Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance, 52966-52967 [2017-24691]

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[FR Doc. 2017–24735 Filed 11–14–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES [Docket No. NHTSA–2017–0027; Notice 2] Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Grant of petition. AGENCY: Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (Cooper), has determined that SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:58 Nov 14, 2017 Jkt 244001 certain Cooper Mastercraft Courser HSX Tour brand tubeless radial tires do not fully comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 139, New Pneumatic Radial Tires for Light Vehicles. Cooper filed a noncompliance report dated April 12, 2017. Cooper also petitioned NHTSA on April 12, 2017, for a decision that the subject noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety. ADDRESSES: For further information on this decision contact Abraham Diaz, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), telephone (202) 366–5310, facsimile (202) 366– 5930. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Overview: Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (Cooper), has determined that certain Cooper Mastercraft Courser HSX Tour brand tubeless radial tires do not fully comply with paragraph S5.5.1(b) of FMVSS No. 139, New Pneumatic Radial Tires for Light Vehicles. Cooper filed a noncompliance report dated April 12, 2017, pursuant to 49 CFR part 573, Defect and Noncompliance Responsibility and Reports. Cooper also petitioned NHTSA on April 12, 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. Notice of receipt of the petition was published in the Federal Register (82 FR 25909) with a 30-day public comment period, on June 5, 2017. No comments were received. To view the petition and all supporting documents log onto the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Web site at: http://www.regulations.gov/. Then follow the online search instructions to locate docket number ‘‘NHTSA–2017– 0027.’’ II. Tires Involved: Approximately 484 Cooper Mastercraft Courser HSX Tour brand tubeless radial tires, size 275/ 55R20, manufactured between March 6, 2017, and March 15, 2017, are potentially involved. III. Noncompliance: Cooper explains that the noncompliance is that the inboard sidewalls of the subject tires are labeled with an incorrect manufacturer’s identification mark, and therefore do not fully meet all applicable requirements of paragraph S5.5.1(b) of FMVSS No. 139. Specially, the tires are labeled with the manufacturer’s identification mark ‘‘UP’’ instead of ‘‘UT.’’ PO 00000 Frm 00094 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 IV. Rule Text: Paragraph S5.5.1 of FMVSS No. 139 states, in pertinent part: S5.5.1 Tire Identification Number. . . . (b) Tires manufactured on or after September 1, 2009. Each tire must be labeled with the tire identification number required by 49 CFR part 574 on the intended outboard sidewall of the tire. Except for retreaded tires, either the tire identification number or a partial tire identification number, containing all characters in the tire identification number, except for the date code and, at the discretion of the manufacturer, any optional code, must be labeled on the other sidewall of the tire. Except for retreaded tires, if a tire does not have an intended outboard sidewall, the tire must be labeled with the tire identification number required by 49 CFR part 574 on one sidewall and with either the tire identification number or a partial tire identification number, containing all characters in the tire identification number except for the date code and, at the discretion of the manufacturer, any optional code, on the other side wall. V. Summary of Cooper’s Petition: Cooper 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, Cooper submitted the following reasoning: (a) While the 484 tires in the subject population contain an improper plant code on the inboard side of the tire, they are in all other respects properly labeled and meet all performance requirements under the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. Plant code identification has no bearing on the performance or operation of a tire and does not create a safety concern to either the operator of the vehicle on which the tires are mounted, or the safety of personnel in the tire repair, retread and recycle industry. (b) Tire registration and traceability could be a concern in some instances where there are plant code errors; however, in this instance, the incorrect plant code is still tied to a Cooper Tire manufacturing facility. Consumers will be able to accurately identify the responsible manufacturer and there will be no issues with registering the tires. Cooper Tire has modified its internal registration systems to allow for the proper registration of the affected tires. Cooper Tire accepts tire registration in a number of ways including electronically via the company’s Web site. Cooper Tire’s online database has been modified to accept registrations from consumers which include an incorrectly listed UP plant code when the other identifying information (brand, serial week) are accurately reported. Cooper Tire also accepts hard copy tire registration cards, which it E:\FR\FM\15NON1.SGM 15NON1 sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 219 / Wednesday, November 15, 2017 / Notices processes manually. As long as the remaining identifying information (brand, serial and week) are