Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Air Brake Systems, 15620-15621 [2010-7132]

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[FR Doc. 2010–7035 Filed 3–29–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–60–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 49 CFR Part 571 [Docket No. NHTSA 2009–0175] RIN 2127–AK62 Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Air Brake Systems AGENCY: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation. ACTION: Final rule; correcting amendments. In July 2009, NHTSA published a final rule that amended the Federal motor vehicle safety standard for air brake systems by requiring substantial improvements in stopping distance performance. In November 2009, the agency published a final rule that provided a partial response to petitions for reconsideration of the earlier rule. Today’s document corrects errors in the November 2009 final rule. DATES: This rule is effective April 29, 2010. WReier-Aviles on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with RULES SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For non-legal issues, you may call Mr. Jeff Woods, Office of Crash Avoidance Standards (Telephone: 202–366–5274) (Fax: 202–366–7002). For legal issues, VerDate Nov<24>2008 14:45 Mar 29, 2010 Jkt 220001 you may call Mr. Edward Glancy, Office of Chief Counsel (Telephone: 202–366– 2992). You may send mail to these officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., West Building, Washington, DC 20590. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On July 27, 2009, NHSTA published a final rule 1 in the Federal Register (74 FR 37122) amending Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 121, Air Brake Systems, to require improved stopping distance performance for truck tractors. The agency provided two years of lead time for typical three-axle tractors, which comprise approximately 82 percent of the truck tractor fleet. The agency concluded that other types of tractors, which are produced in far fewer numbers and may require additional work to fully develop improved brake systems and also to ensure vehicle control and stability while braking, would require more lead time, and the agency provided four years for these vehicles to comply with the new stopping distance requirements. NHTSA received eight petitions for reconsideration to the July 2009 final rule. The petitions were submitted by manufacturers of truck tractors, an association of truck manufacturers, and heavy truck brake component manufacturers. On November 13, 2009, NHTSA published in the Federal Register (74 FR 58562) a final rule; partial response to petitions for reconsideration.2 One of the issues we addressed in that document was how typical three-axle tractors should be defined for purposes of determining whether a three axle tractor is subject to the upgraded requirements with two years of leadtime rather than a longer period. In that document, we explained that we intended to limit the definition of typical three axle tractors to those that have a steer axle GAWR of 14,600 pounds or less and a combined drive axle GAWR of 45,000 pounds or less.3 The Truck Manufacturers Association (TMA) submitted a petition for reconsideration of the November 2009 final rule, citing an issue that it believed to be an error. TMA noted that the agency used the term ‘‘rear axles’’ instead of ‘‘rear drive axles’’ in two portions of the regulatory text defining the typical three axle tractors subject to 1 Docket # NHTSA–2009–0083 # NHTSA–2009–0175. 3 74 FR at 58564. 2 Docket PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 the upgraded requirements with two years of leadtime rather than a longer period. TMA stated that based strictly on the regulatory text using the term ‘‘rear axles,’’ certain three-axle tractors with one driven rear axle and one nondriven rear axle (a 6x2 tractor configuration) may fall under the twoyear leadtime implementation date for the new requirements. That organization stated that 6x2 tractors are specialty vehicles that are manufactured in low volumes. TMA noted statements in the preamble referring to drive axles. TMA requested that the agency revise S5 and the title of Table IIa to use the term ‘‘rear drive axles.’’ NHTSA has reviewed TMA’s submission and agrees that the omission of the word ‘‘drive’’ in S5 and the title heading of Table IIa was an error. We are correcting FMVSS No. 121 by adding the word ‘‘drive’’ in those locations. List of Subjects in 49 CFR Part 571 Imports, Motor vehicle safety, Motor vehicles, Rubber and rubber products, and Tires. ■ Accordingly, 49 CFR part 571 is corrected by making the following correcting amendments: PART 571—FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARDS 1. The authority citation for part 571 of title 49 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 322, 30111, 30115, 30117, and 30166; delegation of authority at 49 CFR 1.50. 