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Download as PDF Emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES 17186 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 59 / Monday, March 28, 2011 / Notices additional rail capacity along the existing rail corridor(s) that would be used for the new route. It will also allow for the space currently occupied by the St. Charles Airline tracks and the CN mainline tracks along the Lake Michigan lakefront north of Grand Crossing to be used to serve future public needs. The project is located principally on existing railroad rights-of-way owned by CN, NS, and the Metra commuter railroad. The project area—bounded by 117th Street on the south, Lake Michigan on the east, Pershing Road on the north, and Halsted Street on the west—consists of urban residential and industrial land uses; no significant natural resource impacts are anticipated. Potential impacts may include residential and commercial relocations, effects on community cohesion and low-income and minority populations, economic impacts, and impacts to publicly owned parks, properties potentially eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, special waste sites, and public facilities and services. There is also the potential for noise and vibration, and air quality impacts. In an attempt to address the full range of issues related to this proposed action and identify all substantive issues, this project is being developed using the principles of Context Sensitive Solutions per the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Policies and Procedures. A Stakeholder Involvement Plan (SIP) will be developed that will detail the public involvement activities that will be conducted as part of this study and will address the Coordination Plan requirements of 23 U.S.C. 139(g) within the context of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. Under the SIP, an interdisciplinary Project Study Group will be formed to develop the project, and a Community Advisory Group will be formed to provide input to the study process. As part of the EIS process, a scoping meeting for obtaining input from resource agencies will be held in June 2011 and invitations will be sent to the resource agencies. Public informational meetings, focus meetings with stakeholders, a public hearing, newsletters, a project Web site, and interest group meetings will provide additional opportunities for public involvement. The project’s Draft EIS will be available for public and agency review prior to the public hearing. The time and location of the public hearing will be announced in local newspapers. Comments or questions concerning this proposed action and the Draft EIS should be directed to FHWA or the VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:08 Mar 25, 2011 Jkt 223001 Illinois Department of Transportation at the addresses provided above. (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Number 20.205, Highway Planning and Construction. The regulations implementing Executive Order 12372 regarding intergovernmental consultation on Federal programs and activities apply to this program.) Issued on: March 21, 2011. Jon-Paul Kohler, Planning and Program Development Manager, Springfield, Illinois. [FR Doc. 2011–7203 Filed 3–25–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–22–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [U.S. DOT Docket Number NHTSA–2011– 0039] Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), U.S. Department of Transportation. ACTION: Request for public comment on an extension of a currently approved collection of information. AGENCY: Before a Federal agency can collect certain information from the public, it must receive approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Under procedures established by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, before seeking OMB approval, Federal agencies must solicit public comment on proposed collections of information, including extensions and reinstatement of previously approved collections. This document describes a collection of information for which NHTSA intends to seek OMB approval. DATES: Comments must be received on or before May 27, 2011. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments using any of the following methods. All comments must have the applicable DOT docket number (e.g., NHTSA– 2011–0039) noted conspicuously on them. • 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 SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00084 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Telephone: 1–800–647–5527. • Fax: 202–493–2251 Instructions: All submissions must include the agency name and docket number for this proposed collection of information. 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) or you may visit http:// DocketInfo.dot.gov. 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: Alex Ansley, Recall Management Division (NVS–215), Room W46–412, NHTSA, 1200 New Jersey Ave., Washington, DC 20590. Telephone: (202) 493–0481. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, before an agency submits a proposed collection of information to OMB for approval, it must first publish a document in the Federal Register providing a 60-day comment period and otherwise consult with members of the public and affected agencies concerning each proposed collection of information. The OMB has promulgated regulations describing what must be included in such a document. Under OMB’s regulation, see 5 CFR 1320.8(d), an agency must ask for public comment on the following: (i) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (ii) The accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (iii) How to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (iv) How to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use E:\FR\FM\28MRN1.SGM 28MRN1 Emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 59 / Monday, March 28, 2011 / Notices of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g. permitting electronic submission of responses. In compliance with these requirements, NHTSA asks for public comments on the following collection of information: Title: Defect and Noncompliance Reporting and Notification. Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved information collection. OMB Control Number: 2127–0004. Affected Public: Businesses or individuals. Abstract: This notice requests comment on NHTSA’s proposed extension to approved collection of information OMB No. 2127–0004. This collection covers the information collection requirements found within various statutory sections in the Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966 (Act), 49 U.S.C. 30101, et seq., that address and require manufacturer notifications to NHTSA of safety-related defects and failures to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) in motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment, as well as the provision of particular information related to the ensuing owner and dealers notifications and free remedy campaigns that follow those notifications. The sections of the Act imposing these requirements include 49 U.S.C. 30118, 30119, 30120, and 30166. Many of these requirements are implemented through, and addressed with more specificity in, 49 CFR part 573, Defect and Noncompliance Responsibility and Reports (part 573) and 49 CFR part 577, Defect and Noncompliance Notification. Pursuant to the Act, motor vehicle and motor vehicle equipment manufacturers are obligated to notify, and then provide various information and documents, to NHTSA in the event a safety defect or noncompliance with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) is identified in products they manufactured. See 49 U.S.C. 30118(b) and 49 CFR 573.6 (requiring manufacturers to notify NHTSA, and provide certain information, when they learn of a safety defect or noncompliance). Manufacturers are further required to notify owners, purchasers, dealers and distributors about the safety defect or noncompliance. See 49 U.S.C. 30118(b), 30120(a), and 49 CFR 577.7, 577.13. They are required to provide to NHTSA copies of communications pertaining to recall campaigns that they issue to owners, purchasers, dealers, and VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:14 Mar 25, 2011 Jkt 223001 distributors. See 49 U.S.C. 30166(f) and 49 CFR 573.6(c)(10). Manufacturers are also required to file with NHTSA a plan explaining how they intend to reimburse owners and purchasers who paid to have their products remedied before being notified of the safety defect or noncompliance, and explain that plan in the notifications they issue to owners and purchasers about the safety defect or noncompliance. See 49 U.S.C. 30120(d) and 49 CFR 573.13. They are further required to keep lists of the respective owners, purchasers, dealers, distributors, lessors, and lessees of the products determined to be defective or noncompliant and involved in a recall campaign, and are required to provide NHTSA with a minimum of six quarterly reports reporting on the progress of their recall campaigns. See 49 CFR 573.8 and 573.7, respectively. The Act and Part 573 also contain numerous information collection requirements specific to tire recall and remedy campaigns. These requirements relate to the proper disposal of recalled tires, including a requirement that the manufacturer conducting the tire recall submit a plan and provide specific instructions to certain persons (such as dealers and distributors) addressing that disposal, and a requirement that those persons report back to the manufacturer certain deviations from the plan. See 49 U.S.C. 30120(d) and 49 CFR 573.6(c)(9). They also require the reporting to NHTSA of intentional and knowing sales or leases of defective or noncompliant tires. 