Michelin North America, Inc., Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance, 64595-64597 [2021-25113]

Download as PDF khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 220 / Thursday, November 18, 2021 / Notices d. Transamerica states that NHTSA has previously granted petitions for inconsequential noncompliance where TIN information labels are incorrect or missing information and that granting this petition would be consistent with NHTSA’s prior decisions on petitions involving tires labeled with inaccurate TIN information. Transamerica cites the following petitions: • Michelin North America, Inc., Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance, 81 FR 76412 (November 2, 2016). • Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, Grant of Application for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance, 63 FR 29059 (May 27, 1998). • Tireco, Inc., Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance, 80 FR 66614 (October 29, 2015). • Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance, 71 FR 4397 (January 26, 2006). • Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance, 82 FR 52966 (November 15, 2017). • Yokohama Tire Corporation, Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance, 84 FR 64403 (November 21, 2019). Transamerica concludes by again contending that the subject noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety, and asking that its petition to be exempted from providing notification of the noncompliance, as required by 49 U.S.C. 30118, and a remedy for the noncompliance, as required by 49 U.S.C. 30120, be granted. Transamerica’s complete petition and all supporting documents are available by logging onto the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) website at: https://www.regulations.gov and following the online search instructions to locate the docket number listed in the title of this notice. NHTSA notes that the statutory provisions (49 U.S.C. 30118(d) and 30120(h)) that permit manufacturers to file petitions for a determination of inconsequentiality allow NHTSA to exempt manufacturers only from the duties found in sections 30118 and 30120, respectively, to notify owners, purchasers, and dealers of a defect or noncompliance and to remedy the defect or noncompliance. Therefore, any decision on this petition only applies to the subject tires that Transamerica and Yinbao no longer controlled at the time it determined that the noncompliance existed. However, any decision on this petition does not relieve tire distributors VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:11 Nov 17, 2021 Jkt 256001 and dealers of the prohibitions on the sale, offer for sale, or introduction or delivery for introduction into interstate commerce of the noncompliant tires under their control after Transamerica and Yinbao notified them that the subject noncompliance existed. (Authority: 49 U.S.C. 30118, 30120: delegations of authority at 49 CFR 1.95 and 501.8) Otto G. Matheke III, Director, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance. [FR Doc. 2021–25112 Filed 11–17–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–59–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [Docket No. NHTSA–2021–0035; Notice 1] Michelin North America, Inc., Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Receipt of petition. AGENCY: Michelin North America, Inc. (‘‘MNA’’), has determined that certain Michelin Primacy Tour A/S replacement passenger car tires do not fully comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 139, New Pneumatic Radial Tires for Light Vehicles. MNA filed an original noncompliance report dated March 25, 2021, and subsequently, MNA petitioned NHTSA on April 7, 2021, for a decision that the subject noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety. This notice announces receipt of MNA’s petition. DATES: Send comments on or before December 20, 2021. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments on this petition. Comments must refer to the docket and notice number cited in the title of this notice and submitted by any of the following methods: • Mail: Send comments by mail addressed to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: Deliver comments by hand to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. The Docket SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00151 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 64595 Section is open on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for Federal holidays. • Electronically: Submit comments electronically by logging onto the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) website at https:// www.regulations.gov/. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Comments may also be faxed to (202) 493–2251. Comments must be written in the English language and be no greater than 15 pages in length, although there is no limit to the length of necessary attachments to the comments. If comments are submitted in hard copy form, please ensure that two copies are provided. If you wish to receive confirmation that comments you have submitted by mail were received, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard with the comments. Note that all comments received will be posted without change to https:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. All comments and supporting materials received before the close of business on the closing date indicated above will be filed in the docket and will be considered. All comments and supporting materials received after the closing date will also be filed and will be considered to the fullest extent possible. When the petition is granted or denied, notice of the decision will also be published in the Federal Register pursuant to the authority indicated at the end of this notice. All comments, background documentation, and supporting materials submitted to the docket may be viewed by anyone at the address and times given above. The documents may also be viewed on the internet at https:// www.regulations.gov by following the online instructions for accessing the docket. The docket ID number for this petition is shown in the heading of this notice. DOT’s complete Privacy Act Statement is available for review in a Federal Register notice published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477–78). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Abraham Diaz, General Engineer, NHTSA, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance, (202) 366–5310. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Overview MNA has determined that certain Michelin Primacy Tour A/S replacement passenger car tires do not fully comply with the requirements of paragraph S5.5.1(b) of FMVSS No. 139, E:\FR\FM\18NON1.SGM 18NON1 64596 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 220 / Thursday, November 18, 2021 / Notices New Pneumatic Radial Tires for Light Vehicles (49 CFR 571.139). MNA filed a noncompliance report dated March 25, 2021, pursuant to 49 CFR part 573, Defect and Noncompliance Responsibility and Reports. MNA subsequently petitioned NHTSA on April 7, 2021, for an exemption from the notification and remedy requirements of 49 U.S.C. Chapter 301 on the basis that this noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety, pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 30118(d) and 30120(h) and 49 CFR part 556, Exemption for Inconsequential Defect or Noncompliance. This notice of receipt of MNA’s petition is published under 49 U.S.C. 30118 and 30120 and does not represent any Agency decision or other exercise of judgment concerning the merits of the petition. II. Tires Involved Approximately 1,196 Michelin Primacy Tour A/S replacement passenger car tires, size 235/65R18 106H, manufactured between January 3, 2021, and January 23, 2021, were identified by MNA as being potentially involved, however, MNA clarified that 1,139 tires were captured and retained in MNA’s inventory. Any decision on this petition will only apply to the approximately 57 tires that MNA no longer controlled at the time it determined that the noncompliance existed. III. Noncompliance MNA explains that the noncompliance is due to a mold error in which the subject tires contain a tire identification number (TIN) with an inverted plant code and, therefore, do not comply with the requirements specified in paragraph S5.5.1(b) of FMVSS No. 139. IV. Rule Requirements Paragraph S5.5.1(b) of FMVSS No. 139 includes the requirements relevant to this petition. • For tires manufactured on or after September 1, 2009, each tire must be labeled with the tire identification number required by 49 CFR part 574 on the intended outboard sidewall of the tire. • Except for retreaded tires, if a tire does not have an intended outboard sidewall, the tire must be labeled with the tire identification number required by 49 CFR part 574 on one sidewall and with either the tire identification number or a partial tire identification number, containing all characters in the tire identification number except for the date code and, at the discretion of the manufacturer, any optional code, on the other sidewall. V. Summary of MNA’s Petition The following views and arguments presented in this section, ‘‘V. Summary of MNA’s Petition,’’ are the views and arguments provided by MNA. They have not been evaluated by the Agency and do not reflect the views of the Agency. MNA describes the subject noncompliance and contends that the noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety. In support of its petition, MNA submitted the following reasoning: 1. The TIN marking noncompliance does not create any operational safety risk for the vehicle. The tires comply with applicable FMVSS and all other applicable regulations. 2. The incorrect orientation of the TIN plant code has no bearing on tire performance. 3. The subject tires are marked with all other markings required under FMVSS No. 139, such as S5.5(c) maximum permissible inflation pressure and S5.5(d) maximum load rating. The necessary information is available on the sidewall of the tire to ensure proper application and usage. 4. The subject tires contain the DOT symbol on both sidewalls, thus, indicating conformance to applicable FMVSS. 5. The plant code on the intended outboard side of the tires contain all the information required by 49 CFR 574.5 for the TIN (plant code+ size code+ option code+ date code), however the 3-digit plant code is inverted. The text should read "DOT 1M3" 6. The plant code orientation discrepancy only exists on the intended inboard sidewall of the tire. The intended inboard sidewall has the correct sequence of DOT + plant code + size code + option code + manufacturing date, with all characters oriented in the proper direction. 7. For identification and traceability purposes the key information of plant code and manufacturing date is present on the tire. 8. In the event that dealer/owner notifications are required, either the intended marking (DOT 1M3) or the actual marking (DOT inverted ‘‘1M3’’) would serve as an identifier of the tire. 9. Upon identification of the mismarking, Michelin instituted a block on the affected tires and initiated a VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:11 Nov 17, 2021 Jkt 256001 sorting of inventories. A total of 1,139 of the 1,196 tires produced with the incorrect marking were captured and retained in Michelin inventory. 10. The plant code plate in the affected mold has been restored to its correct orientation. 11. The mismarking has been communicated to Michelin Customer Care representatives in order to effectively handle any inquiries from dealers or owners regarding the subject tires. 12. MNA contends that NHTSA has concluded in other petitions related to similar TIN marking errors that this type of noncompliance is inconsequential to safety. Most notably, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, 81 FR 43708 (July 5, 2016) petitioned for tires produced with PO 00000 Frm 00152 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 an inverted date code. MNA states that NHTSA concluded that the inverted marking did not affect the consumers’ ability to identify the tire and other examples exist where TIN information was incorrect, missing, or molded in the wrong sequence and NHTSA granted the petition. MNA concludes that the subject noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety and that its petition to be exempted from providing notification of the noncompliance, as required by 49 U.S.C. 30118, and a remedy for the noncompliance, as required by 49 U.S.C. 30120, should be granted. NHTSA notes that the statutory provisions (49 U.S.C. 30118(d) and 30120(h)) that permit manufacturers to E:\FR\FM\18NON1.SGM 18NON1 EN18NO21.095</GPH> khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES and instead reads "DOT £WI ." Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 220 / Thursday, November 18, 2021 / Notices file petitions for a determination of inconsequentiality allow NHTSA to exempt manufacturers only from the duties found in sections 30118 and 30120, respectively, to notify owners, purchasers, and dealers of a defect or noncompliance and to remedy the defect or noncompliance. Therefore, any decision on this petition only applies to the subject tires that MNA no longer controlled at the time it determined that the noncompliance existed. However, any decision on this petition does not relieve equipment distributors and dealers of the prohibitions on the sale, offer for sale, or introduction or delivery for introduction into interstate commerce of the noncompliant tires under their control after MNA notified them that the subject noncompliance existed. (Authority: 49 U.S.C. 30118, 30120: delegations of authority at 49 CFR 1.95 and 501.8) Otto G. Matheke III, Director, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance. 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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