2. Section 571.121 is amended by revising S5 and Table IIa to read as follows: ■ § 571.121 systems. Standard No. 121; Air brake * * * * * S5. Requirements. Each vehicle shall meet the following requirements under the conditions specified in S6. However, at the option of the manufacturer, the following vehicles may meet the stopping distance requirements specified in Table IIa instead of Table II: Three-axle tractors with a front axle that has a GAWR of 14,600 pounds or less, and with two rear drive axles that have a combined GAWR of 45,000 pounds or less, that are manufactured before August 1, 2011; and all other tractors that are manufactured before August 1, 2013. * * * * * E:\FR\FM\30MRR1.SGM 30MRR1 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 60 / Tuesday, March 30, 2010 / Rules and Regulations 15621 TABLE IIA—STOPPING DISTANCE IN FEET: OPTIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR: (1) THREE-AXLE TRACTORS WITH A FRONT AXLE THAT HAS A GAWR OF 14,600 POUNDS OR LESS, AND WITH TWO REAR DRIVE AXLES THAT HAVE A COMBINED GAWR OF 45,000 POUNDS OR LESS, MANUFACTURED BEFORE AUGUST 1, 2011; AND (2) ALL OTHER TRACTORS MANUFACTURED BEFORE AUGUST 1, 2013 Service brake Emergency brake PFC 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 60 * * * PFC PFC PFC 0.9 (2) 0.9 (3) 0.9 (4) 0.9 (5) 0.9 (6) [FR Doc. 2010–7132 Filed 3–29–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–59–P National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 49 CFR Part 571 [Docket No. NHTSA 2010–0043] RIN 2127–AK38 Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention AGENCY: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. SUMMARY: Pursuant to a statutory mandate in the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act of 2007, NHTSA is placing a requirement in Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 114 that certain motor vehicles with an automatic transmission that includes a ‘‘park’’ position manufactured for sale on or after September 1, 2010 be equipped with a brake transmission shift interlock (BTSI). This interlock must necessitate that the service brake pedal be depressed before the transmission can be shifted out of 14:45 Mar 29, 2010 35 54 78 106 138 175 216 261 310 Jkt 220001 38 59 84 114 149 189 233 281 335 40 62 89 121 158 200 247 299 355 83 123 170 225 288 358 435 520 613 ‘‘park,’’ and must function in any starting system key position. The BTSI requirement adopted by this final rule is identical in substance to the Congressional requirement. 85 131 186 250 325 409 504 608 720 Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Statutory Mandate and Background II. Summary of the NPRM III. Comments and Analysis IV. Effective Date V. Rulemaking Analysis and Notices If you submit a petition for reconsideration of this rule, you should refer in your petition to the docket number of this document and submit your petition to: Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., West Building, Washington, DC 20590. The petition will be placed in the public docket. Anyone is able to search the electronic form of all documents received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the document (or signing the document, 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). ADDRESSES: DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION VerDate Nov<24>2008 32 49 70 96 125 158 195 236 280 DATES: This final rule is effective April 29, 2010. Petitions for reconsideration: If you wish to petition for reconsideration of this rule, your petition must be received by May 14, 2010. * Issued on: March 25, 2010. Stephen R. Kratzke, Associate Administrator for Rulemaking. 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Note: (1) Loaded and unloaded buses; (2) Loaded single unit trucks; (3) Unloaded truck tractors and single unit trucks; (4) Loaded truck tractors tested with an unbraked control trailer; (5) All vehicles except truck tractors; (6) Unloaded truck tractors. * PFC 0.9 (1) Vehicle speed in miles per hour FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For technical issues, you may contact Gayle Dalrymple, NVS–123, Office of Rulemaking, by telephone at (202) 366– 0098, by fax at (202) 366–7002, or by email to gayle.dalrymple@dot.gov. For legal issues, you may contact David Jasinski, Office of the Chief Counsel, NCC–112, by telephone at (202) 366– 2992, by fax at (202) 366–3820, or by email to david.jasinski@dot.gov. You may send mail to both of these officials at National Highway Traffic Safety PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Table of Contents I. Statutory Mandate and Background On February 28, 2008, the ‘‘Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act of 2007’’ (the K.T. Safety Act, or ‘‘Act’’) was signed into law.1 This Act relates to several aspects of motor vehicle safety involving incidents where a person, frequently a child, could be hurt in non-traffic situations. The K.T. Safety Act addresses safety concerns related to, among other matters, power windows, rearward visibility, and vehicles rolling away. The latter refers to incidents that typically involve an unattended child managing to shift the vehicle’s transmission out of the ‘‘park’’ position when the child is left in a vehicle with the vehicle’s key. With a BTSI system, the brake pedal must be depressed before the transmission can be shifted out of park. To reduce the occurrence of roll away incidents, the Act requires that each vehicle that is less than 10,000 pounds ‘‘gross vehicular weight,’’ excluding motorcycles and trailers, manufactured for sale after September 1, 2010, that includes an automatic transmission with a ‘‘park’’ position, be equipped with a system that requires the service brake to be depressed before the transmission can be shifted out of ‘‘park’’ (i.e., a BTSI system). The Act further requires the system to function in any 1 Pub. E:\FR\FM\30MRR1.SGM L. 110–189, 112 Stat. 639 (Feb. 28, 2008). 30MRR1

