Petition for Exemption From the Federal Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard; American Honda Motor Co., Inc., 62878-62881 [2021-24633]

Download as PDF 62878 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 216 / Friday, November 12, 2021 / Notices information validation (40% of the total), and 0.5 hour for technical content approval (10% of the total). Therefore, NHTSA estimates that each submission will require 47.5 data entry hours, 38 technical information validation hours, and 9.5 technical content approval hours, for an annual total of 997.5 data entry hours, 798 technical information validation hours, and 199.5 technical content approval hours. NHTSA estimates the total labor costs associated with the data entry burden hours by looking at estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for the average hourly wage for Business Operations Specialists (BLS Occupation code 13–1000) in the Motor Vehicle Manufacturing Industry. BLS estimates the average hourly wage is $39.46.1 The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that private industry workers’ wages represent 70.4% of total labor compensation costs.2 Therefore, NHTSA estimates the hourly labor costs to be $56.05 for data entry. Table 2 provides a summary of the labor costs associated with the burden hours. TABLE 2—LABOR COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH BURDEN HOURS Average hourly labor cost Job function Data Entry ........................................................................................................................ Technical Information Validation ..................................................................................... Technical Content Approval ............................................................................................ $55,909.88 69,848.94 18,796.89 Estimated Annual Labor Cost Associated with Burden Hours ................................................................................................ 144,555.71 ($144,556) Raymond R. Posten, Associate Administrator for Rulemaking. [FR Doc. 2021–24634 Filed 11–10–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–59–P 1 See May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, NAICS 336100—Motor Vehicle Manufacturing, available at https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/ VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:42 Nov 10, 2021 Jkt 256001 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Petition for Exemption From the Federal Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard; American Honda Motor Co., Inc. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Grant of petition for exemption. AGENCY: This document grants in full the American Honda Motor Co., Inc.’s (Honda) petition for exemption from the Federal Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard (theft prevention standard) for its Acura Integra vehicle line beginning in model year (MY) 2023. The petition is granted because the agency has determined that the antitheft device to be placed on the line as standard equipment is likely to be as effective in reducing and deterring motor vehicle theft as compliance with the partsmarking requirements of the theft prevention standard. DATES: The exemption granted by this notice is effective beginning with the 2023 model year. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carlita Ballard, Office of International Policy, Fuel Economy, and Consumer Programs, NHTSA, West Building, W43–439, NRM–310, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. Ms. Ballard’s phone number is (202) 366– 5222. Her fax number is (202) 493–2990. SUMMARY: naics4_336100.htm#15–0000 (accessed May 4, 2020). 2 See Table 1. Employer Costs for Employee Compensation by ownership (Mar. 2021), available PO 00000 Frm 00109 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 $56.05 87.53 94.22 Total labor cost 997.5 798 199.5 Estimated Total Annual Burden Cost: There are no costs associated with this collection other than the labor costs associated with the burden hours. 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 Department, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Department’s estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection, 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 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; and delegation of authority at 49 CFR 1.95 and DOT Order 1351.29. lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with NOTICES1 Total burden hours Under 49 U.S.C. Chapter 331, the Secretary of Transportation (and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) by delegation) is required to promulgate a theft prevention standard to provide for the identification of certain motor vehicles and their major replacement parts to impede motor vehicle theft. NHTSA promulgated regulations at 49 CFR part 541 (theft prevention standard) to require partsmarking for specified passenger motor vehicles and light trucks. Pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 33106, manufacturers that are subject to the parts-marking requirements may petition the Secretary of Transportation for an exemption for a line of passenger motor vehicles equipped with an antitheft device as standard equipment that the Secretary decides is likely to be as effective in reducing and deterring motor vehicle theft as compliance with the partsmarking requirements. In accordance with this statute, NHTSA promulgated 49 CFR part 543, which establishes the process through which manufacturers may seek an exemption from the theft prevention standard. 