Petition for Exemption From the Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard; Mitsubishi Motors, 28373-28375 [2017-12880]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 118 / Wednesday, June 21, 2017 / Notices Percent Non-Profit Organizations without Credit Available Elsewhere ..................................... 2.500 The number assigned to this disaster for physical damage is 15170 B and for economic injury is 15171 0. The States which received an EIDL Declaration # is INDIANA. BILLING CODE 4710–05–P Fiftieth RTCA SC–224 Standards for Airport Security Access Control Systems Plenary [FR Doc. 2017–12950 Filed 6–20–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8025–01–P Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Fiftieth RTCA SC–224 Standards for Airport Security Access Control Systems Plenary. AGENCY: DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice: 10041] Notice of Determinations; Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: ‘‘India Modern: The Paintings of M.F. 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Mohannad Dawoud, Management & Program Analyst, Partnership Contracts Branch, ANG–A17, NextGen, Procurement Services Division, Federal Aviation Administration. [FR Doc. 2017–12854 Filed 6–20–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Petition for Exemption From the Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard; Mitsubishi Motors National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Grant of petition for exemption. AGENCY: This document grants in full the Mitsubishi Motors R&D of America, Inc.’s (Mitsubishi) petition for exemption of the Mitsubishi [Confidential] vehicle line in accordance with Exemption from the Theft Prevention Standard. This petition is granted because the agency has determined that the antitheft device to be placed on the line as standard equipment is likely to be as effective in reducing and deterring motor vehicle theft as compliance with the partsmarking requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard. Mitsubishi also requested confidential treatment for specific information in its petition. While official notification on granting or denying Mitsubishi’s request for confidential treatment will be addressed by separate letter, no confidential information provided for purposes of this document has been disclosed. DATES: The exemption granted by this notice is effective beginning with the 2018 model year. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Hisham Mohamed, Office of International Policy, Fuel Economy and Consumer Programs, NHTSA, West Building, W43–437, 1200 New Jersey SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\21JNN1.SGM 21JNN1 asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES 28374 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 118 / Wednesday, June 21, 2017 / Notices Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. Mr. Mohamed’s phone number is (202) 366– 0307. His fax number is (202) 493–2990. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In a petition dated March 30, 2017, Mitsubishi requested exemption from the parts-marking requirements of the Theft Prevention Standard (49 CFR part 541) for the Mitsubishi [Confidential] vehicle line, beginning with MY 2018. The petition requested an exemption from parts-marking pursuant to 49 CFR 543, Exemption from Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard, based on the installation of an antitheft device as standard equipment for the entire vehicle line. Under § 543.5(a), a manufacturer may petition NHTSA to grant an exemption for one vehicle line per model year. In its petition, Mitsubishi provided a detailed description and diagram of the identity, design, and location of the components of the antitheft device for the [Confidential] vehicle line. Mitsubishi will install a passive, transponder-based, electronic engine immobilizer device as standard equipment on its [Confidential] vehicle line beginning with MY 2018. Key components of the antitheft device will include a transponder key, electronic control unit (ECU), and a passive immobilizer. Mitsubishi also stated that it will be incorporating an audible and visual alarm system as standard equipment on these trim-line vehicles. Mitsubishi’s submission is considered a complete petition as required by 49 CFR 543.7, in that it meets the general requirements contained in 543.5 and the specific content requirements of 543.6. Mitsubishi stated that its entry models for the [Confidential] vehicle line will be equipped with a Wireless Control Module (WCM) immobilizer. Mitsubishi explained that this is a key entry system in which the transponder is located in a traditional key that must be inserted into the key cylinder in order to activate the ignition. All other models of the [Confidential] vehicle line are equipped with a One-touch Starting System (OSS), which utilizes a keyless system that allows the driver to press a button located on the instrument panel to activate and deactivate the ignition (instead of using a traditional key in the key cylinder) as long as the transponder is located in close proximity to the driver. Once the ignition switch is turned (pushed) to the ignition-on position, the transceiver