Petition for Exemption From the Federal Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard; Chrysler, 68260-68262 [2011-28541]

Download as PDF 68260 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 213 / Thursday, November 3, 2011 / Notices to the project. Relative weight: 5 percent. Authority: 23 U.S.C. 601–609; 49 CFR 1.48(b)(6); 23 CFR part 180; 49 CFR part 80; 49 CFR part 261; 49 CFR part 640. Issued on: October 31, 2011. Victor M. Mendez, Administrator. [FR Doc. 2011–28584 Filed 11–2–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–9X–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration [Docket Number FRA–2011–0055] srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Notice of Public Hearing The Marquette Rail, LLC (MQT), by a May 23, 2011, document, has petitioned the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) seeking the approval of a Product Safety Plan for the Railsoft TrackAccess System submitted pursuant to Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Section 236.907. The TrackAccess System is a processor-based dispatch system developed to be operated in the autonomous mode (without dispatcher intervention) for low-density lines. This proceeding is identified as Docket Number FRA–2011–0055. A copy of MQT’s full petition is available for review online at http:// www.regulations.gov. FRA has conducted a field investigation in this matter and has issued a public notice seeking comments from interested parties (See 76 FR 48941 (August 9, 2011)). After examining the carrier’s proposal and the available facts, and comments received from American Train Dispatchers Association; Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen; Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division; Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen; and Railsoft Systems, Inc., FRA has determined that a public hearing is necessary before a final decision is made on this proposal. Accordingly, FRA invites all interested persons to participate in a public hearing on December 13, 2011. The hearing will be conducted at the Holiday Inn Express, 5323 West U.S. Highway 10, Ludington, Michigan 49431. The hearing will begin at 9 a.m. Interested parties are invited to present oral statements at the hearing. For information on facilities or services for persons with disabilities or to request special assistance at the hearing, contact FRA’s Docket Clerk, Jerome Melis-Tull, by telephone, email, or in writing, at least 5 business days before the date of the hearing. Mr. Melis-Tull’s contact VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:50 Nov 02, 2011 Jkt 226001 information is as follows: FRA, Office of Chief Counsel, Mail Stop 10, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590; telephone: (202) 493–6058; email: Jerome.Melis-Tull@dot.gov. The hearing will be informal and conducted in accordance with Rule 25 of the FRA Rules of Practice (49 CFR 211.25) by a representative designated by FRA. The hearing will be a nonadversarial proceeding; therefore, there will be no cross-examination of persons presenting statements. An FRA representative will make an opening statement outlining the scope of the hearing. After all initial statements have been completed, those persons wishing to make brief rebuttal statements will be given the opportunity to do so in the same order in which they made their initial statements. Additional procedures, if necessary for the conduct of the hearing, will be announced at the hearing. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Daniel E. Yuska Jr., 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE., Washington, DC 20590; phone: (202) 366–0714; or email: Daniel.yuska@dot.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1(800) 877–8339 to contact the above individuals during business hours. The FIRS is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individuals. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. A copy of the Final EA and Finding of No Significant Impact can be obtained or viewed online at http:// www.regulations.gov. The files are in a portable document format (pdf); in order to review or print the document, users need to obtain a free copy of Acrobat Reader. The Acrobat Reader can be obtained from http://www.adobe.com/ prodindex/acrobat/readstep.html. Issued in Washington, DC, on October 28, 2011. Robert C. Lauby, Deputy Associate Administrator for Regulatory and Legislative Operations. By Order of the Maritime Administrator. Dated: October 26, 2011. Julie P. Agarwal, Secretary, Maritime Administration. [FR Doc. 2011–28453 Filed 11–2–11; 8:45 am] [FR Doc. 2011–28401 Filed 11–2–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P BILLING CODE 4910–81–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION U.S. Maritime Administration National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [Docket No. MARAD 2011–0141] Availability of Finding of No Significant Impact Maritime Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that the Maritime Administration, of the U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT), has made available to interested parties the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the United States Merchant Marine Academy Mallory Pier Replacement project. An environmental assessment (EA) and FONSI have been prepared pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (U.S.C. 4231 et seq.) in accordance with the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations for implementing the procedural provisions of NEPA (40 CFR 1500–1508). The purpose of the EA is to evaluate the potential environmental impacts from replacement of a 600 foot section of timber pile supported pier with concrete pile supports and decking. The timber pile pier section to be replaced comprises a total area of 13,400 square feet. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00135 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Petition for Exemption From the Federal Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard; Chrysler National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Grant of petition for exemption. AGENCY: This document grants in full the Chrysler LLC, (Chrysler) petition for exemption of the Chrysler [confidential] vehicle line in accordance with 49 CFR part 543, Exemption from Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard. 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 49 CFR part 541, Federal Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard. Chrysler requested confidential treatment for specific information in its petition. The agency granted Chrysler’s request for confidential treatment by letter dated September 14, 2011. Chrysler informed the agency that the nameplate and SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\03NON1.SGM 03NON1 srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 213 / Thursday, November 3, 2011 / Notices model year of introduction will be released to the public prior to introduction of the vehicle line. DATES: The exemption granted by this notice is effective beginning with the [confidential] Model Year (MY). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Deborah Mazyck, International Policy, Fuel Economy and Consumer Programs, NHTSA, W43–443, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. Ms. Mazyck’s phone number is (202) 366– 4139. Her fax number is (202) 493–2990. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In a petition dated July 5, 2011, Chrysler requested an exemption from the partsmarking requirements of the Theft Prevention Standard (49 CFR Part 541) for the MY [confidential] Chrysler [confidential] vehicle line. 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 the entire vehicle line. Under 49 CFR part 543.5(a), a manufacturer may petition NHTSA to grant an exemption for one vehicle line per model year. In its petition, Chrysler provided a detailed description and diagram of the identity, design, and location of the components of the antitheft device for the [confidential] vehicle line. Chrysler will install the Sentry Key Immobilizer System (SKIS) antitheft device as standard equipment on the vehicle line. The SKIS provides passive vehicle protection by preventing the engine from operating unless a valid electronically encoded key is detected in the ignition system of the vehicles. The major components of the SKIS device consist of the Radio Frequency Hub Module (RFHM), Ignition Node Module (IGNM), Engine Control Module (ECM), Body Controller Module (BCM), Sentry Key Immobilizer Module (SKIM), transponder key that performs the immobilizer function and the Instrument Panel Cluster (IPC) which contains the telltale function only. According to Chrysler, all of these components work collectively to perform the immobilizer function. Chrysler stated that its [confidential] vehicle line will also be available with an optional visible or audible alarm system to provide an indication of unauthorized vehicle entry (i.e., flashing lights or horn alarm). According to Chrysler, the immobilizer feature is activated when the key is removed from the ignition system, whether the doors are open or not. Only a valid key inserted into the VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:50 Nov 02, 2011 Jkt 226001 ignition system will allow the vehicle to start and continue to run. Chrysler stated that the functions and features of the Sentry Key Immobilizer Module (SKIM) are all integral to the RFHM. The SKIM performs the interrogation with the transponder in the key. The RFHM receives LF and/or RF signals from the Sentry Key transponder which is integral to the FOBIK. The RFHM contains a radio frequency (RF) transceiver, a microprocessor and serves as the Remote Keyless Entry RF receiver. The RFHM also acts as a receiver if the vehicle is equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring system. The RFHM is paired with the IGNM that contains either a rotary ignition switch (keyed vehicles) or a START/ STOP push button (keyless vehicles). According to Chrysler, the SKIS will be placed on both its keyless entry vehicles and keyed vehicles. For the keyed vehicles, the IGNM transmits an LF signal to excite the transponder in the key when the ignition switch is turned to the ON position. The IGNM waits for a signal response from the transponder and transmits the response to the RFHM. If the response identifies the transponder key as invalid or if no response is received from the transponder key, Chrysler stated that the RFHM sends an invalid key message to the ECM, which will disable engine operation and immobilize the vehicle after two seconds of running. This process is also similar for the keyless vehicles. Chrysler stated that when the keyless START/STOP button is pressed, the RFHM transmits a signal to the transponder key through LF antennas to the RFHM. The RFHM waits for a signal from the transponder. If the response from the transponder identifies the transponder key as invalid or the transponder key is not within the car’s interior, the engine will be disabled and the vehicle will be immobilized after two seconds of running. To avoid any perceived delay when starting the vehicle with a valid transponder key and to prevent unburned fuel from entering the exhaust, Chrysler stated that the engine is permitted to run for no more than two seconds if an invalid transponder key is used. Chrysler stated that only six consecutive invalid vehicle start attempts are permitted and all other attempts are locked out by preventing the fuel injectors from firing and disabling the starter. Chrysler stated that each ignition key used in the SKIS has an integral transponder chip included on the circuit board beneath the cover of the integral Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) PO 00000 Frm 00136 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 68261 transmitter. Each transponder key has a unique transponder identification code that is permanently programmed into it by the