49 CFR 543.5 provides general submission requirements for petitions and states that each manufacturer may petition NHTSA for an exemption of one vehicle line per model year. Among other requirements, manufacturers must identify whether the exemption is sought under section 543.6 or section 543.7. Under section 543.6, a manufacturer may request an exemption SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: at https://www.bls.gov/news.release/ecec.t01.htm (accessed August 2, 2021). E:\FR\FM\12NON1.SGM 12NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 216 / Friday, November 12, 2021 / Notices lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with NOTICES1 by providing specific information about the antitheft device, its capabilities, and the reasons the petitioner believes the device to be as effective at reducing and deterring theft as compliance with the parts-marking requirements. Section 543.7 permits a manufacturer to request an exemption under a more streamlined process if the vehicle line is equipped with an antitheft device (an ‘‘immobilizer’’) as standard equipment that complies with one of the standards specified in that section.1 Section 543.8 establishes requirements for processing petitions for exemption from the theft prevention standard. As stated in section 543.8(a), NHTSA processes any complete exemption petition. If NHTSA receives an incomplete petition, NHTSA will notify the petitioner of the deficiencies. Once NHTSA receives a complete petition the agency will process it and, in accordance with section 543.8(b), will grant the petition if it determines that, based upon substantial evidence, the standard equipment antitheft device is likely to be as effective in reducing and deterring motor vehicle theft as compliance with the parts-marking requirements of part 541. Section 543.8(c) requires NHTSA to issue its decision either to grant or to deny an exemption petition not later than 120 days after the date on which a complete petition is filed. If NHTSA does not make a decision within the 120-day period, the petition shall be deemed to be approved and the manufacturer shall be exempt from the standard for the line covered by the petition for the subsequent model year.2 Exemptions granted under part 543 apply only to the vehicle line or lines that are subject to the grant and that are equipped with the antitheft device on which the line’s exemption was based, and are effective for the model year beginning after the model year in which 1 49 CFR 543.7 specifies that the manufacturer must include a statement that their entire vehicle line is equipped with an immobilizer that meets one of the following standards: (1) The performance criteria (subsections 8 through 21) of C.R.C, c. 1038.114, Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention (in effect March 30, 2011), as excerpted in appendix A of [part 543]; (2) National Standard of Canada CAN/ULC– S338–98, Automobile Theft Deterrent Equipment and Systems: Electronic Immobilization (May 1998); (3) United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN/ECE) Regulation No. 97 (ECE R97), Uniform Provisions Concerning Approval of Vehicle Alarm System (VAS) and Motor Vehicles with Regard to Their Alarm System (AS) in effect August 8, 2007; or (4) UN/ECE Regulation No. 116 (ECE R116), Uniform Technical Prescriptions Concerning the Protection of Motor Vehicles Against Unauthorized Use in effect on February 10, 2009. 2 49 U.S.C. 33106(d). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:42 Nov 10, 2021 Jkt 256001 NHTSA issues the notice of exemption, unless the notice of exemption specifies a later year. Sections 543.8(f) and (g) apply to the manner in which NHTSA’s decisions on petitions are to be made known. Under section 543.8(f), if the petition is sought under section 543.6, NHTSA publishes a notice of its decision to grant or deny the exemption petition in the Federal Register and notifies the petitioner in writing. Under section 543.8(g), if the petition is sought under section 543.7, NHTSA notifies the petitioner in writing of the agency’s decision to grant or deny the exemption petition. This grant of petition for exemption considers American Honda Motor Co., Inc.’s (Honda) petition for its Acura Integra vehicle line beginning in MY 2023. I. Specific Petition Content Requirements Under 49 CFR 543.6 Pursuant to 49 CFR part 543, Exemption from Vehicle Theft Prevention, Honda petitioned for an exemption for its specified vehicle line from the parts-marking requirements of the theft prevention standard, beginning in MY 2023. Honda petitioned under 49 CFR 543.6, Petition: Specific content requirements, which, as described above, requires manufacturers to provide specific information about the antitheft device installed as standard equipment on all vehicles in the line for which an exemption is sought, the antitheft device’s capabilities, and the reasons the petitioner believes the device to be as effective at reducing and deterring theft as compliance with the parts-marking requirements. More specifically, section 543.6(a)(1) requires petitions to include a statement that an antitheft device will be installed as standard equipment on all vehicles in the line for which the exemption is sought. Under section 543.6(a)(2), each petition must list each component in the antitheft system, and include a diagram showing the location of each of those components within the vehicle. As required by section 543.6(a)(3), each petition must include an explanation of the means and process by which the device is activated and functions, including any aspect of the device designed to: (1) Facilitate or encourage its activation by motorists; (2) attract attention to the efforts of an unauthorized person to enter or move a vehicle by means other than a key; (3) prevent defeating or circumventing the device by an unauthorized person attempting to enter a vehicle by means other than a key; (4) prevent the operation of a vehicle which an unauthorized person has entered using PO 00000 Frm 00110 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 62879 means other than a key; and (5) ensure the reliability and durability of the device.3 In addition to providing information about the antitheft device