Aston Martin Lagonda Limited, Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance, 72484-72486 [2015-29474]

Download as PDF 72484 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 223 / Thursday, November 19, 2015 / Notices (5) Vehicle Fitment: Paragraph S6 of FMVSS No. 119 requires that the marking should contain load capacity values in pounds and kilograms as well as a letter designating the load range. This information is used by vehicle owners to ensure adequate tire load capacity for the specific vehicle configuration. Although the subject tire lacks the letter designating the load range, MNA believes that the ETRTO standard load capacity values and ISO load indices for single and dual application which are widely recognized in the industry are present to ensure proper application. MNA has additionally informed NHTSA that it has corrected its internal systems error to prevent similar tires from being released for sale in the U.S. market in the future. In summation, MNA believes that the described noncompliances of the subject tires is inconsequential to motor vehicle safety, and that its petition, to exempt MNA from providing recall notification of noncompliances 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 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, any decision on this petition only applies to the subject tires that MNA no longer controlled at the time it determined that the noncompliance existed. However, any decision on this petition does not relieve equipment distributors and dealers of the prohibitions on the sale, offer for sale, or introduction or delivery for introduction into interstate commerce of the noncompliant tires under their control after MNA 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, Director, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance. [FR Doc. 2015–29473 Filed 11–18–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–59–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [Docket No. NHTSA–2013–0139; Notice 2] Aston Martin Lagonda Limited, Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Grant of petition. AGENCY: Aston Martin Lagonda Limited (AML) has determined that SUMMARY: certain model year (MY) 2009–2013 Aston Martin passenger cars do not fully comply with paragraph S4.4(c)(2), of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 138, Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems. AML has filed an appropriate report dated November 4, 2013, pursuant to 49 CFR part 573, Defect and Noncompliance Responsibility and Reports. For further information on this decision contact Kerrin Bressant, Office of Vehicles Safety Compliance, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), telephone (202) 366–1110, facsimile (202) 366– 3081. ADDRESSES: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Overview: Pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 30118(d) and 30120(h) and the rule implementing those provisions at 49 CFR part 556, AML 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 AML’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. Vehicles Involved: Affected are approximately 3,282 of the following AML model passenger cars manufactured from September 2009 through October 2013: Registered amlna fleet Model Dealer un-registered Build [date] range 211 225 153 147 120 156 385 279 170 122 671 74 197 41 53 1 1 0 0 54 56 9 12 0 65 80 10/09–10/13 10/09–10/13 10/09–08/12 10/09–08/12 12/10–08/12 12/10–08/12 10/09–10/13 10/09–10/13 06/10–10/13 06/10–10/13 09/09–02/13 01/13–10/13 09/12–10/13 Total ...................................................................................................................................... mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES DB9 Coupe .................................................................................................................................. DB9 Volante ................................................................................................................................. DBS Coupe .................................................................................................................................. DBS Volante ................................................................................................................................ Virage Coupe ............................................................................................................................... Virage Volante ............................................................................................................................. V8 Vantage Coupe ...................................................................................................................... V8 Vantage Roadster .................................................................................................................. V8 Vantage S Coupe ................................................................................................................... V8 Vantage S Roadster ............................................................................................................... Rapide .......................................................................................................................................... Rapide S ...................................................................................................................................... Vanquish Coupe .......................................................................................................................... 