Agency Information Collection Activities; Notice and Request for Comment; Reporting of Information and Documents About Potential Defects, 60095-60102 [2021-23248]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 207 / Friday, October 29, 2021 / Notices www.regulations.gov under docket number MARAD–2019–0011. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Summary of the License Application SPOT is proposing to construct, own, and operate a deepwater port terminal in the Gulf of Mexico to export domestically produced crude oil. Use of the deepwater port would include the loading of various grades of crude oil at flow rates of up to 85,000 barrels per hour (bph). The SPOT deepwater port would allow for up to two (2) Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs) or other crude oil carriers to moor at single point mooring (SPM) buoys and connect with the deepwater port via floating connecting crude oil hoses and a floating vapor recovery hose. The maximum frequency of loading VLCCs or other crude oil carriers would be 2 million barrels per day, 365 days per year. The proposed SPOT Deepwater Port (DWP) would be located in Federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico, in Galveston Area Outer Continental Shelf lease blocks 463 and A–59, approximately 27.2 to 30.8 nautical miles off the coast of Brazoria County, Texas, in water depths of approximately 115 feet. Onshore components of the proposed Project would be located in both Brazoria and Harris counties. The overall project would consist of both onshore and offshore components. The onshore components would consist of: • Modifications to the existing Enterprise Crude Houston (ECHO) Terminal, including four electric motordriven mainline crude oil pumps, four electric motor-driven booster crude oil pumps, and one measurement skid to support delivery of crude oil to the proposed Oyster Creek Terminal; • One 50.1-mile, 36-inch-diameter ECHO to Oyster Creek Pipeline; • One pipeline interconnection from the existing Rancho II 36-inch-diameter pipeline to the ECHO to Oyster Creek Pipeline (Rancho II Junction); • A new Oyster Creek Terminal on approximately 140 acres of land, including six electric motor-driven mainline crude oil pumps with the capacity to push crude oil to the offshore pipelines at a rate of up to 85,000 bph, four electric motor-driven booster crude oil pumps, seven aboveground storage tanks (each with a capacity of 685,000 barrels [600,000 barrels of working storage]) for a total onshore storage capacity of approximately 4.8 million barrels (4.2 million barrels working storage) of crude oil, metering equipment, two permanent and one portable vapor VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:17 Oct 28, 2021 Jkt 256001 combustion units, and a firewater system; • Two collocated 12.2-mile, 36-inchdiameter Oyster Creek to Shore Pipelines; and • Ancillary facilities for the onshore pipelines, including ten mainline valves, of which six would be along the ECHO to Oyster Creek Pipeline and four along the Oyster Creek to Shore Pipelines, pig launchers for the ECHO to Oyster Creek Pipeline, and pig launchers and receivers for the Oyster Creek to Shore Pipelines. The offshore and marine components would consist of: • Two collocated, bi-directional, 46.9mile, 36-inch-diameter crude oil offshore pipelines for crude oil delivery from the Oyster Creek Terminal to the platform; • One fixed offshore platform with eight piles, four decks, and three vapor combustion units; • Two SPM buoys to concurrently moor two VLCCs or other crude oil carriers with capacities between 120,000 and 320,000 deadweight tonnage for loading up to 365 days per year, including floating crude oil and vapor recovery hoses; • Four pipeline end manifolds (PLEMs)—two per SPM buoy—to provide the interconnection between the SPOT DWP and the SPM buoys; • Four 0.66-nautical mile, 30-inchdiameter pipelines (two per PLEM) to deliver crude oil from the platform to the PLEMs; • Four 0.66-nautical mile, 16-inch diameter vapor recovery pipelines (two per PLEM) to connect the VLCC or other crude oil carrier to the three vapor combustion units on the platform. • Three service vessel moorings, located in the southwest corner of Galveston Area lease block 463; and • An anchorage area in Galveston Area lease block A–59, which would not contain any infrastructure. The purpose of this notice is to announce the availability of the SDEIS that was prepared to ensure meaningful engagement of identified LEP persons in the environmental impact review process. Additionally, MARAD and USCG announce a virtual public meeting for the SDEIS. Privacy Act Regardless of the method used for submitting comments or materials, all submissions will be posted, without change, to the https:// www.regulations.gov website and will include any personal information you provide. Therefore, submitting this information to the docket makes it public. You may wish to read the PO 00000 Frm 00120 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 60095 Privacy and Security Notice and the User Notice that are available at https:// www.federalregister.gov/documents/ 2005/03/24/05–5823/establishment-ofa-new-system-of-records-notice-for-thefederal-docket-management-system. The Privacy Act notice regarding the Federal Docket Management System is available in the March 24, 2005 issue of the Federal Register (70 FR 15086). (Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1501 et seq., 49 CFR 1.93(h)). By Order of the Acting Maritime Administrator. T. Mitchell Hudson, Jr. Secretary, Maritime Administration. [FR Doc. 2021–23016 Filed 10–28–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–81–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [Docket Number NHTSA–2020–0101] Agency Information Collection Activities; Notice and Request for Comment; Reporting of Information and Documents About Potential Defects National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice and request for public comments on a reinstatement with modification of a previously approved collection of information. AGENCY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), this notice announces that the Information Collection Request (ICR) summarized below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its expected burden. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) invites public comments about our intention to request Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for an extension of a currently approved information collection for reporting of information and documents about potential defects. A Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following information collection was published on December 29, 2020. No comments were received. DATES: Comments must be received on or before November 29, 2021. ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection, including suggestions for reducing burden, should SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\29OCN1.SGM 29OCN1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES 60096 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 207 / Friday, October 29, 2021 / Notices be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget at www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. To find this particular information collection, select ‘‘Currently under Review—Open for Public Comment’’ or use the search function. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information or access to background documents, contact, Jeff Quandt, Trends Analysis Division (NEF–108), Room W48–312, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Ave., Washington, DC 20590. Telephone: (202) 366–5207. Please identify the relevant collection of information by referring to its OMB Control Number. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), a Federal agency must receive approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) before it collects certain information from the public, and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information by a Federal agency unless the collection displays a valid OMB control number. In compliance with these requirements, this notice announces that the following information collection request will be submitted OMB. A Federal Register notice with a 60day comment period soliciting public comments on the following information collection was published on December 29, 2020 (85 FR 85848). No comments were received. Title: Reporting of Information and Documents about Potential Defects. OMB Control Number: 2127–0616. Form Number: 2020–28766. Type of Request: Reinstatement with modification of a previously approved information collection. Type of Review Requested: Regular. Length of Approval Requested: 3 years from date of approval. Summary of the Collection of Information: This notice requests comment on NHTSA’s intention to seek approval from OMB to reinstate with modification a previously approved collection of information, OMB No. 2127–0616, covering requirements in 49 CFR 579, Reporting of Information and Communications about Potential Defects. part 579 implements, and addresses with more specificity, requirements from the Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability, and Documentation (TREAD) Act (Pub. L. 106–414), which was enacted on November 1, 2000, and are codified at 49 U.S.C. 30166. The purpose of part 579 is to enhance motor vehicle safety by specifying information and documents that VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:17 Oct 28, 2021 Jkt 256001 manufacturers of motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment must provide to NHTSA with respect to possible safety-related defects and noncompliances in their products, including the reporting of safety recalls and other safety campaigns the manufacturers conduct outside the United States. Under Part 579, there are three categories of reporting requirements: (1) Requirements at § 579.5 to submit notices, bulletins, customer satisfaction campaigns, consumer advisories, and other communications (found in Subpart A of Part 579); (2) requirements at § 579.11 to submit information related to safety recalls and other safety campaigns in foreign countries (found in Subpart B of part 579); and (3) requirements at §§ 579.21–28 to submit Early Warning Information (found in Subpart C of part 579). The Early Warning Reporting (EWR) requirements (49 U.S.C. 30166(m); 49 CFR part 579, subpart C) specify that manufacturers of motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment must submit to NHTSA information, periodically or upon NHTSA’s request, that includes specified claims for deaths and serious injuries, property damage data, communications from customers and others, and other information that assists NHTSA in identifying potential safety-related defects. The intent of this information collection is to provide early warning of such potential safetyrelated defects to NHTSA. Description of the Need for the Information and Proposed Use of the Information: The information required under 49 U.S.C. 30166 and 49 CFR part 579 is used by NHTSA to promptly identify potential safety-related defects in motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment in the United States. When a trend in incidents arising from a potentially safety-related defect is discovered, NHTSA relies on this information, along with other agency data, to determine whether to open a defect investigation. Affected Public: Manufacturers of motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment. Estimated Number of Respondents: NHTSA receives Part 579 submissions from approximately 337 manufacturers per year. Therefore, we estimate that there will be a total of 337 respondents to this information collection per year. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: When this approved information collection was last renewed in June 2017, NHTSA estimated the annual burden associated with this collection to be 49,243 burden hours. NHTSA is updating these estimates to better align with the current volume of submissions PO 00000 Frm 00121 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 and to include reporting requirements for common green tires and follow-up sequences (per § 579.28(l)), which were inadvertently omitted from the previous information collection request. NHTSA now estimates that the annual burden hours associated with this collection are 53,810 hours. NHTSA estimated the burdens associated with this collection by calculating the burden associated with submitting information under each subpart of Part 579. In addition to these burdens, NHTSA also estimates that manufacturers will incur computer maintenance burden hours, which are estimated on a per manufacturer basis. Requirements Under Part 579, Subpart A The first component of this collection request covers the requirements found in Part 579 Subpart A, § 579.5, Notices, bulletins, customer satisfaction campaigns, consumer advisories, and other communications. Section 579.5 requires manufactures to furnish (1) a copy of all notices, bulletins, and other communications sent to more than one manufacturer, distributor, dealer, lessor, lessee, owner, or purchaser, in the United States, regarding any defect in its vehicles or items of equipment (including any failure or malfunction beyond normal deterioration in use, or any failure of performance, or any flaw or unintended deviation from design specifications), whether or not such defect is safety-related and (2) a copy of each communication relating to a customer satisfaction campaign, consumer advisory, recall, or other safety activity involving the repair or replacement of motor vehicles or equipment, that the manufacturer issued to, or made available to, more than one dealer, distributor, lessor, lessee, other manufacturer, owner, or purchaser, in the United States. Manufacturers are required to submit these documents monthly. Section 579.5 does not require manufacturers to create these documents. Instead, only copies of these documents must be submitted to NHTSA, and manufacturers must index these communications and email them to NHTSA within 5 working days after the end of the month in which they were issued. Therefore, the burden hours are only those associated with collecting the documents and submitting copies to NHTSA. NHTSA estimates that it receives approximately 24,884 notices a year. We estimate that it takes about 5 minutes to collect, index, and send each notice to NHTSA. Therefore, we estimate that it takes 2,074 hours for manufacturers to submit notices as required under E:\FR\FM\29OCN1.SGM 29OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 207 / Friday, October 29, 2021 / Notices Section 579.5 (24,884 notices × 5 minutes = 124,420 minutes or 2,074 hours). To calculate the labor cost associated with submitting Section 579.5 notices, bulletins, customer satisfaction campaigns, consumer advisories and other communications that are sent to more than one dealer or owner, NHTSA looked at wage estimates for the type of personnel submitting the documents. While some manufacturers employ clerical staff to collect and submit the documents, others use technical computer support staff to complete the task. Because we do not know what percent of the work is completed by clerical or technical computer support staff, NHTSA estimates the total labor costs associated with these burden hours by looking at the average wage for the higher paid technical computer support staff. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that the average hourly wage for Computer Support Specialists (BLS Occupation code 15–1230) in the Motor Vehicle Manufacturing Industry is $31.39.1 The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that private industry workers’ wages represent 70.2% of total labor compensation costs.2 Therefore, NHTSA 60097 estimates the hourly labor costs to be $44.72 for Computer Support Specialists. The labor cost per submission is estimated to be $3.73 ($44.72 × 5 minutes). NHTSA estimates the total labor cost associated with the 2,074 burden hours for § 579.5 submissions to be $92,817.32 ($3.73 × 24,884 submissions). Table 1 provides a summary of the burden estimates using the average annual submission count for monthly reports submitted pursuant to § 579.5 and the estimated burden hours and labor costs associated with those submissions. TABLE 1—BURDEN ESTIMATES FOR § 579.5 SUBMISSIONS Average annual § 579.5 submissions Estimated burden per submission Average hourly labor cost Labor cost per submission Total burden hours Total labor costs 24,884 ............................................................................ 5 minutes $44.72 $3.73 2,074 $92,817.32 or $92,817 The second component of this information collection request covers the requirements found in Part 579 Subpart B, ‘‘Reporting of Safety Recalls and Other Safety Campaigns in Foreign Countries.’’ Pursuant to § 579.11, whenever a manufacturer determines to conduct a safety recall or other safety campaign in a foreign country, or whenever a foreign government has determined that a safety recall or other safety campaign must be conducted, covering a motor vehicle, item of motor vehicle equipment, or tire that is identical or substantially similar to a vehicle, item of equipment, or tire sold or offered for sale in the United States, the manufacturer must report to NHTSA not later than 5 working days after the manufacturer makes such determination or receives written notification of the foreign government’s determination. Section 579.11(e) also requires each manufacturer of motor vehicles to submit, not later than November 1 of each year, a document that identifies foreign products and their domestic counterparts. In order to provide the information required for foreign safety campaigns, manufacturers must (1) determine whether vehicles or equipment that are covered by a foreign safety recall or other safety campaign are identical or substantially similar to vehicles or equipment sold in the United States, (2) prepare and submit reports of these campaigns to the agency, and (3) where a determination or notice has been made in a language other than English, translate the determination or notice into English before transmitting it to the agency. NHTSA estimates that there is no burden associated with determining whether an individual safety recall covers a foreign motor vehicle or item of motor vehicle equipment that is identical or substantially similar to those sold in the United States because manufacturers can simply consult the list that they are required to submit each year. Therefore, the only burden associated with making the determination of whether a foreign safety recall or other safety campaign is required to be reported to NHTSA is the burden associated with creating the annual list. NHTSA continues to estimate that it takes approximately 9 hours per manufacturer to develop and submit the list. The 9 hours are comprised of 8 attorney hours and 1 hour for IT work. NHTSA receives these lists from 101 manufacturers, on average, resulting in 909 burden hours (101 vehicle manufacturers × 8 hours for attorney support = 808 hours) + (101 vehicle manufacturers × 1 hour for IT support = 101 hours). NHTSA estimates that preparing and submitting each foreign defect report (foreign recall campaign) requires 1 hour of clerical staff and that translation of determinations into English requires 2 hours of technical staff (note: This assumes that all foreign campaign reports require translation, which is unlikely). Between 2016 and 2018, NHTSA received a yearly average of 227 foreign recall reports. NHTSA estimates that in each of the next three years, NHTSA will receive, on average, 227 foreign recall reports. NHTSA estimates that each report will take 3 hours (1 hour to prepare by a clerical employee and 2 hours for translation). Therefore, NHTSA estimates that the burden hours associated with submitting these reports will be 681 hours (3 hours per report × 227 reports). 1 May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, NAICS 336100—Motor Vehicle Manufacturing, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, https://www.bls.gov/oes/ current/naics4_336100.htm#15-0000. Last Accessed June 17, 2020. 2 Employer Costs for Employee Compensation, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, https:// www.bls.gov/news.release/ecec.t01.htm. Last Accessed July 30, 2020. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Requirements Under Part 579, Subpart B (Foreign Reporting) VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:17 Oct 28, 2021 Jkt 256001 PO 00000 Frm 00122 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Therefore, NHTSA estimates the total annual burden hours for reporting foreign safety campaigns and substantially similar vehicles/ equipment is 1,590 hours (909 hours for submitting annual lists + 681 hours for submitting foreign recall and safety campaign reports). This is an increase of 444 burden hours from our previous estimate (1,590 hours for current estimate—1,146 hours for previous estimate). Table 2 provides a summary of the estimated burden hours for Part 579 Subpart B submissions. E:\FR\FM\29OCN1.SGM 29OCN1 60098 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 207 / Friday, October 29, 2021 / Notices TABLE 2—BURDEN HOUR ESTIMATES FOR FOREIGN REPORTING Annual number of submissions Submission type Total burden hours Burden hours per report Foreign Recall/Safety-Related Campaign Report ........ Annual List .................................................................... 227 101 1 hour clerical + 2 hours translation = 3 hours ............ 8 hours attorney + 1 hour IT = 9 hours ....................... 681 909 Total ....................................................................... ........................ ....................................................................................... 1,590 To calculate the labor cost associated with Part 579 foreign reporting submissions, NHTSA looked at wage estimates for the type of personnel submitting the documents. As stated above, NHTSA estimates that submitting annual lists under § 579.11(e) will involve 8 hours of attorney time and 1 hour of IT work. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that the average hourly wage for Lawyers (BLS Occupation code 23–1000) in the Motor Vehicle Manufacturing Industry is $95.85 3 and the average hourly wage for Computer Support Specialists (BLS Occupation code 15–1230) in the Motor Vehicle Manufacturing Industry is $31.39.4 The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that private industry workers, wages represent 70.2% of total labor compensation costs.5 Therefore, NHTSA estimates the hourly labor costs to be $136.54 for Lawyers and $44.72 for Computer Support Specialists. NHTSA estimates the total labor cost associated with submitting one annual list to be $1,137.04 ($136.54 per hour × 8 attorney hours + $44.72 per hour × 1 IT hour) and $114,841.04 or $114,841 for all 101 annual lists NHTSA estimates will be submitted annually. NHTSA estimates that submitting each foreign recall or safety campaign report involves 1 hour of clerical work and 2 hours of translation work. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that the average hourly wage for Office Clerks (BLS Occupation code 43–9061) in the Motor Vehicle Manufacturing Industry is $20.74 6 and the average hourly wage for Interpreters and Translators (BLS Occupation code 27–3091) is $27.40.7 The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that private industry workers’ wages represent 70.2% of total labor compensation costs.8 Therefore, NHTSA estimates the hourly labor costs to be $29.54 for Office Clerks and $39.03 for Interpreters and Translators. NHTSA estimates the total labor cost associated with submitting one foreign recall or safety campaign report to be $107.60 ($29.54 per hour × 1 Clerical hour + $39.03 per hour × 2 Translator hours) and $24,425.20 or $24,425 for all 227 foreign recall or safety campaign reports NHTSA estimates will be submitted annually. Table 3 provides a summary of the labor costs associated with the foreign reporting requirements in Part 579, Subpart B. NHTSA estimates that the total labor costs associated with the annual list requirement and the requirement to report foreign recalls and safety campaigns is $139,266 ($114,841 + $24,425). TABLE 3—ANNUAL LABOR COST ESTIMATES FOR FOREIGN REPORTING Hours per submission Submission type and labor category Labor cost per submission Number of submissions Total labor cost Annual List-Lawyer .......................................................... Annual List-Computer Specialist ..................................... 8 1 $136.54 44.72 $1,092.32 44.72 101 101 Totals for Annual List ............................................... 9 ........................ 1,137.04 ........................ —Foreign Recall/Safety-Related Campaign Report-Clerical. —Foreign Recall/Safety-Related Campaign ReportTranslator. 1 29.54 29.54 227 114,841.04 or 114,841 6,705.58 2 39.03 78.06 227 17,719.62 3 ........................ 