[Docket No. NHTSA-2021-0035; Notice 1]


Michelin North America, Inc., Receipt of Petition for Decision of 
Inconsequential Noncompliance

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

ACTION: Receipt of petition.

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SUMMARY: Michelin North America, Inc. (``MNA''), has determined that 
certain Michelin Primacy Tour A/S replacement passenger car tires do 
not fully comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 
139, New Pneumatic Radial Tires for Light Vehicles. MNA filed an 
original noncompliance report dated March 25, 2021, and subsequently, 
MNA petitioned NHTSA on April 7, 2021, for a decision that the subject 
noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety. 
This notice announces receipt of MNA's petition.

DATES: Send comments on or before December 20, 2021.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written data, 
views, and arguments on this petition. Comments must refer to the 
docket and notice number cited in the title of this notice and 
submitted by any of the following methods:
     Mail: Send comments by mail addressed to the U.S. 
Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building 
Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 
20590.
     Hand Delivery: Deliver comments by hand to the U.S. 
Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building 
Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 
20590. The Docket Section is open on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
except for Federal holidays.
     Electronically: Submit comments electronically by logging 
onto the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) website at https://www.regulations.gov/. Follow the online instructions for submitting 
comments.
     Comments may also be faxed to (202) 493-2251.
    Comments must be written in the English language and be no greater 
than 15 pages in length, although there is no limit to the length of 
necessary attachments to the comments. If comments are submitted in 
hard copy form, please ensure that two copies are provided. If you wish 
to receive confirmation that comments you have submitted by mail were 
received, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard with the 
comments. Note that all comments received will be posted without change 
to https://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information 
provided.
    All comments and supporting materials received before the close of 
business on the closing date indicated above will be filed in the 
docket and will be considered. All comments and supporting materials 
received after the closing date will also be filed and will be 
considered to the fullest extent possible.
    When the petition is granted or denied, notice of the decision will 
also be published in the Federal Register pursuant to the authority 
indicated at the end of this notice.
    All comments, background documentation, and supporting materials 
submitted to the docket may be viewed by anyone at the address and 
times given above. The documents may also be viewed on the internet at 
https://www.regulations.gov by following the online instructions for 
accessing the docket. The docket ID number for this petition is shown 
in the heading of this notice.
    DOT's complete Privacy Act Statement is available for review in a 
Federal Register notice published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477-78).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Abraham Diaz, General Engineer, NHTSA, 
Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance, (202) 366-5310.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Overview

    MNA has determined that certain Michelin Primacy Tour A/S 
replacement passenger car tires do not fully comply with the 
requirements of paragraph S5.5.1(b) of FMVSS No. 139,

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New Pneumatic Radial Tires for Light Vehicles (49 CFR 571.139). MNA 
filed a noncompliance report dated March 25, 2021, pursuant to 49 CFR 
part 573, Defect and Noncompliance Responsibility and Reports. MNA 
subsequently petitioned NHTSA on April 7, 2021, for an exemption from 
the notification and remedy requirements of 49 U.S.C. Chapter 301 on 
the basis that this noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to 
motor vehicle safety, pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 30118(d) and 30120(h) and 
49 CFR part 556, Exemption for Inconsequential Defect or Noncompliance.
    This notice of receipt of MNA's petition is published under 49 
U.S.C. 30118 and 30120 and does not represent any Agency decision or 
other exercise of judgment concerning the merits of the petition.

II. Tires Involved

    Approximately 1,196 Michelin Primacy Tour A/S replacement passenger 
car tires, size 235/65R18 106H, manufactured between January 3, 2021, 
and January 23, 2021, were identified by MNA as being potentially 
involved, however, MNA clarified that 1,139 tires were captured and 
retained in MNA's inventory. Any decision on this petition will only 
apply to the approximately 57 tires that MNA no longer controlled at 
the time it determined that the noncompliance existed.