49 U.S.C. 30166(n), and its implementing regulation found at 49 CFR 573.10, mandates that anyone who knowingly and willfully sells or leases for use on a motor vehicle a defective tire or a tire that is not compliant with FMVSS, and with actual knowledge that the tire manufacturer has notified its dealers of the defect or noncompliance as required under the Act, is required to report that sale or lease to NHTSA no more than five working days after the person to whom the tire was sold or leased takes possession of it. Estimated Burden: This collection has an approved burden of 21,370 hours per year.1 Our review of recall information since we last requested approval of this collection does not demonstrate that this figure requires adjustment. A summary explanation of how this total annual figure was calculated follows. There continue to be an average of 650 noncompliance or safety defect 1 See Federal Register notices of March 28, 2008 (73 FR 16740) and June 5, 2008 (73 FR 32073) for the analysis and discussion associated with this burden hour estimate. PO 00000 Frm 00085 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 17187 notifications to NHTSA filed each year by approximately 175 distinct manufacturers, with an estimated 750 quarterly reports filed per quarter (or 3,000 reports per year). Although the average number of recalls filed per year and the average number of manufacturers filing fluctuates each year, we have not seen, nor expect to see, consistent dramatic changes in these averages. We continue to estimate that it takes a manufacturer an average of 4 hours to complete each notification report to NHTSA, that it takes another 4 hours to complete each quarterly report, and that maintenance of the required owner, purchaser, dealer and distributors lists requires 8 hours. Accordingly, the subtotal estimate of annual burden hours related to the reporting to NHTSA of a safety defect or noncompliance, completion of quarterly reports on the progress of recall campaigns, and maintenance of owner and purchaser lists is 16,000 hours annually ((650 notices × 4 hours/report) + (3,000 quarterly reports × 4 hours/report) + (175 manufacturers × 8 hours)). In addition, we continue to estimate an additional 2 hours will be needed to add to a manufacturer’s information report details relating to the manufacturer’s intended schedule for notifying its dealers and distributors, and tailoring its notifications to dealers and distributors in accordance with the requirements of 49 CFR 577.13. This would total to an estimated 1,300 hours annually (650 notices × 2 hours/report). In the event a manufacturer supplied the defect or noncompliant product to independent dealers through independent distributors, that manufacturer is required to include in its notifications to those distributors an instruction that the distributors are to then provide copies of the manufacturer’s notification of the defect or noncompliance to all known distributors or retail outlets further down the distribution chain within five working days. See 49 CFR 577.8(c)(2)(iv). As a practical matter, this requirement would only apply to equipment manufacturers since vehicle manufacturers generally sell and lease vehicles through a dealer network, and not through independent distributors. We continue to believe previous estimates of roughly 90 equipment recalls per year are sound. Although the distributors are not technically under any regulatory requirement to follow that instruction, we expect that they will, and have estimated the burden associated with these notifications (identifying retail outlets, making copies of the manufacturer’s notice, and E:\FR\FM\28MRN1.SGM 28MRN1 Emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES 17188 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 59 / Monday, March 28, 2011 / Notices mailing) to be 5 hours per recall campaign. Assuming an average of 3 distributors per equipment item, (which is a liberal estimate given that many equipment manufacturers do not use independent distributors) the total number of burden hours associated with this third party notification burden is approximately 1,350 hours per year (90 recalls × 3 distributors × 5 hours). As for the burden linked with a manufacturer’s preparation of and notification concerning its reimbursement for pre-notification remedies, consistent with previous estimates (see 69 FR 11477 (March 10, 2004)), we continue to estimate that preparing a plan for reimbursement takes approximately 8 hours annually, and that an additional 2 hours per year is spent tailoring the plan to particular defect and noncompliance notifications to NHTSA and adding tailored language about the plan to a particular safety recall’s owner notification letters. In sum, these required activities add an additional 2,700 annual burden hours ((175 manufacturers × 8 hours) + (650 recalls × 2 hours)). In summary, the total burden associated with the defect and noncompliant information collection and reporting requirements we continue to estimate at 21,350 hours per year. As explained earlier, the Act and part 573 also contain numerous information collection requirements specific to tire recall and remedy campaigns, as well as a statutory and regulatory reporting requirement that anyone that knowingly and intentionally sells or leases a defective or noncompliant tire notify NHTSA of that activity. Manufacturers are required to include specific information relative to tire disposal in the notifications they provide NHTSA concerning identification of a safety defect or noncompliance with FMVSS in their tires, as well as in the notifications which they issue to their dealers or other tire outlets participating in the recall campaign. See 49 CFR 573.6(c)(9). We continue to estimate that there will be about 10 tire recall campaigns per year, and that inclusion of this additional information will require an additional two hours of effort beyond the subtotal above associated with nontire recall campaigns. This additional effort consists of one hour for the NHTSA notification