American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance, 22202-22203 [E9-11021]

Download as PDF 22202 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 90 / Tuesday, May 12, 2009 / Notices Issued in Washington, DC, on May 4, 2009. Francisco Estrada C., RTCA Advisory Committee. [FR Doc. E9–10985 Filed 5–11–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [Docket No. NHTSA–2009–0084; Notice 1] American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES American Honda Motor Co., Inc. (Honda) has determined that certain 2008 and 2009 model year Honda Civic Si model passenger cars when equipped with dealer accessory 18-inch diameter wheels do not fully comply with paragraph S4.2(a) of 49 CFR 571.138, Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 138 Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems. Honda 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) (see implementing rule at 49 CFR part 556), Honda 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 Honda’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. The exact number of vehicles involved is not known. However, a total of approximately 952 wheels, or 238 complete wheel sets, were sold to Honda dealerships by Honda between July 2006 and September 2008. These wheel sets were sold with a replacement tire pressure placard in accordance with FMVSS No. 110, indicating a tire inflation pressure of 250 kPa (36 PSI) for 215/40RZ18 tires having a load capacity rating of 85Y. Paragraph S4.2(a) of FMVSS No. 138 requires in pertinent part: S4.2 TPMS detection requirements. The tire pressure monitoring system must: (a) Illuminate a low tire pressure warning telltale not more than 20 minutes after the inflation pressure in one or more of the vehicle’s tires, up to a total of four tires, is equal to or less than either the pressure 25 percent below the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended cold inflation pressure, or the pressure specified in the 3rd column of Table 1 of this standard for the corresponding type of tire, whichever is higher * * * VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:14 May 11, 2009 Jkt 217001 In its petition, Honda explained that after the beginning of retail sales of 2009 model year Honda Civic Si models it discovered that the recommended electronic method of updating the TPMS settings to accommodate proper installation of the subject optional wheel sets would incorrectly inform technicians that the adjustments had been completed successfully. The result is that the TPMS warning threshold remains at the standard setting for the original equipment 17-inch wheels of not less than 175 kPa (25 PSI) for the standard recommended tire pressure of 230 kPa (33 PSI). The minimum allowable TPMS threshold for the 18inch accessory wheels should be 190 kPa (27 PSI), based on the recommended pressure of 250 kPa (36 PSI) as indicated on the replacement tire pressure placard. As a result, the low tire pressure warning telltale required by S4.2(a) will not illuminate at the 27 PSI minimum allowable TPMS threshold necessitated by installation of the dealer accessory wheels and tires. Honda explained that the load capacity for each of the 215/40RZ18 85Y tires is 500 kilograms (1,100 lbs) at 230 kPa (33 PSI), calculated using the Japan Automotive Tyre Manufacturer’s Association (JATMA) method, as recognized by NHTSA in FMVSS No. 110. The maximum allowable load according to the Gross Axle Weight Ratings (GAWR) for a 2008 or 2009 Civic Si is 477 kilograms (1,050 lbs) for each front tire and 425 kilograms (938 lbs) for each rear tire, well within the load capacity specified by JATMA. Honda therefore expressed its belief that this noncompliance is inconsequential to motor vehicle safety because at the 25 PSI TPMS threshold, adequate load capacity remains for the 215/40RZ18 58Y tires when mounted on the subject replacement rims on these vehicles. In summation, Honda states that it believes that the noncompliances are inconsequential to motor vehicle safety and that no corrective action is warranted. NHTSA notes that the statutory provisions (49 U.S.C. 30118(d) and 30120(h)) that permit manufacturers to file petitions for a determination of inconsequentiality allow NHTSA to exempt manufacturers only from the duties found in sections 30118 and 30120, respectively, to notify owners, purchasers, and dealers of a defect or noncompliance and to remedy the defect or noncompliance. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 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. The Docket Section is open on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Federal holidays. c. Electronically: by logging onto the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Web site at http:// www.regulations.gov/. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Comments may also be faxed to 1–202– 493–2251. Comments must be written in the English language, and be no greater than 15 pages in length, although there is no limit to the length of necessary attachments to the comments. If comments are submitted in hard copy form, please ensure that two copies are provided. If you wish to receive confirmation that your comments were received, please enclose a stamped, selfaddressed postcard with the comments. Note that all comments received will be posted without change to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. 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.). DOT’s complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477–78). You may view documents submitted to a docket at the address and times given above. You may also view the documents on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by following the online instructions for accessing the dockets available at that Web site. 