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[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 60 (Tuesday, March 30, 2010)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 15620-15621]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-7132]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

49 CFR Part 571

[Docket No. NHTSA 2009-0175]
RIN 2127-AK62


Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Air Brake Systems

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

ACTION: Final rule; correcting amendments.

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SUMMARY: In July 2009, NHTSA published a final rule that amended the 
Federal motor vehicle safety standard for air brake systems by 
requiring substantial improvements in stopping distance performance. In 
November 2009, the agency published a final rule that provided a 
partial response to petitions for reconsideration of the earlier rule. 
Today's document corrects errors in the November 2009 final rule.

DATES: This rule is effective April 29, 2010.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For non-legal issues, you may call Mr. 
Jeff Woods, Office of Crash Avoidance Standards (Telephone: 202-366-
5274) (Fax: 202-366-7002). For legal issues, you may call Mr. Edward 
Glancy, Office of Chief Counsel (Telephone: 202-366-2992). You may send 
mail to these officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., West Building, Washington, 
DC 20590.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On July 27, 2009, NHSTA published a final 
rule \1\ in the Federal Register (74 FR 37122) amending Federal Motor 
Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 121, Air Brake Systems, to require 
improved stopping distance performance for truck tractors. The agency 
provided two years of lead time for typical three-axle tractors, which 
comprise approximately 82 percent of the truck tractor fleet. The 
agency concluded that other types of tractors, which are produced in 
far fewer numbers and may require additional work to fully develop 
improved brake systems and also to ensure vehicle control and stability 
while braking, would require more lead time, and the agency provided 
four years for these vehicles to comply with the new stopping distance 
requirements.
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    \1\ Docket  NHTSA-2009-0083
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    NHTSA received eight petitions for reconsideration to the July 2009 
final rule. The petitions were submitted by manufacturers of truck 
tractors, an association of truck manufacturers, and heavy truck brake 
component manufacturers.
    On November 13, 2009, NHTSA published in the Federal Register (74 
FR 58562) a final rule; partial response to petitions for 
reconsideration.\2\ One of the issues we addressed in that document was 
how typical three-axle tractors should be defined for purposes of 
determining whether a three axle tractor is subject to the upgraded 
requirements with two years of leadtime rather than a longer period. In 
that document, we explained that we intended to limit the definition of 
typical three axle tractors to those that have a steer axle GAWR of 
14,600 pounds or less and a combined drive axle GAWR of 45,000 pounds 
or less.\3\
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    \2\ Docket  NHTSA-2009-0175.
    \3\ 74 FR at 58564.
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    The Truck Manufacturers Association (TMA) submitted a petition for 
reconsideration of the November 2009 final rule, citing an issue that 
it believed to be an error. TMA noted that the agency used the term 
``rear axles'' instead of ``rear drive axles'' in two portions of the 
regulatory text defining the typical three axle tractors subject to the 
upgraded requirements with two years of leadtime rather than a longer 
period. TMA stated that based strictly on the regulatory text using the 
term ``rear axles,'' certain three-axle tractors with one driven rear 
axle and one non-driven rear axle (a 6x2 tractor configuration) may 
fall under the two-year leadtime implementation date for the new 
requirements. That organization stated that 6x2 tractors are specialty 
vehicles that are manufactured in low volumes. TMA noted statements in 
the preamble referring to drive axles. TMA requested that the agency 
revise S5 and the title of Table IIa to use the term ``rear drive 
axles.''
    NHTSA has reviewed TMA's submission and agrees that the omission of 
the word ``drive'' in S5 and the title heading of Table IIa was an 
error. We are correcting FMVSS No. 121 by adding the word ``drive'' in 
those locations.

List of Subjects in 49 CFR Part 571

    Imports, Motor vehicle safety, Motor vehicles, Rubber and rubber 
products, and Tires.

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Accordingly, 49 CFR part 571 is corrected by making the following 
correcting amendments:

PART 571--FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARDS

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1. The authority citation for part 571 of title 49 continues to read as 
follows:

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

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2. Section 571.121 is amended by revising S5 and Table IIa to read as 
follows:


Sec.  571.121  Standard No. 121; Air brake systems.

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    S5. Requirements. Each vehicle shall meet the following 
requirements under the conditions specified in S6. However, at the 
option of the manufacturer, the following vehicles may meet the 
stopping distance requirements specified in Table IIa instead of Table 
II: Three-axle tractors with a front axle that has a GAWR of 14,600 
pounds or less, and with two rear drive axles that have a combined GAWR 
of 45,000 pounds or less, that are manufactured before August 1, 2011; 
and all other tractors that are manufactured before August 1, 2013.
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 Table IIa--Stopping Distance in Feet: Optional Requirements for: (1) Three-Axle Tractors With a Front Axle That
Has a GAWR of 14,600 Pounds or Less, and With Two Rear Drive Axles That Have a Combined GAWR of 45,000 Pounds or
     Less, Manufactured Before August 1, 2011; and (2) All Other Tractors Manufactured Before August 1, 2013
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                                      0.9 (1)      0.9 (2)      0.9 (3)      0.9 (4)      0.9 (5)      0.9 (6)
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20................................           32           35           38           40           83           85
25................................           49           54           59           62          123          131
30................................           70           78           84           89          170          186
35................................           96          106          114          121          225          250
40................................          125          138          149          158          288          325
45................................          158          175          189          200          358          409
50................................          195          216          233          247          435          504
55................................          236          261          281          299          520          608
60................................          280          310          335          355          613          720
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    Note:  (1) Loaded and unloaded buses; (2) Loaded single unit 
trucks; (3) Unloaded truck tractors and single unit trucks; (4) 
Loaded truck tractors tested with an unbraked control trailer; (5) 
All vehicles except truck tractors; (6) Unloaded truck tractors.

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    Issued on: March 25, 2010.
Stephen R. Kratzke,
Associate Administrator for Rulemaking.
[FR Doc. 2010-7132 Filed 3-29-10; 8:45 am]
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