III. Noncompliance

    MNA explains that the noncompliance is due to a mold error in which 
the subject tires contain a tire identification number (TIN) with an 
inverted plant code and, therefore, do not comply with the requirements 
specified in paragraph S5.5.1(b) of FMVSS No. 139.

IV. Rule Requirements

    Paragraph S5.5.1(b) of FMVSS No. 139 includes the requirements 
relevant to this petition.
     For tires manufactured on or after September 1, 2009, each 
tire must be labeled with the tire identification number required by 49 
CFR part 574 on the intended outboard sidewall of the tire.
     Except for retreaded tires, if a tire does not have an 
intended outboard sidewall, the tire must be labeled with the tire 
identification number required by 49 CFR part 574 on one sidewall and 
with either the tire identification number or a partial tire 
identification number, containing all characters in the tire 
identification number except for the date code and, at the discretion 
of the manufacturer, any optional code, on the other sidewall.

V. Summary of MNA's Petition

    The following views and arguments presented in this section, ``V. 
Summary of MNA's Petition,'' are the views and arguments provided by 
MNA. They have not been evaluated by the Agency and do not reflect the 
views of the Agency. MNA describes the subject noncompliance and 
contends that the noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to 
motor vehicle safety.
    In support of its petition, MNA submitted the following reasoning:
    1. The TIN marking noncompliance does not create any operational 
safety risk for the vehicle. The tires comply with applicable FMVSS and 
all other applicable regulations.
    2. The incorrect orientation of the TIN plant code has no bearing 
on tire performance.
    3. The subject tires are marked with all other markings required 
under FMVSS No. 139, such as S5.5(c) maximum permissible inflation 
pressure and S5.5(d) maximum load rating. The necessary information is 
available on the sidewall of the tire to ensure proper application and 
usage.
    4. The subject tires contain the DOT symbol on both sidewalls, 
thus, indicating conformance to applicable FMVSS.
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    6. The plant code orientation discrepancy only exists on the 
intended inboard sidewall of the tire. The intended inboard sidewall 
has the correct sequence of DOT + plant code + size code + option code 
+ manufacturing date, with all characters oriented in the proper 
direction.
    7. For identification and traceability purposes the key information 
of plant code and manufacturing date is present on the tire.
    8. In the event that dealer/owner notifications are required, 
either the intended marking (DOT 1M3) or the actual marking (DOT 
inverted ``1M3'') would serve as an identifier of the tire.
    9. Upon identification of the mismarking, Michelin instituted a 
block on the affected tires and initiated a sorting of inventories. A 
total of 1,139 of the 1,196 tires produced with the incorrect marking 
were captured and retained in Michelin inventory.
    10. The plant code plate in the affected mold has been restored to 
its correct orientation.
    11. The mismarking has been communicated to Michelin Customer Care 
representatives in order to effectively handle any inquiries from 
dealers or owners regarding the subject tires.
    12. MNA contends that NHTSA has concluded in other petitions 
related to similar TIN marking errors that this type of noncompliance 
is inconsequential to safety. Most notably, Cooper Tire & Rubber 
Company, 81 FR 43708 (July 5, 2016) petitioned for tires produced with 
an inverted date code. MNA states that NHTSA concluded that the 
inverted marking did not affect the consumers' ability to identify the 
tire and other examples exist where TIN information was incorrect, 
missing, or molded in the wrong sequence and NHTSA granted the 
petition.
    MNA concludes that the subject noncompliance is inconsequential as 
it relates to motor vehicle safety and that its petition to be exempted 
from providing notification of the noncompliance, as required by 49 
U.S.C. 30118, and a remedy for the noncompliance, as required by 49 
U.S.C. 30120, should be granted.
    NHTSA notes that the statutory provisions (49 U.S.C. 30118(d) and 
30120(h)) that permit manufacturers to

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file petitions for a determination of inconsequentiality allow NHTSA to 
exempt manufacturers only from the duties found in sections 30118 and 
30120, respectively, to notify owners, purchasers, and dealers of a 
defect or noncompliance and to remedy the defect or noncompliance. 
Therefore, any decision on this petition only applies to the subject 
tires that MNA no longer controlled at the time it determined that the 
noncompliance existed. However, any decision on this petition does not 
relieve equipment distributors and dealers of the prohibitions on the 
sale, offer for sale, or introduction or delivery for introduction into 
interstate commerce of the noncompliant tires under their control after 
MNA notified them that the subject noncompliance existed.

(Authority: 49 U.S.C. 30118, 30120: delegations of authority at 49 
CFR 1.95 and 501.8)

Otto G. Matheke III,
Director, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance.
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