107.60 ........................ 24,425.20 or 24,425 ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ 139,266.24 or 139,266 Totals for Foreign Recall/Safety Campaign Report Total Labor Costs for Part 579 Subpart B Requirements. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Hourly labor cost 3 May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates NAICS 336100—Motor Vehicle Manufacturing, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, https://www.bls.gov/oes/ current/naics4_336100.htm#23-0000. Last accessed July 31, 2020. 4 https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/naics4_ 336100.htm#15-0000. Last accessed July 31, 2020. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:17 Oct 28, 2021 Jkt 256001 5 Employer Costs for Employee Compensation, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, https:// www.bls.gov/news.release/ecec.t01.htm. Last accessed July 31, 2020. 6 May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates NAICS 336100—Motor Vehicle Manufacturing, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, https://www.bls.gov/oes/ current/naics4_336100.htm#43-0000. Last Accessed June 17, 2020. PO 00000 Frm 00123 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 $110,324.32 4,516.72 7 May 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates United States, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/ oes_nat.htm. Last Accessed June 17, 2020. 8 Employer Costs for Employee Compensation, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, https:// www.bls.gov/news.release/ecec.t01.htm. Last Accessed July 31, 2020. E:\FR\FM\29OCN1.SGM 29OCN1 60099 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 207 / Friday, October 29, 2021 / Notices Requirements Under Part 579, Subpart C (Reporting of Early Warning Information (EWR)) The third component of this information collection covers the requirements found in Part 579 Subpart C, ‘‘Reporting of Early Warning Information.’’ Besides production information, there are five major categories requiring reporting of incidents or claims in Subpart C, with the specific requirements and applicability of those categories varying by vehicle and equipment type and, in some circumstances, manufacturer volume. Sections 579.21–27 require manufacturers to submit the following: (1) Production information; (2) reports on incidents involving death or injury in the United States that are identified in claims or notices alleging that the death or injury was caused by a possible defect; (3) reports on incidents identified in a claim against a manufacturer that involve one or more deaths in a foreign country and involve a vehicle or item of equipment that is identical or substantially similar to a vehicle or item of equipment that is offered for sale in the United States; (4) separate reports on the number of property damage claims, consumer complaints, warranty claims, and field reports that involve a specified system or event; (5) copies of field reports; and, for manufacturers of tires, (6) a list of common green tires (applicable to only tire manufacturers). Section 579.28(l) allows NHTSA to request additional related information to help identify a defect related to motor vehicle safety. The regulation specifies the time frame for reporting for each category. Foreign recalls of substantially similar vehicles and manufacturer communications are required to be submitted monthly, substantially similar vehicle listings are required annually, and all other report types are required to be submitted on a quarterly basis. Quarterly Reporting Manufacturers are required to report specific information to NHTSA on a quarterly basis (e.g., 4 times per calendar year). Manufacturers are required to submit production information,9 non-dealer field reports, aggregate submissions, and death and injury submissions on a quarterly basis. Estimates of the burden hours and reporting costs are based on: • The number of manufacturers reporting; • The frequency of required reports; • The number of hours required per report; and • The cost of personnel to report. The number of hours for reporting ranges from 1 hour for trailer manufacturers to 8 hours for light vehicle manufacturers (Table 4). Quarterly reporting burden hours are calculated by multiplying hours used to report for a given category by the number of manufacturers for the category and by the four times per year quarterly reporting. Using these methods and the average number of manufacturers who report annually, we estimate the annual burden hours for quarterly reporting of production information at 5,216 hours as detailed below in Table 4. NHTSA assumes that 50 percent of the total burden hours are utilized by technical personnel while clerical staff consumes the remaining 50 percent. In other words, the hourly wage rate for each quarterly report is split evenly between technical and clerical personnel and a weighted hourly rate is developed from this assumption. Therefore, using the BLS total hourly compensation rates discussed above of $44.72 for a Computer Support Specialist and $29.54 for an Office Clerk, the weighted hourly rate is $37.13 (Technical Mean Hourly Wage of $44.72 × 0.5 + Clerical Mean Hourly Wage of $29.54 × 0.5). The estimated reporting costs are calculated as follows: (M × Tp × $37.13 = quarterly cost of reporting) × 4 = annual cost of reporting* *M = Manufacturers reporting data in the category; Tp = Reporting time for the category; $37.13 = Reporting labor cost compensation rate; 4 = Quarterly reports per year For example, the estimated reporting cost for light vehicles is $42,773.76 (36 manufacturers × 8 hours × $37.13 compensation rate × 4 quarters), and the total annual labor costs associated with quarterly reporting are estimated to be $193,670. Table 4 includes the estimated burden hours and reporting costs for production information, nondealer field reports, aggregate submissions, and death and injury submissions, as well as the quarterly and annual labor costs associated with reporting. TABLE 4—ESTIMATED MANUFACTURER ANNUAL BURDEN HOURS AND LABOR COSTS FOR QUARTERLY REPORTING Avg. No. of manufacturers khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Vehicle/equipment category Quarterly hours to report per manufacturer Blended hourly comp. rate Quarterly labor costs per manufacturer Annual burden hours for reporting Annual labor costs Light Vehicles ............................................. Medium-Heavy Vehicles ............................ Trailers ....................................................... Motorcycles ................................................ Emergency Vehicles .................................. Buses ......................................................... Tires ........................................................... Child Restraints .......................................... Vehicle Equipment ..................................... 36 39 96 15 8 33 32 42 36 8 5 1 2 5 5 5 1 8 $37.13 37.13 37.13 37.13 37.13 37.13 37.13 37.13 37.13 $297.04 185.65 37.13 74.26 185.65 185.65 185.65 37.13 297.04 1,152 780 384 120 160 660 640 168 1,152 $42,773.76 28,961.40 14,257.92 4,455.60 5,940.80 24,505.80 23,763.20 6,237.84 42,773.76 Totals .................................................. .................... 40 ........................ ........................ 5,216 193,670.08 or 193,670 9 Low volume and equipment manufacturers are not required to submit production information. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:17 Oct 28, 2021 Jkt 256001 PO 00000 Frm 00124 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\29OCN1.SGM 29OCN1 60100 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 207 / Friday, October 29, 2021 / Notices Early Warning Reporting (EWR) Field Data Submissions 10 Table 5 provides an average annual submission count for each category submitted per the requirements of 49 CFR part 579, subpart C: reports on incidents identified in claims or notices involving death or injury in the United States; reports on incidents involving one or more deaths in a foreign country identified in claims involving a vehicle or item of equipment that is identical or substantially similar to a vehicle or item of equipment that is offered for sale in the United States; separate reports on the number of property damage claims, consumer complaints, warranty claims, and field reports that involve a specified system or event; copies of field reports; and, for manufacturers of tires; a list of common green tires; and additional follow-up information per 579.28(l) related to injury and fatality claims or comprehensive inquiries. Each reporting category has specific requirements and types of reports that need to be submitted and we state ‘‘N/A’’ where there is no requirement for that reporting category. TABLE 5—ANNUAL AVERAGE OF EWR SUBMISSIONS BY MANUFACTURERS [2016—2018] Category of claims Incidents Involving Injury or Fatality in U.S. Incidents Involving Fatality in Foreign Country ................... Reports on Number of Claims Involving Specific System or Event .............. Mfr. Field Reports ............... Common Green Tire Reporting Average Number of Follow-Up Sequences per 579.28(l) ......... Totals: ........ Light vehicles Heavy, med vehicles Trailers Motorcycles Emergency vehicles Buses Child restraints Tires Equipment mfr. Totals 11,124 39 30 133 8 33 58 453 9 11,887 146 6 5 2 0 1 3 167 0 330 10,261 666 91 40 0 0 1,154 NA NA 12,212 66,722 16,639 20 1,301 0 0 NA 3,727 NA 88,409 NA NA NA NA NA NA 112 NA NA 112 148 10 3 5 1 1 3 17 2 190 88,401 17,360 149 1,481 9 35 1,330 4,364 11 113,140 The above updated submission totals represent an 12% increase from the previously approved information collection. Submission totals for each category have risen with an average of 11,887 injury and fatality claims in the United States (previously 9,804 claims), 330 foreign death claims (previously 101 claims), 12,212 claims involving specific system or event (previously 11,481 claims), 88,409 manufacturer field reports (previously 79,297 field reports), 112 common green tire reports, and 190 injury and fatality or comprehensive inquiry follow-up sequences per 579.28(l), totaling 113,140 submissions on average (previously estimated at 100,683 submissions). The agency estimates that an average of 5 minutes is required for a manufacturer to process each report, except for foreign death claims and follow-up responses. We estimate foreign death claims and follow-up responses per § 579.28(l) require an average of 15 minutes to process. Multiplying the total average number of minutes by the number of submissions NHTSA receives in each reporting category yields the burden hour estimates found below in Table 6. Our previous estimates of Early Warning associated burden hours totaled 8,407, and we now update that total to 9,515 burden hours, a 13.2% increase, associated with the above noted claim categories. TABLE 6—ANNUAL MANUFACTURER BURDEN HOUR ESTIMATES FOR EWR SUBMISSIONS Annual average of EWR submissions khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Category of claims Average time to process each report (min) Estimated annual burden hours Incidents Involving Injury or Fatality in U.S. ..................................................................... Incidents Involving Fatality in Foreign Country ................................................................ Reports on Number of Claims Involving Specific System or Event ................................. Mfr. Field Reports ............................................................................................................. Common Green Tire Reporting ........................................................................................ Average Number of Follow-Up Sequences per 579.28(l) ................................................ 11,887 330 12,212 88,409 112 190 5 ............................... 15 ............................. 5 ............................... 5 ............................... 5 ............................... 15 ............................. 990.58 82.50 1,017.67 7,367.42 9.33 47.5 Totals ......................................................................................................................... 113,140 Submissions ................................... 