Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements, 22744-22749 [2018-10427]

Download as PDF 22744 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 95 / Wednesday, May 16, 2018 / Notices sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES safety as ‘‘the performance of a motor vehicle or motor vehicle equipment in a way that protects the public against unreasonable risk of accidents occurring because of the design, construction, or performance of a motor vehicle, and against unreasonable risk of death or injury in an accident, and includes nonoperational safety of a motor vehicle.’’ In this instance, the risk involved is a low speed engine stall happening immediately after the fuel tank is overfilled. NHTSA considers several factors when assessing the safety risk posed by conditions that may result in engine stall while driving. These include the speeds at which stalling may occur, the ability of the driver to restart the vehicle, the warning available to the driver prior to stalling, the effects of engine stall on vehicle controllability, when and where the stalling may occur and the effects of the condition on other safety systems of the vehicle. In general, conditions that result in engine stall during low-speed operation at idle, such as when slowing to a stop, and where the engine may be restarted right away, are considered by NHTSA to be among the least hazardous types of stalling problems and, absent other risk factors, are not considered to be unreasonable risks to safety. Prior ODI Investigation PE13–016 On February 10, 2014, ODI closed an investigation of an alleged defect in approximately 153,817 MY 2006 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Dodge Magnum vehicles (LX cars) that may result in engine stall shortly after refueling (PE13–016). In response to ODI’s information request for PE13–016, FCA identified a problem with the multifunction control valve (MFCV) fuel shutoff float integrated into 19-gallon fuel tanks in certain LX vehicles. According to FCA, the float may swell after exposure to fuels with high ethanol content, which may cause the valve to stick. A float valve that is stuck open during refueling could result in fuel tank overfill and allow raw fuel to enter the purge line and vapor canister. This could result in problems with engine drivability (e.g., stumble or hesitation) or stall due to a rich fuel mixture while driving, in the brief period immediately after filling the fuel tank. ODI’s complaint review showed most of the engine stall incidents occurred when vehicles were stopped or travelling at low speeds. This review also revealed that no significant difficulty restarting the vehicle was reported and no crashes or injuries were identified in the subject vehicles, which had been in service for 7 to 8 years. The investigation (PE13–016) was closed VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:34 May 15, 2018 Jkt 244001 without a finding of a defect due to the low safety risk associated with the alleged defect condition. Further details of the investigation are available at https://www.NHTSA.gov. Prior ODI Petition DP14–002 In response to ODI’s information request letter for DP14–002, FCA indicated that the RS Minivan may experience MFCV float sticking similar to that investigated in PE13–016 and described above. Further details of the investigation are available at https:// www.NHTSA.gov. As part of its evaluation of DP14–002, NHTSA’s Vehicle Research and Test Center (VRTC) tested a 2005 Chrysler Town & Country LMT (3.6L SFI, 20 gal. fuel tank) that was the subject of an ODI complaint (VOQ 10641603) and proved the vehicle was affected by the sticking in-tank fuel valve. VRTC’s examination assessed engine performance after refueling, including the driving conditions and ease of engine restart associated with any observed engine stalls. When refueling the vehicle up to the initial shut-off of the filling station pump nozzle, the VRTC testing was able to reproduce stalling incidents when the vehicle was stopped or coasting to a stop at low speed. The vehicle did not stall 4 out of 5 times when travelling at 5 mph, but minor hesitation was noted. No stalls and only minor hesitation occurred when travelling at 10 mph or above in tanks filled to the initial nozzle shut-off. Stalling was more likely to occur if the tank was overfilled (i.e., adding fuel past the initial fill nozzle shutoff). Testing after overfilling resulted in stalls in 4 of 5 tests at speeds up to 10 mph. Regardless of fill condition, the vehicle could always be immediately restarted after each engine stall. 