manufacturer which must be programmed into the RFHM to be recognized by the SKIS as a valid key. Chrysler stated that once a Sentry Key has been programmed to a particular vehicle, it cannot be used on any other vehicle. In addressing the specific content requirements of 49 CFR part 543.6, Chrysler provided information on the reliability and durability of the device. Chrysler conducted tests based on its own specified standards and stated its belief that the device meets the stringent performance standards prescribed. Specifically, Chrysler stated that its device must demonstrate a minimum of 95 percent reliability with 90 percent confidence. In addition to the design and production validation test criteria, Chrysler stated that the SKIS device also undergoes a daily short term durability test and all of its systems undergo a series of three functional tests for durability prior to being shipped from the supplier to the vehicle assembly plant for installation in its vehicles. Chrysler stated that its vehicles are also equipped with a security indicator that acts as a diagnostic indicator. Chrysler stated that if the RFHM detects an invalid transponder key or if a transponder key related fault exists, the security indicator will flash. If the RFHM detects a system malfunction or the SKIS has become ineffective, the security indicator will stay on. If the vehicle is equipped with a Customer Learn transponder programming feature, the security indicator will flash whenever Customer Learn programming is in use. Chrysler stated that it expects the [confidential] vehicle line to mirror the lower theft rate results achieved by the Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicle line when ignition immobilizer systems were included as standard equipment on the line. Chrysler stated that it has offered the SKIS immobilizer system as standard equipment on all Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles since the 1999 model year. Chrysler indicated that the average theft rate, based on NHTSA’s theft data, for the Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles for the four model years prior to 1999 (1995–1998), when a vehicle immobilizer system was not installed as standard equipment, was 5.3113 per one thousand vehicles produced, significantly higher than the 1990/1991 median theft rate of 3.5826. However, the average theft rate for the nine model years (1999–2008, no data available for 2007) after installation of the standard immobilizer device was 2.4734, which E:\FR\FM\03NON1.SGM 03NON1 68262 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 213 / Thursday, November 3, 2011 / Notices srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES is significantly lower than the median. The Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicle line was granted an exemption from the parts-marking requirements beginning with MY 2004. Chrysler further stated that NHTSA’s theft data for the Jeep Grand Cherokee indicates that the inclusion of a standard immobilizer system resulted in a 52 percent net average reduction in vehicle thefts. Pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 33106 and 49 CFR part 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 Chrysler has provided adequate reasons for its belief that the antitheft device for the 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 Chrysler provided about its device. The agency concludes that the device will provide four of the five types of performance listed in 49 CFR Part 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. For the foregoing reasons, the agency hereby grants in full Chrysler’s petition for exemption for the vehicle line from the parts-marking requirements of 49 CFR part 541, beginning with the 2013 model year vehicles. 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 VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:50 Nov 02, 2011 Jkt 226001 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 Chrysler decides not to use the exemption for this vehicle line, it must formally notify the agency. If such a decision is made, the vehicle line must be fully marked as required by 49 CFR parts 541.5 and 541.6 (marking of major component parts and replacement parts). NHTSA notes that if Chrysler 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. 49 CFR 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, 49 CFR 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 49 CFR 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. PO 00000 Frm 00137 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 Authority: 49 U.S.C. 33106; delegation of authority at 49 CFR 1.50. Issued on: October 27, 2011. Christopher J. 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Under the PRA and 5 CFR 1320.8, an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless the collection displays a currently valid OMB control number. SUMMARY: Dated: October 28, 2011. Jeffrey Herzig, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2011–28464 Filed 11–2–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P E:\FR\FM\03NON1.SGM 03NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration


Petition for Exemption From the Federal Motor Vehicle Theft 
Prevention Standard; Chrysler

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 Chrysler LLC, (Chrysler) 
petition for exemption of the Chrysler [confidential] vehicle line in 
accordance with 49 CFR part 543, Exemption from Vehicle Theft 
Prevention Standard. 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 49 CFR part 541, Federal 
Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard. Chrysler requested 
confidential treatment for specific information in its petition. The 
agency granted Chrysler's request for confidential treatment by letter 
dated September 14, 2011. Chrysler informed the agency that the 
nameplate and

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model year of introduction will be released to the public prior to 
introduction of the vehicle line.