9,515 10 Field data includes incidents identified in claims or notices involving deaths or injuries and VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:54 Oct 28, 2021 Jkt 256001 consumer complaint, field report, property damage claim and warranty claim data. PO 00000 Frm 00125 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\29OCN1.SGM 29OCN1 60101 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 207 / Friday, October 29, 2021 / Notices Thus, the total estimated annual manufacturer burden hours for Sections 579.21–28 (EWR submissions and quarterly reporting) are 14,731 hours (5,216 (Table 4) + 9,515 (Table 6). We have also constructed various estimates of the average five minutes of labor among the various occupations depending on the type of claim that was reviewed. Table 7 shows the estimated time allocations that it will take an individual to review each type of claim (in minutes) and the weighted hourly rate for individuals involved. TABLE 7—ESTIMATED MANUFACTURER TIME ALLOCATION BY CLAIM TYPE AND WEIGHTED HOURLY RATE Estimated time (in minutes) to review a claim Claim type Lawyer (rate: $136.54 11) Incidents Involving Injury or Fatality in U.S. ............................. Incidents Involving Fatality in Foreign Country ......................... Reports on Number of Claims Involving Specific System or Event ...................................................................................... Mfr. Field Reports ..................................................................... Green Tire Events ..................................................................... Average Number of Follow-Up Sequences per 579.28(l) ........ Engineer (rate $63.03 12) IT (rate: $66.82 13) Technical (rate: $44.72 14) Weighted hourly rate Total time 3 3 0 10 0 0 0 0 2 2 5 15 $93.74 73.27 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 2 2 5 2 5 5 5 15 38.65 38.65 29.54 73.27 K × T × W = Costs for claim type * The total labor costs for claims documents were obtained using the following formula: Clerical (rate: $29.54 15) Table 8 shows the annual labor costs of reporting EWR information to NHTSA. * K = Claims submitted by industry; T = Estimated time spent on a claim; W = Weighted Hourly Rate. TABLE 8—ESTIMATED EWR ANNUAL LABOR COSTS BY CATEGORY Annual average of EWR submissions Category of claims Incidents Involving Injury or Fatality in U.S. .................. Incidents Involving Fatality in Foreign Country ............. Reports on Number of Claims Involving Specific System or Event ............................................................... Mfr. Field Reports .......................................................... Common Green Tire Reporting ..................................... Average Number of Follow-Up Sequences per 579.28(l) ..................................................................... Totals ...................................................................... Estimated labor cost per submission Weighted hourly rate Estimated annual labor cost 11,887 330 5 15 $93.74 73.27 $7.81 18.32 $92,857.28 6,044.78 12,212 88,409 112 5 5 5 38.65 38.65 29.54 3.22 3.22 2.46 39,332.82 284,750.65 275.71 190 15 73.27 18.32 3,480.33 113,140 ........................ ........................ ........................ 426,741.56 or 426,742 In addition to the burden associated with submitting documents under each subpart of Part 579, NHTSA also estimates that manufacturers will incur computer maintenance burden hours associated with the information collection requirements. The estimated manufacturer burden hours associated with aggregate data submissions for consumer complaints, warranty claims, and dealer field reports are included in reporting and computer maintenance hours. The burden hours for computer maintenance are calculated by multiplying the hours of computer use (for a given category) by the number of manufacturers reporting in a category. NHTSA estimates that light vehicle manufacturers will spend approximately 347 hours per year on computer maintenance and that other vehicle manufacturers will spend about 25% as much time as light vehicle manufacturers on computer maintenance. Therefore, NHTSA estimates that medium-heavy truck, trailer, motorcycle manufacturers, emergency vehicle, and bus manufacturers will each spend approximately 86.5 hours on computer maintenance each year. NHTSA estimates that tire manufacturers and child restraint manufacturers will also spend 86.5 hours on computer maintenance per year. Therefore, NHTSA estimates the total burden for computer maintenance to be 35,415 hours per year (based on there being an estimated 36 light vehicle manufacturers, 39 medium-heavy vehicle manufacturers, 96 trailer 11 May 2019 National Industry-Specific Wage Estimates,—Motor Vehicle Manufacturing, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Lawyers (Code 23–1000), $95.85, https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/naics4_ 336100.htm#23-0000, divided by 70.2% for compensation rate, https://www.bls.gov/ news.release/ecec.t01.htm. 12 May 2019 National Industry-Specific Wage Estimates—Motor Vehicle Manufacturing, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Engineers (Code 17– 2000), $44.25, https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/ naics4_336100.htm#17-0000, divided by 70.2% for compensation rate, https://www.bls.gov/ news.release/ecec.t01.htm. 13 May 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Computer and Information Analysts (Code 15– 1210), $46.91, https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ nat.htm#15-0000, divided by 70.2% for compensation rate, https://www.bls.gov/ news.release/ecec.t01.htm. 14 May 2019 National Industry-Specific Wage Estimates—Motor Vehicle Manufacturing, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Computer Support Analyst (Code 15–1230), $31.39. https:// www.bls.gov/oes/current/naics4_336100.htm#150000, divided by 70.2% for compensation rate, https://www.bls.gov/news.release/ecec.t01.htm. 15 May 2019 National Industry-Specific Wage Estimates—Motor Vehicle Manufacturing, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office Clerks (Code 43– 9061), $20.74, https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/ naics4_336100.htm#43-0000, divided by 70.2% for compensation rate, https://www.bls.gov/ news.release/ecec.t01.htm. Computer Maintenance Burden khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Average time to process each report (min) VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:54 Oct 28, 2021 Jkt 256001 PO 00000 Frm 00126 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\29OCN1.SGM 29OCN1 60102 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 207 / Friday, October 29, 2021 / Notices manufacturers, 15 motorcycle manufacturers, 8 emergency vehicle manufacturers, 33 bus manufacturers, 32 tire manufacturers, and 42 child restraint manufactures). To calculate the labor cost associated with computer maintenance hours, NHTSA looked at wage estimates for the type of personnel submitting the documents. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that the average hourly wage for Computer Support Specialists (BLS Occupation code 15–1230) in the Motor Vehicle Manufacturing Industry is $31.39.16 The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that private industry workers’ wages represent 70.2% of total labor compensation costs.17 Therefore, NHTSA estimates the hourly labor costs to be $44.72 for Computer Support Specialists. For the estimated total of 35,415 annual computer maintenance burden hours, NHTSA estimates the associated labor costs will be approximately $1,583,736. Table 9 shows the annual estimated burden hours for computer maintenance by vehicle/equipment category and the estimated labor costs associated with those burden hours. TABLE 9—ESTIMATED MANUFACTURER ANNUAL BURDEN HOURS FOR COMPUTER MAINTENANCE FOR REPORTING Avg. No. of manufacturers Vehicle/equipment category Hours for computer maintenance per manufacturer Average hourly labor cost Total labor costs Light Vehicles ........................................................... Medium-Heavy Vehicles .......................................... Trailers ..................................................................... Motorcycles .............................................................. Emergency Vehicles ................................................ Buses ....................................................................... Tires ......................................................................... Child Restraints ........................................................ 36 39 96 15 8 33 32 42 347 86.5 86.5 86.5 86.5 86.5 86.5 86.5 $44.72 44.72 44.72 44.72 44.72 44.72 44.72 44.72 12,492 3,373.5 8,304 1,297.5 692 2,854.5 2,768 3,633 $558,642.24 150,862.92 371,352.88 58,024.20 30,946.24 127,653.24 123,784.96 162,467.76 Totals ................................................................ ........................ ........................ ........................ 35,414.5; 35,415 1,583,736.44; 1,583,736 hours is due to increases in the number of submissions and modifying this request to include reporting for common green tires and additional information requested by NHTSA per Section 579.28(l) that were left out of the previous information collection request. The wage estimates have been adjusted to reflect the latest available rates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Estimated Total Annual Burden Cost: NHTSA estimates the collection requires no additional costs to the respondents beyond the labor costs associated with the burden hours to collect and submit the reports to TABLE 9—TOTAL MANUFACTURER BURDEN HOURS FOR THIS COLLECTION NHTSA and the labor hours and associated labor costs for computer maintenance. Annual burden Reporting type Public Comments Invited: You are hours asked to comment on any aspects of this Subpart A: Manufacturer information collection, including (a) Communications § 579.5 whether the proposed collection of (Table 1) ............................ 2,074 information is necessary for the proper Subpart B: Foreign Reporting performance of the functions of the (Table 2) ............................ 1,590 agency, including whether the Subpart C: EWR Submisinformation will have practical utility; sions and Quarterly Reporting (Tables 4 & 6) ....... 14,731 (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate Computer Maintenance ........ 35,415 of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of Total .................................. 53,810 the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility The burden estimates represent an and clarity of the information to be overall increase in burden hours of collected; and (d) ways to minimize the 4,567 hours. The increase in burden burden of the collection of information Based on the foregoing, we estimate the burden hours for industry to comply with the current Part 579 reporting requirements (EWR requirements, foreign campaign requirements and Part 579.5 requirements) to be 53,810 hours per year. The total annual burden hours for this information collection consisting of manufacturer communications under Section 579.5 (Subpart A), foreign reporting (Subpart B), EWR submissions and reporting (Subpart C), and computer maintenance is outlined in Table 9 below. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Annual burden hours for computer maintenance 16 https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/naics4_ 336100.htm#15-0000. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:54 Oct 28, 2021 Jkt 256001 17 Employer Costs for Employee Compensation, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, https:// PO 00000 Frm 00127 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 on respondents, 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. Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995; 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended; 49 CFR 1.49; and DOT Order 1351.29. Stephen A. Ridella, Director, Office of Defects Investigation. [FR Doc. 2021–23248 Filed 10–28–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–59–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration [Docket No. PHMSA–2017–0163] Pipeline Safety: Request for Special Permit; Colorado Interstate Gas Company, LLC Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: PHMSA is publishing this notice to solicit public comments on a request for special permit received from the Colorado Interstate Gas Company, SUMMARY: www.bls.gov/news.release/ecec.t01.htm. Last Accessed July 31, 2020. E:\FR\FM\29OCN1.SGM 29OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 207 (Friday, October 29, 2021)]
[Notices]
[Pages 60095-60102]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