listed accurately on the registration card, Cooper Tire will process the registration. All internal personnel responsible for manual processing of tire registration cards have been made aware of the plant code error and have been trained on how to accurately process and register tires with the incorrect plant code information. Lastly, Cooper Tire receives some registration cards through Computerized Information and Management Services, Inc. (‘‘CIMS’’), a third-party vendor that collects and provides tire registration cards to a number of manufacturers, including Cooper Tire. CIMS has been made aware of the plant code error. CIMS has informed Cooper Tire that they will provide all registration cards to Cooper Tire that have a Cooper Tire plant code listed. (c) In the event Cooper Tire has to conduct a safety related recall in connection with the 484 subject tires, Cooper Tire will include TINs UT Yl FXJ 1017 to 1117 and UP Yl FXJ 1017 to 1117 in its recall universe, so that there will be no issues with regard to identifying the recall population. Should Cooper Tire receive any affected tires in its service facilities for adjustments, the service technician will record the proper TIN number to accurately record the data. (d) Cooper Tire has taken steps over the last year to add additional checks in its processes to prevent TIN errors. One of those checks includes implementing software that only allows for the plant to choose the plant code from a drop down menu that includes only its specific plant code. In this instance, however, the molds were transferred from one Cooper Tire facility (Findlay) to another (Texarkana). The Texarkana employee responsible for preparing the mold for use in the Texarkana facility only modified the mold on one side and the error went undetected. The mold containing the error was in production from March 6th through March 15th and when the error was detected on March 30th, the plug error was corrected in the mold to prevent future issues. Responsible Cooper Tire personnel will receive additional training on these processes. Cooper 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. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:58 Nov 14, 2017 Jkt 244001 NHTSA’S Decision NHTSA’S Analysis: NHTSA has reviewed Cooper’s analyses that the subject noncompliance is inconsequential to motor vehicle safety. Specifically, the outboard sidewall of the subject tires are labeled correctly with the tire manufacturer’s identification mark, and therefore do not have a risk related to safety in the event of a recall. The agency believes that one measure of inconsequentiality to motor vehicle safety is that there is no effect of the noncompliance on the operational safety of the vehicles on which these tires are mounted. Cooper certified and stated that the subject tires meet and/or exceed all performance requirements and all other labeling markings required by FMVSS No. 139, and therefore NHTSA has no reason to believe that there are any operational safety issues for these tires. The agency also believes it is necessary that consumers be able to readily identify the tire manufacturer for safety reasons. Cooper explained that while the tire identification number (TIN) on the inboard sidewall of the subject tires is marked with the incorrect manufacturer’s identification mark (known in the industry as ‘‘plant code’’) ‘‘UP,’’ instead of the correct code ‘‘UT’’, the information which identifies the correct manufacturer’s identification mark, is properly marked on the outboard sidewall. These tires can also be identified by the Cooper brand name and by the tire size marked on the sidewall of the subject tires. NHTSA recognizes that Cooper took steps to prevent the possibility that customers would not be able to register their tires because those tires have the incorrect manufacturer’s identification mark on them. Cooper worked with CIMS (Computerized Information and Management Services), Inc., to ensure that the electronic registration database could accept the registration regardless of the incorrect code and ensured internal Cooper personnel are trained to manually enter the incorrect codes as well. Furthermore, Cooper informed the agency that in an effort to prevent reoccurrence of this noncompliance, they have implemented a change to their support software. Specifically, the selection of the plant code is no longer manual, but rather selected from a drop down menu with only one choice ‘‘UT.’’ NHTSA feels that this is important to ensure this noncompliance is corrected on all of Cooper’s future production tires since the cumulative effect of PO 00000 Frm 00095 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 52967 recurring noncompliances could result in a safety problem. NHTSA’s Decision: In consideration of the foregoing, NHTSA finds that Cooper has met its burden of persuasion that the subject FMVSS No. 139 noncompliance in the affected tires is inconsequential to motor vehicle safety. Accordingly, Cooper’s petition is hereby granted and Cooper is consequently exempted from the obligation of providing notification of, and a free remedy for, the subject 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, this decision only applies to the subject tires that Cooper no longer controlled at the time it determined that the noncompliance existed. However, the granting of 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 Cooper 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-2017-0027; Notice 2]


Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, 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: Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (Cooper), has determined that 
certain Cooper Mastercraft Courser HSX Tour brand tubeless radial tires 
do not fully comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 
No. 139, New Pneumatic Radial Tires for Light Vehicles. Cooper filed a 
noncompliance report dated April 12, 2017. Cooper also petitioned NHTSA 
on April 12, 2017, for a decision that the subject noncompliance is 
inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety.

ADDRESSES: For further information on this decision contact Abraham 
Diaz, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance, the National Highway Traffic 
Safety Administration (NHTSA), telephone (202) 366-5310, facsimile 
(202) 366-5930.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    I. Overview: Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (Cooper), has determined 
that certain Cooper Mastercraft Courser HSX Tour brand tubeless radial 
tires do not fully comply with paragraph S5.5.1(b) of FMVSS No. 139, 
New Pneumatic Radial Tires for Light Vehicles. Cooper filed a 
noncompliance report dated April 12, 2017, pursuant to 49 CFR part 573, 
Defect and Noncompliance Responsibility and Reports. Cooper also 
petitioned NHTSA on April 12, 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.
    Notice of receipt of the petition was published in the Federal 
Register (82 FR 25909) with a 30-day public comment period, on June 5, 
2017. No comments were received. To view the petition and all 
supporting documents log onto the Federal Docket Management System 
(FDMS) Web site at: http://www.regulations.gov/. Then follow the online 
search instructions to locate docket number ``NHTSA-2017-0027.''
    II. Tires Involved: Approximately 484 Cooper Mastercraft Courser 
HSX Tour brand tubeless radial tires, size 275/55R20, manufactured 
between March 6, 2017, and March 15, 2017, are potentially involved.
    III. Noncompliance: Cooper explains that the noncompliance is that 
the inboard sidewalls of the subject tires are labeled with an 
incorrect manufacturer's identification mark, and therefore do not 
fully meet all applicable requirements of paragraph S5.5.1(b) of FMVSS 
No. 139. Specially, the tires are labeled with the manufacturer's 
identification mark ``UP'' instead of ``UT.''
    IV. Rule Text: Paragraph S5.5.1 of FMVSS No. 139 states, in 
pertinent part:

    S5.5.1 Tire Identification Number.
    . . .
    (b) Tires manufactured on or after September 1, 2009. Each tire 
must be labeled with the tire identification number required by 49 
CFR part 574 on the intended outboard sidewall of the tire. Except 
for retreaded tires, either the tire identification number or a 
partial tire identification number, containing all characters in the 
tire identification number, except for the date code and, at the 
discretion of the manufacturer, any optional code, must be labeled 
on the other sidewall of the tire. Except for retreaded tires, if a 
tire does not have an intended outboard sidewall, the tire must be 
labeled with the tire identification number required by 49 CFR part 
574 on one sidewall and with either the tire identification number 
or a partial tire identification number, containing all characters 
in the tire identification number except for the date code and, at 
the discretion of the manufacturer, any optional code, on the other 
side wall.

    V. Summary of Cooper's Petition: Cooper 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, Cooper submitted the following 
reasoning:
    (a) While the 484 tires in the subject population contain an 
improper plant code on the inboard side of the tire, they are in all 
other respects properly labeled and meet all performance requirements 
under the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. Plant code 
identification has no bearing on the performance or operation of a tire 
and does not create a safety concern to either the operator of the 
vehicle on which the tires are mounted, or the safety of personnel in 
the tire repair, retread and recycle industry.
    (b) Tire registration and traceability could be a concern in some 
instances where there are plant code errors; however, in this instance, 
the incorrect plant code is still tied to a Cooper Tire manufacturing 
facility. Consumers will be able to accurately identify the responsible 
manufacturer and there will be no issues with registering the tires. 
Cooper Tire has modified its internal registration systems to allow for 
the proper registration of the affected tires. Cooper Tire accepts tire 
registration in a number of ways including electronically via the 
company's Web site. Cooper Tire's online database has been modified to 
accept registrations from consumers which include an incorrectly listed 
UP plant code when the other identifying information (brand, serial 
week) are accurately reported. Cooper Tire also accepts hard copy tire 
registration cards, which it