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: June 11, 2009. E:\FR\FM\12MYN1.SGM 12MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 90 / Tuesday, May 12, 2009 / Notices Authority: (49 U.S.C. 30118, 30120: delegations of authority at CFR 1.50 and 501.8). Issued on: May 6, 2009. Claude H. Harris, Director, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance. [FR Doc. E9–11021 Filed 5–11–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–59–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration Petition for Waiver of Compliance In accordance with Part 211 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), notice is hereby given that the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has received a request for a waiver of compliance from certain requirements of its safety standards. The individual petition is described below, including the party seeking relief, the regulatory provisions involved, the nature of the relief being requested, and the petitioner’s arguments in favor of relief. Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum, Inc. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES [Waiver Petition Docket Number FRA–2009– 0023] The Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum, Inc. (HVRM) seeks a waiver of compliance from 49 CFR 240.201(d) which states, ‘‘After December 31, 1991, no railroad shall permit or require any person to operate a locomotive in any class of locomotive or train service unless that person has been certified as a qualified locomotive engineer and issued a certificate that complies with § 240.223.’’ HVRM desires to conduct an ‘‘engineer-for-an-hour’’ charter, which would allow ‘‘non-certified’’ individuals to operate a locomotive. HVRM currently operates on track owned by the town of North Judson, Indiana, which is controlled and operated by the Chesapeake and Indiana Railroad (CKIN). HVRM currently operates between milepost (MP) 212.5 and MP 223.0 on CKIN. The Museum Depot is located at approximately MP 213.4. HVRM proposes to conduct the engineer-for-an-hour operations between MP 213.5 and MP 216. HVRM will verify that each participant is in possession of a valid state issued motor vehicle license, evaluate each participant visually for fitness to operate the locomotive with respect to obvious signs of alcohol and/ or drug use, and will have a certified locomotive engineer in the cab at all times. The operations will be conducted under Absolute Block Authority (a section of track that can only be occupied by one train at a time) on a VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:14 May 11, 2009 Jkt 217001 designated portion of track only during daylight hours. An HVRM qualified locomotive engineer will conduct a job briefing with each participant to ensure all parties know and understand the movement to be made and know and understand individual responsibilities in the proposed movements. HVRM would limit engineer-for-an-hour train size to one (1) locomotive and not more than three (3) cars with no revenue passengers or members of the public on board during operations. Any accident or incident that occurs during an engineer-for-an-hour movement will be immediately reported to the Federal Railroad Administration. HVRM believes that granting this waiver will enable it to generate funds to support its goal of acquiring and refurbishing railroad antiquities so that they may be enjoyed by future generations. HVRM also believes these operations will not pose any safety concerns to the public at large. Interested parties are invited to participate in these proceedings by submitting written views, data, or comments. FRA does not anticipate scheduling a public hearing in connection with these proceedings since the facts do not appear to warrant a hearing. If any interested party desires an opportunity for oral comment, they should notify FRA, in writing, before the end of the comment period and specify the basis for their request. All communications concerning these proceedings should identify the appropriate docket number (e.g., Waiver Petition Docket Number FRA–2009– 0023) and may be submitted by any of the following methods: • Web site: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 202–493–2251. • Mail: Docket Operations Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., W12–140, Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Communications received within 45 days of the date of this notice will be considered by FRA before final action is taken. Comments received after that date will be considered as far as practicable. All written communications concerning these proceedings are available for examination during regular business hours (9 a.m.–5 p.m.) at the above facility. All documents in the public docket are also available for inspection and copying on the Internet PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 22203 at the docket facility’s Web site at http://www.regulations.gov. Anyone is able to search the electronic form of any written communications and 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). Issued in Washington, DC, on May 6, 2009. Grady C. Cothen, Jr., Deputy Associate Administrator for Safety Standards and Program Development. [FR Doc. E9–11020 Filed 5–11–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Bureau of the Public Debt Proposed Collection: Comment Request ACTION: Notice and request for comments. SUMMARY: The Department of the Treasury, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A). Currently the Bureau of the Public Debt within the Department of the Treasury is soliciting comments concerning the Claim For Lost, Stolen, or Destroyed United States Registered Securities. DATES: Written comments should be received on or before July 6, 2009, to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Bureau of the Public Debt, Judi Owens, 200 Third Street, A4–A, Parkersburg, WV 26106–1328, or judi.owens@bpd.treas.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the form and instructions should be directed to Judi Owens, Bureau of the Public Debt, 200 Third Street, A4–A, Parkersburg, WV 26106– 1328, (304) 480–8150. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Claim For Lost, Stolen, or Destroyed United States Registered Securities. OMB Number: 1535–0014. E:\FR\FM\12MYN1.SGM 12MYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