[Docket Number NHTSA-2020-0101]


Agency Information Collection Activities; Notice and Request for 
Comment; Reporting of Information and Documents About Potential Defects

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

ACTION: Notice and request for public comments on a reinstatement with 
modification of a previously approved collection of information.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), 
this notice announces that the Information Collection Request (ICR) 
summarized below will be submitted to the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The ICR describes the nature of 
the information collection and its expected burden. The National 
Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) invites public comments 
about our intention to request Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
approval for an extension of a currently approved information 
collection for reporting of information and documents about potential 
defects. A Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period 
soliciting comments on the following information collection was 
published on December 29, 2020. No comments were received.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before November 29, 2021.

ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations for the proposed 
information collection, including suggestions for reducing burden, 
should

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be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget at www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. To find this particular information collection, 
select ``Currently under Review--Open for Public Comment'' or use the 
search function.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information or access 
to background documents, contact, Jeff Quandt, Trends Analysis Division 
(NEF-108), Room W48-312, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 1200 New Jersey Ave., Washington, DC 20590. Telephone: 
(202) 366-5207. Please identify the relevant collection of information 
by referring to its OMB Control Number.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), a 
Federal agency must receive approval from the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) before it collects certain information from the public, 
and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information 
by a Federal agency unless the collection displays a valid OMB control 
number. In compliance with these requirements, this notice announces 
that the following information collection request will be submitted 
OMB.
    A Federal Register notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting 
public comments on the following information collection was published 
on December 29, 2020 (85 FR 85848). No comments were received.
    Title: Reporting of Information and Documents about Potential 
Defects.
    OMB Control Number: 2127-0616.
    Form Number: 2020-28766.
    Type of Request: Reinstatement with modification of a previously 
approved information collection.
    Type of Review Requested: Regular.
    Length of Approval Requested: 3 years from date of approval.
    Summary of the Collection of Information: This notice requests 
comment on NHTSA's intention to seek approval from OMB to reinstate 
with modification a previously approved collection of information, OMB 
No. 2127-0616, covering requirements in 49 CFR 579, Reporting of 
Information and Communications about Potential Defects. part 579 
implements, and addresses with more specificity, requirements from the 
Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability, and Documentation 
(TREAD) Act (Pub. L. 106-414), which was enacted on November 1, 2000, 
and are codified at 49 U.S.C. 30166.
    The purpose of part 579 is to enhance motor vehicle safety by 
specifying information and documents that manufacturers of motor 
vehicles and motor vehicle equipment must provide to NHTSA with respect 
to possible safety-related defects and non-compliances in their 
products, including the reporting of safety recalls and other safety 
campaigns the manufacturers conduct outside the United States. Under 
Part 579, there are three categories of reporting requirements: (1) 
Requirements at Sec.  579.5 to submit notices, bulletins, customer 
satisfaction campaigns, consumer advisories, and other communications 
(found in Subpart A of Part 579); (2) requirements at Sec.  579.11 to 
submit information related to safety recalls and other safety campaigns 
in foreign countries (found in Subpart B of part 579); and (3) 
requirements at Sec. Sec.  579.21-28 to submit Early Warning 
Information (found in Subpart C of part 579). The Early Warning 
Reporting (EWR) requirements (49 U.S.C. 30166(m); 49 CFR part 579, 
subpart C) specify that manufacturers of motor vehicles and motor 
vehicle equipment must submit to NHTSA information, periodically or 
upon NHTSA's request, that includes specified claims for deaths and 
serious injuries, property damage data, communications from customers 
and others, and other information that assists NHTSA in identifying 
potential safety-related defects. The intent of this information 
collection is to provide early warning of such potential safety-related 
defects to NHTSA.
    Description of the Need for the Information and Proposed Use of the 
Information: The information required under 49 U.S.C. 30166 and 49 CFR 
part 579 is used by NHTSA to promptly identify potential safety-related 
defects in motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment in the United 
States. When a trend in incidents arising from a potentially safety-
related defect is discovered, NHTSA relies on this information, along 
with other agency data, to determine whether to open a defect 
investigation.
    Affected Public: Manufacturers of motor vehicles and motor vehicle 
equipment.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: NHTSA receives Part 579 
submissions from approximately 337 manufacturers per year. Therefore, 
we estimate that there will be a total of 337 respondents to this 
information collection per year.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: When this approved information 
collection was last renewed in June 2017, NHTSA estimated the annual 
burden associated with this collection to be 49,243 burden hours. NHTSA 
is updating these estimates to better align with the current volume of 
submissions and to include reporting requirements for common green 
tires and follow-up sequences (per Sec.  579.28(l)), which were 
inadvertently omitted from the previous information collection request. 
NHTSA now estimates that the annual burden hours associated with this 
collection are 53,810 hours.
    NHTSA estimated the burdens associated with this collection by 
calculating the burden associated with submitting information under 
each subpart of Part 579. In addition to these burdens, NHTSA also 
estimates that manufacturers will incur computer maintenance burden 
hours, which are estimated on a per manufacturer basis.

Requirements Under Part 579, Subpart A

    The first component of this collection request covers the 
requirements found in Part 579 Subpart A, Sec.  579.5, Notices, 
bulletins, customer satisfaction campaigns, consumer advisories, and 
other communications. Section 579.5 requires manufactures to furnish 
(1) a copy of all notices, bulletins, and other communications sent to 
more than one manufacturer, distributor, dealer, lessor, lessee, owner, 
or purchaser, in the United States, regarding any defect in its 
vehicles or items of equipment (including any failure or malfunction 
beyond normal deterioration in use, or any failure of performance, or 
any flaw or unintended deviation from design specifications), whether 
or not such defect is safety-related and (2) a copy of each 
communication relating to a customer satisfaction campaign, consumer 
advisory, recall, or other safety activity involving the repair or 
replacement of motor vehicles or equipment, that the manufacturer 
issued to, or made available to, more than one dealer, distributor, 
lessor, lessee, other manufacturer, owner, or purchaser, in the United 
States. Manufacturers are required to submit these documents monthly. 
Section 579.5 does not require manufacturers to create these documents. 
Instead, only copies of these documents must be submitted to NHTSA, and 
manufacturers must index these communications and email them to NHTSA 
within 5 working days after the end of the month in which they were 
issued. Therefore, the burden hours are only those associated with 
collecting the documents and submitting copies to NHTSA.
    NHTSA estimates that it receives approximately 24,884 notices a 
year. We estimate that it takes about 5 minutes to collect, index, and 
send each notice to NHTSA. Therefore, we estimate that it takes 2,074 
hours for manufacturers to submit notices as required under

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Section 579.5 (24,884 notices x 5 minutes = 124,420 minutes or 2,074 
hours).
    To calculate the labor cost associated with submitting Section 
579.5 notices, bulletins, customer satisfaction campaigns, consumer 
advisories and other communications that are sent to more than one 
dealer or owner, NHTSA looked at wage estimates for the type of 
personnel submitting the documents. While some manufacturers employ 
clerical staff to collect and submit the documents, others use 
technical computer support staff to complete the task. Because we do 
not know what percent of the work is completed by clerical or technical 
computer support staff, NHTSA estimates the total labor costs 
associated with these burden hours by looking at the average wage for 
the higher paid technical computer support staff. The Bureau of Labor 
Statistics (BLS) estimates that the average hourly wage for Computer 
Support Specialists (BLS Occupation code 15-1230) in the Motor Vehicle 
Manufacturing Industry is $31.39.\1\ The Bureau of Labor Statistics 
estimates that private industry workers' wages represent 70.2% of total 
labor compensation costs.\2\ Therefore, NHTSA estimates the hourly 
labor costs to be $44.72 for Computer Support Specialists. The labor 
cost per submission is estimated to be $3.73 ($44.72 x 5 minutes). 
NHTSA estimates the total labor cost associated with the 2,074 burden 
hours for Sec.  579.5 submissions to be $92,817.32 ($3.73 x 24,884 
submissions). Table 1 provides a summary of the burden estimates using 
the average annual submission count for monthly reports submitted 
pursuant to Sec.  579.5 and the estimated burden hours and labor costs 
associated with those submissions.
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    \1\ May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment 
and Wage Estimates, NAICS 336100--Motor Vehicle Manufacturing, U.S. 
Bureau of Labor Statistics, https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/naics4_336100.htm#15-0000. Last Accessed June 17, 2020.
    \2\ Employer Costs for Employee Compensation, U.S. Bureau of 
Labor Statistics, https://www.bls.gov/news.release/ecec.t01.htm. 
Last Accessed July 30, 2020.