and its functionality, petitioners must also submit the reasons for their belief that the antitheft device will be effective in reducing and deterring motor vehicle theft, including any theft data and other data that are available to the petitioner and form a basis for that belief,4 and the reasons for their belief that the agency should determine that the antitheft device is likely to be as effective as compliance with the parts-marking requirements of part 541 in reducing and deterring motor vehicle theft. In support of this belief, the petitioners should include any statistical data that are available to the petitioner and form the basis for the petitioner’s belief that a line of passenger motor vehicles equipped with the antitheft device is likely to have a theft rate equal to or less than that of passenger motor vehicles of the same, or a similar line which have parts marked in compliance with part 541.5 The following sections describe Honda’s petition information provided pursuant to 49 CFR part 543, Exemption from Vehicle Theft Prevention. To the extent that specific information in Honda’s petition is subject to a properly filed confidentiality request, that information was not disclosed as part of this notice.6 II. Honda’s Petition for Exemption In a petition dated July 22, 2021, Honda requested an exemption from the parts-marking requirements of the theft prevention standard for the Acura Integra vehicle line beginning with MY 2023. In its petition, Honda provided a detailed description and diagram of the identity, design, and location of the components of the antitheft device for the Acura Integra vehicle line. Honda stated that its MY 2023 Acura Integra vehicle line will be installed with an engine immobilizer device as standard equipment, as required by 543.6(a)(1). Honda stated that it will offer a ‘‘smart entry remote’’ (keyless key) system on its vehicle line. Honda also stated that the Acura Integra vehicle line will offer two types of remotes, one with remote engine start and one without remote start. Key components of the antitheft system will include a passive immobilizer, ‘‘smart entry’’ remote, 3 49 CFR 543.6(a)(3). CFR 543.6(a)(4). 5 49 CFR 543.6(a)(5). 6 49 CFR 512.20(a). 4 49 E:\FR\FM\12NON1.SGM 12NON1 lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with NOTICES1 62880 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 216 / Friday, November 12, 2021 / Notices powertrain control module (PCM), and body control module (BCM). Honda further stated that its vehicle line will be installed with a vehicle security alarm system as standard equipment which will activate a visible and audible alarm whenever unauthorized access is attempted. Pursuant to Section 543.6(a)(3), Honda explained that its ‘‘smart entry and start’’ system is part of the normal operation of the ignition key and activates automatically when the ignition switch is in the ‘‘OFF’’ position. Honda further explained that if a smart entry remote without a matching code is within operating range and the engine start/stop button is pressed, the PCM will prevent fueling of the engine and the engine will be inoperable. Honda also stated that the immobilizer system is deactivated when a valid smart entry remote and matching codes are verified, allowing the engine to continue normal operations. Honda further stated that the security indicator flashes continuously when the immobilizer is activated, and turns off when it is deactivated. Honda stated that the audible and visible vehicle security alarm system installed on its Acura Integra vehicles will monitor any attempts of unauthorized entry and attract attention to an unauthorized person attempting to enter its vehicles without the use of a ‘‘smart entry’’ remote or its built-in mechanical door key. Specifically, Honda stated that whenever an attempt is made to open one of its vehicle doors, hood or trunk without using the ‘‘smart entry’’ remote or turning a key in the key cylinder to disarm the vehicle, the vehicle’s horn will sound and its lights will flash. Honda stated that its vehicle security system is activated when all of the doors are locked and the hood and trunk are closed and locked. Honda further stated that its vehicle security system is deactivated by using the key fob buttons to unlock the vehicle doors or having the ‘‘smart entry’’ remote within operating range when the operator grabs either of the vehicle’s front door handles. Honda also stated that in addition to the standard security system on all 2023 MY Acura Integra models, additional security features include counterfeit resistant vehicle identification number (VIN) plates, secondary VINs, a hood release located inside the vehicle, and its smart entry remote will utilize rolling codes for the lock and unlock functions of its vehicles. As required in section 543.6(a)(3)(v), Honda provided information on the reliability and durability of its proposed device. To ensure reliability and durability of the device, Honda VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:42 Nov 10, 2021 Jkt 256001 provided a list of requirements for the characteristics and durability testing along with its results. Honda stated that its device does not require the presence of a ‘‘smart entry’’ remote battery to function nor does it have any moving parts (i.e., the PCM, BCM, ‘‘smart entry’’ remote and the corresponding electrical components found within its own housing units), which it believes reduces the chance for deterioration and wear from normal use. Honda believes that installation of the antitheft immobilizer device as standard equipment reduces the vehicle theft rate by making conventional methods of theft obsolete, i.e., punching out the steering column or hot-wiring the ignition. Additionally, Honda stated that although its Acura Integra vehicle line was previously discontinued, its proposed immobilizer system is generationally different in design and function