Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance, 43660-43661 [2019-17948]

Download as PDF 43660 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 162 / Wednesday, August 21, 2019 / Notices you periodically check the Docket for new submissions and supporting material. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Will my comments be made available to the public? If you wish to submit comments under a claim of confidentiality, you should submit three copies of your complete submission, including the information you claim to be confidential business information, to the Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, Office of Legislation and Regulations, MAR–225, W24–220, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. Include a cover letter setting forth with specificity the basis for any such claim and, if possible, a summary of your submission that can be made available to the public. Privacy Act In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. 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[FR Doc. 2019–17971 Filed 8–20–19; 8:45 am] [Docket No. NHTSA–2019–0030; Notice 1] Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance Yes. Be aware that your entire comment, including your personal identifying information, will be made publicly available. Dated: August 15, 2019. By Order of the Maritime Administrator. T. Mitchell Hudson, Jr., Secretary, Maritime Administration. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., (Volkswagen) has determined that certain model year (MY) 2019 Audi A6 and Audi A7 motor vehicles do not fully comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 135, Light Vehicle Brake Systems. Volkswagen filed a noncompliance report dated March 27, 2019, and subsequently petitioned NHTSA on April 17, 2019, for a decision that the subject noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety. This notice announces receipt of Volkswagen’s petition. DATES: Send comments on or before September 20, 2019. 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 the 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 the 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 for Federal Holidays. • Electronically: Submit comments electronically by logging onto the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) website 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 SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00082 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 Volkswagen has determined that certain MY 2019 Audi A6 and Audi A7 motor vehicles do not fully comply with the requirements of paragraph S5.4.3 of FMVSS No. 135, Light Vehicle Brake Systems (49 CFR 571.135). Volkswagen filed a noncompliance report dated March 27, 2019, pursuant to 49 CFR part 573, Defect and Noncompliance Responsibility and Reports, and subsequently petitioned NHTSA on April 17, 2019, 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, pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 30118(d) and 30120(h) and 49 CFR part 556, Exemption for Inconsequential Defect or Noncompliance. This notice of receipt of Volkswagen’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. E:\FR\FM\21AUN1.SGM 21AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 162 / Wednesday, August 21, 2019 / Notices II. Vehicles Involved Approximately 3,908 MY 2019 Audi A6 and Audi A7 vehicles manufactured between July 27, 2018, and November 6, 2018, are potentially involved. III. Noncompliance Volkswagen explains that the noncompliance is that a small number of the affected vehicles may have a European-specification brake fluid reservoir cap instead of the one required for the North American/United States market as required by paragraph S5.4.3 of FMVSS No. 135. Specifically, the subject brake fluid reservoir caps may not include the required warning label. jspears on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES IV. Rule Requirements Paragraph S5.4.3 of FMVSS 135, includes the requirements relevant to this petition. Each vehicle equipped with hydraulic brakes shall have a brake fluid warning statement that reads as follows, in letters at least 3.2 mm (1⁄8 inch) high: ‘‘WARNING: Clean filler cap before removing. Use only ______fluid from a sealed container.’’ (Inserting the recommended type of brake fluid as specified in 49 CFR 571.116, e.g., ‘‘DOT 3.’’ The lettering shall be permanently affixed, engraved, or embossed, located so as to be visible by direct view, either on or within 100 mm (3.94 inches) of the brake fluid reservoir filler plug or cap, and of a color that contrasts with its background, if it is not engraved or embossed. V. Summary of Petition Volkswagen 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, Volkswagen submitted the following reasoning: 1. The brake fluid cap shows clearly the specification of brake fluid required. 2. The brake fluid cap conforms to the requirements of ISO9128:2006, which is a requirement of UN–ECE Regulations 13 and 13h. 3. Volkswagen asserts that NHTSA has previously granted the following petitions to accept ISO symbols in the absence of FMVSS labelling. (a) Jaguar Land Rover petition regarding light vehicle brake systems, re: Brake fluid cap (84 FR 13095,13098); (b) Ford petition regarding controls and displays including brake systemrelated telltales (78 FR 69931, 69932); and (c) Hyundai petition regarding lower anchorage identification (73 FR 38290, 38291). 4. Volkswagen states that the brake fluid cap provides clear symbols including one for caution and one for VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:13 Aug 20, 2019 Jkt 247001 referring to owner manual instructions. The manual indicates the proper brake fluid specification for use in the vehicle. 5. Service to the brake system involving an exchange of the brake fluid is not a standard maintenance activity for an owner/user. Repairs to the brake system, which includes evacuating and refilling the brake fluid, requires basic technical knowledge regarding the brake system and should be performed by a trained technician. 6. Volkswagen has not received any field or customer complaints related to this condition. 7. Volkswagen has not received notification of any accidents or injuries resulting from this issue. Volkswagen’s complete petition and all supporting documents are available by logging onto the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) website at https://www.regulations.gov and by following the online search instructions to locate the docket number as listed in the title of this notice. Volkswagen 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 Volkswagen 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 Volkswagen 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). Otto G. Matheke III, Director, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance. [FR Doc. 2019–17948 Filed 8–20–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–59–P PO 00000 Frm 00083 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 43661 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [Docket No. NHTSA–2019–0040; Notice 1] Kia Motors America, Inc, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Receipt of petition. AGENCY: Kia Motors America, Inc., and Kia Motors Corporation (collectively ‘‘Kia’’), has determined that certain Model year (MY) 2020 Kia Telluride motor vehicles do not fully comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 110, Tire Selection and Rims and Motor Home/Recreation Vehicle Trailer Load Carrying Capacity Information for Motor Vehicles with a GVWR of 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds) or less. Kia filed a noncompliance report dated April 12, 2019, and subsequently petitioned NHTSA on April 18, 2019, for a decision that the subject noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety. This notice announces receipt of Kia’s petition. DATES: Send comments on or before September 20, 2019. 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 may be submitted by any of the following methods: • Mail: Send comments by mail addressed to the 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 the 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 for Federal Holidays. • Electronically: Submit comments electronically by logging onto the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) website at https:// www.regulations.gov/. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Comments may also be faxed to (202) 493–2251. Comments must be written in the English language, and be no greater than SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\21AUN1.SGM 21AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