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24,884..........................................................       5 minutes           $44.72            $3.73            2,074       $92,817.32 or
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Requirements Under Part 579, Subpart B (Foreign Reporting)

    The second component of this information collection request covers 
the requirements found in Part 579 Subpart B, ``Reporting of Safety 
Recalls and Other Safety Campaigns in Foreign Countries.'' Pursuant to 
Sec.  579.11, whenever a manufacturer determines to conduct a safety 
recall or other safety campaign in a foreign country, or whenever a 
foreign government has determined that a safety recall or other safety 
campaign must be conducted, covering a motor vehicle, item of motor 
vehicle equipment, or tire that is identical or substantially similar 
to a vehicle, item of equipment, or tire sold or offered for sale in 
the United States, the manufacturer must report to NHTSA not later than 
5 working days after the manufacturer makes such determination or 
receives written notification of the foreign government's 
determination. Section 579.11(e) also requires each manufacturer of 
motor vehicles to submit, not later than November 1 of each year, a 
document that identifies foreign products and their domestic 
counterparts.
    In order to provide the information required for foreign safety 
campaigns, manufacturers must (1) determine whether vehicles or 
equipment that are covered by a foreign safety recall or other safety 
campaign are identical or substantially similar to vehicles or 
equipment sold in the United States, (2) prepare and submit reports of 
these campaigns to the agency, and (3) where a determination or notice 
has been made in a language other than English, translate the 
determination or notice into English before transmitting it to the 
agency.
    NHTSA estimates that there is no burden associated with determining 
whether an individual safety recall covers a foreign motor vehicle or 
item of motor vehicle equipment that is identical or substantially 
similar to those sold in the United States because manufacturers can 
simply consult the list that they are required to submit each year. 
Therefore, the only burden associated with making the determination of 
whether a foreign safety recall or other safety campaign is required to 
be reported to NHTSA is the burden associated with creating the annual 
list. NHTSA continues to estimate that it takes approximately 9 hours 
per manufacturer to develop and submit the list. The 9 hours are 
comprised of 8 attorney hours and 1 hour for IT work. NHTSA receives 
these lists from 101 manufacturers, on average, resulting in 909 burden 
hours (101 vehicle manufacturers x 8 hours for attorney support = 808 
hours) + (101 vehicle manufacturers x 1 hour for IT support = 101 
hours).
    NHTSA estimates that preparing and submitting each foreign defect 
report (foreign recall campaign) requires 1 hour of clerical staff and 
that translation of determinations into English requires 2 hours of 
technical staff (note: This assumes that all foreign campaign reports 
require translation, which is unlikely). Between 2016 and 2018, NHTSA 
received a yearly average of 227 foreign recall reports. NHTSA 
estimates that in each of the next three years, NHTSA will receive, on 
average, 227 foreign recall reports. NHTSA estimates that each report 
will take 3 hours (1 hour to prepare by a clerical employee and 2 hours 
for translation). Therefore, NHTSA estimates that the burden hours 
associated with submitting these reports will be 681 hours (3 hours per 
report x 227 reports).
    Therefore, NHTSA estimates the total annual burden hours for 
reporting foreign safety campaigns and substantially similar vehicles/
equipment is 1,590 hours (909 hours for submitting annual lists + 681 
hours for submitting foreign recall and safety campaign reports). This 
is an increase of 444 burden hours from our previous estimate (1,590 
hours for current estimate--1,146 hours for previous estimate). Table 2 
provides a summary of the estimated burden hours for Part 579 Subpart B 
submissions.

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                              Table 2--Burden Hour Estimates for Foreign Reporting
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Foreign Recall/Safety-Related Campaign                  227  1 hour clerical + 2 hours                       681
 Report.                                                      translation = 3 hours.
Annual List................................             101  8 hours attorney + 1 hour IT = 9                909
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    To calculate the labor cost associated with Part 579 foreign 
reporting submissions, NHTSA looked at wage estimates for the type of 
personnel submitting the documents. As stated above, NHTSA estimates 
that submitting annual lists under Sec.  579.11(e) will involve 8 hours 
of attorney time and 1 hour of IT work. The Bureau of Labor Statistics 
(BLS) estimates that the average hourly wage for Lawyers (BLS 
Occupation code 23-1000) in the Motor Vehicle Manufacturing Industry is 
$95.85 \3\ and the average hourly wage for Computer Support Specialists 
(BLS Occupation code 15-1230) in the Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 
Industry is $31.39.\4\ The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that 
private industry workers, wages represent 70.2% of total labor 
compensation costs.\5\ Therefore, NHTSA estimates the hourly labor 
costs to be $136.54 for Lawyers and $44.72 for Computer Support 
Specialists. NHTSA estimates the total labor cost associated with 
submitting one annual list to be $1,137.04 ($136.54 per hour x 8 
attorney hours + $44.72 per hour x 1 IT hour) and $114,841.04 or 
$114,841 for all 101 annual lists NHTSA estimates will be submitted 
annually.
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    \3\ May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment 
and Wage Estimates NAICS 336100--Motor Vehicle Manufacturing, U.S. 
Bureau of Labor Statistics, https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/naics4_336100.htm#23-0000. Last accessed July 31, 2020.
    \4\ https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/naics4_336100.htm#15-0000. 
Last accessed July 31, 2020.
    \5\ Employer Costs for Employee Compensation, U.S. Bureau of 
Labor Statistics, https://www.bls.gov/news.release/ecec.t01.htm. 
Last accessed July 31, 2020.
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    NHTSA estimates that submitting each foreign recall or safety 
campaign report involves 1 hour of clerical work and 2 hours of 
translation work. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that 
the average hourly wage for Office Clerks (BLS Occupation code 43-9061) 
in the Motor Vehicle Manufacturing Industry is $20.74 \6\ and the 
average hourly wage for Interpreters and Translators (BLS Occupation 
code 27-3091) is $27.40.\7\ The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates 
that private industry workers' wages represent 70.2% of total labor 
compensation costs.\8\ Therefore, NHTSA estimates the hourly labor 
costs to be $29.54 for Office Clerks and $39.03 for Interpreters and 
Translators. NHTSA estimates the total labor cost associated with 
submitting one foreign recall or safety campaign report to be $107.60 
($29.54 per hour x 1 Clerical hour + $39.03 per hour x 2 Translator 
hours) and $24,425.20 or $24,425 for all 227 foreign recall or safety 
campaign reports NHTSA estimates will be submitted annually.
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    \6\ May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment 
and Wage Estimates NAICS 336100--Motor Vehicle Manufacturing, U.S. 
Bureau of Labor Statistics, https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/naics4_336100.htm#43-0000. Last Accessed June 17, 2020.
    \7\ May 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates 
United States, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm. Last Accessed June 17, 2020.
    \8\ Employer Costs for Employee Compensation, U.S. Bureau of 
Labor Statistics, https://www.bls.gov/news.release/ecec.t01.htm. 
Last Accessed July 31, 2020.
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    Table 3 provides a summary of the labor costs associated with the 
foreign reporting requirements in Part 579, Subpart B. NHTSA estimates 
that the total labor costs associated with the annual list requirement 
and the requirement to report foreign recalls and safety campaigns is 
$139,266 ($114,841 + $24,425).