from the immobilizer system that was installed on the MY 2000 Acura Integra. Honda referenced the Highway Loss Data Institute’s (HLDI) information for certain applicable years for the Acura TLX’s theft rate data, as theft rate data for the MY 2023 Acura Integra is not available at this time. In accordance with 49 CFR 543.6(a)(5), Honda stated that the Acura TLX and Acura Integra are similar in such that they both occupy the entry level luxury passenger vehicle market and are equipped in comparable configurations. In addition, Honda stated that the immobilizer system in the MY 2023 Acura Integra is similar in design and function to the immobilizer system installed in the Acura TLX. Honda further stated that data for the Acura TLX shows a low theft rate and has been consistent over various years. Honda stated that the immobilizer on its proposed vehicle will be no less effective than similar designed immobilizer systems applied to the MY 2014 Honda Civic, MY 2015 Honda Accord or the MY 2020 Acura TLX, all of which have been granted exemptions by the agency. III. Decision To Grant the Petition Pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 33106 and 49 CFR 543.8(b), the agency grants a petition for exemption from the partsmarking requirements of part 541, either in whole or in part, if it determines that, based upon substantial evidence, the standard equipment antitheft device is likely to be as effective in reducing and deterring motor vehicle theft as compliance with the parts-marking requirements of part 541. The agency finds that Honda has provided adequate reasons for its belief that the antitheft device for its vehicle line is likely to be PO 00000 Frm 00111 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 as effective in reducing and deterring motor vehicle theft as compliance with the parts-marking requirements of the theft prevention standard. This conclusion is based on the information Honda provided about its antitheft device. NHTSA believes, based on Honda’s supporting evidence, the antitheft device described for its vehicle line is likely to be as effective in reducing and deterring motor vehicle theft as compliance with the partsmarking requirements of the theft prevention standard. The agency concludes that Honda’s antitheft device will provide the five types of performance features listed in section 543.6(a)(3): Promoting activation; attracting attention to the efforts of unauthorized persons to enter or operate a vehicle by means other than a key; preventing defeat or circumvention of the device by unauthorized persons; preventing operation of the vehicle by unauthorized entrants; and ensuring the reliability and durability of the device. The agency notes that 49 CFR part 541, Appendix A–1, identifies those lines that are exempted from the theft prevention standard for a given model year. 49 CFR 543.8(f) contains publication requirements incident to the disposition of all part 543 petitions. Advanced listing, including the release of future product nameplates, the beginning model year for which the petition is granted and a general description of the antitheft device is necessary in order to notify law enforcement agencies of new vehicle lines exempted from the parts-marking requirements of the theft prevention standard. If Honda decides not to use the exemption for its requested vehicle line, the manufacturer must formally notify the agency. If such a decision is made, the line must be fully marked as required by 49 CFR 541.5 and 541.6 (marking of major component parts and replacement parts). NHTSA notes that if Honda wishes in the future to modify the device on which this exemption is based, the company may have to submit a petition to modify the exemption. Section 543.8(d) states that a part 543 exemption applies only to vehicles that belong to a line exempted under this part and equipped with the antitheft device on which the line’s exemption is based. Further, section 543.10(c)(2) provides for the submission of petitions ‘‘to modify an exemption to permit the use of an antitheft device similar to but differing from the one specified in the exemption.’’ E:\FR\FM\12NON1.SGM 12NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 216 / Friday, November 12, 2021 / Notices The agency wishes to minimize the administrative burden that section 543.10(c)(2) could place on exempted vehicle manufacturers and itself. The agency did not intend in drafting part 543 to require the submission of a modification petition for every change to the components or design of an antitheft device. The significance of many such changes could be de minimis. Therefore, NHTSA suggests that if Honda contemplates making any changes, the effects of which might be characterized as de minimis, it should consult the agency before preparing and submitting a petition to modify. For the foregoing reasons, the agency hereby grants in full Honda’s petition for exemption for the Acura Integra vehicle line from the parts-marking requirements of 49 CFR part 541, beginning with its MY 2023 vehicles. Issued under authority delegated in 49 CFR 1.95 and 501.8. Raymond R. Posten, Associate Administrator for Rulemaking. [FR Doc. 2021–24633 Filed 11–10–21; 8:45 am] lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with NOTICES1 BILLING CODE 4910–59–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:42 Nov 10, 2021 Jkt 256001 DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Office of Foreign Assets Control Notice of OFAC Sanctions Action Office of Foreign Assets Control, Treasury. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is publishing the names of one or more persons that have been placed on OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List based on OFAC’s determination that one or more applicable legal criteria were satisfied. 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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration


Petition for Exemption From the Federal Motor Vehicle Theft 
Prevention Standard; American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

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

ACTION: Grant of petition for exemption.

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SUMMARY: This document grants in full the American Honda Motor Co., 
Inc.'s (Honda) petition for exemption from the Federal Motor Vehicle 
Theft Prevention Standard (theft prevention standard) for its Acura 
Integra vehicle line beginning in model year (MY) 2023. The petition is 
granted because the agency has determined that the antitheft device to 
be placed on the line as standard equipment is likely to be as 
effective in reducing and deterring motor vehicle theft as compliance 
with the parts-marking requirements of the theft prevention standard.

DATES: The exemption granted by this notice is effective beginning with 
the 2023 model year.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carlita Ballard, Office of 
International Policy, Fuel Economy, and Consumer Programs, NHTSA, West 
Building, W43-439, NRM-310, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 
20590. Ms. Ballard's phone number is (202) 366-5222. Her fax number is 
(202) 493-2990.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under 49 U.S.C. Chapter 331, the Secretary 
of Transportation (and the National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration (NHTSA) by delegation) is required to promulgate a theft 
prevention standard to provide for the identification of certain motor 
vehicles and their major replacement parts to impede motor vehicle 
theft. NHTSA promulgated regulations at 49 CFR part 541 (theft 
prevention standard) to require parts-marking for specified passenger 
motor vehicles and light trucks. Pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 33106, 
manufacturers that are subject to the parts-marking requirements may 
petition the Secretary of Transportation for an exemption for a line of 
passenger motor vehicles equipped with an antitheft device as standard 
equipment that the Secretary decides is likely to be as effective in 
reducing and deterring motor vehicle theft as compliance with the 
parts-marking requirements. In accordance with this statute, NHTSA 
promulgated 49 CFR part 543, which establishes the process through 
which manufacturers may seek an exemption from the theft prevention 
standard.
    49 CFR 543.5 provides general submission requirements for petitions 
and states that each manufacturer may petition NHTSA for an exemption 
of one vehicle line per model year. Among other requirements, 
manufacturers must identify whether the exemption is sought under 
section 543.6 or section 543.7. Under section 543.6, a manufacturer may 
request an exemption

