FCA US, LLC, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance, 48209-48211 [2019-19724]

Download as PDF jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 177 / Thursday, September 12, 2019 / Notices in one or more of the vehicle’s tires, up to a total of four tires, is equal to or less than either the pressure 25 percent below the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended cold inflation pressure, or the pressure specified in the 3rd column of Table 1 of FMVSS No. 138 for the corresponding sort of tire, whichever is higher. V. Summary of Petition: FCA US 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, FCA US submitted the following reasoning: 1. The affected Fiat 500 vehicles meet FMVSS No. 110. The vehicle maximum load on the tire is not to be greater than the applicable maximum load rating as marked on the sidewall of the tire. 2. The affected Fiat 500 vehicles are equipped with tires that meet FMVSS No. 139: a. Tire manufacturers are required to certify the tires meet all applicable requirements of FMVSS No. 139. b. FMVSS No. 139 specifies a low inflation pressure performance test in which the tire is loaded to its maximum tire load capacity and inflated to only 140 kPa (20 PSI), significantly less than the TPMS telltale activation pressure for the subject Fiat 500 vehicles. In order to pass this test, the tires are loaded to 100% of the tire’s maximum load carrying capacity and then run on a test axle for 1.5 hours at 20 PSI. 3. Although the TPMS warning telltale may not illuminate until the tire pressure drops to the point where a noncompliance exists (28–27 PSI) on the affected Fiat 500 vehicles, which is significantly above the 20 PSI requirement called and tested to in FMVSS No. 139, FCA US believes that the warning provided will give drivers sufficient time to check and inflate tires well before the tires would be susceptible to appreciable damage and that the described noncompliance is inconsequential to motor vehicle safety. 4. FCA US is not aware of any crashes, injuries, or customer complaints associated with the condition. 5. FCA US says that NHTSA has previously granted inconsequential treatment for a similar FMVSS No. 138 noncompliance to the American Honda Motor Company (77 FR 43145, July 23, 2012). 6. FCA US believes that the foregoing information establishes that the noncompliance is inconsequential to safety and that the operator can safely use their vehicle in the noncompliant condition. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:27 Sep 11, 2019 Jkt 247001 7. Tire pressure sensor values in unsold vehicles are being updated to reflect the correct pressure values. FCA US concluded 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. The FCA US complete petition and all supporting documents are available by logging onto the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) website at https://www.regulations.gov/. and following the online search instructions to locate the docket number listed in the title of this notice. 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 FCA US no longer controlled at the time it determined that the noncompliance existed. However, any decision on 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 vehicles under their control after FCA US 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. 2019–19723 Filed 9–11–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–59–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [Docket No. NHTSA–2019–0049; Notice 1] FCA US, LLC, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Receipt of petition. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00109 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 48209 FCA US, LLC, (f/k/a Chrysler Group LLC) ‘‘FCA US’’ has determined that certain model year (MY) 2018 Jeep Wrangler motor vehicles do not fully comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 205, Glazing Material. FCA US filed a noncompliance report dated April 25, 2019. FCA also petitioned NHTSA on May 15, 2019, and later submitted a supplemental petition on May 31, 2019, for a decision that the subject noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety. This document announces receipt of FCA US’s petition. DATES: The closing date for comments on the petition is October 15, 2019. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments on this petition. Comments must refer to the docket number 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 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 SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\12SEN1.SGM 12SEN1 jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES 48210 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 177 / Thursday, September 12, 2019 / Notices 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: FCA US has determined that certain MY 2018 Jeep Wrangler motor vehicles do not fully comply with paragraph S5.1.1 of FMVSS No. 205, Glazing Materials (49 CFR 571.205). FCA US filed a noncompliance report dated April 25, 2019, pursuant to 49 CFR part 573, Defect and Noncompliance Responsibility and Reports. FCA also petitioned NHTSA on May 15, 2019, and later submitted a supplemental petition on May 31, 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 FCA US’s petition, is published under 49 U.S.C. 30118 and 30120 and does not represent any agency decision or other exercises of judgment concerning the merits of the petition. II. Vehicles Involved: Approximately 1,804 MY 2018 Jeep Wrangler motor vehicles, manufactured between October 13, 2018, and October 19, 2018, are potentially involved. III. Noncompliance: FCA US explains that the noncompliance is that the liftgate privacy glass in the subject vehicles does not fully comply with paragraph S5.1.1 of FMVSS No. 205. Specifically, the liftgate glass in the subject vehicles contains the AS2 solar glazing marking when they should have been marked with the AS3 privacy glazing marking. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:27 Sep 11, 2019 Jkt 247001 IV. Rule Requirements: Paragraph S5.1.1 of FMVSS No. 205 includes the requirements relevant to this petition. Except as otherwise specifically provided by FMVSS No. 205, glazing for use in multipurpose passenger vehicles shall conform to the requirements for glazing for use in trucks as specified in ANSI/SAE Z26.1–1996 (incorporated by reference, See § 571.5). V. Summary of FCA US’ Petition: FCA US 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, FCA US submitted the following reasoning: 1. NHTSA recently described the glazing materials certification and marking requirements as follows: ‘‘A prime glazing manufacturer certifies its glazing by adding to the marks required by section 7 of ANSI/SAE Z26.1–1996’’. American National Standard Institute (‘‘ANSI’’) standard ANSI/SAE Z26.1– 1996 requires privacy glass to meet AS3 requirements for light transmissibility and requires labeling the glass with an AS3 marking. 2. FCA US states that the liftgate glass glazing of the affected vehicles otherwise meets all marking and performance requirements of FMVSS No. 205 and ANSI/SAE Z26.1–1996. Since all transparent sections of the affected glazing fully meet all the applicable performance requirements, FCA US does not believe that the incorrect AS2 marking impacts the ability of the glazing to satisfy the stated purpose or affect the performance of the glazing intended by FMVSS No. 205. 3. FCA US stated that the subject glazing meets all applicable performance requirements of FMVSS No. 205. FCA US stated their belief that there is no safety performance implication associated with this technical noncompliance. 4. In addition to meeting all the component level performance requirements of FMVSS No. 205, the subject glazing also fully meets the vehicle level installation requirements specified by FMVSS No. 205. The subject glazing at 22% transmissibility is permitted in the rear window location on the affected Jeep Wrangler vehicles. 5. The actual transmissibility of the subject glass glazing (approximately 22%) is consistent with all the other glazing rearward of the driver (i.e., left and right-side windows, and the left and right rear quarter window glazing) on the affected Jeep Wrangler vehicles. Accordingly, there is no reason for the customer, state inspection authorities, service personnel, or anyone else to PO 00000 Frm 00110 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 focus on or detect any distinction involving the subject liftgate glass. 6. In the extremely unlikely event that a glazing corresponding to the incorrect markings (i.e., solar glazing with 70% transmittance) was installed on an affected vehicle, this would also be fully compliant to all the requirements of FMVSS No. 205, including component level and vehicle level marking requirements of the standard. 7. FCA US is not aware of any crashes, injuries, or customer complaints associated with the condition. 