Hyundai Motor Company, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance, 33807-33808 [2012-13801]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 110 / Thursday, June 7, 2012 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [Docket No. NHTSA–2012–0045; Notice 1] Hyundai Motor Company, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, DOT. ACTION: Receipt of petition. AGENCY: Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc., on behalf of Hyundai Motor Company (collectively referred to as ‘‘Hyundai’’) 1 has determined that certain model year 2012 Hyundai Veracruz multipurpose passenger vehicles (MPV) manufactured August 9, 2011, through January 8, 2012, that were equipped with 7J x 18 wheel rims, do not fully comply with paragraph S4.3.3 of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 110, Tire Selection and Rims and Motor Home/ Recreation Vehicle Trailer Load Carrying Capacity Information for Motor Vehicles with a GVWR of 4,536 Kilograms (10,000 pounds) or less. Hyundai has filed an appropriate report dated February 9, 2012, 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), Hyundai submitted a petition 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 Hyundai’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. Vehicles involved: Affected are approximately 2,764 model year 2012 Hyundai Veracruz vehicles produced beginning on August 9, 2011, through January 8, 2012, that were equipped with 7J x 18 wheel rims at the assembly plant. 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 srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: 1 Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc., is a corporation registered under the laws of the state of Michigan. VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:08 Jun 06, 2012 Jkt 226001 30120, respectively, to notify owners, purchasers, and dealers of a defect or noncompliance and to remedy the defect or noncompliance. Therefore, these provisions only apply to the subject 2,764 2 vehicles that Hyundai no longer controlled at the time it determined that the noncompliance existed. Noncompliance: Hyundai explains that the noncompliance is that the rim size information required by paragraph S4.3.3 of FMVSS No. 110 was omitted from the certification labels that it installed on the affected vehicles. Rule text: Paragraph S4.3.3 of FMVSS No. 110 requires: S4.3.3 Additional labeling information for vehicles other than passenger cars. Each vehicle shall show the size designation and, if applicable, the type designation of rims (not necessarily those on the vehicle) appropriate for the tire appropriate for use on that vehicle, including the tire installed as original equipment on the vehicle by the vehicle manufacturer, after each GAWR listed on the certification label required by § 567.4 or § 567.5 of this chapter. This information shall be in the English language, lettered in block capitals and numerals not less than 2.4 millimeters high and in the following format Truck Example—Suitable Tire-Rim Choice GVWR: 2,441 kilograms (5381 pounds). GAWR: Front—1,299 kilograms (2,864 pounds) with P265/70R16 tires, 16 x 8.0 rims at 248 kPa (36 psi) cold single. GAWR: Rear—1,299 kilograms (2,864 pounds) with P265/70R16 tires, 16 x 8.00 rims, at 248 kPa (36 psi) cold single. Summary of Hyundai’s Analysis and Arguments Hyundai believes that the missing rim size information on the certification label is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety, because this information is readily available to the vehicle owner through other sources that are required to be furnished with the vehicle. The rim size is marked on the rims and is included in the Owner’s Manual, which is referenced as an information source by the tire placard which is positioned adjacent to the certification label on the ‘‘B’’ pillar. FMVSS No. 110 paragraph 4.4.2(b) 3 2 Hyundai’s petition, which was filed under 49 CFR part 556, requests an agency decision to exempt Hyundai as a motor vehicle manufacturer from the notification and recall responsibilities of 49 CFR part 573 for the 2,764 affected vehicles. However, a decision on this petition will not relieve vehicle distributors and dealers of the prohibitions on the sale, offer for sale, introduction or delivery for introduction into interstate commerce of the noncompliant vehicles under their control after Hyundai notified them that the subject noncompliance existed. 3 The citation that Hyundai referenced for rim size designation marking requirements in its PO 00000 Frm 00105 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 33807 requires that each rim be marked with the rim size designation. The affected vehicles are equipped with rims that are marked with the rim size and meet the requirements of FMVSS No. 110 paragraph 4.4.2. Additionally, the tire placard required by FMVSS No. 110 paragraph 4.3(d) requires that the tire size designation be provided for the tires installed at the time of the first purchase and FMVSS No. 110 paragraph S4.3(f) requires that the placard state ‘‘See Owner’s Manual for Additional Information’’. The affected vehicles are equipped with placards that meet the requirements of FMVSS No. 110 paragraph 4.3. Hyundai also stated that they are not aware of any notices, bulletins, or other communications that relate directly to the noncompliance sent to more than one manufacturer, distributor, dealer, or purchaser. Hyundai has additionally informed NHTSA that it has corrected the noncompliance so that all future production vehicles will comply with FMVSS No. 110. In summation, Hyundai believes that the