Petition for Exemption From the Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard; Ford, 21173-21174 [E8-8479]

Download as PDF pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 76 / Friday, April 18, 2008 / Notices or audio alarm has not prevented these antitheft devices from being effective protection against theft. Based on the evidence submitted by GM, the agency believes that the antitheft device for the GM vehicle line is likely to be as effective in reducing and deterring motor vehicle theft as compliance with the parts-marking requirements of the Theft Prevention Standard (49 CFR 541). The agency concludes that the device will provide four of the five types of performance listed in § 543.6(a)(3): Promoting activation; preventing defeat or circumvention of the device by unauthorized persons; preventing operation of the vehicle by unauthorized entrants; and ensuring the reliability and durability of the device. As required by 49 U.S.C. 33106 and 49 CFR Part 543.6(a)(4) and (5), the agency finds that GM has provided adequate reasons for its belief that the antitheft device will reduce and deter theft. This conclusion is based on the information GM provided about its device. For the foregoing reasons, the agency hereby grants in full GM’s petition for exemption for the Chevrolet Equinox vehicle line from the parts-marking requirements of 49 CFR Part 541. The agency notes that 49 CFR Part 541, Appendix A–1, identifies those lines that are exempted from the Theft Prevention Standard for a given model year. 49 CFR Part 543.7(f) contains publication requirements incident to the disposition of all Part 543 petitions. Advanced listing, including the release of future product nameplates, the beginning model year for which the petition is granted and a general description of the antitheft device is necessary in order to notify law enforcement agencies of new vehicle lines exempted from the parts marking requirements of the Theft Prevention Standard. If GM decides not to use the exemption for this line, it should formally notify the agency. If such a decision is made, the line must be fully marked according to the requirements under 49 CFR Parts 541.5 and 541.6 (marking of major component parts and replacement parts). NHTSA notes that if GM wishes in the future to modify the device on which this exemption is based, the company may have to submit a petition to modify the exemption. Part 543.7(d) states that a Part 543 exemption applies only to vehicles that belong to a line exempted under this part and equipped with the antitheft device on which the line’s exemption is based. Further, Part 543.9(c)(2) provides for the submission VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:38 Apr 17, 2008 Jkt 214001 of petitions ‘‘to modify an exemption to permit the use of an antitheft device similar to but differing from the one specified in that exemption.’’ The agency wishes to minimize the administrative burden that Part 543.9(c)(2) could place on exempted vehicle manufacturers and itself. The agency did not intend in drafting Part 543 to require the submission of a modification petition for every change to the components or design of an antitheft device. The significance of many such changes could be de minimis. Therefore, NHTSA suggests that if the manufacturer contemplates making any changes, the effects of which might be characterized as de minimis, it should consult the agency before preparing and submitting a petition to modify. Authority: 49 U.S.C. 33106; delegation of authority at 49 CFR 1.50. Issued on: April 15, 2008. Stephen R. Kratzke, Associate Administrator for Rulemaking. [FR Doc. E8–8477 Filed 4–17–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–59–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Petition for Exemption From the Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard; Ford National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Grant of petition for exemption. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This document grants in full the petition of Ford Motor Company (Ford) in accordance with § 543.9(c)(2) of 49 CFR Part 543, Exemption from the Theft Prevention Standard, for the Ford Escape vehicle line beginning with model year (MY) 2009. This petition is granted because the agency has determined that the antitheft device to be placed on the line as standard equipment is likely to be as effective in reducing and deterring motor vehicle theft as compliance with the partsmarking requirements of the Theft Prevention Standard. DATES: The exemption granted by this notice is effective beginning with model year (MY) 2009. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Deborah Mazyck, Office of International Policy, Fuel Economy and Consumer Programs, NHTSA, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590. Ms. Mazyck’s telephone number is (202) PO 00000 Frm 00079 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 21173 366–0846. Her fax number is (202) 493– 2290. In a petition dated February 8, 2008, Ford requested an exemption from the partsmarking requirements of the Theft Prevention Standard (49 CFR Part 541) for the Ford Escape vehicle line beginning with MY 2009. The petition requested an exemption from partsmarking pursuant to 49 CFR Part 543, Exemption from Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard, based on the installation of an antitheft device as standard equipment for an entire vehicle line. Under § 543.5(a), a manufacturer may petition NHTSA to grant exemptions for one of its vehicle lines per year. Ford has petitioned the agency to grant an exemption for its Ford Escape vehicle line beginning with MY 2009. In its petition, Ford provided a detailed description and diagram of the identity, design, and location of the components of the antitheft device for the Ford Escape vehicle line. Ford will install its passive antitheft device as standard equipment on the vehicle line. Features of the antitheft device will include an electronic key, ignition lock, and a passive immobilizer. Ford’s submission is considered a complete petition as required by 49 CFR 543.7, in that it meets the general requirements contained in § 543.5 and the specific content requirements of § 543.6. The antitheft device to be installed on the MY 2009 Ford Escape is the SecuriLock Passive Anti-Theft Electronic Engine Immobilizer System (SecuriLock). The Ford SecuriLock is a transponder-based electronic immobilizer system. Ford stated that the integration of the transponder into the normal operation of the ignition key assures activation of the system. When the ignition key is turned to the start position, the transceiver module reads the ignition key code and transmits an encrypted message to the cluster. Validation of the key is determined and start of the engine is authorized once a separate encrypted message is sent to the powertrain’s control module (PCM). The powertrain will function only if the key code matches the unique identification key code previously programmed into the PCM. If the codes do not match, the powertrain engine starter will be disabled. Ford also stated that the SecuriLock electronic engine immobilizer device makes conventional theft methods such as hot-wiring or attacking the ignition lock cylinder ineffective and virtually eliminates drive-away thefts. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\18APN1.SGM 18APN1 pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES 21174 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 76 / Friday, April 18, 2008 / Notices The agency’s theft rate data is not available for calendar year/model year (CY/MY) 2007 and 2008. Ford stated that since the introduction of the Ford Escape in MY 2001, it has been equipped with the SecuriLock system (except the 2005 Escape Hybrid). Ford also provided theft rate data for the MY 2001 through 2005 Ford Escape vehicle line. The chart illustrates that the reported theft rate for the Escape is significantly below the agency’s median theft rate of 3.5826 for all vehicles in each calendar year/model year. Ford stated that it believes that the exceptional low theft rate of 1.0342 for CY/MY 2005 is likely to continue or improve in future years. Additionally, Ford noted the reduction in theft rate for other vehicle lines equipped with the SecuriLock device. Ford’s SecuriLock device was first introduced as standard equipment on its MY 1996 Mustang GT and Cobra. In MY 1997, the SecuriLock system was installed on the entire Mustang vehicle line as standard equipment. Ford stated that the 1997 model year Mustang with SecuriLock shows a 70% reduction in theft compared to the MY 1995 Mustang, according to National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) theft statistics. There were 149 reported thefts for 1997 compared to 500 reported thefts in 1995. In addressing the specific content requirements of 543.6, Ford provided information on the reliability and durability of its proposed device. To ensure reliability and durability of the device, Ford conducted tests based on its own specified standards. Ford also provided a detailed list of the tests conducted and believes that the device is reliable and durable since the device complied with its specified requirements for each test. The agency also notes that the device will provide four of the five types of performance listed in § 543.6(a)(3): promoting activation; preventing defeat or circumvention of the device by unauthorized persons; preventing operation of the vehicle by unauthorized entrants; and ensuring the reliability and durability of the device. Pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 33106 and 49 CFR 543.7(b), the agency grants a petition for exemption from the partsmarking requirements of part 541 either in whole or in part, if it determines that, based upon substantial evidence, the standard equipment antitheft device is likely to be as effective in reducing and deterring motor vehicle theft as compliance with the parts marking