module reads the specific ignition key code for the vehicle and transmits an encrypted message containing the key code to the electronic control unit (ECU). The immobilizer VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:12 Jun 20, 2017 Jkt 241001 receives the key code signal transmitted from either type of key (WCM or OSS) and verifies that the key code signal is correct. The immobilizer then sends a separate encrypted start-code signal to the engine ECU to allow the driver to start the vehicle. The engine only will function if the key code matches the unique identification key code previously programmed into the ECU. If the codes do not match, the engine and fuel system will be disabled. In addressing the specific content requirements of 543.6, Mitsubishi provided information on the reliability and durability of its proposed device. To ensure reliability and durability of the device, Mitsubishi conducted tests based on its own specified standards. Mitsubishi provided a detailed list of the tests conducted and believes that the device is reliable and durable since the device complied with its specific requirements for each test. Mitsubishi additionally stated that its immobilizer system is further enhanced by several factors making it very difficult to defeat. Specifically, Mitsubishi stated that communication between the transponder and the ECU are encrypted and its WCM and OSS have over 4.3 billion different possible key codes that make successful key code duplication virtually impossible. Mitsubishi also stated that its immobilizer system and the ECU share security data during vehicle assembly that make them a matched set. These matched modules will not function if taken out and reinstalled separately on other vehicles. Mitsubishi also stated that it is impossible to mechanically override the system and start the vehicle because the vehicle will not be able to start without the transmission of the specific code to the electronic control module. Lastly, Mitsubishi stated that the antitheft device is extremely reliable and durable because there are no moving parts, nor does the key require a separate battery. Mitsubishi also informed the agency that its Eclipse vehicle line has been equipped with the antitheft device beginning with its MY 2000 vehicles. Mitsubishi stated that the theft rate for the MY 2000 Eclipse decreased by almost 42% when compared with that of its MY 1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse (unequipped with an immobilizer device). Mitsubishi also revealed that the Galant, Endeavor, Outlander, Lancer, Outlander Sport, i-MiEV and Mirage vehicle lines have been equipped with a similar type of immobilizer device since January 2004, April 2004, September 2006, March 2007, September 2010, October 2011 and July 2013, respectively. All eight vehicle lines have been granted parts- PO 00000 Frm 00081 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 marking exemptions by the agency. The average theft rates for the Mitsubishi Galant, Endeavor, Outlander and Lancer vehicle lines using an average of 3 MY’s data are 3.6664, 1.7721, 0.7253 and 0.9747 respectively. Therefore, Mitsubishi has concluded that the antitheft device proposed for its vehicle line is no less effective than those devices in the lines for which NHTSA has already granted full exemption from the parts-marking requirements. Based on the supporting evidence submitted by Mitsubishi on the device, the agency believes that the antitheft device for the [Confidential] vehicle line is likely to be as effective in reducing and deterring motor vehicle theft as compliance with the parts-marking requirements of the Theft Prevention Standard (49 CFR part 541). The agency concludes that the device will provide the five types of performance listed in § 543.6(a)(3): Promoting activation; attract attention to the efforts of an unauthorized person to enter or move a vehicle by means other than a key; preventing defeat or circumvention of the device by unauthorized persons; preventing operation of the vehicle by unauthorized entrants; and ensuring the reliability and durability of the device. Pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 33106 and 49 CFR 543.7(b), the agency grants a petition for an exemption from the parts-marking requirements of part 541 either in whole or in part, if it determines that, based upon substantial evidence, the standard equipment antitheft device is likely to be as effective in reducing and deterring motor vehicle theft as compliance with the parts-marking requirements of part 541. The agency finds that Mitsubishi has provided adequate reasons for its belief that the antitheft device for the Mitsubishi [Confidential] vehicle line is likely to be as effective in reducing and deterring motor vehicle theft as compliance with the parts-marking requirements of the Theft Prevention Standard (49 CFR part 541). This conclusion is based on the information Mitsubishi provided about its device. For the foregoing reasons, the agency hereby grants in full Mitsubishi’s petition for exemption for the [Confidential] vehicle line from the parts-marking requirements of 49 CFR part 541, beginning with its MY 2018 model year vehicles. The agency notes that 49 CFR part 541, Appendix