described noncompliance of its vehicles is inconsequential to motor vehicle safety, and that its petition, to exempt from providing recall notification of noncompliance as required by 49 U.S.C. 30118 and remedying the recall noncompliance as required by 49 U.S.C. 30120 should be granted. Comments: 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 petition, paragraph S4.2.2, is incorrect. The correct citation is paragraph S4.4.2. E:\FR\FM\07JNN1.SGM 07JNN1 33808 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 110 / Thursday, June 7, 2012 / Notices (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. Documents submitted to a docket may be viewed by anyone at the address and times given above. The documents may also be viewed on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by following the online instructions for accessing the dockets. DOT’s complete Privacy Act Statement is available for review in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000, (65 FR 19477–78). 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: July 9, 2012. Authority: 49 U.S.C. 30118, 30120: Delegations of authority at CFR 1.50 and 501.8. Issued on: May 31, 2012. Claude H. Harris, Director, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance. [FR Doc. 2012–13801 Filed 6–6–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–59–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Research & Innovative Technology Administration srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES [Docket ID Number RITA 2008–0002] Agency Information Collection; Activity Under OMB Review: Report of Passengers Denied Confirmed Space—BTS Form 251 Research & Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), DOT. AGENCY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:48 Jun 06, 2012 Jkt 226001 ACTION: Notice. In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below is being forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for re-instatement of an expired collection. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its expected burden. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on March 27, 2012 (77 FR 18305). There were no comments. DATES: Written comments should be submitted by July 9, 2012. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cecelia Robinson, Office of Airline Information, RTS–42, Room E34–410, RITA, BTS, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590–0001, Telephone Number (202) 366–4405, Fax Number (202) 366–3383 or email cecelia.robinson@dot.gov. Comments: Send comments to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 725–17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503, Attention: RITA/BTS Desk Officer. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: OMB Approval No. 2138–0018 Title: Report of Passengers Denied Confirmed Space. Form No.: BTS Form 251. Type of Review: Re-instatement of an expired collection. Respondents: Large certificated air carriers. Number of Respondents: 14. Number of Responses: 56. Total Annual Burden: 560 hours. Needs and Uses: BTS Form 251 is a one-page report on the number of passengers denied seats either voluntarily or involuntarily, whether these bumped passengers were provided alternate transportation and/or compensation, and the amount of the payment. U.S. air carriers that account for at least 1 percent of domestic scheduled passenger service must report all operations with 30 seat or larger aircraft that depart a U.S. airport. Carriers do not report data from inbound international flights because the protections of 14 CFR part 250 Oversales do not apply to these flights. The report allows the Department to monitor the effectiveness of its oversales rule and take enforcement action when necessary. The involuntarily deniedboarding rate has decreased from 4.38 PO 00000 Frm 00106 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 per 10,000 passengers in 1980 to 0.71 for the quarter ended December 2011. The publishing of the carriers’ individual denied boarding rates has negated the need for more intrusive regulation. The rate of denied boarding can be examined as a continuing fitness factor. This rate provides an insight into a carrier’s customer service practices. A rapid sustained increase in the rate of denied boarding may indicate operational difficulties. Because the rate of denied boarding is released quarterly, travelers and travel agents can select carriers with lower incidences of bumping passengers. This information is available in the Air Travel Consumer Report at: http:// airconsumer.ost.dot.gov/reports/ index.htm. The Air Travel Consumer Report is also sent to newspapers, magazines, and trade journals. Without Form 251, determining the effectiveness of the Department’s oversales rule would be impossible. The Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 2002 (44 U.S.C. 3501 note), requires a statistical agency to clearly identify information it collects for non-statistical purposes. BTS hereby notifies the respondents and the public that BTS uses the information it collects under this OMB approval for non-statistical purposes including, but not limited to, publication of both Respondent’s identity and its data, submission of the information to agencies outside BTS for review, analysis and possible use in regulatory and other administrative matters. Issued in Washington, DC, on May 31, 2012. Patricia Hu, Director, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Research and Innovative Technology Administration. 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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