DATES: The exemption granted by this notice is effective beginning with 
the [confidential] Model Year (MY).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Deborah Mazyck, International 
Policy, Fuel Economy and Consumer Programs, NHTSA, W43-443, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. Ms. Mazyck's phone number is 
(202) 366-4139. Her fax number is (202) 493-2990.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In a petition dated July 5, 2011, Chrysler 
requested an exemption from the parts-marking requirements of the Theft 
Prevention Standard (49 CFR Part 541) for the MY [confidential] 
Chrysler [confidential] vehicle line. 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 the entire vehicle line.
    Under 49 CFR part 543.5(a), a manufacturer may petition NHTSA to 
grant an exemption for one vehicle line per model year. In its 
petition, Chrysler provided a detailed description and diagram of the 
identity, design, and location of the components of the antitheft 
device for the [confidential] vehicle line. Chrysler will install the 
Sentry Key Immobilizer System (SKIS) antitheft device as standard 
equipment on the vehicle line. The SKIS provides passive vehicle 
protection by preventing the engine from operating unless a valid 
electronically encoded key is detected in the ignition system of the 
vehicles. The major components of the SKIS device consist of the Radio 
Frequency Hub Module (RFHM), Ignition Node Module (IGNM), Engine 
Control Module (ECM), Body Controller Module (BCM), Sentry Key 
Immobilizer Module (SKIM), transponder key that performs the 
immobilizer function and the Instrument Panel Cluster (IPC) which 
contains the telltale function only. According to Chrysler, all of 
these components work collectively to perform the immobilizer function. 
Chrysler stated that its [confidential] vehicle line will also be 
available with an optional visible or audible alarm system to provide 
an indication of unauthorized vehicle entry (i.e., flashing lights or 
horn alarm).
    According to Chrysler, the immobilizer feature is activated when 
the key is removed from the ignition system, whether the doors are open 
or not. Only a valid key inserted into the ignition system will allow 
the vehicle to start and continue to run.
    Chrysler stated that the functions and features of the Sentry Key 
Immobilizer Module (SKIM) are all integral to the RFHM. The SKIM 
performs the interrogation with the transponder in the key. The RFHM 
receives LF and/or RF signals from the Sentry Key transponder which is 
integral to the FOBIK. The RFHM contains a radio frequency (RF) 
transceiver, a microprocessor and serves as the Remote Keyless Entry RF 
receiver. The RFHM also acts as a receiver if the vehicle is equipped 
with a Tire Pressure Monitoring system.
    The RFHM is paired with the IGNM that contains either a rotary 
ignition switch (keyed vehicles) or a START/STOP push button (keyless 
vehicles). According to Chrysler, the SKIS will be placed on both its 
keyless entry vehicles and keyed vehicles. For the keyed vehicles, the 
IGNM transmits an LF signal to excite the transponder in the key when 
the ignition switch is turned to the ON position. The IGNM waits for a 
signal response from the transponder and transmits the response to the 
RFHM. If the response identifies the transponder key as invalid or if 
no response is received from the transponder key, Chrysler stated that 
the RFHM sends an invalid key message to the ECM, which will disable 
engine operation and immobilize the vehicle after two seconds of 
running. This process is also similar for the keyless vehicles. 
Chrysler stated that when the keyless START/STOP button is pressed, the 
RFHM transmits a signal to the transponder key through LF antennas to 
the RFHM. The RFHM waits for a signal from the transponder. If the 
response from the transponder identifies the transponder key as invalid 
or the transponder key is not within the car's interior, the engine 
will be disabled and the vehicle will be immobilized after two seconds 
of running.