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by providing specific information about the antitheft device, its 
capabilities, and the reasons the petitioner believes the device to be 
as effective at reducing and deterring theft as compliance with the 
parts-marking requirements. Section 543.7 permits a manufacturer to 
request an exemption under a more streamlined process if the vehicle 
line is equipped with an antitheft device (an ``immobilizer'') as 
standard equipment that complies with one of the standards specified in 
that section.\1\
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    \1\ 49 CFR 543.7 specifies that the manufacturer must include a 
statement that their entire vehicle line is equipped with an 
immobilizer that meets one of the following standards:
    (1) The performance criteria (subsections 8 through 21) of 
C.R.C, c. 1038.114, Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention (in 
effect March 30, 2011), as excerpted in appendix A of [part 543];
    (2) National Standard of Canada CAN/ULC-S338-98, Automobile 
Theft Deterrent Equipment and Systems: Electronic Immobilization 
(May 1998);
    (3) United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN/ECE) 
Regulation No. 97 (ECE R97), Uniform Provisions Concerning Approval 
of Vehicle Alarm System (VAS) and Motor Vehicles with Regard to 
Their Alarm System (AS) in effect August 8, 2007; or
    (4) UN/ECE Regulation No. 116 (ECE R116), Uniform Technical 
Prescriptions Concerning the Protection of Motor Vehicles Against 
Unauthorized Use in effect on February 10, 2009.
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    Section 543.8 establishes requirements for processing petitions for 
exemption from the theft prevention standard. As stated in section 
543.8(a), NHTSA processes any complete exemption petition. If NHTSA 
receives an incomplete petition, NHTSA will notify the petitioner of 
the deficiencies. Once NHTSA receives a complete petition the agency 
will process it and, in accordance with section 543.8(b), will grant 
the petition if it determines that, based upon substantial evidence, 
the standard equipment antitheft device is likely to be as effective in 
reducing and deterring motor vehicle theft as compliance with the 
parts-marking requirements of part 541.
    Section 543.8(c) requires NHTSA to issue its decision either to 
grant or to deny an exemption petition not later than 120 days after 
the date on which a complete petition is filed. If NHTSA does not make 
a decision within the 120-day period, the petition shall be deemed to 
be approved and the manufacturer shall be exempt from the standard for 
the line covered by the petition for the subsequent model year.\2\ 
Exemptions granted under part 543 apply only to the vehicle line or 
lines that are subject to the grant and that are equipped with the 
antitheft device on which the line's exemption was based, and are 
effective for the model year beginning after the model year in which 
NHTSA issues the notice of exemption, unless the notice of exemption 
specifies a later year.
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    \2\ 49 U.S.C. 33106(d).
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    Sections 543.8(f) and (g) apply to the manner in which NHTSA's 
decisions on petitions are to be made known. Under section 543.8(f), if 
the petition is sought under section 543.6, NHTSA publishes a notice of 
its decision to grant or deny the exemption petition in the Federal 
Register and notifies the petitioner in writing. Under section 
543.8(g), if the petition is sought under section 543.7, NHTSA notifies 
the petitioner in writing of the agency's decision to grant or deny the 
exemption petition.
    This grant of petition for exemption considers American Honda Motor 
Co., Inc.'s (Honda) petition for its Acura Integra vehicle line 
beginning in MY 2023.

I. Specific Petition Content Requirements Under 49 CFR 543.6

    Pursuant to 49 CFR part 543, Exemption from Vehicle Theft 
Prevention, Honda petitioned for an exemption for its specified vehicle 
line from the parts-marking requirements of the theft prevention 
standard, beginning in MY 2023. Honda petitioned under 49 CFR 543.6, 
Petition: Specific content requirements, which, as described above, 
requires manufacturers to provide specific information about the 
antitheft device installed as standard equipment on all vehicles in the 
line for which an exemption is sought, the antitheft device's 
capabilities, and the reasons the petitioner believes the device to be 
as effective at reducing and deterring theft as compliance with the 
parts-marking requirements.
    More specifically, section 543.6(a)(1) requires petitions to 
include a statement that an antitheft device will be installed as 
standard equipment on all vehicles in the line for which the exemption 
is sought. Under section 543.6(a)(2), each petition must list each 
component in the antitheft system, and include a diagram showing the 
location of each of those components within the vehicle. As required by 
section 543.6(a)(3), each petition must include an explanation of the 
means and process by which the device is activated and functions, 
including any aspect of the device designed to: (1) Facilitate or 
encourage its activation by motorists; (2) attract attention to the 
efforts of an unauthorized person to enter or move a vehicle by means 
other than a key; (3) prevent defeating or circumventing the device by 
an unauthorized person attempting to enter a vehicle by means other 
than a key; (4) prevent the operation of a vehicle which an 
unauthorized person has entered using means other than a key; and (5) 
ensure the reliability and durability of the device.\3\
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    \3\ 49 CFR 543.6(a)(3).
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    In addition to providing information about the antitheft device and 
its functionality, petitioners must also submit the reasons for their 
belief that the antitheft device will be effective in reducing and 
deterring motor vehicle theft, including any theft data and other data 
that are available to the petitioner and form a basis for that 
belief,\4\ and the reasons for their belief that the agency should 
determine that the antitheft device is likely to be as effective as 
compliance with the parts-marking requirements of part 541 in reducing 
and deterring motor vehicle theft. In support of this belief, the 
petitioners should include any statistical data that are available to 
the petitioner and form the basis for the petitioner's belief that a 
line of passenger motor vehicles equipped with the antitheft device is 
likely to have a theft rate equal to or less than that of passenger 
motor vehicles of the same, or a similar line which have parts marked 
in compliance with part 541.\5\
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    \4\ 49 CFR 543.6(a)(4).
    \5\ 49 CFR 543.6(a)(5).
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    The following sections describe Honda's petition information 
provided pursuant to 49 CFR part 543, Exemption from Vehicle Theft 
Prevention. To the extent that specific information in Honda's petition 
is subject to a properly filed confidentiality request, that 
information was not disclosed as part of this notice.\6\
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    \6\ 49 CFR 512.20(a).
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II. Honda's Petition for Exemption