2910 372 N/A III. Noncompliance: AML explains that during testing of the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) it was noted that the fitment of an incompatible wheel and tire unit was correctly detected and the malfunction indicator telltale illuminated as required by FMVSS No. 138. However, when the vehicle ignition was deactivated and VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:00 Nov 18, 2015 Jkt 238001 then reactivated after a five minute period, there was no immediate reillumination of the malfunction indicator telltale as required when the malfunction still exists. Although the malfunction indicator telltale does not re-illuminate immediately after the vehicle ignition is reactivated, it does PO 00000 Frm 00075 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 illuminate within 40 seconds after the vehicle accelerates above 23 mph. IV. Rule Text: Paragraph S4.4(c)(2) of FMVSS No. 138 requires in pertinent part: S4.4 TPMS Malfunction. . . . (c) Combination low tire pressure/TPMS malfunction telltale. The vehicle meets the E:\FR\FM\19NON1.SGM 19NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 223 / Thursday, November 19, 2015 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES requirements of S4.4(a) when equipped with a combined Low Tire Pressure/TPMS malfunction telltale that: (2) Flashes for a period of at least 60 seconds but no longer than 90 seconds upon detection of any condition specified in S4.4(a) after the ignition locking system is activated to the ‘‘On’’ (‘‘Run’’) position. After each period of prescribed flashing, the telltale must remain continuously illuminated as long as a malfunction exists and the ignition locking system is in the ‘‘On’’ (‘‘Run’’) position. This flashing and illumination sequence must be repeated each time the ignition locking system is placed in the ‘‘On’’ (‘‘Run’’) position until the situation causing the malfunction has been corrected. . . . V. Summary of AML’s Analyses: AML stated its belief that the subject noncompliance is inconsequential to motor vehicle safety for the following reasons: (A) AML stated that although the TPMS malfunction indicator telltale will not illuminate immediately after the vehicle is restarted, it generally will illuminate shortly thereafter and in any event it will illuminate in no more than 40 seconds after the vehicle accelerates above 23 mph. AML further explained that once the vehicle has accelerated above 23 mph for a period of 15 seconds, the TPMS will seek to confirm the sensors fitted to the vehicle, and in the case a sensor is not fitted, the TPMS will detect this condition within 25 additional seconds and activate the malfunction indicator telltale. (B) AML explained that if the TPMS fails to detect the wheel sensors, the TPMS monitor will display on the TPMS pressures screen ‘‘—’’ warning the driver that the status of the wheel sensor is unconfirmed. Once the vehicle starts moving, the system will then accurately determine if a sensor is present or not. (C) AML said that the noncompliance (a software design omission) is confined to one particular aspect of the functionality of the otherwise compliant TPMS malfunction indicator telltale. All other aspects of the low-pressure monitoring system functionality are fully compliant with the requirements of FMVSS No. 138. (D) AML stated that it is not aware of any customer complaints, field communications, incidents or injuries related to this condition. (E) AML said it has fixed all unsold vehicles in its custody and control so that they are fully compliant with FMVSS No 138. (F) AML argued that differences exist between the MBUSA TPMS inconsequential petition that the agency denied and their petition that should be granted. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:00 Nov 18, 2015 Jkt 238001 In summation, AML believes that the described noncompliance of the subject vehicles is inconsequential to motor vehicle safety, and that its petition, to exempt AML 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 Decision NHTSA Analysis: NHTSA has reviewed AML’s justification for an inconsequential noncompliance determination and agrees with AML that the described noncompliance in the subject vehicles is inconsequential to motor vehicle safety. AML explained that although the malfunction indicator telltale does not re-illuminate immediately after the vehicle is restarted, it will illuminate shortly thereafter—within 40 seconds after the vehicle speed exceeds 23 mph. NHTSA agrees with AML that the malfunction indicator telltale will not illuminate as required only during very short periods of time when the vehicle is traveling at low speeds and thus poses little risk to vehicle safety. Under normal driving conditions, a driver will begin a trip by accelerating moderately beyond 23 mph, and as explained by AML, once the vehicle accelerates above 23 mph, the malfunction indicator telltale re-illuminates and then remains illuminated for the entire ignition cycle, regardless of vehicle speed. The telltale fails to re-illuminate only in the very rare case when the driver begins a trip and never exceeds the 23 mph threshold, the speed required to reactivate the malfunction indicator telltale. No real safety risk exists because at such low speeds there is little risk of the driver losing control of the vehicle due to underinflated tires. Furthermore, the possibility that the vehicle will experience both a low inflation pressure condition and a malfunction simultaneously is highly unlikely. AML stated that if the TPMS fails to detect the wheel sensors, a supplemental TPMS monitor provides the driver with a warning on the vehicle’s TPMS pressures screen, indicating the status of the wheel sensor is not confirmed. The agency evaluated the displays AML uses in the noncompliant vehicles. In addition to the combination malfunction and low inflation pressure telltale indicator lamp, the subject vehicles are equipped with a ‘‘plan view’’ icon which displays the pressures for all four wheels individually. If any wheel has a malfunctioning pressure PO 00000 Frm 00076 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 72485 sensor the indicator for that wheel displays several dashes ‘‘—’’ indicating the there is a problem with that respective wheel. The additional information is not required by the safety standard, but can be used as an aid to the driver to determine the status of a vehicle’s tires. AML discussed that the noncompliance only involves one specific TPMS functionality requirement and that it believes that the primary functions of the TPMS, the identification of all other required malfunctions as well as the identification of low tire inflation pressure scenarios, is not affected. The agency agrees with AML that the primary function of the TPMS is to identify low inflation pressure conditions which AML’s system appears to do as required by FMVSS No. 138. Also, there are a variety of other malfunctions that can occur in addition to the incompatible tire malfunction identified in this petition. We understand from AML that its TPMS will perform as required during all other system malfunctions. AML also mentioned that they have not received or are aware of any consumer complaints, field communications, incidences or injuries related to this noncompliance. In addition to the analysis done by AML that looked at customer complaints, field communications, incidents or injuries related to this condition, the agency conducted additional checks of its Office of Defects Investigations consumer complaint database and found no related complaints. AML stated that unsold vehicles have had the software correction administered and are now fully compliant with FMVSS 138. NHTSA agrees and concurs with AML’s action to mitigate vehicles in its possession as of the date that the noncompliance was acknowledged. AML pointed out that there are differences between the Mercedes-Benz TPMS related inconsequential noncompliance petition 1 that the agency recently denied and AML’s subject inconsequential noncompliance petition. NHTSA agrees with AML that the noncompliance circumstances are substantially different between the two petitions. The Mercedes-Benz TPMS would initially display a malfunction warning, but would not display the warning on subsequent ignition cycles as required by S4.4(b)(3) of FMVSS No. 138. In the AML vehicles, the TPMS malfunction warning lamp will illuminate each time the vehicle is 1 79 FR 47718 (August 14, 2014). E:\FR\FM\19NON1.SGM 19NON1 72486 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 223 / Thursday, November 19, 2015 / Notices operated, and it will do so very shortly after the vehicle begins to move. NHTSA Decision: In consideration of the foregoing analysis, NHTSA has decided that AML has met its burden of demonstrating that the FMVSS No. 138 noncompliance is inconsequential to motor vehicle safety. Accordingly, AML’s petition is hereby granted and AML is exempted from the obligation of providing notification of, and a remedy for, that noncompliance under 49 U.S.C. 30118 and 30120. 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, any decision on this petition only applies to the subject vehicles that AML 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 vehicles under their control after AML 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. 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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