and one hour for the dealer notification for a total of 20 burden hours (10 tire recalls a year × 2 hours per recall). Manufacturer owned or controlled dealers are required to notify the manufacturer and provide certain information should they deviate from VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:14 Mar 25, 2011 Jkt 223001 the manufacturer’s disposal plan. Consistent with previous analysis, we continue to ascribe zero burden hours to this requirement since to date no such reports have been provided and our original expectation that dealers would comply with manufacturers’ plans has proven true. Accordingly, we estimate 20 burden hours a year will be spent complying with the tire recall campaign requirements found in 49 CFR 573.6(c)(9). And, as we have yet to receive a single report of a defective or noncompliant tire being intentionally sold or leased in the fourteen years since this rule was proposed, our previous estimate of zero burden hours remains unchanged with this notice. In summary, our previous estimate of 21,370 total burden hours associated with this approved information collection stands. Estimated Number of Respondents NHTSA receives reports of defect or noncompliance from roughly 175 manufacturers per year. Again, this figure fluctuates from year to year, but we do not have a basis at this juncture to suspect this annual figure will change significantly. Accordingly, we estimate that there will continue to be approximately 175 manufacturers per year filing defect or noncompliance reports and completing the other information collection responsibilities associated with those filings. We discussed above that we have yet to receive a single report filed pursuant to 49 CFR 573.10. This information collection requirement, to reiterate, requires anyone who sells or leases a defective or noncompliant tire, with knowledge of that tire’s defectiveness or noncompliance, to report that sale or lease to NHTSA. Given the lack of filing history over many years, we estimate that there will continue to be zero reports filed and therefore zero respondents as to this requirement. In summary, we estimate that there will be a total of 175 respondents per year associated with OMB No. 2127– 0004. Issued on: March 22, 2011. Frank Borris, Director, Office of Defects Investigation. [FR Doc. 2011–7182 Filed 3–25–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–59–P PO 00000 Frm 00086 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Office of Foreign Assets Control Additional Identifying Information Associated With Persons Whose Property and Interests in Property Are Blocked Pursuant to the Executive Order 13566 of February 25, 2011, ‘‘Blocking Property and Prohibiting Certain Transactions Related to Libya’’ Office of Foreign Assets Control, Treasury. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (‘‘OFAC’’) is publishing additional identifying information associated with the five individuals listed in the Annex to Executive Order 13566 of February 25, 2011, ‘‘Blocking Property and Prohibiting Certain Transactions Related to Libya,’’ whose property and interests in property are therefore blocked. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Assistant Director, Compliance Outreach & Implementation, Office of Foreign Assets Control, Department of the Treasury, 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. (Treasury Annex), Washington, DC 20220, Tel.: 202/622– 2490. SUMMARY: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Electronic and Facsimile Availability This document and additional information concerning OFAC are available from OFAC’s Web site (http://www.treas.gov/ofac) or via facsimile through a 24-hour fax-ondemand service, Tel.: 202/622–0077. Background On February 25, 2011, the President issued Executive Order 13566, ‘‘Blocking Property and Prohibiting Certain Transactions Related to Libya,’’ (the ‘‘Order’’) pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.) (the NEA), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code. Section 1 of the Order blocks, with certain exceptions, all property and interests in property that are in the United States, that come within the United States, or that are or come within the possession or control of any United States person, of persons listed in the Annex to the Order and of persons determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, to satisfy certain criteria set forth in the Order. E:\FR\FM\28MRN1.SGM 28MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

[U.S. DOT Docket Number NHTSA-2011-0039]


Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements

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

ACTION: Request for public comment on an extension of a currently 
approved collection of information.

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SUMMARY: Before a Federal agency can collect certain information from 
the public, it must receive approval from the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB). Under procedures established by the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995, before seeking OMB approval, Federal agencies must solicit 
public comment on proposed collections of information, including 
extensions and reinstatement of previously approved collections.
