Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance, 79558-79559 [2016-27274]

Download as PDF 79558 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 219 / Monday, November 14, 2016 / Notices times given above. The documents may also be viewed on the Internet at https:// www.regulations.gov by following the online instructions for accessing the dockets. The docket ID number for this petition is shown in the heading of this notice. DOT’s complete Privacy Act Statement is available for review in a Federal Register notice published on April 11, 2000, (65 FR 19477–78). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Overview: Pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 30118(d) and 30120(h) and their implementing regulations at 49 CFR part 556, Goodyear 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 as it relates to motor vehicle safety. This notice of receipt of Goodyear’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. Tires Involved: Affected are approximately 381 Goodyear G182 RSD size 11R22.5 LR G commercial truck tires manufactured between July 3, 2016, and August 20, 2016. III. Noncompliance: Goodyear explains that because the sidewall markings on the reference side of the subject tires incorrectly identify the number of plies as ‘‘TREAD 4 PLIES STEEL CORD’’ instead of the correct labelling ‘‘TREAD 5 PLIES STEEL CORD,’’ the tires do not meet the requirements of paragraph S6.5(f) of FMVSS No. 119. IV. Rule Text: Paragraph S6.5(f) of FMVSS No. 119 provides, in pertinent part: mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES S6.5 Tire markings. Except as specified in this paragraph, each tire shall be marked on each sidewall with the information specified in paragraphs (a) through (j) of this section . . . (f) The actual number of plies and the composition of the ply cord material in the sidewall and, if different, in the tread area; . . . V. Summary of Goodyear’s Petition: Goodyear described the subject noncompliance and stated its belief that the noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety. In support of its petition, Goodyear submitted the following: Goodyear believes this noncompliance is inconsequential to motor vehicle safety because these tires were manufactured as designed and meet or exceed all applicable Federal Motor Vehicles Safety performance standards. All of the sidewall markings related to tire service (load capacity, VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:26 Nov 10, 2016 Jkt 241001 corresponding inflation pressure, etc.) are correct. Even though the tires were labeled incorrectly as ‘‘TREAD 4 PLIES STEEL CORD’’ on one side of the tires, the tires were manufactured with ‘‘TREAD 5 PLIES STEEL CORD’’, which is correctly marked on the opposite tire sidewall. The mislabeling of these tires is not a safety concern and also has no impact on the retreading and recycling industries. The affected tire mold has already been corrected and all future production will have the correct number of plies shown on both sidewalls. Goodyear noted that NHTSA has previously granted petitions for the same noncompliance related to tire construction information on tires because of surveys that show most consumers do not base purchases on tire construction information found on the tire sidewall. Goodyear concluded by expressing the belief that the subject noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety, and that its petition to be exempted from providing notification of the noncompliance, as required by 49 U.S.C. 30118, and a remedy for the 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 Goodyear no longer controlled at the time it determined that the noncompliance existed. However, any decision on this petition does not relieve tire 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 Goodyear 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. 2016–27275 Filed 11–10–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–59–P PO 00000 Frm 00148 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [Docket No. NHTSA–2016–0092; Notice 1] Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Receipt of petition. AGENCY: Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC (MBUSA), has determined that certain model year (MY) 2016 Mercedes GLClass multipurpose passenger vehicles do not fully comply with paragraph S4.3(d) 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. MBUSA filed a report dated August 12, 2016, and amended it on August 29, 2016, pursuant to 49 CFR part 573, Defect and Noncompliance Responsibility and Reports. MBUSA then petitioned NHTSA under 49 CFR part 556 for a decision that the subject noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety. DATES: The closing date for comments on the petition is December 14, 2016. 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 in the title of this notice and be 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 https:// 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 SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\14NON1.SGM 14NON1 mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 219 / Monday, November 14, 2016 / Notices 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 comments you have submitted by mail were received, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard with the comments. Note that all comments received will be posted without change to https:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. The petition, supporting materials, and all comments received before the close of business on the closing date indicated above will be filed in the docket 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 also be published in the Federal Register pursuant to the authority indicated at the end of this notice. All documents submitted to the docket may be viewed by anyone at the address and times given above. The documents may also be viewed on the Internet at https://www.regulations.gov by following the online instructions for accessing the dockets. The docket ID number for this petition is shown in the heading of this notice. DOT’s complete Privacy Act Statement is available for review in a Federal Register notice published on April 11, 2000, (65 FR 19477–78). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Overview: Pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 30118(d) and 30120(h) and their implementing regulations at 49 CFR part 556, MBUSA 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 as it relates to motor vehicle safety. This notice of receipt of MBUSA’s petition is published under 49 U.S.C. 30118 and 30120 and does not represent any agency decision or other exercise of judgement concerning the merits of the petition. II. Vehicles Involved: Affected are 2,917 of the following MY 2016 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class multipurpose passenger vehicles manufactured between December 1, 2015, and February 5, 2016: • GL 350 Bluetec 4Matic SUV (155 vehicles). • GL 450 4Matic SUV (2,482 vehicles). • GL 550 4Matic SUV (280 vehicles). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:26 Nov 10, 2016 Jkt 241001 III. Noncompliance: MBUSA explains that the noncompliance is due to a labeling error. The subject vehicles are equipped with a spare tire, size T155/ 80 R19 114M; however, the tire information placard affixed to the vehicles’ B-pillar incorrectly identifies the spare tire size as T165/90 R19 119M. The placard therefore does not comply with requirements specified in paragraph S4.3(d) of FMVSS No. 110. IV. Rule Text: Paragraph S4.3 of FMVSS No. 110 states, 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) through (i), on a placard permanently affixed to the driver’s side B-pillar. In each vehicle without a driver’s side B-pillar and two doors on the driver’s side of the vehicle opening in the opposite directions, the placard shall be affixed on the forward edge of the rear side door . . . (d) Tire size designation, indicated by the headings ‘‘size’’ or ‘‘original tire size’’ or ‘‘original size,’’ and ‘‘spare tire’’ or ‘‘spare,’’ for the tires installed at the time of the first purchase for purposes other than resale. For full size spare tires, the statement ‘‘see above’’ may, at the manufacturer’s option replace the tire size designation. If no spare tire is provided, the word ‘‘none’’ must replace the tire size designation; . . . V. Summary of MBUSA’s Petition: MBUSA described the subject noncompliance and stated its belief that the noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety. In support of its petition, MBUSA stated the following: (a) Both tire sizes can be used on the vehicle. The spare tire with the size of T165/ 90 R19 119M (the size stated on the B-pillar label) is equipped on older models produced before November 2015. The purpose of FMVSS No. 110 is to ‘‘prevent tire overloading,’’ see 40 CFR 571. S1, and no overloading will result from the incorrect label because either tire size (the one stated on the label or the one actually on the vehicle) can be used. (b) The tire pressure is the same for both spare tire sizes. When checking the tire pressure for the spare tire, the customer will find the correct tire pressure values on the label. Again, no overloading will result from the incorrect label because the correct tire pressure values are provided. (c) Information regarding the correct spare tire is available to the vehicle owner. The vehicles are equipped with an Operator’s Manual which describes both spare tire sizes. Also, if a tire needs to be replaced on the spare wheel, the dealer Electronic Parts Catalogue (EPC) correctly specifies the proper tire part number. Additionally, further assistance regarding the correct spare tire can be provided by the customer assistance center. (d) The presumption that the issue described above will have an inconsequential PO 00000 Frm 00149 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 79559 impact on safety is supported by field data: MBUSA is not aware of any customer complaints, accidents, or injuries alleged to have occurred as a result of this tire label discrepancy in the United States. MBUSA concluded by expressing the belief that the subject noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety, and that its petition to be exempted from providing notification of the noncompliance, as required by 49 U.S.C. 30118, and a remedy for the 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 vehicles that MBUSA 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 MBUSA 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. 2016–27274 Filed 11–10–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–59–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Intelligent Transportation Systems Program Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting ITS Joint Program Office, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology, U.S. Department of Transportation. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Program Advisory Committee (ITSPAC) will hold a meeting on December 7, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (EST) in the Doubletree Crystal City Hotel, 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202. The ITSPAC, established under Section 5305 of Public Law 109–59, Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient E:\FR\FM\14NON1.SGM 14NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