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processes manually. As long as the remaining identifying information 
(brand, serial and week) are listed accurately on the registration 
card, Cooper Tire will process the registration. All internal personnel 
responsible for manual processing of tire registration cards have been 
made aware of the plant code error and have been trained on how to 
accurately process and register tires with the incorrect plant code 
information. Lastly, Cooper Tire receives some registration cards 
through Computerized Information and Management Services, Inc. 
(``CIMS''), a third-party vendor that collects and provides tire 
registration cards to a number of manufacturers, including Cooper Tire. 
CIMS has been made aware of the plant code error. CIMS has informed 
Cooper Tire that they will provide all registration cards to Cooper 
Tire that have a Cooper Tire plant code listed.
    (c) In the event Cooper Tire has to conduct a safety related recall 
in connection with the 484 subject tires, Cooper Tire will include TINs 
UT Yl FXJ 1017 to 1117 and UP Yl FXJ 1017 to 1117 in its recall 
universe, so that there will be no issues with regard to identifying 
the recall population. Should Cooper Tire receive any affected tires in 
its service facilities for adjustments, the service technician will 
record the proper TIN number to accurately record the data.
    (d) Cooper Tire has taken steps over the last year to add 
additional checks in its processes to prevent TIN errors. One of those 
checks includes implementing software that only allows for the plant to 
choose the plant code from a drop down menu that includes only its 
specific plant code. In this instance, however, the molds were 
transferred from one Cooper Tire facility (Findlay) to another 
(Texarkana). The Texarkana employee responsible for preparing the mold 
for use in the Texarkana facility only modified the mold on one side 
and the error went undetected. The mold containing the error was in 
production from March 6th through March 15th and when the error was 
detected on March 30th, the plug error was corrected in the mold to 
prevent future issues. Responsible Cooper Tire personnel will receive 
additional training on these processes.
    Cooper 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'S Decision

    NHTSA'S Analysis: NHTSA has reviewed Cooper's analyses that the 
subject noncompliance is inconsequential to motor vehicle safety. 
Specifically, the outboard sidewall of the subject tires are labeled 
correctly with the tire manufacturer's identification mark, and 
therefore do not have a risk related to safety in the event of a 
recall.
    The agency believes that one measure of inconsequentiality to motor 
vehicle safety is that there is no effect of the noncompliance on the 
operational safety of the vehicles on which these tires are mounted. 
Cooper certified and stated that the subject tires meet and/or exceed 
all performance requirements and all other labeling markings required 
by FMVSS No. 139, and therefore NHTSA has no reason to believe that 
there are any operational safety issues for these tires.
    The agency also believes it is necessary that consumers be able to 
readily identify the tire manufacturer for safety reasons. Cooper 
explained that while the tire identification number (TIN) on the 
inboard sidewall of the subject tires is marked with the incorrect 
manufacturer's identification mark (known in the industry as ``plant 
code'') ``UP,'' instead of the correct code ``UT'', the information 
which identifies the correct manufacturer's identification mark, is 
properly marked on the outboard sidewall. These tires can also be 
identified by the Cooper brand name and by the tire size marked on the 
sidewall of the subject tires.
    NHTSA recognizes that Cooper took steps to prevent the possibility 
that customers would not be able to register their tires because those 
tires have the incorrect manufacturer's identification mark on them. 
Cooper worked with CIMS (Computerized Information and Management 
Services), Inc., to ensure that the electronic registration database 
could accept the registration regardless of the incorrect code and 
ensured internal Cooper personnel are trained to manually enter the 
incorrect codes as well.
    Furthermore, Cooper informed the agency that in an effort to 
prevent reoccurrence of this noncompliance, they have implemented a 
change to their support software. Specifically, the selection of the 
plant code is no longer manual, but rather selected from a drop down 
menu with only one choice ``UT.'' NHTSA feels that this is important to 
ensure this noncompliance is corrected on all of Cooper's future 
production tires since the cumulative effect of recurring 
noncompliances could result in a safety problem.
    NHTSA's Decision: In consideration of the foregoing, NHTSA finds 
that Cooper has met its burden of persuasion that the subject FMVSS No. 
139 noncompliance in the affected tires is inconsequential to motor 
vehicle safety. Accordingly, Cooper's petition is hereby granted and 
Cooper is consequently exempted from the obligation of providing 
notification of, and a free remedy for, the subject 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, this decision 
only applies to the subject tires that Cooper no longer controlled at 
the time it determined that the noncompliance existed. However, the 
granting of 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 Cooper 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,
Associate Administrator for Enforcement.
[FR Doc. 2017-24691 Filed 11-14-17; 8:45 am]
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