Daimler Trucks North America, LLC, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance, 17069-17072 [2017-06953]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 66 / Friday, April 7, 2017 / Notices This document announces receipt by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of a petition for a decision that model year (MY) 2014 EMU Camper Trailer 4x4 Extreme Adventure trailers that were not originally manufactured to comply with all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSS), are eligible for importation into the United States because they have safety features that comply with, or are capable of being altered to comply with, all such standards. DATES: The closing date for comments on the petition is May 8, 2017. 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 Delivery: 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 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. All comments and supporting materials 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 nlaroche on DSK30NT082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:52 Apr 06, 2017 Jkt 241001 be considered to the fullest 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 comments, background documentation, and supporting materials 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). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: George Stevens, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance, NHTSA (202–366–5308). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Under 49 U.S.C. 30141(a)(1)(B), a motor vehicle, including a trailer, that was not originally manufactured to conform to all applicable FMVSS, and has no substantially similar U.S.certified counterpart, shall be refused admission into the United States unless NHTSA has decided that the motor vehicle has safety features that comply with, or are capable of being altered to comply with, all applicable FMVSS based on destructive test data or such other evidence as NHTSA decides to be adequate. Petitions for eligibility decisions may be submitted by either manufacturers or importers who have registered with NHTSA pursuant to 49 CFR part 592. As specified in 49 CFR 593.7, NHTSA publishes notice in the Federal Register of each petition that it receives, and affords interested persons an opportunity to comment on the petition. At the close of the comment period, NHTSA decides, on the basis of the petition and any comments that it has received, whether the vehicle is eligible for importation. The agency then publishes this decision in the Federal Register. G&K Automotive Conversion Inc. (G&K), of Santa Ana, California (Registered Importer R–90–007) has petitioned NHTSA to decide whether nonconforming MY 2014 EMU Camper Trailer 4x4 Extreme Adventure trailers are eligible for importation into the United States. G&K believes these vehicles are capable of being modified to meet all applicable FMVSS. PO 00000 Frm 00081 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 17069 G&K submitted information with its petition intended to demonstrate that MY 2014 EMU Camper Trailer 4x4 Extreme Adventure trailers are capable of being altered to comply with all applicable standards to which they were not originally manufactured to conform. Specifically, the petitioner contends that the nonconforming MY 2014 EMU Camper Trailer 4x4 Extreme Adventure trailers meet or are capable of being altered to meet the following standards, in the manner indicated: Standard No. 108 Lamps, Reflective Devices and Associated Equipment: Installation of the following U.S.certified components as necessary to meet the requirements of the standard: front and rear side marker lamps, stop lamps, taillamps, turn signal lamps, front clearance lamps, and side and rear mounted reflex reflectors. Standard No. 119 New pneumatic tires for motor vehicles with a GVWR of more than 10,000 pounds: Replacement of any nonconforming tires with tires that conform to the standard. Standard No. 120 Tire Selection and Rims and motor home/recreation vehicle trailer: Installation of the required tire information placard. G&K further states that labels will be affixed to conform to requirements of 49 CFR part 567 Certification. This notice of receipt of G&K petition does not represent any agency decision or other exercise of judgment concerning the merits of the petition. Notice of final action on the petition will be published in the Federal Register pursuant to the authority indicated below. Authority: 49 U.S.C. 30141(a)(1)(A), (a)(1)(B), and (b)(1); 49 CFR 593.7; delegation of authority at 49 CFR 1.95 and 501.8. Jeffrey M. Giuseppe, Director, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance. [FR Doc. 2017–06950 Filed 4–6–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–59–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [Docket No. NHTSA–2017–0011; Notice 1] Daimler Trucks North America, LLC, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Receipt of petition. AGENCY: Daimler Trucks North America, LLC (DTNA), has determined SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\07APN1.SGM 07APN1 17070 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 66 / Friday, April 7, 2017 / Notices nlaroche on DSK30NT082PROD with NOTICES that certain model year (MY) 2016–2017 Freightliner trucks do not fully comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 101, Controls and Displays. DTNA filed a noncompliance report dated January 19, 2017, and amended on January 25, 2017. DTNA also petitioned NHTSA on January 20, 2017, 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 May 8, 2017. 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 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 Delivery: 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 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:52 Apr 06, 2017 Jkt 241001 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. All comments and supporting materials 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 fullest 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 comments, background documentation, and supporting materials 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: Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA), has determined that certain model year (MY) 2016–2017 Freightliner trucks do not fully comply with Table 2 of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 101, Controls and Displays. DTNA filed a noncompliance report dated January 19, 2017, and amended on January 25, 2017, pursuant to 49 CFR part 573, Defect and Noncompliance Responsibility and Reports. DTNA also petitioned NHTSA on January 20, 2017, pursuant to 49 PO 00000 Frm 00082 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 U.S.C. 30118(d) and 30120(h) and 49 CFR part 556, 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 DTNA’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 81,641 MY 2016–2017 versions of the following trucks, manufactured between March 2, 2015 and September 8, 2016: • Freightliner 108SD • Freightliner Business Class M2 • Freightliner Cascadia • Freightliner 114SD III. Noncompliance: DTNA explains that the noncompliance is that the Low Brake Air Pressure telltale for air brake systems displays the word ‘‘BRAKE’’ and a message on an adjacent display screen says ‘‘LOW AIR’’, rather than the words ‘‘BRAKE AIR,’’ as specified in Table 2 of FMVSS No. 101. DTNA states that the telltale is accompanied by an audible alert and pressure gauges. IV. Rule Text: Paragraph S5 of FMVSS No. 101 provides: ‘‘Each passenger car, multipurpose passenger vehicle, truck and bus that is fitted with a control, a telltale, or an indicator listed in Table 1 or Table 2 must meet the requirements of this standard for the location, identification, color, and illumination of that control, telltale or indicator.’’ Paragraph S5.2.1 of FMVSS No. 101 provides, in pertinent part: ‘‘. . . each control, telltale and indicator that is listed in column 1 of Table 1 or Table 2 must be identified by the symbol specified for it in column 2 or the word or abbreviation specified for it in column 3 of Table 1 or Table 2.’’ Table 2 appears as follows: BILLING CODE 4910–59–C E:\FR\FM\07APN1.SGM 07APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 66 / Friday, April 7, 2017 / Notices V. Summary of DTNA’s Petition: DTNA 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, DTNA submitted the following reasoning: (a) DTNA notes that the purpose of the low brake air pressure telltale is to alert the driver to a low air condition, consistent with the requirements of FMVSS No. 121, S5.1.5 (warning signal). The word ‘‘BRAKE’’ instead of ‘‘BRAKE AIR,’’ together with a message on the display screen saying ‘‘LOW AIR!’’ and an audible alert that occurs in the subject vehicles would alert the driver to an air issue with the brake system. Once alerted, the driver can check the actual air pressure by reading the primary and secondary air gauges VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:52 Apr 06, 2017 Jkt 241001 and seeing the contrasting color on the gauges indicating low pressure. (b) NHTSA stated in a 2005 FMVSS No. 101 rulemaking that the reason for including vehicles over 10,000 pounds in the requirements of FMVSS No. 101 is that there is a need for drivers of heavier vehicles to see and identify their displays, just as there is for drivers of lighter vehicles. See 70 FR 48295, 48298 (Aug. 17, 2005). The telltale in the subject vehicles saying ‘‘BRAKE’’ and the message on the display screen that says ‘‘LOW AIR!’’ would allow the driver to see and identify the improper functioning system as was the intent of the rule, thus serving the purpose of the FMVSS No. 101 requirement. (c) Drivers of commercial vehicles would conduct daily pre-trip inspections of their vehicles paying particular attention to the warning signs PO 00000 Frm 00083 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 and gauges to ensure correct functionality of their vehicles braking system, before driving the vehicle. Drivers therefore would be very familiar with the telltales and other warnings, and their meaning, in the event a low air warning was to occur while the vehicle was driven. (d) There are two scenarios when a low brake air pressure condition would exist: A parked vehicle and a moving vehicle. Each of these are discussed separately below; in each scenario, there is ample warning provided to the driver of low brake air pressure. 1. Parked Vehicle The driver of an air-braked vehicle must ensure that the vehicle has enough brake air pressure to operate safely. At startup, the vehicle will likely be in a low air condition. When in a low air E:\FR\FM\07APN1.SGM 07APN1 EN07AP17.002</GPH> nlaroche on DSK30NT082PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 4910–59–P 17071 17072 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 66 / Friday, April 7, 2017 / Notices condition the following warnings would occur, conditioning the driver over time as to the purpose of the telltale, message and audible alerts and under what conditions they are activated. • Red contrasting color of the telltale saying ‘‘BRAKE’’ • Message on the display screen that says ‘‘LOW AIR!’’ • Audible alert to the driver as long as the vehicle has low air • Air gauges for the primary and secondary air tanks clearly showing the air pressure in the system • Red contrasting color on the air gauges indicating when the pressure is low • Difficulty/inability of releasing the parking brakes with low air • Reduced drivability if the driver attempts to drive with the parking brakes applied nlaroche on DSK30NT082PROD with NOTICES 2. Moving Vehicle If a low brake air pressure situation occurs while driving, the function of the service brakes may be reduced or lost and, eventually if the pressure gets low enough, the parking brakes will engage. The driver must pull to the side of the road and apply the parking brakes as soon as possible. A loss of brake air pressure while driving represents a malfunctioning brake system and requires immediate action from the driver. Drivers recognize that a telltale illuminated in red represents a malfunction which needs to be remedied. The following warning would occur if a low air condition occurred while driving. • Red contrasting color of the telltale saying ‘‘BRAKE’’ • Message on the display screen that says ‘‘LOW AIR!’’ • Audible alert to the driver as long as the vehicle has low air • Air gauges for the primary and secondary air tanks clearly showing the air pressure in the system • Red contrasting color on the air gauges indicating when the pressure is low. (e) The functionality of both the parking brake system and the service brake system remains unaffected by the ‘‘BRAKE’’ telltale used in the subject vehicles. (f) NHTSA Precedents—DTNA notes that NHTSA has previously granted petitions for decisions of inconsequential noncompliance for similar brake telltale issues. See Docket No. NHTSA–2012–0004, 78 FR 69931 (November 21, 2013) (grant of petition for Ford Motor Company) and Docket No. NHTSA–2014–0046, 79 FR 78559 VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:52 Apr 06, 2017 Jkt 241001 (December 30, 2014 (grant of petition for Chrysler Group, LLC). In both of these instances, the vehicles at issue did not have the exact wording as required under FMVSS No. 101. The available warnings were deemed sufficient to provide the necessary driver warning. DTNA respectfully suggest that the same is true for the subject vehicles: The red ‘‘BRAKE’’ telltale and the ‘‘LOW AIR!’’ pop-up message, together with other warnings and alerts, are fully sufficient to warn the driver of a low brake air pressure situation. DTNA 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 DTNA 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 DTNA 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. 2017–06953 Filed 4–6–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–59–P PO 00000 Frm 00084 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [Docket No. NHTSA–2016–0142; Notice 1] Hyundai Motor America, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Receipt of petition. AGENCY: Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) has determined that certain model year (MY) 2012–2016 Hyundai Accent motor vehicles do not fully comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 208, Occupant Crash Protection. Hyundai filed a noncompliance information report dated December 12, 2016. Hyundai also petitioned NHTSA on December 16, 2016, 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 May 8, 2017. 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 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 Delivery: 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 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 SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\07APN1.SGM 07APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