[Docket No. NHTSA-2013-0139; Notice 2]


Aston Martin Lagonda Limited, Grant of Petition for Decision of 
Inconsequential Noncompliance

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

ACTION: Grant of petition.

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SUMMARY: Aston Martin Lagonda Limited (AML) has determined that certain 
model year (MY) 2009-2013 Aston Martin passenger cars do not fully 
comply with paragraph S4.4(c)(2), of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety 
Standard (FMVSS) No. 138, Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems. AML has 
filed an appropriate report dated November 4, 2013, pursuant to 49 CFR 
part 573, Defect and Noncompliance Responsibility and Reports.

ADDRESSES: For further information on this decision contact Kerrin 
Bressant, Office of Vehicles Safety Compliance, the National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), telephone (202) 366-1110, 
facsimile (202) 366-3081.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    I. Overview: Pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 30118(d) and 30120(h) and the 
rule implementing those provisions at 49 CFR part 556, AML 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 AML'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. Vehicles Involved: Affected are approximately 3,282 of the 
following AML model passenger cars manufactured from September 2009 
through October 2013:

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                                                                    Registered      Dealer  un-    Build [date]
                              Model                                 amlna fleet     registered         range
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DB9 Coupe.......................................................             211              41     10/09-10/13
DB9 Volante.....................................................             225              53     10/09-10/13
DBS Coupe.......................................................             153               1     10/09-08/12
DBS Volante.....................................................             147               1     10/09-08/12
Virage Coupe....................................................             120               0     12/10-08/12
Virage Volante..................................................             156               0     12/10-08/12
V8 Vantage Coupe................................................             385              54     10/09-10/13
V8 Vantage Roadster.............................................             279              56     10/09-10/13
V8 Vantage S Coupe..............................................             170               9     06/10-10/13
V8 Vantage S Roadster...........................................             122              12     06/10-10/13
Rapide..........................................................             671               0     09/09-02/13
Rapide S........................................................              74              65     01/13-10/13
Vanquish Coupe..................................................             197              80     09/12-10/13
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    Total.......................................................            2910             372             N/A
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    III. Noncompliance: AML explains that during testing of the tire 
pressure monitoring system (TPMS) it was noted that the fitment of an 
incompatible wheel and tire unit was correctly detected and the 
malfunction indicator telltale illuminated as required by FMVSS No. 
138. However, when the vehicle ignition was deactivated and then 
reactivated after a five minute period, there was no immediate re-
illumination of the malfunction indicator telltale as required when the 
malfunction still exists. Although the malfunction indicator telltale 
does not re-illuminate immediately after the vehicle ignition is 
reactivated, it does illuminate within 40 seconds after the vehicle 
accelerates above 23 mph.
    IV. Rule Text: Paragraph S4.4(c)(2) of FMVSS No. 138 requires in 
pertinent part:
    S4.4 TPMS Malfunction.
    . . .
    (c) Combination low tire pressure/TPMS malfunction telltale. The 
vehicle meets the

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requirements of S4.4(a) when equipped with a combined Low Tire 
Pressure/TPMS malfunction telltale that:
    (2) Flashes for a period of at least 60 seconds but no longer 
than 90 seconds upon detection of any condition specified in S4.4(a) 
after the ignition locking system is activated to the ``On'' 
(``Run'') position. After each period of prescribed flashing, the 
telltale must remain continuously illuminated as long as a 
malfunction exists and the ignition locking system is in the ``On'' 
(``Run'') position. This flashing and illumination sequence must be 
repeated each time the ignition locking system is placed in the 
``On'' (``Run'') position until the situation causing the 
malfunction has been corrected. . . .

    V. Summary of AML's Analyses: AML stated its belief that the 
subject noncompliance is inconsequential to motor vehicle safety for 
the following reasons:
    (A) AML stated that although the TPMS malfunction indicator 
telltale will not illuminate immediately after the vehicle is 
restarted, it generally will illuminate shortly thereafter and in any 
event it will illuminate in no more than 40 seconds after the vehicle 
accelerates above 23 mph. AML further explained that once the vehicle 
has accelerated above 23 mph for a period of 15 seconds, the TPMS will 
seek to confirm the sensors fitted to the vehicle, and in the case a 
sensor is not fitted, the TPMS will detect this condition within 25 
additional seconds and activate the malfunction indicator telltale.
    (B) AML explained that if the TPMS fails to detect the wheel 
sensors, the TPMS monitor will display on the TPMS pressures screen 
``--'' warning the driver that the status of the wheel sensor is 
unconfirmed. Once the vehicle starts moving, the system will then 
accurately determine if a sensor is present or not.
    (C) AML said that the noncompliance (a software design omission) is 
confined to one particular aspect of the functionality of the otherwise 
compliant TPMS malfunction indicator telltale. All other aspects of the 
low-pressure monitoring system functionality are fully compliant with 
the requirements of FMVSS No. 138.
    (D) AML stated that it is not aware of any customer complaints, 
field communications, incidents or injuries related to this condition.
    (E) AML said it has fixed all unsold vehicles in its custody and 
control so that they are fully compliant with FMVSS No 138.
    (F) AML argued that differences exist between the MBUSA TPMS 
inconsequential petition that the agency denied and their petition that 
should be granted.
    In summation, AML believes that the described noncompliance of the 
subject vehicles is inconsequential to motor vehicle safety, and that 
its petition, to exempt AML 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 Decision