[Docket No. NHTSA-2009-0084; Notice 1]


American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Receipt of Petition for Decision 
of Inconsequential Noncompliance

    American Honda Motor Co., Inc. (Honda) has determined that certain 
2008 and 2009 model year Honda Civic Si model passenger cars when 
equipped with dealer accessory 18-inch diameter wheels do not fully 
comply with paragraph S4.2(a) of 49 CFR 571.138, Federal Motor Vehicle 
Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 138 Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems. Honda 
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) (see implementing rule 
at 49 CFR part 556), Honda 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 Honda'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.
    The exact number of vehicles involved is not known. However, a 
total of approximately 952 wheels, or 238 complete wheel sets, were 
sold to Honda dealerships by Honda between July 2006 and September 
2008. These wheel sets were sold with a replacement tire pressure 
placard in accordance with FMVSS No. 110, indicating a tire inflation 
pressure of 250 kPa (36 PSI) for 215/40RZ18 tires having a load 
capacity rating of 85Y.
    Paragraph S4.2(a) of FMVSS No. 138 requires in pertinent part:

    S4.2 TPMS detection requirements. The tire pressure monitoring 
system must:
    (a) Illuminate a low tire pressure warning telltale not more 
than 20 minutes after the inflation pressure in one or more of the 
vehicle's tires, up to a total of four tires, is equal to or less 
than either the pressure 25 percent below the vehicle manufacturer's 
recommended cold inflation pressure, or the pressure specified in 
the 3rd column of Table 1 of this standard for the corresponding 
type of tire, whichever is higher * * *

    In its petition, Honda explained that after the beginning of retail 
sales of 2009 model year Honda Civic Si models it discovered that the 
recommended electronic method of updating the TPMS settings to 
accommodate proper installation of the subject optional wheel sets 
would incorrectly inform technicians that the adjustments had been 
completed successfully. The result is that the TPMS warning threshold 
remains at the standard setting for the original equipment 17-inch 
wheels of not less than 175 kPa (25 PSI) for the standard recommended 
tire pressure of 230 kPa (33 PSI). The minimum allowable TPMS threshold 
for the 18-inch accessory wheels should be 190 kPa (27 PSI), based on 
the recommended pressure of 250 kPa (36 PSI) as indicated on the 
replacement tire pressure placard. As a result, the low tire pressure 
warning telltale required by S4.2(a) will not illuminate at the 27 PSI 
minimum allowable TPMS threshold necessitated by installation of the 
dealer accessory wheels and tires.
    Honda explained that the load capacity for each of the 215/40RZ18 
85Y tires is 500 kilograms (1,100 lbs) at 230 kPa (33 PSI), calculated 
using the Japan Automotive Tyre Manufacturer's Association (JATMA) 
method, as recognized by NHTSA in FMVSS No. 110. The maximum allowable 
load according to the Gross Axle Weight Ratings (GAWR) for a 2008 or 
2009 Civic Si is 477 kilograms (1,050 lbs) for each front tire and 425 
kilograms (938 lbs) for each rear tire, well within the load capacity 
specified by JATMA. Honda therefore expressed its belief that this 
noncompliance is inconsequential to motor vehicle safety because at the 
25 PSI TPMS threshold, adequate load capacity remains for the 215/
40RZ18 58Y tires when mounted on the subject replacement rims on these 
vehicles.
    In summation, Honda states that it believes that the noncompliances 
are inconsequential to motor vehicle safety and that no corrective 
action is warranted.
    NHTSA notes that the statutory provisions (49 U.S.C. 30118(d) and 
30120(h)) that permit manufacturers to file petitions for a 
determination of inconsequentiality allow NHTSA to exempt manufacturers 
only from the duties found in sections 30118 and 30120, respectively, 
to notify owners, purchasers, and dealers of a defect or noncompliance 
and to remedy the defect or noncompliance.
    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 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. The Docket Section is open on 
weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Federal holidays.
    c. Electronically: by logging onto the Federal Docket Management 
System (FDMS) Web site at http://www.regulations.gov/. Follow the 
online instructions for submitting comments. Comments may also be faxed 
to 1-202-493-2251.
    Comments must be written in the English language, and be no greater 
than 15 pages in length, although there is no limit to the length of 
necessary attachments to the comments. If comments are submitted in 
hard copy form, please ensure that two copies are provided. If you wish 
to receive confirmation that your comments were received, please 
enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard with the comments. Note that 
all comments received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.
    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.). DOT's complete Privacy 
Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 
FR 19477-78).
    You may view documents submitted to a docket at the address and 
times given above. You may also view the documents on the Internet at 
http://www.regulations.gov by following the online instructions for 
accessing the dockets available at that Web site.
    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: June 11, 2009.


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

    Issued on: May 6, 2009.
Claude H. Harris,
Director, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance.
[FR Doc. E9-11021 Filed 5-11-09; 8:45 am]
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