A–1, identifies those lines that are exempted from the Theft Prevention Standard for a given model year. 49 CFR part 543.7(f) contains publication requirements incident to the disposition of all part 543 petitions. Advanced listing, including the release of future product E:\FR\FM\21JNN1.SGM 21JNN1 asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 118 / Wednesday, June 21, 2017 / Notices nameplates, the beginning model year for which the petition is granted and a general description of the antitheft device is necessary in order to notify law enforcement agencies of new vehicle lines exempted from the partsmarking requirements of the Theft Prevention Standard. Mitsubishi stated that an official nameplate for the vehicle has not yet been determined. However, as a condition to the formal granting of Mitsubishi’s petition for exemption from the parts-marking requirements of 49 CFR part 541 for the MY 2018 [Confidential] vehicle line, the agency fully expects Mitsubishi to notify the agency of the nameplate for the vehicle line prior to its introduction into the United States commerce for sale. If Mitsubishi decides not to use the exemption for this line, it must formally notify the agency. If such a decision is made, the line must be fully marked as required by 49 CFR parts 541.5 and 541.6 (marking of major component parts and replacement parts). NHTSA notes that if Mitsubishi wishes in the future to modify the device on which this exemption is based, the company may have to submit a petition to modify the exemption. Part 543.7(d) states that a part 543 exemption applies only to vehicles that belong to a line exempted under this part and equipped with the antitheft device on which the line’s exemption is based. Further, § 543.9(c)(2) provides for the submission of petitions ‘‘to modify an exemption to permit the use of an antitheft device similar to but differing from the one specified in that exemption.’’ The agency wishes to minimize the administrative burden that part 543.9(c)(2) could place on exempted vehicle manufacturers and itself. The agency did not intend part 543 to require the submission of a modification petition for every change to the components or design of an antitheft device. The significance of many such changes could be de minimis. Therefore, NHTSA suggests that if the manufacturer contemplates making any changes, the effects of which might be characterized as de minimis, it should consult the agency before preparing and submitting a petition to modify. Issued in Washington, DC, under authority delegated in 49 CFR part 1.95. Raymond R. Posten, Associate Administrator for Rulemaking. [FR Doc. 2017–12880 Filed 6–20–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–59–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:12 Jun 20, 2017 Jkt 241001 28375 location of the components of the antitheft device for the (confidential) National Highway Traffic Safety vehicle line. Nissan stated that the MY Administration 2018 (confidential) vehicle line will be installed with a passive, electronic Petition for Exemption From the engine immobilizer antitheft device as Federal Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention standard equipment. Key components of Standard; Nissan North America, Inc. the antitheft device will include an engine immobilizer, engine control AGENCY: National Highway Traffic module (ECM), security indicator light, Safety Administration (NHTSA), immobilizer antenna, Key FOB, and a Department of Transportation (DOT). specially-designed key with a ACTION: Grant of petition for exemption. microchip. Nissan will not provide any visible or audible indication of SUMMARY: This document grants in full unauthorized vehicle entry on the the Nissan North America, Inc.’s, (confidential) vehicle line. (Nissan) petition for exemption of the Nissan’s submission is considered a (confidential) vehicle line in accordance complete petition as required by 49 CFR with the Exemption from the Theft 543.7, in that it meets the general Prevention Standard. This petition is requirements contained in § 543.5 and granted because the agency has the specific content requirements of determined that the antitheft device to § 543.6. be placed on the line as standard In addressing the specific content equipment is likely to be as effective in requirements of 543.6, Nissan provided reducing and deterring motor vehicle information on the reliability and theft as compliance with the partsdurability of its proposed device. Nissan marking requirements of the Federal stated that its antitheft device is tested Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention for specific parameters to ensure its Standard (Theft Prevention Standard). reliability and durability. Nissan Nissan also requested confidential provided a detailed list of the tests treatment for specific information in its conducted and believes that the device petition. While official notification is reliable and durable since the device granting or denying its request for confidential treatment will be addressed complied with its specified requirements for each test. Nissan by separate letter, no confidential further stated that its immobilizer information provided for purposes of device satisfies the European