National Highway Traffic Safety Administration May 2005 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Bridgestone/Firestone North America Tire, LLC. Denial of Application for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 05-10722
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-31
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Insurer Reporting Requirements; Reports Under 49 U.S.C. on Section 33112(c)
Document Number: 05-10695
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-31
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces publication by NHTSA of the annual insurer report on motor vehicle theft for the 2000 reporting year. Section 33112(h) of Title 49 of the U.S. Code, requires this information to be compiled periodically and published by the agency in a form that will be helpful to the public, the law enforcement community, and Congress. As required by section 33112(c), this report provides information on theft and recovery of vehicles; rating rules and plans used by motor vehicle insurers to reduce premiums due to a reduction in motor vehicle thefts; and actions taken by insurers to assist in deterring thefts.
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 05-10689
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-31
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 05-10688
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-31
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 05-10687
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-31
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Civil Penalties
Document Number: 05-10366
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-05-25
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document proposes to increase the maximum aggregate civil penalties for violations of statutes and regulations administered by NHTSA pertaining to odometer tampering and disclosure requirements and for vehicle theft protection violations. This action would be taken pursuant to the Federal Civil Monetary Penalty Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended by the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996, which requires us to review and, as warranted, adjust penalties based on inflation at least every four years.
Notice of Receipt of Petition for Decision That Nonconforming 1991 Mercedes Benz 560 SEL Passenger Cars Are Eligible for Importation
Document Number: 05-10365
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-25
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document announces receipt by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of a petition for a decision that 1991 Mercedes Benz 560 SEL passenger cars that were not originally manufactured to comply with all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards are eligible for importation into the United States because (1) they are substantially similar to vehicles that were originally manufactured for importation into and sale in the United States and that were certified by their manufacturer as complying with the safety standards, and (2) they are capable of being readily altered to conform to the standards.
Frontal New Car Assessment Program
Document Number: 05-10049
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-24
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability, and Documentation (TREAD) Act required that a safety rating for child restraints be established to provide practicable, readily understandable, and timely information to consumers. In addition, the TREAD Act directed the Secretary of Transportation to consider placing child restraints in the rear seat of vehicles crash-tested under NCAP. In response to this mandate, NHTSA established a consumer information program for add-on child restraints based on their ease of use, and announced that it would perform two pilot programs to gather additional information about other aspects of child passenger safety. One pilot program would subject child restraints to a 48 km/h (30 mph) sled test. This program focused on the protection provided by the child restraint. The second pilot program placed child restraints in the rear seat of vehicles in frontal NCAP tests. This program focused on the protection the vehicle provided to properly restrained children. Based on the data collected from both pilot programs, the agency has decided not to implement a dynamic child restraint system (CRS) rating based on sled tests, and to continue collecting data from NCAP frontal crash tests to resolve some outstanding technical issues and to gather additional data on the Hybrid III 6-year-old and 10-year-old child dummies. In addition, the agency will develop a better understanding of the real world data and its relationship to NCAP child results. The agency will make a decision on the merits of a vehicle child protection rating in conjunction with any possible revisions to the frontal testing program, which the agency is currently evaluating. Privacy Act: Anyone is able to search the electronic form of all submissions received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the petition (or signing the petition, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review DOT's complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000, (Volume 65, Number 70; Pages 19477-78) or you may visit http://dms.dot.gov.
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Denial of Petition for Rulemaking
Document Number: 05-10136
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-05-23
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Based on the agency's evaluation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) denies a petition for rulemaking from Mercedes-Benz to amend the Federal lighting standard to permit the use of optional use of stoplamps that would flash under higher levels of deceleration. Mercedes-Benz has not demonstrated that this manufacturer-installed option would result in reduced crashes. NHTSA is denying the petition because it would take away from NHTSA the ability to use a potentially valuable rear signal for a higher safety purpose sometime in the future. NHTSA concludes that it would require more in- depth information than provided on the safety benefit of any such change before it would initiate a rulemaking on what rear signal lamp performance changes are appropriate or necessary to reduce the incidence or rear-end crashes.