2008 Jeep Patriot Analysis In response to ODI’s information request letter for DP17–002, FCA indicated that the 2007 Jeep Patriot may experience a condition with MFCV float sticking similar to the one investigated in the LX Cars in PE13–016 and 2007 Chrysler Minivans in DP14–002. As described above in PE13–016, the failure mechanism is a result of a swollen refueling float within the multifunction control valve. The FCA response also indicated no reported accidents or property damage in a fleet of 29,573 vehicles with more than 4 billion vehicle miles driven over 10 years of service. FCA believes that, predicated upon these findings, there is no unreasonable risk to motor safety. Further details of the investigation will PO 00000 Frm 00134 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 be available in the near future at https:// www.NHTSA.gov. ODI’s complaint analysis of the alleged defect, completed in March 2017, identified 39 post-refueling engine stall incidents in approximately 29,573 vehicles. Similar to the LX Car analysis in PE13–016, and 2007 Chrysler Minivans analysis in DP14–002, the engine stalls occurred immediately after refueling when the vehicle was stopped or coasting to a stop at low speed. There were no allegations of significant difficulty restarting the engines immediately after the stalls occurred. None of the complaints alleged any crash or injury. Based upon the above facts and the conditions in which any stall occurs, ODI concludes that further investigation is unlikely to result in a finding that a defect related to motor vehicle safety exists. Conclusion In the Agency’s view, additional investigation is unlikely to result in a finding that a defect related to motor vehicle safety exists given the limited conditions under which the subject condition may result in engine stall. Although NHTSA can and will take action before a defect results in a crash, injury or death, the absence of any reported crashes or injuries in a fleet of nearly 30,000 vehicles estimated to have driven 4 billion vehicle miles indicates that further investigation is not warranted under the facts known to the Agency at this time. Therefore, in view of the need to allocate and prioritize NHTSA’s limited resources to best accomplish the agency’s safety mission, the petition is denied. The Agency will take further action if warranted by future circumstances. Authority: 49 U.S.C. 30162(d); delegations of authority at CFR 1.50 and 501.8. Jeffrey M. Giuseppe, Associate Administrator for Enforcement. [FR Doc. 2018–10404 Filed 5–15–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–59–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [Docket No. NHTSA–2018–0063] Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation. ACTION: Reinstatement of a previously approved collection of information. AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\16MYN1.SGM 16MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 95 / Wednesday, May 16, 2018 / Notices This document solicits public comments on continuation of the requirements for the collection of information entitled ‘‘Consolidated Child Restraint System Registration, Labeling and Defect Notifications’’ (OMB Control Number: 2127–0576) and the accuracy of the revised agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection. Before a Federal agency can collect certain information from the public, it must receive approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Under procedures established by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, before seeking OMB approval, Federal agencies must solicit public comment on proposed collections of information, including extensions and reinstatement of previously approved collections. DATES: You should submit your comments early enough to ensure that Docket Management receives them no later than July 16, 2018. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments (identified by the DOT Docket ID Number above) by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Docket Management Facility: U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001. • Hand Delivery or Courier: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC, 20590–0001 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. • Fax: 202–493–2251. Regardless of how you submit your comments, you should mention the docket number of this document. You may call the Docket at 202–366–9324. Please identify the proposed collection of information for which a comment is provided, by referencing its OMB clearance number. It is requested, but not required, that two copies of the comment be provided. Note that all comments received will be posted without change to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. Anyone is able to search the electronic form of all comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review DOT’s complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477–78). sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:34 May 15, 2018 Jkt 244001 Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to http:// www.regulations.gov or the street address listed above. Follow the online instructions for accessing the dockets. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Complete copies of each request for collection of information may be obtained at no charge from Cristina Echemendia, U.S. Department of Transportation, NHTSA, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building Room W43–447, NRM–130, Washington, DC 20590. Cristina Echemendia’s telephone number is 202–366–6345 and fax number is 202–366–7002. Please identify the relevant collection of information by referring to its OMB Control Number. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, before an agency submits a proposed collection of information to OMB for approval, it must first publish a document in the Federal Register providing a 60-day comment period and otherwise consult with members of the public and affected agencies concerning each proposed collection of information. The OMB has promulgated regulations describing what must be included in such a document. Under OMB’s regulation (at 5 CFR 1320.8(d)), an agency must ask for public comment on the following: (i) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (ii) The accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (iii) How to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (iv) How to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g. permitting electronic submission of responses. In compliance with these requirements, NHTSA asks for public comments on the following proposed collection of information: Title: ‘‘Consolidated Child Restraint System Registration, Labeling and Defect Notifications.’’ OMB Control Number: 2127–0576. Requested Expiration Date of Approval: Three years from the approval date. PO 00000 Frm 00135 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 22745 Type of Request: Reinstatement of a previously approved collection. Affected Public: Businesses, Individuals and Households. Summary of the Collection of Information: Child restraint manufacturers are required to provide an owner’s registration card for purchasers of child safety seats in accordance with title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulation (CFR), part 571– section 213, ‘‘Child restraint systems.’’ The registration card is perforated into two-parts (see Figures 1 and 2). The top part contains a message and suitable instructions to be retained by the purchaser. The bottom part is to be returned to the manufacturer by the purchaser. The bottom part includes prepaid return postage, the pre-printed name/address of the manufacturer, the pre-printed model and date of manufacture, and spaces for the purchaser to fill in his/her name and address. Optionally, child restraint manufacturers are permitted to add to the registration form: (a) Specified statements informing child restraint system (CRS) owners that they may register online; (b) the internet address for registering with the company; (c) revisions to statements reflecting use of the internet to register; and (d) a space for the consumer’s email address. For those CRS owners with access to the internet, online registration may be a preferred method of registering a CRS. In addition to the registration card supplied by the manufacturer, NHTSA has implemented a CRS registration system to assist those individuals who have either lost the registration card that came with the CRS or purchased a previously owned CRS. Upon the owner’s request, NHTSA provides a substitute registration form that can be obtained either by mail or from the internet 1 (see Figure 3). When the completed registration is returned to the agency, it is then submitted to the CRS manufacturers. In the absence of a substitute registration system, many owners of child passenger safety seats, especially any second-hand owners, might not be notified of safety defects and non-compliances, and would not have the defects and non-compliances remedied. Child seat owner registration information is retained in the event that owners need to be contacted for defect recalls or replacement campaigns. Chapter 301 of title 49 of the United States Code specifies that if either NHTSA or a manufacturer determines that motor vehicles or items of motor 1 http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/ recalls/register/childseat/csregfrm.pdf. E:\FR\FM\16MYN1.SGM 16MYN1 22746 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 95 / Wednesday, May 16, 2018 / Notices sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES vehicle equipment contain a defect that relates to motor vehicle safety or fail to comply with an applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard, the manufacturer must notify owners and purchasers of the defect or noncompliance and must provide a remedy without charge. In title 49 of the CFR, part 577, defect and noncompliance notification for equipment items, including child restraint systems, must be sent by first class mail to the most recent purchaser known to the manufacturer. Child restraint manufacturers are also required to provide a printed instructions brochure with step-by-step information on how the restraint is to be used. Without proper use, the effectiveness of these systems is greatly diminished. Each child restraint system must also have a permanent label. A permanently attached label gives ‘‘quicklook’’ information on whether the restraint meets the safety requirements, recommended installation and use, and warnings against misuse. CRSs equipped with internal harnesses to restrain children, and with components to attach to a child restraint anchorage system, are also required to be labeled with a child weight limit for using the lower anchors to attach the child restraint to the vehicle. The child weight limit depends upon the weight of the CRS. Estimated Annual Burden: 99,330 hours. The total burden hours for this collection consist of: (1) The hours spent by consumers filling out the VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:34 May 15, 2018 Jkt 244001 registration form, (2) the hours spent collecting registration information and (3) the hours spent determining the maximum allowable child weight for lower anchor use and adding the information to the