    In a petition dated July 22, 2021, Honda requested an exemption 
from the parts-marking requirements of the theft prevention standard 
for the Acura Integra vehicle line beginning with MY 2023.
    In its petition, Honda provided a detailed description and diagram 
of the identity, design, and location of the components of the 
antitheft device for the Acura Integra vehicle line. Honda stated that 
its MY 2023 Acura Integra vehicle line will be installed with an engine 
immobilizer device as standard equipment, as required by 543.6(a)(1). 
Honda stated that it will offer a ``smart entry remote'' (keyless key) 
system on its vehicle line. Honda also stated that the Acura Integra 
vehicle line will offer two types of remotes, one with remote engine 
start and one without remote start. Key components of the antitheft 
system will include a passive immobilizer, ``smart entry'' remote,

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powertrain control module (PCM), and body control module (BCM). Honda 
further stated that its vehicle line will be installed with a vehicle 
security alarm system as standard equipment which will activate a 
visible and audible alarm whenever unauthorized access is attempted.
    Pursuant to Section 543.6(a)(3), Honda explained that its ``smart 
entry and start'' system is part of the normal operation of the 
ignition key and activates automatically when the ignition switch is in 
the ``OFF'' position. Honda further explained that if a smart entry 
remote without a matching code is within operating range and the engine 
start/stop button is pressed, the PCM will prevent fueling of the 
engine and the engine will be inoperable. Honda also stated that the 
immobilizer system is deactivated when a valid smart entry remote and 
matching codes are verified, allowing the engine to continue normal 
operations. Honda further stated that the security indicator flashes 
continuously when the immobilizer is activated, and turns off when it 
is deactivated.
    Honda stated that the audible and visible vehicle security alarm 
system installed on its Acura Integra vehicles will monitor any 
attempts of unauthorized entry and attract attention to an unauthorized 
person attempting to enter its vehicles without the use of a ``smart 
entry'' remote or its built-in mechanical door key. Specifically, Honda 
stated that whenever an attempt is made to open one of its vehicle 
doors, hood or trunk without using the ``smart entry'' remote or 
turning a key in the key cylinder to disarm the vehicle, the vehicle's 
horn will sound and its lights will flash. Honda stated that its 
vehicle security system is activated when all of the doors are locked 
and the hood and trunk are closed and locked. Honda further stated that 
its vehicle security system is deactivated by using the key fob buttons 
to unlock the vehicle doors or having the ``smart entry'' remote within 
operating range when the operator grabs either of the vehicle's front 
door handles.
    Honda also stated that in addition to the standard security system 
on all 2023 MY Acura Integra models, additional security features 
include counterfeit resistant vehicle identification number (VIN) 
plates, secondary VINs, a hood release located inside the vehicle, and 
its smart entry remote will utilize rolling codes for the lock and 
unlock functions of its vehicles.
    As required in section 543.6(a)(3)(v), Honda provided information 
on the reliability and durability of its proposed device. To ensure 
reliability and durability of the device, Honda provided a list of 
requirements for the characteristics and durability testing along with 
its results. Honda stated that its device does not require the presence 
of a ``smart entry'' remote battery to function nor does it have any 
moving parts (i.e., the PCM, BCM, ``smart entry'' remote and the 
corresponding electrical components found within its own housing 
units), which it believes reduces the chance for deterioration and wear 
from normal use.
    Honda believes that installation of the antitheft immobilizer 
device as standard equipment reduces the vehicle theft rate by making 
conventional methods of theft obsolete, i.e., punching out the steering 
column or hot-wiring the ignition. Additionally, Honda stated that 
although its Acura Integra vehicle line was previously discontinued, 
its proposed immobilizer system is generationally different in design 
and function from the immobilizer system that was installed on the MY 
2000 Acura Integra. Honda referenced the Highway Loss Data Institute's 
(HLDI) information for certain applicable years for the Acura TLX's 
theft rate data, as theft rate data for the MY 2023 Acura Integra is 
not available at this time. In accordance with 49 CFR 543.6(a)(5), 
Honda stated that the Acura TLX and Acura Integra are similar in such 
that they both occupy the entry level luxury passenger vehicle market 
and are equipped in comparable configurations. In addition, Honda 
stated that the immobilizer system in the MY 2023 Acura Integra is 
similar in design and function to the immobilizer system installed in 
the Acura TLX. Honda further stated that data for the Acura TLX shows a 
low theft rate and has been consistent over various years. Honda stated 
that the immobilizer on its proposed vehicle will be no less effective 
than similar designed immobilizer systems applied to the MY 2014 Honda 
Civic, MY 2015 Honda Accord or the MY 2020 Acura TLX, all of which have 
been granted exemptions by the agency.