[Docket No. NHTSA-2016-0092; Notice 1]


Mercedes-Benz USA, 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: Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC (MBUSA), has determined that certain 
model year (MY) 2016 Mercedes GL-Class multipurpose passenger vehicles 
do not fully comply with paragraph S4.3(d) 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. 
MBUSA filed a report dated August 12, 2016, and amended it on August 
29, 2016, pursuant to 49 CFR part 573, Defect and Noncompliance 
Responsibility and Reports. MBUSA then petitioned NHTSA under 49 CFR 
part 556 for a decision that the subject noncompliance is 
inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety.

DATES: The closing date for comments on the petition is December 14, 
2016.

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 in the title of this notice and be 
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 https://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

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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 comments you have submitted by mail were 
received, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard with the 
comments. Note that all comments received will be posted without change 
to https://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information 
provided.
    The petition, supporting materials, and all comments received 
before the close of business on the closing date indicated above will 
be filed in the docket 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 
also be published in the Federal Register pursuant to the authority 
indicated at the end of this notice.
    All documents submitted to the docket may be viewed by anyone at 
the address and times given above. The documents may also be viewed on 
the Internet at https://www.regulations.gov by following the online 
instructions for accessing the dockets. The docket ID number for this 
petition is shown in the heading of this notice.
    DOT's complete Privacy Act Statement is available for review in a 
Federal Register notice published on April 11, 2000, (65 FR 19477-78).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    I. Overview: Pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 30118(d) and 30120(h) and their 
implementing regulations at 49 CFR part 556, MBUSA 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 as it relates to motor vehicle safety.
    This notice of receipt of MBUSA's petition is published under 49 
U.S.C. 30118 and 30120 and does not represent any agency decision or 
other exercise of judgement concerning the merits of the petition.
    II. Vehicles Involved: Affected are 2,917 of the following MY 2016 
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class multipurpose passenger vehicles manufactured 
between December 1, 2015, and February 5, 2016:
     GL 350 Bluetec 4Matic SUV (155 vehicles).
     GL 450 4Matic SUV (2,482 vehicles).
     GL 550 4Matic SUV (280 vehicles).
    III. Noncompliance: MBUSA explains that the noncompliance is due to 
a labeling error. The subject vehicles are equipped with a spare tire, 
size T155/80 R19 114M; however, the tire information placard affixed to 
the vehicles' B-pillar incorrectly identifies the spare tire size as 
T165/90 R19 119M. The placard therefore does not comply with 
requirements specified in paragraph S4.3(d) of FMVSS No. 110.
    IV. Rule Text: Paragraph S4.3 of FMVSS No. 110 states, 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) through (i), on a placard permanently affixed 
to the driver's side B-pillar. In each vehicle without a driver's 
side B-pillar and two doors on the driver's side of the vehicle 
opening in the opposite directions, the placard shall be affixed on 
the forward edge of the rear side door . . .
    (d) Tire size designation, indicated by the headings ``size'' or 
``original tire size'' or ``original size,'' and ``spare tire'' or 
``spare,'' for the tires installed at the time of the first purchase 
for purposes other than resale. For full size spare tires, the 
statement ``see above'' may, at the manufacturer's option replace 
the tire size designation. If no spare tire is provided, the word 
``none'' must replace the tire size designation; . . .

    V. Summary of MBUSA's Petition: MBUSA described the subject 
noncompliance and stated its belief that the noncompliance is 
inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety.
    In support of its petition, MBUSA stated the following:

    (a) Both tire sizes can be used on the vehicle. The spare tire 
with the size of T165/90 R19 119M (the size stated on the B-pillar 
label) is equipped on older models produced before November 2015. 
The purpose of FMVSS No. 110 is to ``prevent tire overloading,'' see 
40 CFR 571. S1, and no overloading will result from the incorrect 
label because either tire size (the one stated on the label or the 
one actually on the vehicle) can be used.
    (b) The tire pressure is the same for both spare tire sizes. 
When checking the tire pressure for the spare tire, the customer 
will find the correct tire pressure values on the label. Again, no 
overloading will result from the incorrect label because the correct 
tire pressure values are provided.
    (c) Information regarding the correct spare tire is available to 
the vehicle owner. The vehicles are equipped with an Operator's 
Manual which describes both spare tire sizes. Also, if a tire needs 
to be replaced on the spare wheel, the dealer Electronic Parts 
Catalogue (EPC) correctly specifies the proper tire part number. 
Additionally, further assistance regarding the correct spare tire 
can be provided by the customer assistance center.
    (d) The presumption that the issue described above will have an 
inconsequential impact on safety is supported by field data: MBUSA 
is not aware of any customer complaints, accidents, or injuries 
alleged to have occurred as a result of this tire label discrepancy 
in the United States.

    MBUSA concluded by expressing the belief that the subject 
noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety, 
and that its petition to be exempted from providing notification of the 
noncompliance, as required by 49 U.S.C. 30118, and a remedy for the 
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 vehicles that MBUSA 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 MBUSA 
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. 2016-27274 Filed 11-10-16; 8:45 am]
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