[Docket No. NHTSA-2019-0030; Notice 1]


Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., 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: Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., (Volkswagen) has determined 
that certain model year (MY) 2019 Audi A6 and Audi A7 motor vehicles do 
not fully comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 
135, Light Vehicle Brake Systems. Volkswagen filed a noncompliance 
report dated March 27, 2019, and subsequently petitioned NHTSA on April 
17, 2019, for a decision that the subject noncompliance is 
inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety. This notice 
announces receipt of Volkswagen's petition.

DATES: Send comments on or before September 20, 2019.

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 the 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 the 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 for Federal Holidays.
     Electronically: Submit comments electronically by logging 
onto the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) website 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

    Volkswagen has determined that certain MY 2019 Audi A6 and Audi A7 
motor vehicles do not fully comply with the requirements of paragraph 
S5.4.3 of FMVSS No. 135, Light Vehicle Brake Systems (49 CFR 571.135). 
Volkswagen filed a noncompliance report dated March 27, 2019, pursuant 
to 49 CFR part 573, Defect and Noncompliance Responsibility and 
Reports, and subsequently petitioned NHTSA on April 17, 2019, 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, pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 30118(d) and 
30120(h) and 49 CFR part 556, Exemption for Inconsequential Defect or 
Noncompliance.
    This notice of receipt of Volkswagen'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.

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II. Vehicles Involved

    Approximately 3,908 MY 2019 Audi A6 and Audi A7 vehicles 
manufactured between July 27, 2018, and November 6, 2018, are 
potentially involved.

III. Noncompliance

    Volkswagen explains that the noncompliance is that a small number 
of the affected vehicles may have a European-specification brake fluid 
reservoir cap instead of the one required for the North American/United 
States market as required by paragraph S5.4.3 of FMVSS No. 135. 
Specifically, the subject brake fluid reservoir caps may not include 
the required warning label.

IV. Rule Requirements

    Paragraph S5.4.3 of FMVSS 135, includes the requirements relevant 
to this petition. Each vehicle equipped with hydraulic brakes shall 
have a brake fluid warning statement that reads as follows, in letters 
at least 3.2 mm (\1/8\ inch) high: ``WARNING: Clean filler cap before 
removing. Use only ______fluid from a sealed container.'' (Inserting 
the recommended type of brake fluid as specified in 49 CFR 571.116, 
e.g., ``DOT 3.'' The lettering shall be permanently affixed, engraved, 
or embossed, located so as to be visible by direct view, either on or 
within 100 mm (3.94 inches) of the brake fluid reservoir filler plug or 
cap, and of a color that contrasts with its background, if it is not 
engraved or embossed.

V. Summary of Petition

    Volkswagen 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, Volkswagen submitted the following 
reasoning:
    1. The brake fluid cap shows clearly the specification of brake 
fluid required.
    2. The brake fluid cap conforms to the requirements of 
ISO9128:2006, which is a requirement of UN-ECE Regulations 13 and 13h.
    3. Volkswagen asserts that NHTSA has previously granted the 
following petitions to accept ISO symbols in the absence of FMVSS 
labelling.
    (a) Jaguar Land Rover petition regarding light vehicle brake 
systems, re: Brake fluid cap (84 FR 13095,13098);
    (b) Ford petition regarding controls and displays including brake 
system-related telltales (78 FR 69931, 69932); and
    (c) Hyundai petition regarding lower anchorage identification (73 
FR 38290, 38291).
    4. Volkswagen states that the brake fluid cap provides clear 
symbols including one for caution and one for referring to owner manual 
instructions. The manual indicates the proper brake fluid specification 
for use in the vehicle.
    5. Service to the brake system involving an exchange of the brake 
fluid is not a standard maintenance activity for an owner/user. Repairs 
to the brake system, which includes evacuating and refilling the brake 
fluid, requires basic technical knowledge regarding the brake system 
and should be performed by a trained technician.
    6. Volkswagen has not received any field or customer complaints 
related to this condition.
    7. Volkswagen has not received notification of any accidents or 
injuries resulting from this issue.
    Volkswagen's complete petition and all supporting documents are 
available by logging onto the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) 
website at https://www.regulations.gov and by following the online 
search instructions to locate the docket number as listed in the title 
of this notice.
    Volkswagen 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 Volkswagen 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 
Volkswagen 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).

Otto G. Matheke III,
Director, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance.
[FR Doc. 2019-17948 Filed 8-20-19; 8:45 am]
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