requirements of part 541. The agency finds that Ford has provided adequate reasons for its belief that the antitheft VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:38 Apr 17, 2008 Jkt 214001 device for the Ford Escape vehicle line is likely to be as effective in reducing and deterring motor vehicle theft as compliance with the parts-marking requirements of the Theft Prevention Standard (49 CFR Part 541). This conclusion is based on the information Ford provided about its device. For the foregoing reasons, the agency hereby grants in full Ford’s petition for exemption for the Escape vehicle line from the parts-marking requirements of 49 CFR Part 541. The agency notes that 49 CFR Part 541, Appendix A–1, identifies those lines that are exempted from the Theft Prevention Standard for a given model year. 49 CFR Part 543.7(f) contains publication requirements incident to the disposition of all Part 543 petitions. Advanced listing, including the release of future product nameplates, the beginning model year for which the petition is granted and a general description of the antitheft device is necessary in order to notify law enforcement agencies of new vehicle lines exempted from the partsmarking requirements of the Theft Prevention Standard. If Ford decides not to use the exemption for this line, it must formally notify the agency. If such a decision is made, the line must be fully marked according to the requirements under 49 CFR Parts 541.5 and 541.6 (marking of major component parts and replacement parts). NHTSA notes that if Ford wishes in the future to modify the device on which this exemption is based, the company may have to submit a petition to modify the exemption. Part 543.7(d) states that a Part 543 exemption applies only to vehicles that belong to a line exempted under this part and equipped with the anti-theft device on which the line’s exemption is based. Further, Part 543.9(c)(2) provides for the submission of petitions ‘‘to modify an exemption to permit the use of an antitheft device similar to but differing from the one specified in that exemption.’’ The agency wishes to minimize the administrative burden that Part 543.9(c)(2) could place on exempted vehicle manufacturers and itself. The agency did not intend in drafting Part 543 to require the submission of a modification petition for every change to the components or design of an antitheft device. The significance of many such changes could be de minimis. Therefore, NHTSA suggests that if the manufacturer contemplates making any changes, the effects of which might be characterized as de minimis, it should consult the agency PO 00000 Frm 00080 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 before preparing and submitting a petition to modify. Authority: 49 U.S.C. 33106; delegation of authority at 49 CFR 1.50. Issued on: April 15, 2008. Stephen R. Kratzke, Associate Administrator for Rulemaking. [FR Doc. E8–8479 Filed 4–17–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–59–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration [Docket No. PHMSA–2007–27181 (Notice No. 08–5)] Notice of Information Collection Approval Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of Information Collection Approval. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice announces Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval and extension until March 31, 2010 for the following information collection requests (ICRs): OMB Control No. 2137–0572, ‘‘Testing Requirements for Non-Bulk Packaging’’; and approval and extension until August 31, 2010 for OMB Control No. 2137–0039, ‘‘Hazardous Materials Incidents.’’ This notice also announces OMB approval and extension until October 31, 2010 for the following ICRs: OMB Control No. 2137–0018, ‘‘Inspection and Testing of Portable Tanks and Intermediate Bulk Containers’’; and OMB Control No. 2137–0595, ‘‘Cargo Tank Motor Vehicles in Liquefied Compressed Gas Service.’’ Additionally, this notice announces OMB approval and extension until February 28, 2011 for the following ICRs: OMB Control No. 2137–0014, ‘‘Cargo Tank Specification Requirements’’; OMB Control No. 2137– 0542, ‘‘Flammable Cryogenic Liquids’’; OMB Control No. 2137–0582, ‘‘Container Certification Statements’’; and OMB Control No. 2137–0591, ‘‘Response Plans for Shipments of Oil.’’ DATES: The expiration dates for these ICRs are either March 31, 2010, August 31, 2010, October 31, 2010, or February 28, 2011 as indicated under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice. ADDRESSES: Requests for a copy of an information collection should be directed to Deborah Boothe or T. Glenn Foster, Office of Hazardous Materials Standards (PHH–11), Pipeline and E:\FR\FM\18APN1.SGM 18APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 76 (Friday, April 18, 2008)]
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[Pages 21173-21174]
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[FR Doc No: E8-8479]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration


Petition for Exemption From the Vehicle Theft Prevention 
Standard; Ford

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

ACTION: Grant of petition for exemption.

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SUMMARY: This document grants in full the petition of Ford Motor 
Company (Ford) in accordance with Sec.  543.9(c)(2) of 49 CFR Part 543, 
Exemption from the Theft Prevention Standard, for the Ford Escape 
vehicle line beginning with model year (MY) 2009. This petition is 
granted because the agency has determined that the antitheft device to 
be placed on the line as standard equipment is likely to be as 
effective in reducing and deterring motor vehicle theft as compliance 
with the parts-marking requirements of the Theft Prevention Standard.

DATES: The exemption granted by this notice is effective beginning with 
model year (MY) 2009.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Deborah Mazyck, Office of 
International Policy, Fuel Economy and Consumer Programs, NHTSA, 1200 
New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590. Ms. Mazyck's telephone 
number is (202) 366-0846. Her fax number is (202) 493-2290.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In a petition dated February 8, 2008, Ford 
requested an exemption from the parts-marking requirements of the Theft 
Prevention Standard (49 CFR Part 541) for the Ford Escape vehicle line 
beginning with MY 2009. The petition requested an exemption from parts-
marking pursuant to 49 CFR Part 543, Exemption from Vehicle Theft 
Prevention Standard, based on the installation of an antitheft device 
as standard equipment for an entire vehicle line.
    Under Sec.  543.5(a), a manufacturer may petition NHTSA to grant 
exemptions for one of its vehicle lines per year. Ford has petitioned 
the agency to grant an exemption for its Ford Escape vehicle line 
beginning with MY 2009. In its petition, Ford provided a detailed 
description and diagram of the identity, design, and location of the 
components of the antitheft device for the Ford Escape vehicle line. 
Ford will install its passive antitheft device as standard equipment on 
the vehicle line. Features of the antitheft device will include an 
electronic key, ignition lock, and a passive immobilizer. Ford's 
submission is considered a complete petition as required by 49 CFR 
543.7, in that it meets the general requirements contained in Sec.  
543.5 and the specific content requirements of Sec.  543.6.
    The antitheft device to be installed on the MY 2009 Ford Escape is 
the SecuriLock Passive Anti-Theft Electronic Engine Immobilizer System 
(SecuriLock). The Ford SecuriLock is a transponder-based electronic 
immobilizer system. Ford stated that the integration of the transponder 
into the normal operation of the ignition key assures activation of the 
system. When the ignition key is turned to the start position, the 
transceiver module reads the ignition key code and transmits an 
encrypted message to the cluster. Validation of the key is determined 
and start of the engine is authorized once a separate encrypted message 
is sent to the powertrain's control module (PCM). The powertrain will 
function only if the key code matches the unique identification key 
code previously programmed into the PCM. If the codes do not match, the 
powertrain engine starter will be disabled. Ford also stated that the 
SecuriLock electronic engine immobilizer device makes conventional 
theft methods such as hot-wiring or attacking the ignition lock 
cylinder ineffective and virtually eliminates drive-away thefts.

