Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, Child Restraint Systems; Anthropomorphic Test Devices, 15963-15964 [08-1072]

Download as PDF mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with PROPOSALS Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 59 / Wednesday, March 26, 2008 / Proposed Rules addresses the current needs of the acquisition community or whether providing standard provisions and/or clauses, or a set of such standard provisions and clauses, might be beneficial. A review of agency-specific guidance on OCI’s may reveal useful language, tools, and/or training that might be beneficial if expanded Governmentwide. The Councils also believe a review of current available training to contracting officers on the identification and mitigation of OCIs is necessary and should be included, with a gap analysis and recommendations. 4. The Acquisition Advisory Panel (AAP) was chartered by the Congress at Section 1423 of the Services Acquisition Reform Act (SARA). Relevant portions of the final report of the AAP are located on the Web at http://acquisition.gov/ comp/aap/documents/Chapter6.pdf. 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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION — Organizational conflicts of interest: Subpart 2009.5 located at http://www.access.gpo.gov/ nara/cfr/waisidxl07/ 48cfr2009l07.html; and sections 2052.209–71 and 2052.209–72 located at http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/ waisidxl07/48cfr2052l07.html. PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 15963 B. Solicitation of Public Comment The Councils are seeking comments on whether additional coverage in this area is needed, the suitability of expanding Governmentwide one or a combination of the agencies’ approaches, and whether expanded coverage would enhance the integrity of the Government’s decision-making processes. This is not a significant regulatory action and, therefore, was not subject to review under Section 6(b) of Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review, dated September 30, 1993. This rule is not a major rule under 5 U.S.C. 804. Dated: March 19, 2008. Al Matera, Director, Acquisition Policy Division. [FR Doc. E8–6096 Filed 3–25–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–EP–S DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 49 CFR Part 571 [Docket No. 2007–0048] RIN 2127–AJ44, RIN 2127–AJ49 Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, Child Restraint Systems; Anthropomorphic Test Devices National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation. ACTION: Reopening of comment period. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This document reopens the comment period on a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) to amend Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 213, ‘‘Child Restraint Systems.’’ Among other things, the SNPRM proposed to specify procedures the agency would use to position a Hybrid III 10-year-old child dummy and a Hybrid III 6-year-old child dummy in booster seats when conducting FMVSS No. 213 compliance tests. Comments on the SNPRM were due March 24, 2008. The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) petitioned NHTSA to extend the comment period by a minimum of 60 days to appropriately respond with comments to the notice. We have granted the request to extend the comment period and are reopening the comment period for 45 days. DATES: Comments must be received by May 12, 2008. E:\FR\FM\26MRP1.SGM 26MRP1 15964 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 59 / Wednesday, March 26, 2008 / Proposed Rules You may submit comments (identified by the Docket ID Number above) by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Docket Management Facility: U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001. • Hand Delivery or Courier: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. • Fax: 202–493–2251. Instructions: For detailed instructions on submitting comments and additional information on the rulemaking process, see the Submission of Comments heading of the SNPRM published January 23, 2008. Note that all comments received will be posted without change to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. Please see the Privacy Act heading below. Privacy Act: 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 (65 FR 19477–78). Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to http:// www.regulations.gov or the street address listed above. Follow the online instructions for accessing the dockets. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For technical issues, you may call Dr. Roger mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with PROPOSALS ADDRESSES: VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:09 Mar 25, 2008 Jkt 214001 Saul, Office of Rulemaking (Telephone: 202–366–1740) (Fax: 202–493–2990). For legal issues, you may call Ms. Deirdre Fujita, Office of Chief Counsel (Telephone: 202–366–2992) (Fax: 202– 366–3820). You may send mail to these officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., West Building, Washington, DC 20590. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On January 23, 2008, NHTSA published an SNPRM that, among other things, proposed seating procedures for positioning the Hybrid III (HIII) 10-yearold child dummy and the HIII 6-yearold child dummy in booster seats when the dummies are used in FMVSS No. 213 compliance tests (73 FR 3901; Docket No. 2007–0048). The SNPRM supplemented a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) published on August 31, 2005 that proposed to expand the applicability of FMVSS No. 213 to restraints recommended for children weighing up to 80 pounds, and require booster seats and other child restraints produced for older children to meet performance criteria when tested with the HIII 10-year-old child test dummy (70 FR 51720; DMS Docket No. 21245).1 The SNPRM provided a 60-day comment period, which ended March 24, 2008. On March 20, 2008, JPMA petitioned NHTSA to extend the comment period by a minimum of 60 days in order to provide more time to thoroughly evaluate the seating procedures proposed to position the HIII 10-yearold and 6-year-old child dummies in 1 The agency also issued an NPRM that proposed to adopt specifications and performance requirements for the HIII 10-year-old child test dummy into 49 CFR Part 572 (notice of proposed rulemaking published July 13, 2005, 70 FR 40281; Docket No. NHTSA 2004–2005–21247). PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 booster seats. JPMA noted that CRS manufacturers do not have immediate access to the HIII 10-year-old child dummy, and with additional time will be able to obtain the HIII 10-year-old child dummy and gain familiarity with the seating procedures. JPMA believes that extending the comment period by a minimum of 60 days will provide enough time to complete ongoing testing and evaluation of the new seating procedures, which will in turn lead to more meaningful responses based on real experience and test data. Agency Decision The agency is reopening the comment period for the January 23, 2008 SNPRM for 45 days in order to balance the interest of receiving meaningful responses and relevant test data with the interest of completing the rulemaking as soon as possible. The JPMA petition indicated that CRS manufacturers are already involved in activities to test and evaluate the seating procedure. Because these efforts have already begun, we believe a 45-day comment period should provide commenters sufficient time to obtain the HIII 10-year-old child dummy, evaluate the seating procedures for the two child dummies, and gain experience using the test dummies in sled testing of booster seats. It is further noted that the agency will consider comments submitted after the 45-day period to the extent possible. (Authority: 49 U.S.C. 322, 30111, 30115, 30117 and 30166; delegation of authority at 49 CFR 1.50.) Issued on March 21, 2008. Roger A. Saul, Director, Office of Crashworthiness Standards. [FR Doc. 08–1072 Filed 3–21–08; 12:20 pm] BILLING CODE 4910–59–P E:\FR\FM\26MRP1.SGM 26MRP1