[Docket No. NHTSA-2017-0011; Notice 1]


Daimler Trucks North America, 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: Daimler Trucks North America, LLC (DTNA), has determined

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that certain model year (MY) 2016-2017 Freightliner trucks do not fully 
comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 101, 
Controls and Displays. DTNA filed a noncompliance report dated January 
19, 2017, and amended on January 25, 2017. DTNA also petitioned NHTSA 
on January 20, 2017, 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 May 8, 2017.

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 
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 Delivery: 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 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.
    All comments and supporting materials 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 fullest 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 comments, background documentation, and supporting materials 
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: Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA), has determined 
that certain model year (MY) 2016-2017 Freightliner trucks do not fully 
comply with Table 2 of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 
No. 101, Controls and Displays. DTNA filed a noncompliance report dated 
January 19, 2017, and amended on January 25, 2017, pursuant to 49 CFR 
part 573, Defect and Noncompliance Responsibility and Reports. DTNA 
also petitioned NHTSA on January 20, 2017, pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 
30118(d) and 30120(h) and 49 CFR part 556, 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 DTNA'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 81,641 MY 2016-
2017 versions of the following trucks, manufactured between March 2, 
2015 and September 8, 2016:

 Freightliner 108SD
 Freightliner Business Class M2
 Freightliner Cascadia
 Freightliner 114SD

