruction sheet shall include the following statement: This seat belt assembly is for use only in [insert specific seating position(s), e.g., ‘‘front right’’] in [insert specific vehicle make(s) and model(s)]. PO 00000 Frm 00108 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 56825 (l) Usage and maintenance instructions. A seat belt assembly or retractor shall be accompanied by written instructions for the proper use of the assembly, stressing particularly the importance of wearing the assembly snugly and properly located on the body, and on the maintenance of the assembly and periodic inspection of all components. The instructions shall show the proper manner of threading webbing in the hardware of seat belt assemblies in which the webbing is not permanently fastened. Instructions for a nonlocking retractor shall include a caution that the webbing must be fully extended from the retractor during use of the seat belt assembly unless the retractor is attached to the free end of webbing which is not subjected to any tension during restraint of an occupant by the assembly. Instructions for Type 2a shoulder belt shall include a warning that the shoulder belt is not to be used without a lap belt. Ford explains that the subject seat belt assemblies were sold in the United States and federalized territories without the installation, usage, and maintenance instructions required by paragraphs in S4.1(k) and S4.1(l) of FMVSS 209. Ford makes the argument that the service seat belt assemblies in question are only made available to Ford authorized dealerships for their use or subsequent resale and that the Ford parts ordering process used by Ford dealers clearly identifies the correct service part required by model year, model, and seating position. By way of example, Ford further explains that an order for a driver’s-side front buckle assembly for a 2002 model year Focus would be filled by the components specifically designed to be installed in that particular position in that specific vehicle. This is because Ford’s service seat belt assemblies are designed to be installed properly only in their intended application. Ford additionally states that technicians at Ford dealerships that replace seat belts have access to the installation instruction information available in workshop manuals. Installers other than Ford dealership technicians also have seat belt installation information available because all workshop manual information, including seat belt replacement information, is made available to the general public on the Ford Motorcraft Web site and through aftermarket service information compilers such as Mitchell and Alldata. Ford additionally argues that a significant portion of paragraph S4.1(k) appears to address a concern with proper installation of aftermarket seat belts into vehicles that were not originally equipped with these restraints. Ford also notes that SAE E:\FR\FM\04OCN1.SGM 04OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

[Docket No. NHTSA-2007-28734; Notice 1]


DaimlerChrysler Corporation, Receipt of Petition for Decision of 
Inconsequential Noncompliance

    DaimlerChrysler Corporation (DCC) has determined that certain model 
year 2007 motor vehicles that it produced between May 8, 2006 and March 
16, 2007 do not comply with paragraph S4.3(d) of 49 CFR 571.110, 
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 110, Tire Selection 
and Rims for Motor Vehicles With a GVWR of 4,536 Kilograms (10,000 
pounds) or Less. DCC has filed an appropriate report pursuant to 49 CFR 
Part 573, Defect and Noncompliance Responsibility and Reports.
    Pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 30118(d) and 30120(h), DCC has petitioned for 
an exemption from the notification and remedy requirements of 49 U.S.C. 
Chapter 301 on the basis that this noncompliance is inconsequential to 
motor vehicle safety.
    This notice of receipt of DCC's petition is published under 49 
U.S.C. 30118 and 30120 and does not represent any agency decision or 
other exercise of judgment concerning the merits of the petition.
    Affected are a total of approximately 3,037 model year 2007 Dodge 
Dakota (Dakota) pickup trucks produced between May 8, 2006 and March 
16, 2007. Paragraph S4.3(d) of FMVSS No. 110 requires:

    Vehicles S4.3 Placard. Each vehicle, except for a trailer or 
incomplete vehicle, shall show the information specified in S4.3(a) 
through (g),* * *
    (d) Tire size designation, indicated by the headings ``size'' or 
``original tire size'' or ``original size,'' and ``spare tire'' or 
``spare,'' for the tires installed at the time of the first purchase 
for purposes other than resale. For full size spare tires, the 
statement ``see above'' may, at the manufacturer's option replace 
the tire size designation. If no spare tire is provided, the word 
``none'' must replace the tire size designation;* * *

    By way of background, DCC explains that model year 2006 Dakotas 
were equipped with five P265/65R17 tires--the four tires installed on 
the vehicle at time of sale and the spare tire. The vehicle placard on 
the 2006 model year Dakota accurately reflected the sizes of the tires. 
DCC further explained that they decided to equip the subsequent model 
year 2007 Dakota with P265/60R18 tires. However, prior to the actual 
launch of the MY 2007 vehicles, DCC discovered that a P265/60R18 tire 
would not fit properly in the spare tire location on the vehicle. 
Therefore, DCC decided to retain the P265/65R17 tire as the spare tire, 
while going forward with the decision to use P265/60R18 tires as in-
service original equipment. Unfortunately, the vehicle placards affixed 
to the subject model year 2007 Dakotas were not revised to reflect the 
decision to use the P265/65R17 spare tire, therefore the vehicles do 
not comply with S4.3(d).
    DCC argues that the noncompliance, the erroneous designation of the 
size of the spare tire on the vehicle placard, does not have any 
adverse safety impact. In DCC's estimation, the P265/60R18 tire and the 
P265/65R17 tire are equivalent. They support this estimation by stating 
that the recommended cold tire inflation pressure specified on the 
vehicle placard--240 kPa (35 psi)--is appropriate for either P265/60R18 
or P265/65R17 tires when mounted for service on the Dakota, and that 
the Tire & Rim Association Handbook confirms that the P265/65R17 spare 
tire supplied with the vehicles can carry more weight at 35 psi (2,124 
pounds) than the P265/

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60R18 tire referred to on the erroneous vehicle placard (2,064 pounds).
    DCC states that all other information provided on the 2007 Dakota 
vehicle placard is correct.
    In summation, DCC states that it has corrected the problem that 
caused these errors so that they will not be repeated in future 
production and that it believes that because the noncompliance is 
inconsequential to motor vehicle safety that no corrective action is 
warranted.
    Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and 
arguments on this petition. Comments must refer to the docket and 
notice number cited at the beginning of this notice and be submitted by 
any of the following methods:
    a. By mail addressed to: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590.
    b. By hand delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590. The Docket Section is open on 
weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Federal Holidays.
    c. Electronically: until September 29, 2007, by logging onto the 
DOT Docket Management System Web site at  http://dms.dot.gov; after 
September 28, 2007, by logging onto the Federal Docket Management 
System Web site at  http://www.regulations.gov/. Follow the online 
instructions for submitting comments. Comments may also be faxed to 1-
202-493-2251.
    The petition, supporting materials, and all comments received 
before the close of business on the closing date indicated below will 
be filed and will be considered. All comments and supporting materials 
received after the closing date will also be filed and will be 
considered to the extent possible. When the petition is granted or 
denied, notice of the decision will be published in the Federal 
Register pursuant to the authority indicated below.
    Comment closing date: November 5, 2007.

    Authority: 49 U.S.C. 30118, 30120: delegations of authority at 
CFR 1.50 and 501.8.

    Issued on: September 27, 2007.
Claude H. Harris,
Director, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance.
 [FR Doc. E7-19602 Filed 10-3-07; 8:45 am]
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