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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 59 (Wednesday, March 26, 2008)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 15963-15964]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 08-1072]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

49 CFR Part 571

[Docket No. 2007-0048]
RIN 2127-AJ44, RIN 2127-AJ49


Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, Child Restraint Systems; 
Anthropomorphic Test Devices

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

ACTION: Reopening of comment period.

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SUMMARY: This document reopens the comment period on a supplemental 
notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) to amend Federal Motor Vehicle 
Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 213, ``Child Restraint Systems.'' Among 
other things, the SNPRM proposed to specify procedures the agency would 
use to position a Hybrid III 10-year-old child dummy and a Hybrid III 
6-year-old child dummy in booster seats when conducting FMVSS No. 213 
compliance tests. Comments on the SNPRM were due March 24, 2008. The 
Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) petitioned NHTSA to 
extend the comment period by a minimum of 60 days to appropriately 
respond with comments to the notice. We have granted the request to 
extend the comment period and are reopening the comment period for 45 
days.

DATES: Comments must be received by May 12, 2008.

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ADDRESSES: You may submit comments (identified by the Docket ID Number 
above) by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://
www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting 
comments.
     Mail: Docket Management Facility: U.S. Department of 
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., West Building Ground 
Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
     Hand Delivery or Courier: West Building Ground Floor, Room 
W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
     Fax: 202-493-2251.
    Instructions: For detailed instructions on submitting comments and 
additional information on the rulemaking process, see the Submission of 
Comments heading of the SNPRM published January 23, 2008. Note that all 
comments received will be posted without change to http://
www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. 
Please see the Privacy Act heading below.
    Privacy Act: 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 (65 FR 19477-78).
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments received, go to http://www.regulations.gov or the street 
address listed above. Follow the online instructions for accessing the 
dockets.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For technical issues, you may call Dr. 
Roger Saul, Office of Rulemaking (Telephone: 202-366-1740) (Fax: 202-
493-2990). For legal issues, you may call Ms. Deirdre Fujita, Office of 
Chief Counsel (Telephone: 202-366-2992) (Fax: 202-366-3820). You may 
send mail to these officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey 
Avenue, SE., West Building, Washington, DC 20590.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On January 23, 2008, NHTSA published an 
SNPRM that, among other things, proposed seating procedures for 
positioning the Hybrid III (HIII) 10-year-old child dummy and the HIII 
6-year-old child dummy in booster seats when the dummies are used in 
FMVSS No. 213 compliance tests (73 FR 3901; Docket No. 2007-0048). The 
SNPRM supplemented a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) published on 
August 31, 2005 that proposed to expand the applicability of FMVSS No. 
213 to restraints recommended for children weighing up to 80 pounds, 
and require booster seats and other child restraints produced for older 
children to meet performance criteria when tested with the HIII 10-
year-old child test dummy (70 FR 51720; DMS Docket No. 21245).\1\ The 
SNPRM provided a 60-day comment period, which ended March 24, 2008.
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    \1\ The agency also issued an NPRM that proposed to adopt 
specifications and performance requirements for the HIII 10-year-old 
child test dummy into 49 CFR Part 572 (notice of proposed rulemaking 
published July 13, 2005, 70 FR 40281; Docket No. NHTSA 2004-2005-
21247).
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    On March 20, 2008, JPMA petitioned NHTSA to extend the comment 
period by a minimum of 60 days in order to provide more time to 
thoroughly evaluate the seating procedures proposed to position the 
HIII 10-year-old and 6-year-old child dummies in booster seats. JPMA 
noted that CRS manufacturers do not have immediate access to the HIII 
10-year-old child dummy, and with additional time will be able to 
obtain the HIII 10-year-old child dummy and gain familiarity with the 
seating procedures. JPMA believes that extending the comment period by 
a minimum of 60 days will provide enough time to complete ongoing 
testing and evaluation of the new seating procedures, which will in 
turn lead to more meaningful responses based on real experience and 
test data.

Agency Decision

    The agency is reopening the comment period for the January 23, 2008 
SNPRM for 45 days in order to balance the interest of receiving 
meaningful responses and relevant test data with the interest of 
completing the rulemaking as soon as possible. The JPMA petition 
indicated that CRS manufacturers are already involved in activities to 
test and evaluate the seating procedure. Because these efforts have 
already begun, we believe a 45-day comment period should provide 
commenters sufficient time to obtain the HIII 10-year-old child dummy, 
evaluate the seating procedures for the two child dummies, and gain 
experience using the test dummies in sled testing of booster seats. It 
is further noted that the agency will consider comments submitted after 
the 45-day period to the extent possible.

(Authority: 49 U.S.C. 322, 30111, 30115, 30117 and 30166; delegation 
of authority at 49 CFR 1.50.)

    Issued on March 21, 2008.
Roger A. Saul,
Director, Office of Crashworthiness Standards.
[FR Doc. 08-1072 Filed 3-21-08; 12:20 pm]
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