Directive this document has been disclosed. ECE R116, including tamper resistance. DATES: The exemption granted by this Nissan also stated that all control units notice is effective beginning with the for the device are located inside the 2018 model year (MY). vehicle, providing further protection FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. from unauthorized accessibility of the Carlita Ballard, Office of International device from outside the vehicle. Policy, Fuel Economy and Consumer Nissan stated that activation of its Programs, National Highway Traffic immobilizer device occurs Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey automatically when the ignition switch Avenue SE., West Building, Room W43– is turned to the ‘‘OFF’’ position which 439, Washington, DC 20590. Ms. then causes the security indicator light Ballard’s telephone phone number is to flash notifying the operator that the (202) 366–5222. Her fax number is (202) immobilizer device is activated. Nissan 493–2990. stated that the immobilizer device SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In a prevents normal operation of the vehicle without using a specially-designed petition dated March 31, 2017, Nissan microchip key with a pre-registered requested an exemption from the parts‘‘Key-ID’’. Nissan also stated that, when marking requirements of the Theft the brake and clutch is on and the key Prevention Standard for the FOB is near the engine start switch, the (confidential) vehicle line beginning Key-ID is scanned via the immobilizer with MY 2018. The petition requested antenna. The microchip in the key an exemption from parts-marking pursuant to 49 CFR part 543, Exemption transmits the Key-ID to the BCM, from Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard, beginning an encrypted communication process. If the Key-ID and encrypted based on the installation of an antitheft code are correct, the ECM will allow the device as standard equipment for the engine to keep running and the driver entire vehicle line. Under 49 CFR part 543.5(a), a to operate the vehicle. If the Key-ID and manufacturer may petition NHTSA to encrypted code are not correct, the ECM grant an exemption for one vehicle line will cause the engine to shut down. Nissan stated that the proposed per model year. In its petition, Nissan device is functionally equivalent to the provided a detailed description and antitheft device installed on the MY diagram of the identity, design, and DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION PO 00000 Frm 00082 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\21JNN1.SGM 21JNN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration


Petition for Exemption From the Vehicle Theft Prevention 
Standard; Mitsubishi Motors

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

ACTION: Grant of petition for exemption.

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SUMMARY: This document grants in full the Mitsubishi Motors R&D of 
America, Inc.'s (Mitsubishi) petition for exemption of the Mitsubishi 
[Confidential] vehicle line in accordance with Exemption from the Theft 
Prevention Standard. This petition is granted because the agency has 
determined that the antitheft device to be placed on the line as 
standard equipment is likely to be as effective in reducing and 
deterring motor vehicle theft as compliance with the parts-marking 
requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard. 
Mitsubishi also requested confidential treatment for specific 
information in its petition. While official notification on granting or 
denying Mitsubishi's request for confidential treatment will be 
addressed by separate letter, no confidential information provided for 
purposes of this document has been disclosed.

DATES: The exemption granted by this notice is effective beginning with 
the 2018 model year.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Hisham Mohamed, Office of 
International Policy, Fuel Economy and Consumer Programs, NHTSA, West 
Building, W43-437, 1200 New Jersey

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Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. Mr. Mohamed's phone number is (202) 
366-0307. His fax number is (202) 493-2990.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In a petition dated March 30, 2017, 
Mitsubishi requested exemption from the parts-marking requirements of 
the Theft Prevention Standard (49 CFR part 541) for the Mitsubishi 
[Confidential] vehicle line, beginning with MY 2018. The petition 
requested an exemption from parts-marking pursuant to 49 CFR 543, 
Exemption from Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard, based on the 
installation of an antitheft device as standard equipment for the 
entire vehicle line.
    Under Sec.  543.5(a), a manufacturer may petition NHTSA to grant an 
exemption for one vehicle line per model year. In its petition, 
Mitsubishi provided a detailed description and diagram of the identity, 
design, and location of the components of the antitheft device for the 
[Confidential] vehicle line. Mitsubishi will install a passive, 
transponder-based, electronic engine immobilizer device as standard 
equipment on its [Confidential] vehicle line beginning with MY 2018. 