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    The agency's theft rate data is not available for calendar year/
model year (CY/MY) 2007 and 2008. Ford stated that since the 
introduction of the Ford Escape in MY 2001, it has been equipped with 
the SecuriLock system (except the 2005 Escape Hybrid). Ford also 
provided theft rate data for the MY 2001 through 2005 Ford Escape 
vehicle line. The chart illustrates that the reported theft rate for 
the Escape is significantly below the agency's median theft rate of 
3.5826 for all vehicles in each calendar year/model year. Ford stated 
that it believes that the exceptional low theft rate of 1.0342 for CY/
MY 2005 is likely to continue or improve in future years.
    Additionally, Ford noted the reduction in theft rate for other 
vehicle lines equipped with the SecuriLock device. Ford's SecuriLock 
device was first introduced as standard equipment on its MY 1996 
Mustang GT and Cobra. In MY 1997, the SecuriLock system was installed 
on the entire Mustang vehicle line as standard equipment. Ford stated 
that the 1997 model year Mustang with SecuriLock shows a 70% reduction 
in theft compared to the MY 1995 Mustang, according to National 
Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) theft statistics. There were 149 reported 
thefts for 1997 compared to 500 reported thefts in 1995.
    In addressing the specific content requirements of 543.6, Ford 
provided information on the reliability and durability of its proposed 
device. To ensure reliability and durability of the device, Ford 
conducted tests based on its own specified standards. Ford also 
provided a detailed list of the tests conducted and believes that the 
device is reliable and durable since the device complied with its 
specified requirements for each test.
    The agency also notes that the device will provide four of the five 
types of performance listed in Sec.  543.6(a)(3): promoting activation; 
preventing defeat or circumvention of the device by unauthorized 
persons; preventing operation of the vehicle by unauthorized entrants; 
and ensuring the reliability and durability of the device.
    Pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 33106 and 49 CFR 543.7(b), the agency grants 
a petition for exemption from the parts-marking requirements of part 
541 either in whole or in part, if it determines that, based upon 
substantial evidence, the standard equipment antitheft device is likely 
to be as effective in reducing and deterring motor vehicle theft as 
compliance with the parts marking requirements of part 541. The agency 
finds that Ford has provided adequate reasons for its belief that the 
antitheft device for the Ford Escape vehicle line is likely to be as 
effective in reducing and deterring motor vehicle theft as compliance 
with the parts-marking requirements of the Theft Prevention Standard 
(49 CFR Part 541). This conclusion is based on the information Ford 
provided about its device.
    For the foregoing reasons, the agency hereby grants in full Ford's 
petition for exemption for the Escape vehicle line from the parts-
marking requirements of 49 CFR Part 541. The agency notes that 49 CFR 
Part 541, Appendix A-1, identifies those lines that are exempted from 
the Theft Prevention Standard for a given model year. 49 CFR Part 
543.7(f) contains publication requirements incident to the disposition 
of all Part 543 petitions. Advanced listing, including the release of 
future product nameplates, the beginning model year for which the 
petition is granted and a general description of the antitheft device 
is necessary in order to notify law enforcement agencies of new vehicle 
lines exempted from the parts-marking requirements of the Theft 
Prevention Standard.
    If Ford decides not to use the exemption for this line, it must 
formally notify the agency. If such a decision is made, the line must 
be fully marked according to the requirements under 49 CFR Parts 541.5 
and 541.6 (marking of major component parts and replacement parts).
    NHTSA notes that if Ford wishes in the future to modify the device 
on which this exemption is based, the company may have to submit a 
petition to modify the exemption.
    Part 543.7(d) states that a Part 543 exemption applies only to 
vehicles that belong to a line exempted under this part and equipped 
with the anti-theft device on which the line's exemption is based. 
Further, Part 543.9(c)(2) provides for the submission of petitions ``to 
modify an exemption to permit the use of an antitheft device similar to 
but differing from the one specified in that exemption.''
    The agency wishes to minimize the administrative burden that Part 
543.9(c)(2) could place on exempted vehicle manufacturers and itself. 
The agency did not intend in drafting Part 543 to require the 
submission of a modification petition for every change to the 
components or design of an antitheft device. The significance of many 
such changes could be de minimis. Therefore, NHTSA suggests that if the 
manufacturer contemplates making any changes, the effects of which 
might be characterized as de minimis, it should consult the agency 
before preparing and submitting a petition to modify.

    Authority: 49 U.S.C. 33106; delegation of authority at 49 CFR 
1.50.

    Issued on: April 15, 2008.
Stephen R. Kratzke,
Associate Administrator for Rulemaking.
[FR Doc. E8-8479 Filed 4-17-08; 8:45 am]
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