    To avoid any perceived delay when starting the vehicle with a valid 
transponder key and to prevent unburned fuel from entering the exhaust, 
Chrysler stated that the engine is permitted to run for no more than 
two seconds if an invalid transponder key is used. Chrysler stated that 
only six consecutive invalid vehicle start attempts are permitted and 
all other attempts are locked out by preventing the fuel injectors from 
firing and disabling the starter.
    Chrysler stated that each ignition key used in the SKIS has an 
integral transponder chip included on the circuit board beneath the 
cover of the integral Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter. Each 
transponder key has a unique transponder identification code that is 
permanently programmed into it by the manufacturer which must be 
programmed into the RFHM to be recognized by the SKIS as a valid key. 
Chrysler stated that once a Sentry Key has been programmed to a 
particular vehicle, it cannot be used on any other vehicle.
    In addressing the specific content requirements of 49 CFR part 
543.6, Chrysler provided information on the reliability and durability 
of the device. Chrysler conducted tests based on its own specified 
standards and stated its belief that the device meets the stringent 
performance standards prescribed. Specifically, Chrysler stated that 
its device must demonstrate a minimum of 95 percent reliability with 90 
percent confidence. In addition to the design and production validation 
test criteria, Chrysler stated that the SKIS device also undergoes a 
daily short term durability test and all of its systems undergo a 
series of three functional tests for durability prior to being shipped 
from the supplier to the vehicle assembly plant for installation in its 
vehicles.
    Chrysler stated that its vehicles are also equipped with a security 
indicator that acts as a diagnostic indicator. Chrysler stated that if 
the RFHM detects an invalid transponder key or if a transponder key 
related fault exists, the security indicator will flash. If the RFHM 
detects a system malfunction or the SKIS has become ineffective, the 
security indicator will stay on. If the vehicle is equipped with a 
Customer Learn transponder programming feature, the security indicator 
will flash whenever Customer Learn programming is in use.
    Chrysler stated that it expects the [confidential] vehicle line to 
mirror the lower theft rate results achieved by the Jeep Grand Cherokee 
vehicle line when ignition immobilizer systems were included as 
standard equipment on the line. Chrysler stated that it has offered the 
SKIS immobilizer system as standard equipment on all Jeep Grand 
Cherokee vehicles since the 1999 model year. Chrysler indicated that 
the average theft rate, based on NHTSA's theft data, for the Jeep Grand 
Cherokee vehicles for the four model years prior to 1999 (1995-1998), 
when a vehicle immobilizer system was not installed as standard 
equipment, was 5.3113 per one thousand vehicles produced, significantly 
higher than the 1990/1991 median theft rate of 3.5826. However, the 
average theft rate for the nine model years (1999-2008, no data 
available for 2007) after installation of the standard immobilizer 
device was 2.4734, which

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is significantly lower than the median. The Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicle 
line was granted an exemption from the parts-marking requirements 
beginning with MY 2004. Chrysler further stated that NHTSA's theft data 
for the Jeep Grand Cherokee indicates that the inclusion of a standard 
immobilizer system resulted in a 52 percent net average reduction in 
vehicle thefts.
    Pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 33106 and 49 CFR part 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 Chrysler has provided adequate reasons for its belief that 
the antitheft device for the 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 Chrysler 
provided about its device.
    The agency concludes that the device will provide four of the five 
types of performance listed in 49 CFR Part 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.
    For the foregoing reasons, the agency hereby grants in full 
Chrysler's petition for exemption for the vehicle line from the parts-
marking requirements of 49 CFR part 541, beginning with the 2013 model 
year vehicles. 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 Chrysler decides not to use the exemption for this vehicle line, 
it must formally notify the agency. If such a decision is made, the 
vehicle line must be fully marked as required by 49 CFR parts 541.5 and 
541.6 (marking of major component parts and replacement parts).
    NHTSA notes that if Chrysler 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. 49 CFR 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, 49 CFR 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 49 CFR 
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: October 27, 2011.
Christopher J. Bonanti,
Associate Administrator for Rulemaking.
[FR Doc. 2011-28541 Filed 11-2-11; 8:45 am]
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