    This document describes a collection of information for which NHTSA 
intends to seek OMB approval.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before May 27, 2011.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments using any of the following methods. 
All comments must have the applicable DOT docket number (e.g., NHTSA-
2011-0039) noted conspicuously on them.
     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. Telephone: 1-800-647-
5527.
     Fax: 202-493-2251

    Instructions: All submissions must include the agency name and 
docket number for this proposed collection of information. 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) or you may visit http://DocketInfo.dot.gov.
    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: Alex Ansley, Recall Management 
Division (NVS-215), Room W46-412, NHTSA, 1200 New Jersey Ave., 
Washington, DC 20590. Telephone: (202) 493-0481.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 
before an agency submits a proposed collection of information to OMB 
for approval, it must first publish a document in the Federal Register 
providing a 60-day comment period and otherwise consult with members of 
the public and affected agencies concerning each proposed collection of 
information. The OMB has promulgated regulations describing what must 
be included in such a document. Under OMB's regulation, see 5 CFR 
1320.8(d), an agency must ask for public comment on the following:
    (i) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for 
the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including 
whether the information will have practical utility;
    (ii) The accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used;
    (iii) How to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
    (iv) How to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
those who are to respond, including the use

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of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other 
technological collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology, e.g. permitting electronic submission of responses.
    In compliance with these requirements, NHTSA asks for public 
comments on the following collection of information:
    Title: Defect and Noncompliance Reporting and Notification.
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved information 
collection.
    OMB Control Number: 2127-0004.
    Affected Public: Businesses or individuals.
    Abstract: This notice requests comment on NHTSA's proposed 
extension to approved collection of information OMB No. 2127-0004. This 
collection covers the information collection requirements found within 
various statutory sections in the Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966 
(Act), 49 U.S.C. 30101, et seq., that address and require manufacturer 
notifications to NHTSA of safety-related defects and failures to comply 
with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) in motor vehicles 
and motor vehicle equipment, as well as the provision of particular 
information related to the ensuing owner and dealers notifications and 
free remedy campaigns that follow those notifications. The sections of 
the Act imposing these requirements include 49 U.S.C. 30118, 30119, 
30120, and 30166. Many of these requirements are implemented through, 
and addressed with more specificity in, 49 CFR part 573, Defect and 
Noncompliance Responsibility and Reports (part 573) and 49 CFR part 
577, Defect and Noncompliance Notification.
    Pursuant to the Act, motor vehicle and motor vehicle equipment 
manufacturers are obligated to notify, and then provide various 
information and documents, to NHTSA in the event a safety defect or 
noncompliance with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) is 
identified in products they manufactured. See 49 U.S.C. 30118(b) and 49 
CFR 573.6 (requiring manufacturers to notify NHTSA, and provide certain 
information, when they learn of a safety defect or noncompliance). 
Manufacturers are further required to notify owners, purchasers, 
dealers and distributors about the safety defect or noncompliance. See 
49 U.S.C. 30118(b), 30120(a), and 49 CFR 577.7, 577.13. They are 
required to provide to NHTSA copies of communications pertaining to 
recall campaigns that they issue to owners, purchasers, dealers, and 
distributors. See 49 U.S.C. 30166(f) and 49 CFR 573.6(c)(10).
    Manufacturers are also required to file with NHTSA a plan 
explaining how they intend to reimburse owners and purchasers who paid 
to have their products remedied before being notified of the safety 
defect or noncompliance, and explain that plan in the notifications 
they issue to owners and purchasers about the safety defect or 
noncompliance. See 49 U.S.C. 30120(d) and 49 CFR 573.13. They are 
further required to keep lists of the respective owners, purchasers, 
dealers, distributors, lessors, and lessees of the products determined 
to be defective or noncompliant and involved in a recall campaign, and 
are required to provide NHTSA with a minimum of six quarterly reports 
reporting on the progress of their recall campaigns. See 49 CFR 573.8 
and 573.7, respectively.
