Oreion Motors, LLC, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance, 69556-69557 [2014-27582]

Download as PDF 69556 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 225 / Friday, November 21, 2014 / Notices them that the subject noncompliance existed. Authority: 49 U.S.C. 30118, 30120: delegations of authority at 49 CFR 1.95 and 501.8. Jeffrey M. Giuseppe, Acting Director, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance. [FR Doc. 2014–27585 Filed 11–20–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–59–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [Docket No. NHTSA–2014–0106; Notice 1] Oreion Motors, LLC, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Receipt of petition. AGENCY: Oreion Motors, LLC (Oreion) has determined that certain 2011–2013 Oreion Reeper low speed vehicles, do not fully comply with paragraph S5.(b)(10) of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 500 which requires installation of seat belts that conform to FMVSS No. 209, Seat Belt Assemblies. Oreion has filed an appropriate report dated August 13, 2014, pursuant to 49 CFR part 573, Defect and Noncompliance Responsibility and Reports. DATES: The closing date for comments on the petition is December 22, 2014. ADDRESSES: 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 submitted by any of the following methods: • Mail: Send comments 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. • Hand Deliver: Deliver comments by hand 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. • Electronically: Submit comments electronically by: Logging onto the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Web site at http:// www.regulations.gov/. Follow the online mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:00 Nov 20, 2014 Jkt 235001 instructions for submitting comments. Comments may also be faxed to (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. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Oreion’s Petition: Pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 30118(d) and 30120(h) (see implementing rule at 49 CFR part 556), Oreion 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 Oreion’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. II. Low Speed Vehicles Involved: Affected are approximately 526 2011– 2013 Oreion Reeper low speed vehicles originally manufactured with seatbelts manufactured by Changzhou Dongchen. III. Noncompliance: Oreion explains that the noncompliance is that the seatbelts installed in the subject vehicles do not fully comply with the requirements of paragraph S5.(b)(10) of FMVSS No. 500 because the year that the seatbelts were manufactured is not PO 00000 Frm 00136 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 included on the seatbelts as specified in paragraph S4.1(j) of FMVSS No. 209. V. Rule Text: Paragraph S5.(b) of FMVSS No. 500 requires in pertinent part: (b) Each low-speed vehicle shall be equipped with: . . . (10) A Type 1 or Type 2 seat belt assembly conforming to Sec. 571.209 of this part, Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 209, Seat belt assemblies, installed at each designated seating position. Paragraph S4.1(j) of FMVSS No. 209 requires in pertinent part: S4.1(j) Marking. Each seat belt assembly shall be permanently and legibly marked or labeled with year of manufacture . . . V. Summary of Oreion’s Analyses: Oreion believes that the subject noncompliance is inconsequential to motor vehicle safety because they believe that the lack of the year of manufacture on the seat belts has no effect on the operational safety of the seat belts installed in the subject noncompliant vehicles. Oreion stated its belief that the seat belts in the subject vehicles have functioned as deigned during normal use. They contend that this is supported by their observation that no vehicle owner has brought their vehicle back to a dealership for seat belt related repairs. Oreion stated its awareness that the year date stamp may be used with the seat belt model number to identify seat belt assemblies recalled by the seat belt manufacturer. In the event of a safety related recall by the seat belt manufacturer, Oreion will cooperate with the seat belt manufacturer to identify the vehicle owners of the vehicles containing affected seat belts without the need for the year stamp on the label. Oreion believes that the model number and the build date of the vehicle will be sufficient to accomplish this task. In summation, Oreion believes that the described noncompliance of the subject low speed vehicle’s seat belt assemblies is inconsequential to motor vehicle safety, and that its petition, to exempt Oreion 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. 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 allows 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 E:\FR\FM\21NON1.SGM 21NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 225 / Friday, November 21, 2014 / Notices noncompliance and to remedy the defect or noncompliance. Therefore, any decision on this petition only applies to the subject low speed vehicles that Oreion no longer controlled at the time it determined that the noncompliance existed. However, any decision on this petition does not relieve vehicle distributors and dealers of the prohibitions on the sale, offer for sale, or introduction or delivery for introduction into interstate commerce of the noncompliant low speed vehicles under their control after Oreion notified them that the subject noncompliance existed. Authority: 49 U.S.C. 30118, 30120: delegations of authority at 49 CFR 1.95 and 501.8. Jeffrey M. Giuseppe, Acting Director, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance. [FR Doc. 2014–27582 Filed 11–20–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–59–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [Docket No. NHTSA–2013–0006; Notice 2] General Motors, LLC, Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Grant of Petition. AGENCY: General Motors, LLC (GM), has determined that certain model year (MY) 2007 through 2013 GM trucks and multipurpose passenger vehicles (MPVs) manufactured from June 19, 2006, through December 6, 2012 do not fully comply with paragraph S4.3 of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 110, Tire Selection and Rims for Motor Vehicles with a GVWR of 4,536 Kilograms or less. GM filed an appropriate report dated December 19, 2012 pursuant to 49 CFR part 573 Defect and Noncompliance Responsibility and Reports. ADDRESSES: For further information on this decision contact Stuart Seigel, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), telephone (202) 366–2587, facsimile (202) 366– 5930. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. GM’s Petition: Pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 30118(d) and 30120(h) and the rule implementing those provisions at 49 CFR Part 556, GM has petitioned for an mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:00 Nov 20, 2014 Jkt 235001 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. Notice of receipt of the petition was published, with a 30-day public comment period, on June 27, 2013 in the Federal Register (78 FR 38801). No comments were received. To view the petition and all supporting documents log onto the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Web site at: http://www.regulations.gov/. Then follow the online search instructions to locate docket number ‘‘NHTSA–2013– 0006.’’ II. Vehicles Involved: Affected are approximately 5,690: MY 2007 through 2013 Chevrolet Silverado trucks, Suburban MPVs and Tahoe MPVs; MY 2007 through 2013 GMC Sierra trucks; MY 2012 GMC Yukon MPVs; and MY 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Yukon XL MPV’s. The affected vehicles were manufactured from June 19, 2006 through December 6, 2012. III. Noncompliance: GM explains that the noncompliance is that the subject vehicles are equipped with special equipment options 9S1 & 9U3 and are built with 2 front seating positions separated by floor space. However, the tire and loading placards incorrectly indicate that the vehicles have 3 front seating positions and therefore do not fully comply with paragraph S4.3 of FMVSS No. 110. IV. Rule Text: Paragraph S4.3 of FMVSS No. 110 requires in pertinent part: S4.3 Placard. Each vehicle, except for a trailer or incomplete vehicle, shall show the information specified in S4.3(a) through (g), and may show, at the manufacturer’s option, the information specified in S4.3(h) and (i), on a placard permanently affixed to the driver’s side B-pillar. In each vehicle without a driver’s side B-pillar and with two doors on the driver’s side of the vehicle opening in opposite directions, the placard shall be affixed on the forward edge of the rear side door. If the above locations do not permit the affixing of a placard that is legible, visible and prominent, the placard shall be permanently affixed to the rear edge of the driver’s side door. If this location does not permit the affixing of a placard that is legible, visible and prominent, the placard shall be affixed to the inward facing surface of the vehicle next to the driver’s seating position. This information shall be in the English language and conform in color and format, not including the border surrounding the entire placard, as shown in the example set forth in Figure 1 in this standard. At the manufacturer’s option, the information specified in S4.3(c), (d), and, as appropriate, (h) and (i) may be shown, alternatively to being shown on the placard, on a tire inflation pressure label which must conform PO 00000 Frm 00137 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 69557 in color and format, not including the border surrounding the entire label, as shown in the example set forth in Figure 2 in this standard. The label shall be permanently affixed and proximate to the placard required by this paragraph. The information specified in S4.3(e) shall be shown on both the vehicle placard and on the tire inflation pressure label (if such a label is affixed to provide the information specified in S4.3(c), (d), and, as appropriate, (h) and (i)) may be shown in the format and color scheme set forth in Figures 1 and 2. If the vehicle is a motor home and is equipped with a propane supply, the weight of full propane tanks must be included in the vehicle’s unloaded vehicle weight. If the vehicle is a motor home and is equipped with an on-board potable water supply, the weight of such on-board water must be treated as cargo . . . (b) Designated seated capacity (expressed in terms of total number of occupants and number of occupants for each front and rear seat location) . . . V. Summary of GM’S Analyses: GM states that the error resulted in the following condition on the subject placards of these vehicles: • The seating capacity for the front row seat is incorrectly shown as 3 instead of 2. • The total seating capacity is overstated by 1. For example, the total seating capacity is incorrectly shown as 3 instead of 2 for the vehicles with one row of seats, and as 6 instead of 5 for the vehicles with two rows of seats. • The vehicle capacity weight (expressed as a combined weight of occupants and cargo) on the placard is correct. The seating capacity error has no impact on the vehicle capacity weight. • All other information (front, rear and spare tire size designations and their respective cold tire inflation pressures as well as vehicle capacity weight) on the subject placards is correct. GM stated its belief that this noncompliance is inconsequential to motor vehicle safety for the following reasons: 1. The subject vehicles are equipped with two bucket seats with one seat belt each in the front row. GM believes that the number of seats and the number of seat belts installed in the vehicle will clearly indicate to the customers the actual seating capacity, and it will be apparent to any observer that there are only two front seating positions. Even if an occupant references the tire information placard to determine the vehicle’s seating capacity, it will be readily apparent that the front row seating capacity is 2 and not 3. 2. The vehicle capacity weight (expressed as a combined weight of occupants and cargo) on the placard is correct. The seating capacity error has E:\FR\FM\21NON1.SGM 21NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

[Docket No. NHTSA-2014-0106; Notice 1]


Oreion Motors, LLC, Receipt of Petition for Decision of 
Inconsequential Noncompliance

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

ACTION: Receipt of petition.