existing label and instruction manual. NHTSA estimates that 14,500,000 CRSs are currently sold each year by 29 CRS manufacturers. Of the CRSs sold each year, NHTSA estimates that 2,147,504 are registered using registration cards and 421,895 are registered online. A consumer spends approximately 60 seconds (1 minute) filling out the registration form. The estimated annual number of burden hours for consumers to fill out the registration form is 42,823 hours (= 2,569,400 × (60 seconds/3,600 seconds/ hour)). Manufacturers must spend about 90 seconds (1.5 min) to enter the information from each returned registration card; while, online registrations are considered to have no burden for the manufacturer, as the information is entered by the purchaser. Therefore, the estimated annual number of burden hours for CRS registration information collection is 53,688 hours (= 2,147,504 × (90 seconds/3,600 seconds/hour)). About 10,150,000 of the CRSs sold each year are equipped with internal harnesses. About half of the CRSs equipped with internal harnesses sold annually (5,075,000 = 10,150,000 × 0.5) would require a label with the maximum allowable child weight for using the lower anchors. Manufacturers must spend about 2 seconds to PO 00000 Frm 00136 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 determine the maximum allowable child weight for lower anchor use and to add the information to the existing label and instruction manual. Therefore, the total annual burden hours for the information on the maximum allowable child weight in the existing label and instruction manual is 2,819 hours (= 5,075,000 × (2 seconds/3,600 seconds/ hour)). The estimated total annual number of burden hours is 99,330 (= 42,823 + 53,688 + 2,819) hours. The total estimated hour burden increased from 40,497 hours in the 2015 information collection notice to 99,330 burden hours (a 58,833 burden hour increase). The increase in burden is due to the inclusion of the burden hours to consumers for filling the registration form and due to an increase in CRS sales. In 2015, NHTSA estimated that approximately 10,600,000 CRSs are sold each year while NHTSA’s estimate in 2018 increased to 14,500,000 CRSs. Comments are invited on: Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Department, including whether the information will have practical utility; the accuracy of the Department’s estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. BILLING CODE 4910–59–P E:\FR\FM\16MYN1.SGM 16MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 95 / Wednesday, May 16, 2018 / Notices 22747 FOR YOUR CHILD'S CONTIJ'!v'UED SAI<'ETY out 1111d retum the lh<:- three! link to I"IU!l~llliatn>rer~sre'RIStr.;u,oo \\ebsite provided). Pll!ll!itt r111 dri1 card mtl 11nd mrtil it NOll~ 1 CHILD RESTRAL'iT RJ:GJSTRATION CARD RES'I'RAINT MOI>El, XX X SERIAL NUMBER YYYY I\-1ANUFAcrtiRED zz.-z,z..:zoz;z. 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Ref~nce online registration is minimum optional MANUFACTURER POST omcE BOX 0000 ANYTOWN, ST U345-678t VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:34 May 15, 2018 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00138 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\16MYN1.SGM 16MYN1 EN16MY18.012</GPH> sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Figure 2 -Registration form for child restraint systems - address side Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 95 / Wednesday, May 16, 2018 / Notices sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES [FR Doc. 2018–10427 Filed 5–15–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–59–C DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Petition for Exemption From the Federal Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard; Ford Motor Company National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation (DOT). AGENCY: ACTION: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:34 May 15, 2018 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Grant of petition for exemption. Frm 00139 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 This document grants in full the Ford Motor Company’s (Ford) petition for an exemption of the Lincoln Nautilus vehicle line in accordance with Exemption from Vehicle 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 SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\16MYN1.SGM 16MYN1 EN16MY18.013</GPH> Issued in Washington, DC, under authority delegated in 49 CFR 1.95 and 501.8. Raymond R. Posten, Associate Administrator for Rulemaking. 22749

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 95 (Wednesday, May 16, 2018)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

[Docket No. NHTSA-2018-0063]


Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements

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

ACTION: Reinstatement of a previously approved collection of 
information.

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SUMMARY: This document solicits public comments on continuation of the 
requirements for the collection of information entitled ``Consolidated 
Child Restraint System Registration, Labeling and Defect 
Notifications'' (OMB Control Number: 2127-0576) and the accuracy of the 
revised agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed information 
collection.