    NHTSA Analysis: NHTSA has reviewed AML's justification for an 
inconsequential noncompliance determination and agrees with AML that 
the described noncompliance in the subject vehicles is inconsequential 
to motor vehicle safety.
    AML explained that although the malfunction indicator telltale does 
not re-illuminate immediately after the vehicle is restarted, it will 
illuminate shortly thereafter--within 40 seconds after the vehicle 
speed exceeds 23 mph.
    NHTSA agrees with AML that the malfunction indicator telltale will 
not illuminate as required only during very short periods of time when 
the vehicle is traveling at low speeds and thus poses little risk to 
vehicle safety. Under normal driving conditions, a driver will begin a 
trip by accelerating moderately beyond 23 mph, and as explained by AML, 
once the vehicle accelerates above 23 mph, the malfunction indicator 
telltale re-illuminates and then remains illuminated for the entire 
ignition cycle, regardless of vehicle speed. The telltale fails to re-
illuminate only in the very rare case when the driver begins a trip and 
never exceeds the 23 mph threshold, the speed required to re-activate 
the malfunction indicator telltale. No real safety risk exists because 
at such low speeds there is little risk of the driver losing control of 
the vehicle due to underinflated tires. Furthermore, the possibility 
that the vehicle will experience both a low inflation pressure 
condition and a malfunction simultaneously is highly unlikely.
    AML stated that if the TPMS fails to detect the wheel sensors, a 
supplemental TPMS monitor provides the driver with a warning on the 
vehicle's TPMS pressures screen, indicating the status of the wheel 
sensor is not confirmed.
    The agency evaluated the displays AML uses in the noncompliant 
vehicles. In addition to the combination malfunction and low inflation 
pressure telltale indicator lamp, the subject vehicles are equipped 
with a ``plan view'' icon which displays the pressures for all four 
wheels individually. If any wheel has a malfunctioning pressure sensor 
the indicator for that wheel displays several dashes ``--'' indicating 
the there is a problem with that respective wheel. The additional 
information is not required by the safety standard, but can be used as 
an aid to the driver to determine the status of a vehicle's tires.
    AML discussed that the noncompliance only involves one specific 
TPMS functionality requirement and that it believes that the primary 
functions of the TPMS, the identification of all other required 
malfunctions as well as the identification of low tire inflation 
pressure scenarios, is not affected.
    The agency agrees with AML that the primary function of the TPMS is 
to identify low inflation pressure conditions which AML's system 
appears to do as required by FMVSS No. 138. Also, there are a variety 
of other malfunctions that can occur in addition to the incompatible 
tire malfunction identified in this petition. We understand from AML 
that its TPMS will perform as required during all other system 
malfunctions.
    AML also mentioned that they have not received or are aware of any 
consumer complaints, field communications, incidences or injuries 
related to this noncompliance. In addition to the analysis done by AML 
that looked at customer complaints, field communications, incidents or 
injuries related to this condition, the agency conducted additional 
checks of its Office of Defects Investigations consumer complaint 
database and found no related complaints.
    AML stated that unsold vehicles have had the software correction 
administered and are now fully compliant with FMVSS 138. NHTSA agrees 
and concurs with AML's action to mitigate vehicles in its possession as 
of the date that the noncompliance was acknowledged.
    AML pointed out that there are differences between the Mercedes-
Benz TPMS related inconsequential noncompliance petition \1\ that the 
agency recently denied and AML's subject inconsequential noncompliance 
petition. NHTSA agrees with AML that the noncompliance circumstances 
are substantially different between the two petitions. The Mercedes-
Benz TPMS would initially display a malfunction warning, but would not 
display the warning on subsequent ignition cycles as required by 
S4.4(b)(3) of FMVSS No. 138. In the AML vehicles, the TPMS malfunction 
warning lamp will illuminate each time the vehicle is

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operated, and it will do so very shortly after the vehicle begins to 
move.
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    \1\ 79 FR 47718 (August 14, 2014).
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    NHTSA Decision: In consideration of the foregoing analysis, NHTSA 
has decided that AML has met its burden of demonstrating that the FMVSS 
No. 138 noncompliance is inconsequential to motor vehicle safety. 
Accordingly, AML's petition is hereby granted and AML is exempted from 
the obligation of providing notification of, and a remedy for, that 
noncompliance under 49 U.S.C. 30118 and 30120.
    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, any decision on 
this petition only applies to the subject vehicles that AML 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 vehicles under their control after AML 
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,
Director, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance.
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