    The Act and Part 573 also contain numerous information collection 
requirements specific to tire recall and remedy campaigns. These 
requirements relate to the proper disposal of recalled tires, including 
a requirement that the manufacturer conducting the tire recall submit a 
plan and provide specific instructions to certain persons (such as 
dealers and distributors) addressing that disposal, and a requirement 
that those persons report back to the manufacturer certain deviations 
from the plan. See 49 U.S.C. 30120(d) and 49 CFR 573.6(c)(9). They also 
require the reporting to NHTSA of intentional and knowing sales or 
leases of defective or noncompliant tires.
    49 U.S.C. 30166(n), and its implementing regulation found at 49 CFR 
573.10, mandates that anyone who knowingly and willfully sells or 
leases for use on a motor vehicle a defective tire or a tire that is 
not compliant with FMVSS, and with actual knowledge that the tire 
manufacturer has notified its dealers of the defect or noncompliance as 
required under the Act, is required to report that sale or lease to 
NHTSA no more than five working days after the person to whom the tire 
was sold or leased takes possession of it.
    Estimated Burden: This collection has an approved burden of 21,370 
hours per year.\1\ Our review of recall information since we last 
requested approval of this collection does not demonstrate that this 
figure requires adjustment. A summary explanation of how this total 
annual figure was calculated follows.
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    \1\ See Federal Register notices of March 28, 2008 (73 FR 16740) 
and June 5, 2008 (73 FR 32073) for the analysis and discussion 
associated with this burden hour estimate.
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    There continue to be an average of 650 noncompliance or safety 
defect notifications to NHTSA filed each year by approximately 175 
distinct manufacturers, with an estimated 750 quarterly reports filed 
per quarter (or 3,000 reports per year). Although the average number of 
recalls filed per year and the average number of manufacturers filing 
fluctuates each year, we have not seen, nor expect to see, consistent 
dramatic changes in these averages.
    We continue to estimate that it takes a manufacturer an average of 
4 hours to complete each notification report to NHTSA, that it takes 
another 4 hours to complete each quarterly report, and that maintenance 
of the required owner, purchaser, dealer and distributors lists 
requires 8 hours. Accordingly, the subtotal estimate of annual burden 
hours related to the reporting to NHTSA of a safety defect or 
noncompliance, completion of quarterly reports on the progress of 
recall campaigns, and maintenance of owner and purchaser lists is 
16,000 hours annually ((650 notices x 4 hours/report) + (3,000 
quarterly reports x 4 hours/report) + (175 manufacturers x 8 hours)).
    In addition, we continue to estimate an additional 2 hours will be 
needed to add to a manufacturer's information report details relating 
to the manufacturer's intended schedule for notifying its dealers and 
distributors, and tailoring its notifications to dealers and 
distributors in accordance with the requirements of 49 CFR 577.13. This 
would total to an estimated 1,300 hours annually (650 notices x 2 
hours/report).
    In the event a manufacturer supplied the defect or noncompliant 
product to independent dealers through independent distributors, that 
manufacturer is required to include in its notifications to those 
distributors an instruction that the distributors are to then provide 
copies of the manufacturer's notification of the defect or 
noncompliance to all known distributors or retail outlets further down 
the distribution chain within five working days. See 49 CFR 
577.8(c)(2)(iv). As a practical matter, this requirement would only 
apply to equipment manufacturers since vehicle manufacturers generally 
sell and lease vehicles through a dealer network, and not through 
independent distributors. We continue to believe previous estimates of 
roughly 90 equipment recalls per year are sound. Although the 
distributors are not technically under any regulatory requirement to 
follow that instruction, we expect that they will, and have estimated 
the burden associated with these notifications (identifying retail 
outlets, making copies of the manufacturer's notice, and

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mailing) to be 5 hours per recall campaign. Assuming an average of 3 
distributors per equipment item, (which is a liberal estimate given 
that many equipment manufacturers do not use independent distributors) 
the total number of burden hours associated with this third party 
notification burden is approximately 1,350 hours per year (90 recalls x 
3 distributors x 5 hours).