    Before a Federal agency can collect certain information from the 
public, it must receive approval from the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB). Under procedures established by the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995, before seeking OMB approval, Federal agencies must solicit 
public comment on proposed collections of information, including 
extensions and reinstatement of previously approved collections.

DATES: You should submit your comments early enough to ensure that 
Docket Management receives them no later than July 16, 2018.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments (identified by the DOT Docket ID 
Number above) by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting 
comments.
     Mail: Docket Management Facility: U.S. Department of 
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building Ground Floor, 
Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
     Hand Delivery or Courier: West Building Ground Floor, Room 
W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC, 20590-0001 between 
9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
     Fax: 202-493-2251.
    Regardless of how you submit your comments, you should mention the 
docket number of this document. You may call the Docket at 202-366-
9324. Please identify the proposed collection of information for which 
a comment is provided, by referencing its OMB clearance number. It is 
requested, but not required, that two copies of the comment be 
provided.
    Note that all comments received will be posted without change to 
http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information 
provided. Anyone is able to search the electronic form of all comments 
received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual 
submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf 
of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review DOT's 
complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on 
April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477-78).
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments received, go to http://www.regulations.gov or the street 
address listed above. Follow the online instructions for accessing the 
dockets.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Complete copies of each request for 
collection of information may be obtained at no charge from Cristina 
Echemendia, U.S. Department of Transportation, NHTSA, 1200 New Jersey 
Avenue SE, West Building Room W43-447, NRM-130, Washington, DC 20590. 
Cristina Echemendia's telephone number is 202-366-6345 and fax number 
is 202-366-7002. Please identify the relevant collection of information 
by referring to its OMB Control Number.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 
before an agency submits a proposed collection of information to OMB 
for approval, it must first publish a document in the Federal Register 
providing a 60-day comment period and otherwise consult with members of 
the public and affected agencies concerning each proposed collection of 
information. The OMB has promulgated regulations describing what must 
be included in such a document. Under OMB's regulation (at 5 CFR 
1320.8(d)), an agency must ask for public comment on the following:
    (i) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for 
the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including 
whether the information will have practical utility;
    (ii) The accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used;
    (iii) How to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected;
    (iv) How to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology, e.g. permitting electronic 
submission of responses.
    In compliance with these requirements, NHTSA asks for public 
comments on the following proposed collection of information:
    Title: ``Consolidated Child Restraint System Registration, Labeling 
and Defect Notifications.''
    OMB Control Number: 2127-0576.
    Requested Expiration Date of Approval: Three years from the 
approval date.
    Type of Request: Reinstatement of a previously approved collection.
    Affected Public: Businesses, Individuals and Households.
    Summary of the Collection of Information: Child restraint 
manufacturers are required to provide an owner's registration card for 
purchasers of child safety seats in accordance with title 49 of the 
Code of Federal Regulation (CFR), part 571-section 213, ``Child 
restraint systems.'' The registration card is perforated into two-parts 
(see Figures 1 and 2). The top part contains a message and suitable 
instructions to be retained by the purchaser. The bottom part is to be 
returned to the manufacturer by the purchaser. The bottom part includes 
prepaid return postage, the pre-printed name/address of the 
manufacturer, the pre-printed model and date of manufacture, and spaces 
for the purchaser to fill in his/her name and address. Optionally, 
child restraint manufacturers are permitted to add to the registration 
form: (a) Specified statements informing child restraint system (CRS) 
owners that they may register online; (b) the internet address for 
registering with the company; (c) revisions to statements reflecting 
use of the internet to register; and (d) a space for the consumer's 
email address. For those CRS owners with access to the internet, online 
registration may be a preferred method of registering a CRS.
    In addition to the registration card supplied by the manufacturer, 
NHTSA has implemented a CRS registration system to assist those 
individuals who have either lost the registration card that came with 
the CRS or purchased a previously owned CRS. Upon the owner's request, 
NHTSA provides a substitute registration form that can be obtained 
either by mail or from the internet \1\ (see Figure 3). When the 
completed registration is returned to the agency, it is then submitted 
to the CRS manufacturers. In the absence of a substitute registration 
system, many owners of child passenger safety seats, especially any 
second-hand owners, might not be notified of safety defects and non-
compliances, and would not have the defects and non-compliances 
remedied.