    III. Noncompliance: DTNA explains that the noncompliance is that 
the Low Brake Air Pressure telltale for air brake systems displays the 
word ``BRAKE'' and a message on an adjacent display screen says ``LOW 
AIR'', rather than the words ``BRAKE AIR,'' as specified in Table 2 of 
FMVSS No. 101. DTNA states that the telltale is accompanied by an 
audible alert and pressure gauges.
    IV. Rule Text: Paragraph S5 of FMVSS No. 101 provides: ``Each 
passenger car, multipurpose passenger vehicle, truck and bus that is 
fitted with a control, a telltale, or an indicator listed in Table 1 or 
Table 2 must meet the requirements of this standard for the location, 
identification, color, and illumination of that control, telltale or 
indicator.''
    Paragraph S5.2.1 of FMVSS No. 101 provides, in pertinent part: ``. 
. . each control, telltale and indicator that is listed in column 1 of 
Table 1 or Table 2 must be identified by the symbol specified for it in 
column 2 or the word or abbreviation specified for it in column 3 of 
Table 1 or Table 2.''
    Table 2 appears as follows:
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    V. Summary of DTNA's Petition: DTNA 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, DTNA submitted the following reasoning:
    (a) DTNA notes that the purpose of the low brake air pressure 
telltale is to alert the driver to a low air condition, consistent with 
the requirements of FMVSS No. 121, S5.1.5 (warning signal). The word 
``BRAKE'' instead of ``BRAKE AIR,'' together with a message on the 
display screen saying ``LOW AIR!'' and an audible alert that occurs in 
the subject vehicles would alert the driver to an air issue with the 
brake system. Once alerted, the driver can check the actual air 
pressure by reading the primary and secondary air gauges and seeing the 
contrasting color on the gauges indicating low pressure.
    (b) NHTSA stated in a 2005 FMVSS No. 101 rulemaking that the reason 
for including vehicles over 10,000 pounds in the requirements of FMVSS 
No. 101 is that there is a need for drivers of heavier vehicles to see 
and identify their displays, just as there is for drivers of lighter 
vehicles. See 70 FR 48295, 48298 (Aug. 17, 2005). The telltale in the 
subject vehicles saying ``BRAKE'' and the message on the display screen 
that says ``LOW AIR!'' would allow the driver to see and identify the 
improper functioning system as was the intent of the rule, thus serving 
the purpose of the FMVSS No. 101 requirement.
    (c) Drivers of commercial vehicles would conduct daily pre-trip 
inspections of their vehicles paying particular attention to the 
warning signs and gauges to ensure correct functionality of their 
vehicles braking system, before driving the vehicle. Drivers therefore 
would be very familiar with the telltales and other warnings, and their 
meaning, in the event a low air warning was to occur while the vehicle 
was driven.
    (d) There are two scenarios when a low brake air pressure condition 
would exist: A parked vehicle and a moving vehicle. Each of these are 
discussed separately below; in each scenario, there is ample warning 
provided to the driver of low brake air pressure.

1. Parked Vehicle

    The driver of an air-braked vehicle must ensure that the vehicle 
has enough brake air pressure to operate safely. At startup, the 
vehicle will likely be in a low air condition. When in a low air

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condition the following warnings would occur, conditioning the driver 
over time as to the purpose of the telltale, message and audible alerts 
and under what conditions they are activated.

 Red contrasting color of the telltale saying ``BRAKE''
 Message on the display screen that says ``LOW AIR!''
 Audible alert to the driver as long as the vehicle has low air
 Air gauges for the primary and secondary air tanks clearly 
showing the air pressure in the system
 Red contrasting color on the air gauges indicating when the 
pressure is low
 Difficulty/inability of releasing the parking brakes with low 
air
 Reduced drivability if the driver attempts to drive with the 
parking brakes applied

2. Moving Vehicle

    If a low brake air pressure situation occurs while driving, the 
function of the service brakes may be reduced or lost and, eventually 
if the pressure gets low enough, the parking brakes will engage. The 
driver must pull to the side of the road and apply the parking brakes 
as soon as possible. A loss of brake air pressure while driving 
represents a malfunctioning brake system and requires immediate action 
from the driver. Drivers recognize that a telltale illuminated in red 
represents a malfunction which needs to be remedied.
    The following warning would occur if a low air condition occurred 
while driving.

 Red contrasting color of the telltale saying ``BRAKE''
 Message on the display screen that says ``LOW AIR!''
 Audible alert to the driver as long as the vehicle has low air
 Air gauges for the primary and secondary air tanks clearly 
showing the air pressure in the system
 Red contrasting color on the air gauges indicating when the 
pressure is low.

    (e) The functionality of both the parking brake system and the 
service brake system remains unaffected by the ``BRAKE'' telltale used 
in the subject vehicles.
    (f) NHTSA Precedents--DTNA notes that NHTSA has previously granted 
petitions for decisions of inconsequential noncompliance for similar 
brake telltale issues. See Docket No. NHTSA-2012-0004, 78 FR 69931 
(November 21, 2013) (grant of petition for Ford Motor Company) and 
Docket No. NHTSA-2014-0046, 79 FR 78559 (December 30, 2014 (grant of 
petition for Chrysler Group, LLC). In both of these instances, the 
vehicles at issue did not have the exact wording as required under 
FMVSS No. 101. The available warnings were deemed sufficient to provide 
the necessary driver warning. DTNA respectfully suggest that the same 
is true for the subject vehicles: The red ``BRAKE'' telltale and the 
``LOW AIR!'' pop-up message, together with other warnings and alerts, 
are fully sufficient to warn the driver of a low brake air pressure 
situation.
    DTNA 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 DTNA 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 DTNA 
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. 2017-06953 Filed 4-6-17; 8:45 am]
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