                           Table 3--Annual Labor Cost Estimates for Foreign Reporting
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           category               submission         cost         submission      submissions   Total labor cost
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Annual List-Lawyer............               8         $136.54       $1,092.32             101  $110,324.32
Annual List-Computer                         1           44.72           44.72             101  4,516.72
 Specialist.
                               ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Totals for Annual List....               9  ..............        1,137.04  ..............  114,841.04 or
                                                                                                 114,841
--Foreign Recall/Safety-                     1           29.54           29.54             227  6,705.58
 Related Campaign Report-
 Clerical.
--Foreign Recall/Safety-                     2           39.03           78.06             227  17,719.62
 Related Campaign Report-
 Translator.
                               ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Totals for Foreign Recall/               3  ..............          107.60  ..............  24,425.20 or
     Safety Campaign Report.                                                                     24,425
                               ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
        Total Labor Costs for   ..............  ..............  ..............  ..............  139,266.24 or
         Part 579 Subpart B                                                                      139,266
         Requirements.
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Requirements Under Part 579, Subpart C (Reporting of Early Warning 
Information (EWR))

    The third component of this information collection covers the 
requirements found in Part 579 Subpart C, ``Reporting of Early Warning 
Information.'' Besides production information, there are five major 
categories requiring reporting of incidents or claims in Subpart C, 
with the specific requirements and applicability of those categories 
varying by vehicle and equipment type and, in some circumstances, 
manufacturer volume. Sections 579.21-27 require manufacturers to submit 
the following: (1) Production information; (2) reports on incidents 
involving death or injury in the United States that are identified in 
claims or notices alleging that the death or injury was caused by a 
possible defect; (3) reports on incidents identified in a claim against 
a manufacturer that involve one or more deaths in a foreign country and 
involve a vehicle or item of equipment that is identical or 
substantially similar to a vehicle or item of equipment that is offered 
for sale in the United States; (4) separate reports on the number of 
property damage claims, consumer complaints, warranty claims, and field 
reports that involve a specified system or event; (5) copies of field 
reports; and, for manufacturers of tires, (6) a list of common green 
tires (applicable to only tire manufacturers). Section 579.28(l) allows 
NHTSA to request additional related information to help identify a 
defect related to motor vehicle safety. The regulation specifies the 
time frame for reporting for each category. Foreign recalls of 
substantially similar vehicles and manufacturer communications are 
required to be submitted monthly, substantially similar vehicle 
listings are required annually, and all other report types are required 
to be submitted on a quarterly basis.

Quarterly Reporting

    Manufacturers are required to report specific information to NHTSA 
on a quarterly basis (e.g., 4 times per calendar year). Manufacturers 
are required to submit production information,\9\ non-dealer field 
reports, aggregate submissions, and death and injury submissions on a 
quarterly basis. Estimates of the burden hours and reporting costs are 
based on:
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    \9\ Low volume and equipment manufacturers are not required to 
submit production information.
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     The number of manufacturers reporting;
     The frequency of required reports;
     The number of hours required per report; and
     The cost of personnel to report.
    The number of hours for reporting ranges from 1 hour for trailer 
manufacturers to 8 hours for light vehicle manufacturers (Table 4). 
Quarterly reporting burden hours are calculated by multiplying hours 
used to report for a given category by the number of manufacturers for 
the category and by the four times per year quarterly reporting. Using 
these methods and the average number of manufacturers who report 
annually, we estimate the annual burden hours for quarterly reporting 
of production information at 5,216 hours as detailed below in Table 4.
    NHTSA assumes that 50 percent of the total burden hours are 
utilized by technical personnel while clerical staff consumes the 
remaining 50 percent. In other words, the hourly wage rate for each 
quarterly report is split evenly between technical and clerical 
personnel and a weighted hourly rate is developed from this assumption. 
Therefore, using the BLS total hourly compensation rates discussed 
above of $44.72 for a Computer Support Specialist and $29.54 for an 
Office Clerk, the weighted hourly rate is $37.13 (Technical Mean Hourly 
Wage of $44.72 x 0.5 + Clerical Mean Hourly Wage of $29.54 x 0.5). The 
estimated reporting costs are calculated as follows:

(M x Tp x $37.13 = quarterly cost of reporting) x 4 = annual 
cost of reporting*

*M = Manufacturers reporting data in the category; Tp = 
Reporting time for the category; $37.13 = Reporting labor cost 
compensation rate; 4 = Quarterly reports per year

For example, the estimated reporting cost for light vehicles is 
$42,773.76 (36 manufacturers x 8 hours x $37.13 compensation rate x 4 
quarters), and the total annual labor costs associated with quarterly 
reporting are estimated to be $193,670. Table 4 includes the estimated 
burden hours and reporting costs for production information, non-dealer 
field reports, aggregate submissions, and death and injury submissions, 
as well as the quarterly and annual labor costs associated with 
reporting.

                               Table 4--Estimated Manufacturer Annual Burden Hours and Labor Costs for Quarterly Reporting
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                                                                           Quarterly                      Quarterly
                                                           Avg. No. of     hours to    Blended hourly    labor costs    Annual burden     Annual labor
               Vehicle/equipment category                 manufacturers   report per     comp. rate          per          hours for          costs
                                                                         manufacturer                   manufacturer      reporting
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Light Vehicles..........................................            36              8          $37.13         $297.04           1,152         $42,773.76
Medium-Heavy Vehicles...................................            39              5           37.13          185.65             780          28,961.40
Trailers................................................            96              1           37.13           37.13             384          14,257.92
Motorcycles.............................................            15              2           37.13           74.26             120           4,455.60
Emergency Vehicles......................................             8              5           37.13          185.65             160           5,940.80
Buses...................................................            33              5           37.13          185.65             660          24,505.80
Tires...................................................            32              5           37.13          185.65             640          23,763.20
Child Restraints........................................            42              1           37.13           37.13             168           6,237.84
Vehicle Equipment.......................................            36              8           37.13          297.04           1,152          42,773.76
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    Totals..............................................  .............            40  ..............  ..............           5,216      193,670.08 or
                                                                                                                                                 193,670
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Early Warning Reporting (EWR) Field Data Submissions \10\
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    \10\ Field data includes incidents identified in claims or 
notices involving deaths or injuries and consumer complaint, field 
report, property damage claim and warranty claim data.
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    Table 5 provides an average annual submission count for each 
category submitted per the requirements of 49 CFR part 579, subpart C: 
reports on incidents identified in claims or notices involving death or 
injury in the United States; reports on incidents involving one or more 
deaths in a foreign country identified in claims involving a vehicle or 
item of equipment that is identical or substantially similar to a 
vehicle or item of equipment that is offered for sale in the United 
States; separate reports on the number of property damage claims, 
consumer complaints, warranty claims, and field reports that involve a 
specified system or event; copies of field reports; and, for 
manufacturers of tires; a list of common green tires; and additional 
follow-up information per 579.28(l) related to injury and fatality 
claims or comprehensive inquiries. Each reporting category has specific 
requirements and types of reports that need to be submitted and we 
state ``N/A'' where there is no requirement for that reporting 
category.

                                                                   Table 5--Annual Average of EWR Submissions by Manufacturers
                                                                                          [2016--2018]
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                                                                   Light      Heavy, med                             Emergency                                Child      Equipment
                      Category of claims                          vehicles     vehicles     Trailers   Motorcycles    vehicles      Buses        Tires      restraints      mfr.        Totals
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Incidents Involving Injury or Fatality in U.S.................       11,124           39           30          133            8           33           58          453            9       11,887
Incidents Involving Fatality in Foreign Country...............          146            6            5            2            0            1            3          167            0          330
Reports on Number of Claims Involving Specific System or Event       10,261          666           91           40            0            0        1,154           NA           NA       12,212
Mfr. Field Reports............................................       66,722       16,639           20        1,301            0            0           NA        3,727           NA       88,409
Common Green Tire Reporting...................................           NA           NA           NA           NA           NA           NA          112           NA           NA          112
Average Number of Follow-Up Sequences per 579.28(l)...........          148           10            3            5            1            1            3           17            2          190
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    Totals:...................................................       88,401       17,360          149        1,481            9           35        1,330        4,364           11      113,140
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    The above updated submission totals represent an 12% increase from 
the previously approved information collection. Submission totals for 
each category have risen with an average of 11,887 injury and fatality 
claims in the United States (previously 9,804 claims), 330 foreign 
death claims (previously 101 claims), 12,212 claims involving specific 
system or event (previously 11,481 claims), 88,409 manufacturer field 
reports (previously 79,297 field reports), 112 common green tire 
reports, and 190 injury and fatality or comprehensive inquiry follow-up 
sequences per 579.28(l), totaling 113,140 submissions on average 
(previously estimated at 100,683 submissions).
    The agency estimates that an average of 5 minutes is required for a 
manufacturer to process each report, except for foreign death claims 
and follow-up responses. We estimate foreign death claims and follow-up 
responses per Sec.  579.28(l) require an average of 15 minutes to 
process. Multiplying the total average number of minutes by the number 
of submissions NHTSA receives in each reporting category yields the 
burden hour estimates found below in Table 6. Our previous estimates of 
Early Warning associated burden hours totaled 8,407, and we now update 
that total to 9,515 burden hours, a 13.2% increase, associated with the 
above noted claim categories.

                     Table 6--Annual Manufacturer Burden Hour Estimates for EWR Submissions
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                                                    Annual                                           Estimated
              Category of claims                average of EWR    Average time to  process each    annual burden
                                                  submissions             report (min)                 hours
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Incidents Involving Injury or Fatality in U.S.          11,887  5...............................          990.58
Incidents Involving Fatality in Foreign                    330  15..............................           82.50
 Country.
Reports on Number of Claims Involving Specific          12,212  5...............................        1,017.67
 System or Event.
Mfr. Field Reports............................          88,409  5...............................        7,367.42
Common Green Tire Reporting...................             112  5...............................            9.33
Average Number of Follow-Up Sequences per                  190  15..............................            47.5
 579.28(l).
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    Totals....................................         113,140  ................................           9,515
                                                   Submissions
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    Thus, the total estimated annual manufacturer burden hours for 
Sections 579.21-28 (EWR submissions and quarterly reporting) are 14,731 
hours (5,216 (Table 4) + 9,515 (Table 6).
    We have also constructed various estimates of the average five 
minutes of labor among the various occupations depending on the type of 
claim that was reviewed. Table 7 shows the estimated time allocations 
that it will take an individual to review each type of claim (in 
minutes) and the weighted hourly rate for individuals involved.