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SUMMARY: Oreion Motors, LLC (Oreion) has determined that certain 2011-
2013 Oreion Reeper low speed vehicles, do not fully comply with 
paragraph S5.(b)(10) of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 
No. 500 which requires installation of seat belts that conform to FMVSS 
No. 209, Seat Belt Assemblies. Oreion has filed an appropriate report 
dated August 13, 2014, pursuant to 49 CFR part 573, Defect and 
Noncompliance Responsibility and Reports.

DATES: The closing date for comments on the petition is December 22, 
2014.

ADDRESSES: 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 
submitted by any of the following methods:
     Mail: Send comments 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.
     Hand Deliver: Deliver comments by hand 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.
     Electronically: Submit comments electronically by: Logging 
onto the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Web site at http://www.regulations.gov/. Follow the online instructions for submitting 
comments. Comments may also be faxed to (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.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    I. Oreion's Petition: Pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 30118(d) and 30120(h) 
(see implementing rule at 49 CFR part 556), Oreion 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 Oreion'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.
    II. Low Speed Vehicles Involved: Affected are approximately 526 
2011-2013 Oreion Reeper low speed vehicles originally manufactured with 
seatbelts manufactured by Changzhou Dongchen.
    III. Noncompliance: Oreion explains that the noncompliance is that 
the seatbelts installed in the subject vehicles do not fully comply 
with the requirements of paragraph S5.(b)(10) of FMVSS No. 500 because 
the year that the seatbelts were manufactured is not included on the 
seatbelts as specified in paragraph S4.1(j) of FMVSS No. 209.
    V. Rule Text: Paragraph S5.(b) of FMVSS No. 500 requires in 
pertinent part:

    (b) Each low-speed vehicle shall be equipped with: . . . (10) A 
Type 1 or Type 2 seat belt assembly conforming to Sec. 571.209 of 
this part, Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 209, Seat belt 
assemblies, installed at each designated seating position.

Paragraph S4.1(j) of FMVSS No. 209 requires in pertinent part:

    S4.1(j) Marking. Each seat belt assembly shall be permanently 
and legibly marked or labeled with year of manufacture . . .

    V. Summary of Oreion's Analyses: Oreion believes that the subject 
noncompliance is inconsequential to motor vehicle safety because they 
believe that the lack of the year of manufacture on the seat belts has 
no effect on the operational safety of the seat belts installed in the 
subject noncompliant vehicles.
    Oreion stated its belief that the seat belts in the subject 
vehicles have functioned as deigned during normal use. They contend 
that this is supported by their observation that no vehicle owner has 
brought their vehicle back to a dealership for seat belt related 
repairs.
    Oreion stated its awareness that the year date stamp may be used 
with the seat belt model number to identify seat belt assemblies 
recalled by the seat belt manufacturer. In the event of a safety 
related recall by the seat belt manufacturer, Oreion will cooperate 
with the seat belt manufacturer to identify the vehicle owners of the 
vehicles containing affected seat belts without the need for the year 
stamp on the label. Oreion believes that the model number and the build 
date of the vehicle will be sufficient to accomplish this task.
    In summation, Oreion believes that the described noncompliance of 
the subject low speed vehicle's seat belt assemblies is inconsequential 
to motor vehicle safety, and that its petition, to exempt Oreion 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.
    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 allows 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

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noncompliance and to remedy the defect or noncompliance. Therefore, any 
decision on this petition only applies to the subject low speed 
vehicles that Oreion no longer controlled at the time it determined 
that the noncompliance existed. However, any decision on this petition 
does not relieve vehicle distributors and dealers of the prohibitions 
on the sale, offer for sale, or introduction or delivery for 
introduction into interstate commerce of the noncompliant low speed 
vehicles under their control after Oreion notified them that the 
subject noncompliance existed.

    Authority: 49 U.S.C. 30118, 30120: delegations of authority at 
49 CFR 1.95 and 501.8.

Jeffrey M. Giuseppe,
Acting Director, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance.
[FR Doc. 2014-27582 Filed 11-20-14; 8:45 am]
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