[Docket No. NHTSA-2012-0045; Notice 1]


Hyundai Motor Company, Receipt of Petition for Decision of 
Inconsequential Noncompliance

AGENCY: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, DOT.

ACTION: Receipt of petition.

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SUMMARY: Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc., on behalf of Hyundai 
Motor Company (collectively referred to as ``Hyundai'') \1\ has 
determined that certain model year 2012 Hyundai Veracruz multipurpose 
passenger vehicles (MPV) manufactured August 9, 2011, through January 
8, 2012, that were equipped with 7J x 18 wheel rims, do not fully 
comply with paragraph S4.3.3 of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 
(FMVSS) No. 110, Tire Selection and Rims and Motor Home/Recreation 
Vehicle Trailer Load Carrying Capacity Information for Motor Vehicles 
with a GVWR of 4,536 Kilograms (10,000 pounds) or less. Hyundai has 
filed an appropriate report dated February 9, 2012, pursuant to 49 CFR 
part 573, Defect and Noncompliance Responsibility and Reports.
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    \1\ Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc., is a corporation 
registered under the laws of the state of Michigan.
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    Pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 30118(d) and 30120(h) (see implementing rule 
at 49 CFR part 556), Hyundai submitted a petition 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 Hyundai'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.
    Vehicles involved: Affected are approximately 2,764 model year 2012 
Hyundai Veracruz vehicles produced beginning on August 9, 2011, through 
January 8, 2012, that were equipped with 7J x 18 wheel rims at the 
assembly plant.
    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. Therefore, these provisions 
only apply to the subject 2,764 \2\ vehicles that Hyundai no longer 
controlled at the time it determined that the noncompliance existed.
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    \2\ Hyundai's petition, which was filed under 49 CFR part 556, 
requests an agency decision to exempt Hyundai as a motor vehicle 
manufacturer from the notification and recall responsibilities of 49 
CFR part 573 for the 2,764 affected vehicles. However, a decision on 
this petition will not relieve vehicle distributors and dealers of 
the prohibitions on the sale, offer for sale, introduction or 
delivery for introduction into interstate commerce of the 
noncompliant vehicles under their control after Hyundai notified 
them that the subject noncompliance existed.
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    Noncompliance: Hyundai explains that the noncompliance is that the 
rim size information required by paragraph S4.3.3 of FMVSS No. 110 was 
omitted from the certification labels that it installed on the affected 
vehicles.
    Rule text: Paragraph S4.3.3 of FMVSS No. 110 requires:

    S4.3.3 Additional labeling information for vehicles other than 
passenger cars. Each vehicle shall show the size designation and, if 
applicable, the type designation of rims (not necessarily those on 
the vehicle) appropriate for the tire appropriate for use on that 
vehicle, including the tire installed as original equipment on the 
vehicle by the vehicle manufacturer, after each GAWR listed on the 
certification label required by Sec.  567.4 or Sec.  567.5 of this 
chapter. This information shall be in the English language, lettered 
in block capitals and numerals not less than 2.4 millimeters high 
and in the following format

Truck Example--Suitable Tire-Rim Choice
GVWR: 2,441 kilograms (5381 pounds).
GAWR: Front--1,299 kilograms (2,864 pounds) with P265/70R16 tires, 
16 x 8.0 rims at 248 kPa (36 psi) cold single.
GAWR: Rear--1,299 kilograms (2,864 pounds) with P265/70R16 tires, 16 
x 8.00 rims, at 248 kPa (36 psi) cold single.

Summary of Hyundai's Analysis and Arguments

    Hyundai believes that the missing rim size information on the 
certification label is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle 
safety, because this information is readily available to the vehicle 
owner through other sources that are required to be furnished with the 
vehicle. The rim size is marked on the rims and is included in the 
Owner's Manual, which is referenced as an information source by the 
tire placard which is positioned adjacent to the certification label on 
the ``B'' pillar. FMVSS No. 110 paragraph 4.4.2(b) \3\ requires that 
each rim be marked with the rim size designation. The affected vehicles 
are equipped with rims that are marked with the rim size and meet the 
requirements of FMVSS No. 110 paragraph 4.4.2.
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    \3\ The citation that Hyundai referenced for rim size 
designation marking requirements in its petition, paragraph S4.2.2, 
is incorrect. The correct citation is paragraph S4.4.2.
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    Additionally, the tire placard required by FMVSS No. 110 paragraph 
4.3(d) requires that the tire size designation be provided for the 
tires installed at the time of the first purchase and FMVSS No. 110 
paragraph S4.3(f) requires that the placard state ``See Owner's Manual 
for Additional Information''. The affected vehicles are equipped with 
placards that meet the requirements of FMVSS No. 110 paragraph 4.3.
    Hyundai also stated that they are not aware of any notices, 
bulletins, or other communications that relate directly to the 
noncompliance sent to more than one manufacturer, distributor, dealer, 
or purchaser.
    Hyundai has additionally informed NHTSA that it has corrected the 
noncompliance so that all future production vehicles will comply with 
FMVSS No. 110.
    In summation, Hyundai believes that the described noncompliance of 
its vehicles is inconsequential to motor vehicle safety, and that its 
petition, to exempt from providing recall notification of noncompliance 
as required by 49 U.S.C. 30118 and remedying the recall noncompliance 
as required by 49 U.S.C. 30120 should be granted.
    Comments: 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

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(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.
    Documents submitted to a docket may be viewed by anyone at the 
address and times given above. The documents may also be viewed on the 
Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by following the online 
instructions for accessing the dockets. DOT's complete Privacy Act 
Statement is available for review in the Federal Register published on 
April 11, 2000, (65 FR 19477-78).
    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: July 9, 2012.

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

    Issued on: May 31, 2012.
Claude H. Harris,
Director, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance.
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