8. NHTSA has previously granted inconsequential treatment for FMVSS No. 205 glazing material marking noncompliances. Examples of the Agency granting similar inconsequentiality petitions for incorrect markings related to glazing include: Æ Supreme Corporation, NHTSA–2015– 0126; N2, October 21, 2016 Æ Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., NHTSA–2015–0066; N2, August 22, 2015 Æ Ford Motor Company, NHTSA–2014– 0054; N2, March 2, 2015 Æ Custom Glass Solutions Upper Sandusky Corp., NHTSA–2013–0124; N2, January 23, 2015 Æ General Motors, LLC, NHTSA–2013– 0039; N2, April 28, 2015 Æ Fiji Heavy Industries U.S.A. Inc., NHTSA–2013–0017; N2, September 25, 2013 Æ Ford Motor Company, NHTSA–2010– 0060; N2, May 30, 2013 Æ Pilkington North America, Inc., NHTSA–2009–0092; N2, April 17, 2013 Æ Pilkington Glass of Canada LTD., NHTSA–2006–24707; N2, July 11, 2006 Æ General Motors, NHTSA–2005– 21675; N2, August 25, 2005 Æ Freightliner LLC, NHTSA–2002– 15644; N2, November 24, 2003 Æ Toyota Motors North America Inc, NHTSA–2002–12367; N2, March 4, 2003 Æ Guardian Ind. Corp., NHTSA–2002– 12319; N2, October 23, 2002 Æ Ford Motor Company, NHTSA–1999– 5210; N2, December 15, 1999 Æ Western Star Trucks Inc, NHTSA– 1998–3869; N2, December 1, 1998 FCA US 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. E:\FR\FM\12SEN1.SGM 12SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 177 / Thursday, September 12, 2019 / Notices 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 FCA US 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 FCA US 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. 2019–19724 Filed 9–11–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–59–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [Docket No. NHTSA–2019–0015; Notice 1] Arai Helmet, Inc., Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Receipt of petition. AGENCY: Arai Helmet, Inc. (Arai), has determined that certain Arai Corsair X Mamola Edge motorcycle helmets, do not comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 218, Motorcycle Helmets. Arai filed a noncompliance report dated March 6, 2019, and later amended it on March 28, 2019. Arai subsequently petitioned NHTSA on March 28, 2019, for a decision that the subject noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety. This notice announces receipt of Arai’s petition. DATES: Send comments on or before October 15, 2019. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments on this petition. Comments must refer to the docket and jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:27 Sep 11, 2019 Jkt 247001 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 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 PO 00000 Frm 00111 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 48211 Federal Register notice published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477–78). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Overview: Arai has determined that certain Arai Corsair X Mamola Edge helmets, size small, do not comply with paragraph S5.6.1(b) of FMVSS No. 218, Motorcycle Helmets (49 CFR 571.218). Arai filed a noncompliance report dated March 6, 2019, and later amended it on March 28, 2019, pursuant to 49 CFR part 573, Defect and Noncompliance Responsibility and Reports, and subsequently petitioned NHTSA on March 28, 2019, for an exemption from the notification and remedy requirement 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 Arai’s petition is published under 49 U.S.C. 30118 and 30120 and does not represent any agency decision or other exercise of judgment concerning the merits of the petition. II. Equipment Involved: Approximately 24 Arai Corsair X Mamola Edge helmets, size small, manufactured between June 29, 2018, and January 31, 2019, are potentially involved. III. Noncompliance: Arai explains that the noncompliance is that the discrete size label may not be permanently attached as required by S5.6.1(b) of FMVSS No. 218. IV. Rule Requirements: Paragraph S5.6.1(b) of FMVSS No. 218, provides the requirements relevant to this petition. Each helmet must be labeled permanently and legibly, in a manner such that the label can be read easily without removing padding or any other permanent part, with ‘‘discrete size.’’ V. Summary of Petition: Arai 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, Arai submitted the following reasoning: 1. Arai states that the subject motorcycle helmets comply with all the performance requirements under FMVSS No. 218 and all labeling requirements of FMVSS No. 218, except that the discrete size label does not appear to be permanent as required by paragraph S5.6.1(b). Arai cited FMVSS No. 218, which says the discrete size means ‘‘a numerical value that corresponds to the diameter of an equivalent circle representing the helmet interior in inches (±0.25 inch) or E:\FR\FM\12SEN1.SGM 12SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 177 (Thursday, September 12, 2019)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