Key components of the antitheft device will include a transponder key, 
electronic control unit (ECU), and a passive immobilizer. Mitsubishi 
also stated that it will be incorporating an audible and visual alarm 
system as standard equipment on these trim-line vehicles. Mitsubishi's 
submission is considered a complete petition as required by 49 CFR 
543.7, in that it meets the general requirements contained in 543.5 and 
the specific content requirements of 543.6.
    Mitsubishi stated that its entry models for the [Confidential] 
vehicle line will be equipped with a Wireless Control Module (WCM) 
immobilizer. Mitsubishi explained that this is a key entry system in 
which the transponder is located in a traditional key that must be 
inserted into the key cylinder in order to activate the ignition. All 
other models of the [Confidential] vehicle line are equipped with a 
One-touch Starting System (OSS), which utilizes a keyless system that 
allows the driver to press a button located on the instrument panel to 
activate and deactivate the ignition (instead of using a traditional 
key in the key cylinder) as long as the transponder is located in close 
proximity to the driver.
    Once the ignition switch is turned (pushed) to the ignition-on 
position, the transceiver module reads the specific ignition key code 
for the vehicle and transmits an encrypted message containing the key 
code to the electronic control unit (ECU). The immobilizer receives the 
key code signal transmitted from either type of key (WCM or OSS) and 
verifies that the key code signal is correct. The immobilizer then 
sends a separate encrypted start-code signal to the engine ECU to allow 
the driver to start the vehicle. The engine only will function if the 
key code matches the unique identification key code previously 
programmed into the ECU. If the codes do not match, the engine and fuel 
system will be disabled.
    In addressing the specific content requirements of 543.6, 
Mitsubishi provided information on the reliability and durability of 
its proposed device. To ensure reliability and durability of the 
device, Mitsubishi conducted tests based on its own specified 
standards. Mitsubishi provided a detailed list of the tests conducted 
and believes that the device is reliable and durable since the device 
complied with its specific requirements for each test. Mitsubishi 
additionally stated that its immobilizer system is further enhanced by 
several factors making it very difficult to defeat. Specifically, 
Mitsubishi stated that communication between the transponder and the 
ECU are encrypted and its WCM and OSS have over 4.3 billion different 
possible key codes that make successful key code duplication virtually 
impossible. Mitsubishi also stated that its immobilizer system and the 
ECU share security data during vehicle assembly that make them a 
matched set. These matched modules will not function if taken out and 
reinstalled separately on other vehicles. Mitsubishi also stated that 
it is impossible to mechanically override the system and start the 
vehicle because the vehicle will not be able to start without the 
transmission of the specific code to the electronic control module. 
Lastly, Mitsubishi stated that the antitheft device is extremely 
reliable and durable because there are no moving parts, nor does the 
key require a separate battery.
    Mitsubishi also informed the agency that its Eclipse vehicle line 
has been equipped with the antitheft device beginning with its MY 2000 
vehicles. Mitsubishi stated that the theft rate for the MY 2000 Eclipse 
decreased by almost 42% when compared with that of its MY 1999 
Mitsubishi Eclipse (unequipped with an immobilizer device). Mitsubishi 
also revealed that the Galant, Endeavor, Outlander, Lancer, Outlander 
Sport, i-MiEV and Mirage vehicle lines have been equipped with a 
similar type of immobilizer device since January 2004, April 2004, 
September 2006, March 2007, September 2010, October 2011 and July 2013, 
respectively. All eight vehicle lines have been granted parts-marking 
exemptions by the agency. The average theft rates for the Mitsubishi 
Galant, Endeavor, Outlander and Lancer vehicle lines using an average 
of 3 MY's data are 3.6664, 1.7721, 0.7253 and 0.9747 respectively. 
Therefore, Mitsubishi has concluded that the antitheft device proposed 
for its vehicle line is no less effective than those devices in the 
lines for which NHTSA has already granted full exemption from the 
parts-marking requirements.