III. Decision To Grant the Petition

    Pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 33106 and 49 CFR 543.8(b), the agency grants 
a petition for exemption from the parts-marking requirements of part 
541, either in whole or in part, if it determines that, based upon 
substantial evidence, the standard equipment antitheft device is likely 
to be as effective in reducing and deterring motor vehicle theft as 
compliance with the parts-marking requirements of part 541. The agency 
finds that Honda has provided adequate reasons for its belief that the 
antitheft device for its vehicle line is likely to be as effective in 
reducing and deterring motor vehicle theft as compliance with the 
parts-marking requirements of the theft prevention standard. This 
conclusion is based on the information Honda provided about its 
antitheft device. NHTSA believes, based on Honda's supporting evidence, 
the antitheft device described for its vehicle line is likely to be as 
effective in reducing and deterring motor vehicle theft as compliance 
with the parts-marking requirements of the theft prevention standard.
    The agency concludes that Honda's antitheft device will provide the 
five types of performance features listed in section 543.6(a)(3): 
Promoting activation; attracting attention to the efforts of 
unauthorized persons to enter or operate a vehicle by means other than 
a key; preventing defeat or circumvention of the device by unauthorized 
persons; preventing operation of the vehicle by unauthorized entrants; 
and ensuring the reliability and durability of the device.
    The agency notes that 49 CFR part 541, Appendix A-1, identifies 
those lines that are exempted from the theft prevention standard for a 
given model year. 49 CFR 543.8(f) contains publication requirements 
incident to the disposition of all part 543 petitions. Advanced 
listing, including the release of future product nameplates, the 
beginning model year for which the petition is granted and a general 
description of the antitheft device is necessary in order to notify law 
enforcement agencies of new vehicle lines exempted from the parts-
marking requirements of the theft prevention standard.
    If Honda decides not to use the exemption for its requested vehicle 
line, the manufacturer must formally notify the agency. If such a 
decision is made, the line must be fully marked as required by 49 CFR 
541.5 and 541.6 (marking of major component parts and replacement 
parts).
    NHTSA notes that if Honda wishes in the future to modify the device 
on which this exemption is based, the company may have to submit a 
petition to modify the exemption. Section 543.8(d) states that a part 
543 exemption applies only to vehicles that belong to a line exempted 
under this part and equipped with the antitheft device on which the 
line's exemption is based. Further, section 543.10(c)(2) provides for 
the submission of petitions ``to modify an exemption to permit the use 
of an antitheft device similar to but differing from the one specified 
in the exemption.''

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    The agency wishes to minimize the administrative burden that 
section 543.10(c)(2) could place on exempted vehicle manufacturers and 
itself. The agency did not intend in drafting part 543 to require the 
submission of a modification petition for every change to the 
components or design of an antitheft device. The significance of many 
such changes could be de minimis. Therefore, NHTSA suggests that if 
Honda contemplates making any changes, the effects of which might be 
characterized as de minimis, it should consult the agency before 
preparing and submitting a petition to modify.
    For the foregoing reasons, the agency hereby grants in full Honda's 
petition for exemption for the Acura Integra vehicle line from the 
parts-marking requirements of 49 CFR part 541, beginning with its MY 
2023 vehicles.

    Issued under authority delegated in 49 CFR 1.95 and 501.8.
Raymond R. Posten,
Associate Administrator for Rulemaking.
[FR Doc. 2021-24633 Filed 11-10-21; 8:45 am]
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