    As for the burden linked with a manufacturer's preparation of and 
notification concerning its reimbursement for pre-notification 
remedies, consistent with previous estimates (see 69 FR 11477 (March 
10, 2004)), we continue to estimate that preparing a plan for 
reimbursement takes approximately 8 hours annually, and that an 
additional 2 hours per year is spent tailoring the plan to particular 
defect and noncompliance notifications to NHTSA and adding tailored 
language about the plan to a particular safety recall's owner 
notification letters. In sum, these required activities add an 
additional 2,700 annual burden hours ((175 manufacturers x 8 hours) + 
(650 recalls x 2 hours)).
    In summary, the total burden associated with the defect and 
noncompliant information collection and reporting requirements we 
continue to estimate at 21,350 hours per year.
    As explained earlier, the Act and part 573 also contain numerous 
information collection requirements specific to tire recall and remedy 
campaigns, as well as a statutory and regulatory reporting requirement 
that anyone that knowingly and intentionally sells or leases a 
defective or noncompliant tire notify NHTSA of that activity.
    Manufacturers are required to include specific information relative 
to tire disposal in the notifications they provide NHTSA concerning 
identification of a safety defect or noncompliance with FMVSS in their 
tires, as well as in the notifications which they issue to their 
dealers or other tire outlets participating in the recall campaign. See 
49 CFR 573.6(c)(9). We continue to estimate that there will be about 10 
tire recall campaigns per year, and that inclusion of this additional 
information will require an additional two hours of effort beyond the 
subtotal above associated with non-tire recall campaigns. This 
additional effort consists of one hour for the NHTSA notification and 
one hour for the dealer notification for a total of 20 burden hours (10 
tire recalls a year x 2 hours per recall).
    Manufacturer owned or controlled dealers are required to notify the 
manufacturer and provide certain information should they deviate from 
the manufacturer's disposal plan. Consistent with previous analysis, we 
continue to ascribe zero burden hours to this requirement since to date 
no such reports have been provided and our original expectation that 
dealers would comply with manufacturers' plans has proven true.
    Accordingly, we estimate 20 burden hours a year will be spent 
complying with the tire recall campaign requirements found in 49 CFR 
573.6(c)(9).
    And, as we have yet to receive a single report of a defective or 
noncompliant tire being intentionally sold or leased in the fourteen 
years since this rule was proposed, our previous estimate of zero 
burden hours remains unchanged with this notice.
    In summary, our previous estimate of 21,370 total burden hours 
associated with this approved information collection stands.

Estimated Number of Respondents

    NHTSA receives reports of defect or noncompliance from roughly 175 
manufacturers per year. Again, this figure fluctuates from year to 
year, but we do not have a basis at this juncture to suspect this 
annual figure will change significantly. Accordingly, we estimate that 
there will continue to be approximately 175 manufacturers per year 
filing defect or noncompliance reports and completing the other 
information collection responsibilities associated with those filings.
    We discussed above that we have yet to receive a single report 
filed pursuant to 49 CFR 573.10. This information collection 
requirement, to reiterate, requires anyone who sells or leases a 
defective or noncompliant tire, with knowledge of that tire's 
defectiveness or noncompliance, to report that sale or lease to NHTSA. 
Given the lack of filing history over many years, we estimate that 
there will continue to be zero reports filed and therefore zero 
respondents as to this requirement.
    In summary, we estimate that there will be a total of 175 
respondents per year associated with OMB No. 2127-0004.

    Issued on: March 22, 2011.
Frank Borris,
Director, Office of Defects Investigation.
[FR Doc. 2011-7182 Filed 3-25-11; 8:45 am]
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