[Docket No. NHTSA-2019-0049; Notice 1]


FCA US, LLC, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential 
Noncompliance

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

ACTION: Receipt of petition.

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SUMMARY: FCA US, LLC, (f/k/a Chrysler Group LLC) ``FCA US'' has 
determined that certain model year (MY) 2018 Jeep Wrangler motor 
vehicles do not fully comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 
(FMVSS) No. 205, Glazing Material. FCA US filed a noncompliance report 
dated April 25, 2019. FCA also petitioned NHTSA on May 15, 2019, and 
later submitted a supplemental petition on May 31, 2019, for a decision 
that the subject noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to 
motor vehicle safety. This document announces receipt of FCA US's 
petition.

DATES: The closing date for comments on the petition is October 15, 
2019.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written data, 
views, and arguments on this petition. Comments must refer to the 
docket number 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 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

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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: FCA US has determined that certain MY 2018 Jeep 
Wrangler motor vehicles do not fully comply with paragraph S5.1.1 of 
FMVSS No. 205, Glazing Materials (49 CFR 571.205). FCA US filed a 
noncompliance report dated April 25, 2019, pursuant to 49 CFR part 573, 
Defect and Noncompliance Responsibility and Reports. FCA also 
petitioned NHTSA on May 15, 2019, and later submitted a supplemental 
petition on May 31, 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 FCA US's petition, is published under 49 
U.S.C. 30118 and 30120 and does not represent any agency decision or 
other exercises of judgment concerning the merits of the petition.
    II. Vehicles Involved: Approximately 1,804 MY 2018 Jeep Wrangler 
motor vehicles, manufactured between October 13, 2018, and October 19, 
2018, are potentially involved.
    III. Noncompliance: FCA US explains that the noncompliance is that 
the liftgate privacy glass in the subject vehicles does not fully 
comply with paragraph S5.1.1 of FMVSS No. 205. Specifically, the 
liftgate glass in the subject vehicles contains the AS2 solar glazing 
marking when they should have been marked with the AS3 privacy glazing 
marking.
    IV. Rule Requirements: Paragraph S5.1.1 of FMVSS No. 205 includes 
the requirements relevant to this petition. Except as otherwise 
specifically provided by FMVSS No. 205, glazing for use in multipurpose 
passenger vehicles shall conform to the requirements for glazing for 
use in trucks as specified in ANSI/SAE Z26.1-1996 (incorporated by 
reference, See Sec.  571.5).
    V. Summary of FCA US' Petition:
    FCA US 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, FCA US submitted the following 
reasoning:
    1. NHTSA recently described the glazing materials certification and 
marking requirements as follows: ``A prime glazing manufacturer 
certifies its glazing by adding to the marks required by section 7 of 
ANSI/SAE Z26.1-1996''. American National Standard Institute (``ANSI'') 
standard ANSI/SAE Z26.1-1996 requires privacy glass to meet AS3 
requirements for light transmissibility and requires labeling the glass 
with an AS3 marking.
    2. FCA US states that the liftgate glass glazing of the affected 
vehicles otherwise meets all marking and performance requirements of 
FMVSS No. 205 and ANSI/SAE Z26.1-1996. Since all transparent sections 
of the affected glazing fully meet all the applicable performance 
requirements, FCA US does not believe that the incorrect AS2 marking 
impacts the ability of the glazing to satisfy the stated purpose or 
affect the performance of the glazing intended by FMVSS No. 205.
    3. FCA US stated that the subject glazing meets all applicable 
performance requirements of FMVSS No. 205. FCA US stated their belief 
that there is no safety performance implication associated with this 
technical noncompliance.
    4. In addition to meeting all the component level performance 
requirements of FMVSS No. 205, the subject glazing also fully meets the 
vehicle level installation requirements specified by FMVSS No. 205. The 
subject glazing at 22% transmissibility is permitted in the rear window 
location on the affected Jeep Wrangler vehicles.
    5. The actual transmissibility of the subject glass glazing 
(approximately 22%) is consistent with all the other glazing rearward 
of the driver (i.e., left and right-side windows, and the left and 
right rear quarter window glazing) on the affected Jeep Wrangler 
vehicles. Accordingly, there is no reason for the customer, state 
inspection authorities, service personnel, or anyone else to focus on 
or detect any distinction involving the subject liftgate glass.
    6. In the extremely unlikely event that a glazing corresponding to 
the incorrect markings (i.e., solar glazing with 70% transmittance) was 
installed on an affected vehicle, this would also be fully compliant to 
all the requirements of FMVSS No. 205, including component level and 
vehicle level marking requirements of the standard.
    7. FCA US is not aware of any crashes, injuries, or customer 
complaints associated with the condition.
    8. NHTSA has previously granted inconsequential treatment for FMVSS 
No. 205 glazing material marking noncompliances. Examples of the Agency 
granting similar inconsequentiality petitions for incorrect markings 
related to glazing include:

[cir] Supreme Corporation, NHTSA-2015-0126; N2, October 21, 2016
[cir] Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., NHTSA-2015-0066; N2, 
August 22, 2015
[cir] Ford Motor Company, NHTSA-2014-0054; N2, March 2, 2015
[cir] Custom Glass Solutions Upper Sandusky Corp., NHTSA-2013-0124; N2, 
January 23, 2015
[cir] General Motors, LLC, NHTSA-2013-0039; N2, April 28, 2015
[cir] Fiji Heavy Industries U.S.A. Inc., NHTSA-2013-0017; N2, September 
25, 2013
[cir] Ford Motor Company, NHTSA-2010-0060; N2, May 30, 2013
[cir] Pilkington North America, Inc., NHTSA-2009-0092; N2, April 17, 
2013
[cir] Pilkington Glass of Canada LTD., NHTSA-2006-24707; N2, July 11, 
2006
[cir] General Motors, NHTSA-2005-21675; N2, August 25, 2005
[cir] Freightliner LLC, NHTSA-2002-15644; N2, November 24, 2003
[cir] Toyota Motors North America Inc, NHTSA-2002-12367; N2, March 4, 
2003
[cir] Guardian Ind. Corp., NHTSA-2002-12319; N2, October 23, 2002
[cir] Ford Motor Company, NHTSA-1999-5210; N2, December 15, 1999
[cir] Western Star Trucks Inc, NHTSA-1998-3869; N2, December 1, 1998

    FCA US 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.

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    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 FCA US 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 FCA US 
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.
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