    Based on the supporting evidence submitted by Mitsubishi on the 
device, the agency believes that the antitheft device for the 
[Confidential] vehicle line is likely to be as effective in reducing 
and deterring motor vehicle theft as compliance with the parts-marking 
requirements of the Theft Prevention Standard (49 CFR part 541). The 
agency concludes that the device will provide the five types of 
performance listed in Sec.  543.6(a)(3): Promoting activation; attract 
attention to the efforts of an unauthorized person to enter or move a 
vehicle by means other than a key; preventing defeat or circumvention 
of the device by unauthorized persons; preventing operation of the 
vehicle by unauthorized entrants; and ensuring the reliability and 
durability of the device.
    Pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 33106 and 49 CFR 543.7(b), the agency grants 
a petition for an exemption from the parts-marking requirements of part 
541 either in whole or in part, if it determines that, based upon 
substantial evidence, the standard equipment antitheft device is likely 
to be as effective in reducing and deterring motor vehicle theft as 
compliance with the parts-marking requirements of part 541. The agency 
finds that Mitsubishi has provided adequate reasons for its belief that 
the antitheft device for the Mitsubishi [Confidential] vehicle line is 
likely to be as effective in reducing and deterring motor vehicle theft 
as compliance with the parts-marking requirements of the Theft 
Prevention Standard (49 CFR part 541). This conclusion is based on the 
information Mitsubishi provided about its device.
    For the foregoing reasons, the agency hereby grants in full 
Mitsubishi's petition for exemption for the [Confidential] vehicle line 
from the parts-marking requirements of 49 CFR part 541, beginning with 
its MY 2018 model year vehicles. The agency notes that 49 CFR part 541, 
Appendix A-1, identifies those lines that are exempted from the Theft 
Prevention Standard for a given model year. 49 CFR part 543.7(f) 
contains publication requirements incident to the disposition of all 
part 543 petitions. Advanced listing, including the release of future 
product

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nameplates, the beginning model year for which the petition is granted 
and a general description of the antitheft device is necessary in order 
to notify law enforcement agencies of new vehicle lines exempted from 
the parts-marking requirements of the Theft Prevention Standard. 
Mitsubishi stated that an official nameplate for the vehicle has not 
yet been determined. However, as a condition to the formal granting of 
Mitsubishi's petition for exemption from the parts-marking requirements 
of 49 CFR part 541 for the MY 2018 [Confidential] vehicle line, the 
agency fully expects Mitsubishi to notify the agency of the nameplate 
for the vehicle line prior to its introduction into the United States 
commerce for sale.
    If Mitsubishi decides not to use the exemption for this line, it 
must formally notify the agency. If such a decision is made, the line 
must be fully marked as required by 49 CFR parts 541.5 and 541.6 
(marking of major component parts and replacement parts).
    NHTSA notes that if Mitsubishi wishes in the future to modify the 
device on which this exemption is based, the company may have to submit 
a petition to modify the exemption. Part 543.7(d) states that a part 
543 exemption applies only to vehicles that belong to a line exempted 
under this part and equipped with the antitheft device on which the 
line's exemption is based. Further, Sec.  543.9(c)(2) provides for the 
submission of petitions ``to modify an exemption to permit the use of 
an antitheft device similar to but differing from the one specified in 
that exemption.''
    The agency wishes to minimize the administrative burden that part 
543.9(c)(2) could place on exempted vehicle manufacturers and itself. 
The agency did not intend part 543 to require the submission of a 
modification petition for every change to the components or design of 
an antitheft device. The significance of many such changes could be de 
minimis. Therefore, NHTSA suggests that if the manufacturer 
contemplates making any changes, the effects of which might be 
characterized as de minimis, it should consult the agency before 
preparing and submitting a petition to modify.

    Issued in Washington, DC, under authority delegated in 49 CFR 
part 1.95.
Raymond R. Posten,
Associate Administrator for Rulemaking.
[FR Doc. 2017-12880 Filed 6-20-17; 8:45 am]
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