                                 Table 7--Estimated Manufacturer Time Allocation by Claim Type and Weighted Hourly Rate
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                                                                                     Estimated time (in minutes) to review a claim
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                                                                  Lawyer      Engineer                 Technical     Clerical
                          Claim type                              (rate:       (rate      IT  (rate:     (rate:       (rate:                   Weighted
                                                                 $136.54       $63.03       $66.82       $44.72       $29.54     Total time  hourly rate
                                                                  \11\)        \12\)        \13\)        \14\)        \15\)
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Incidents Involving Injury or Fatality in U.S................            3            0            0            0            2            5       $93.74
Incidents Involving Fatality in Foreign Country..............            3           10            0            0            2           15        73.27
Reports on Number of Claims Involving Specific System or                 0            0            0            3            2            5        38.65
 Event.......................................................
Mfr. Field Reports...........................................            0            0            0            3            2            5        38.65
Green Tire Events............................................            0            0            0            0            5            5        29.54
Average Number of Follow-Up Sequences per 579.28(l)..........            3           10            0            0            2           15        73.27
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    \11\ May 2019 National Industry-Specific Wage Estimates,--Motor 
Vehicle Manufacturing, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Lawyers 
(Code 23-1000), $95.85, https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/naics4_336100.htm#23-0000, divided by 70.2% for compensation rate, 
https://www.bls.gov/news.release/ecec.t01.htm.
    \12\ May 2019 National Industry-Specific Wage Estimates--Motor 
Vehicle Manufacturing, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Engineers 
(Code 17-2000), $44.25, https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/naics4_336100.htm#17-0000, divided by 70.2% for compensation rate, 
https://www.bls.gov/news.release/ecec.t01.htm.
    \13\ May 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage 
Estimates, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Computer and Information 
Analysts (Code 15-1210), $46.91, https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm#15-0000, divided by 70.2% for compensation rate, https://www.bls.gov/news.release/ecec.t01.htm.
    \14\ May 2019 National Industry-Specific Wage Estimates--Motor 
Vehicle Manufacturing, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Computer 
Support Analyst (Code 15-1230), $31.39. https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/naics4_336100.htm#15-0000, divided by 70.2% for compensation 
rate, https://www.bls.gov/news.release/ecec.t01.htm.
    \15\ May 2019 National Industry-Specific Wage Estimates--Motor 
Vehicle Manufacturing, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office 
Clerks (Code 43-9061), $20.74, https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/naics4_336100.htm#43-0000, divided by 70.2% for compensation rate, 
https://www.bls.gov/news.release/ecec.t01.htm.
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    The total labor costs for claims documents were obtained using the 
following formula:

K x T x W = Costs for claim type *

* K = Claims submitted by industry; T = Estimated time spent on a 
claim; W = Weighted Hourly Rate.

    Table 8 shows the annual labor costs of reporting EWR information 
to NHTSA.

                              Table 8--Estimated EWR Annual Labor Costs by Category
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                                                Average time
                                   Annual        to process       Weighted        Estimated     Estimated annual
      Category of claims       average of EWR    each report     hourly rate   labor cost per      labor cost
                                 submissions        (min)                        submission
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Incidents Involving Injury or          11,887               5          $93.74           $7.81         $92,857.28
 Fatality in U.S.............
Incidents Involving Fatality              330              15           73.27           18.32           6,044.78
 in Foreign Country..........
Reports on Number of Claims            12,212               5           38.65            3.22          39,332.82
 Involving Specific System or
 Event.......................
Mfr. Field Reports...........          88,409               5           38.65            3.22         284,750.65
Common Green Tire Reporting..             112               5           29.54            2.46             275.71
Average Number of Follow-Up               190              15           73.27           18.32           3,480.33
 Sequences per 579.28(l).....
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    Totals...................         113,140  ..............  ..............  ..............      426,741.56 or
                                                                                                         426,742
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Computer Maintenance Burden

    In addition to the burden associated with submitting documents 
under each subpart of Part 579, NHTSA also estimates that manufacturers 
will incur computer maintenance burden hours associated with the 
information collection requirements. The estimated manufacturer burden 
hours associated with aggregate data submissions for consumer 
complaints, warranty claims, and dealer field reports are included in 
reporting and computer maintenance hours. The burden hours for computer 
maintenance are calculated by multiplying the hours of computer use 
(for a given category) by the number of manufacturers reporting in a 
category. NHTSA estimates that light vehicle manufacturers will spend 
approximately 347 hours per year on computer maintenance and that other 
vehicle manufacturers will spend about 25% as much time as light 
vehicle manufacturers on computer maintenance. Therefore, NHTSA 
estimates that medium-heavy truck, trailer, motorcycle manufacturers, 
emergency vehicle, and bus manufacturers will each spend approximately 
86.5 hours on computer maintenance each year. NHTSA estimates that tire 
manufacturers and child restraint manufacturers will also spend 86.5 
hours on computer maintenance per year. Therefore, NHTSA estimates the 
total burden for computer maintenance to be 35,415 hours per year 
(based on there being an estimated 36 light vehicle manufacturers, 39 
medium-heavy vehicle manufacturers, 96 trailer

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manufacturers, 15 motorcycle manufacturers, 8 emergency vehicle 
manufacturers, 33 bus manufacturers, 32 tire manufacturers, and 42 
child restraint manufactures).
    To calculate the labor cost associated with computer maintenance 
hours, NHTSA looked at wage estimates for the type of personnel 
submitting the documents. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 
estimates that the average hourly wage for Computer Support Specialists 
(BLS Occupation code 15-1230) in the Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 
Industry is $31.39.\16\ The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that 
private industry workers' wages represent 70.2% of total labor 
compensation costs.\17\ Therefore, NHTSA estimates the hourly labor 
costs to be $44.72 for Computer Support Specialists. For the estimated 
total of 35,415 annual computer maintenance burden hours, NHTSA 
estimates the associated labor costs will be approximately $1,583,736. 
Table 9 shows the annual estimated burden hours for computer 
maintenance by vehicle/equipment category and the estimated labor costs 
associated with those burden hours.
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    \16\ https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/naics4_336100.htm#15-0000.
    \17\ Employer Costs for Employee Compensation, U.S. Bureau of 
Labor Statistics, https://www.bls.gov/news.release/ecec.t01.htm. 
Last Accessed July 31, 2020.

                               Table 9--Estimated Manufacturer Annual Burden Hours for Computer Maintenance for Reporting
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                                                                                       Hours for
                                                                                       computer         Average       Annual burden
                    Vehicle/equipment category                        Avg. No. of     maintenance    hourly labor       hours for      Total labor costs
                                                                     manufacturers        per            cost            computer
                                                                                     manufacturer                      maintenance
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Light Vehicles....................................................              36             347          $44.72             12,492        $558,642.24
Medium-Heavy Vehicles.............................................              39            86.5           44.72            3,373.5         150,862.92
Trailers..........................................................              96            86.5           44.72              8,304         371,352.88
Motorcycles.......................................................              15            86.5           44.72            1,297.5          58,024.20
Emergency Vehicles................................................               8            86.5           44.72                692          30,946.24
Buses.............................................................              33            86.5           44.72            2,854.5         127,653.24
Tires.............................................................              32            86.5           44.72              2,768         123,784.96
Child Restraints..................................................              42            86.5           44.72              3,633         162,467.76
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    Totals........................................................  ..............  ..............  ..............   35,414.5; 35,415      1,583,736.44;
                                                                                                                                               1,583,736
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    Based on the foregoing, we estimate the burden hours for industry 
to comply with the current Part 579 reporting requirements (EWR 
requirements, foreign campaign requirements and Part 579.5 
requirements) to be 53,810 hours per year. The total annual burden 
hours for this information collection consisting of manufacturer 
communications under Section 579.5 (Subpart A), foreign reporting 
(Subpart B), EWR submissions and reporting (Subpart C), and computer 
maintenance is outlined in Table 9 below.

      Table 9--Total Manufacturer Burden Hours for this Collection
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                                                           Annual burden
                     Reporting type                            hours
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Subpart A: Manufacturer Communications Sec.   579.5                2,074
 (Table 1)..............................................
Subpart B: Foreign Reporting (Table 2)..................           1,590
Subpart C: EWR Submissions and Quarterly Reporting                14,731
 (Tables 4 & 6).........................................
Computer Maintenance....................................          35,415
                                                         ---------------
  Total.................................................          53,810
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    The burden estimates represent an overall increase in burden hours 
of 4,567 hours. The increase in burden hours is due to increases in the 
number of submissions and modifying this request to include reporting 
for common green tires and additional information requested by NHTSA 
per Section 579.28(l) that were left out of the previous information 
collection request. The wage estimates have been adjusted to reflect 
the latest available rates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Cost: NHTSA estimates the collection 
requires no additional costs to the respondents beyond the labor costs 
associated with the burden hours to collect and submit the reports to 
NHTSA and the labor hours and associated labor costs for computer 
maintenance.
    Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspects of 
this information collection, including (a) 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; (b) 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; (c) ways to enhance 
the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; 
and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
respondents, 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.
    Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995; 44 U.S.C. Chapter 
35, as amended; 49 CFR 1.49; and DOT Order 1351.29.

Stephen A. Ridella,
Director, Office of Defects Investigation.
[FR Doc. 2021-23248 Filed 10-28-21; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4910-59-P