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    Child seat owner registration information is retained in the event 
that owners need to be contacted for defect recalls or replacement 
campaigns. Chapter 301 of title 49 of the United States Code specifies 
that if either NHTSA or a manufacturer determines that motor vehicles 
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vehicle equipment contain a defect that relates to motor vehicle safety 
or fail to comply with an applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety 
Standard, the manufacturer must notify owners and purchasers of the 
defect or noncompliance and must provide a remedy without charge. In 
title 49 of the CFR, part 577, defect and noncompliance notification 
for equipment items, including child restraint systems, must be sent by 
first class mail to the most recent purchaser known to the 
manufacturer.
    Child restraint manufacturers are also required to provide a 
printed instructions brochure with step-by-step information on how the 
restraint is to be used. Without proper use, the effectiveness of these 
systems is greatly diminished. Each child restraint system must also 
have a permanent label. A permanently attached label gives 
``quicklook'' information on whether the restraint meets the safety 
requirements, recommended installation and use, and warnings against 
misuse. CRSs equipped with internal harnesses to restrain children, and 
with components to attach to a child restraint anchorage system, are 
also required to be labeled with a child weight limit for using the 
lower anchors to attach the child restraint to the vehicle. The child 
weight limit depends upon the weight of the CRS.
    Estimated Annual Burden: 99,330 hours.
    The total burden hours for this collection consist of: (1) The 
hours spent by consumers filling out the registration form, (2) the 
hours spent collecting registration information and (3) the hours spent 
determining the maximum allowable child weight for lower anchor use and 
adding the information to the existing label and instruction manual.
    NHTSA estimates that 14,500,000 CRSs are currently sold each year 
by 29 CRS manufacturers. Of the CRSs sold each year, NHTSA estimates 
that 2,147,504 are registered using registration cards and 421,895 are 
registered online. A consumer spends approximately 60 seconds (1 
minute) filling out the registration form. The estimated annual number 
of burden hours for consumers to fill out the registration form is 
42,823 hours (= 2,569,400 x (60 seconds/3,600 seconds/hour)). 
Manufacturers must spend about 90 seconds (1.5 min) to enter the 
information from each returned registration card; while, online 
registrations are considered to have no burden for the manufacturer, as 
the information is entered by the purchaser. Therefore, the estimated 
annual number of burden hours for CRS registration information 
collection is 53,688 hours (= 2,147,504 x (90 seconds/3,600 seconds/
hour)).
    About 10,150,000 of the CRSs sold each year are equipped with 
internal harnesses. About half of the CRSs equipped with internal 
harnesses sold annually (5,075,000 = 10,150,000 x 0.5) would require a 
label with the maximum allowable child weight for using the lower 
anchors. Manufacturers must spend about 2 seconds to determine the 
maximum allowable child weight for lower anchor use and to add the 
information to the existing label and instruction manual. Therefore, 
the total annual burden hours for the information on the maximum 
allowable child weight in the existing label and instruction manual is 
2,819 hours (= 5,075,000 x (2 seconds/3,600 seconds/hour)).
    The estimated total annual number of burden hours is 99,330 (= 
42,823 + 53,688 + 2,819) hours. The total estimated hour burden 
increased from 40,497 hours in the 2015 information collection notice 
to 99,330 burden hours (a 58,833 burden hour increase). The increase in 
burden is due to the inclusion of the burden hours to consumers for 
filling the registration form and due to an increase in CRS sales. In 
2015, NHTSA estimated that approximately 10,600,000 CRSs are sold each 
year while NHTSA's estimate in 2018 increased to 14,500,000 CRSs.
    Comments are invited on: Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the Department, including whether the information will have practical 
utility; the accuracy of the Department's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed information collection; ways to enhance the quality, utility 
and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize 
the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including 
the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of 
information technology.
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Associate Administrator for Rulemaking.
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