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards
Document Number: 05-9989
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-05-19
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document denies a petition from the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) to conduct rulemaking to amend the Federal motor vehicle safety standard on tire selection and rims to require manufacturers of new motor vehicles to establish a recommended cold inflation pressure (placard pressure) for their vehicles using a tire pressure reserve. The tire pressure reserve would be based on the minimum pressure the RMA believes is necessary to support the vehicle's maximum load at the activation pressure of the installed tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). The agency has decided to deny the petition because neither the RMA's nor the agency's data demonstrate a safety need for such a requirement.
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Occupant Crash Protection
Document Number: 05-9924
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-05-19
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This NPRM would amend Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 208, Occupant crash protection, by proposing test procedures applicable to vehicles that have a child restraint anchorage system, commonly referred to as a ``LATCH'' system, in a front passenger seating position and that comply with advanced air bag requirements through the use of a suppression system. Beginning September 1, 2006, these vehicles must suppress the air bag in the presence of a child restraint system that is attached to the vehicle's LATCH system. The procedures proposed in this document specify a repeatable, reproducible, and realistic method of attaching child restraints to the LATCH system for the suppression test.
Federal Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard
Document Number: 05-9708
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-05-19
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This final rule responds to petitions for reconsideration of the agency's newly expanded parts marking requirements. The Anti Car Theft Act of 1992 required NHTSA to conduct a rulemaking to extend the parts marking requirements to below median theft rate passenger cars and multipurpose passenger vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 6,000 pounds or less, unless the Attorney General found that such a requirement would not substantially inhibit chop shop operations and motor vehicle thefts. The Attorney General did not make such a finding. Accordingly, in a final rule published in April 2004, NHTSA extended parts marking requirements to these vehicles. This document responds to petitions for reconsideration of the April 2004 final rule. Specifically, we are amending our procedures in order to begin processing parts marking exemption petitions prior to the effective date, and we are phasing-in the new requirements over a two-year period.
Subaru of America, Inc., Notice of Grant of Application for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 05-9919
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-18
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
ArvinMeritor, Inc., Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 05-9741
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-17
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Morgan Motor Company Limited Grant of Application for a Temporary Exemption From Part 581 Bumper Standard
Document Number: 05-9707
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-16
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice grants the Morgan Motor Company Limited (``Morgan'') application for a temporary exemption from Part 581 Bumper Standard. In accordance with 49 CFR part 555, the basis for the grant is that compliance would cause substantial economic hardship to a manufacturer that has tried in good faith to comply with the standard.\1\
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Tires
Document Number: 05-9706
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-05-16
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Federal motor vehicle safety standard (FMVSS) No. 109, New pneumatic tires, specifies performance requirements for certain types of passenger car tires. Three paragraphs of regulatory text related to tire testing procedures have been inadvertently removed through administrative error. This document corrects this inadvertent removal.
Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements
Document Number: 05-9392
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-11
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Before a Federal agency can collect certain information from the public, it must receive approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Under procedures established by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, before seeking OMB approval, Federal agencies must solicit public comment on proposed collections of information, including extensions and reinstatements of previously approved collections. This document describes one collection of information for which NHTSA intends to seek OMB approval.
Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements
Document Number: 05-9391
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-11
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Before a Federal agency can collect certain information from the public, it must receive approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Under procedures established by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, before seeking OMB approval, Federal agencies must solicit public comment on proposed collections of information, including extensions and reinstatement of previously approved collections. This document describes one collection of information for which NHTSA intends to seek OMB approval.
Century Products, Inc.; Appeal of Denial of Application for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 05-9390
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-11
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Century Products, a Division of Graco Children's Products, Inc. (``Century Products'' and ``Graco''), of Macedonia, Ohio, has appealed a decision by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that denied Century Products' application that its noncompliance with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 213, ``Child restraint systems,'' be deemed inconsequential as it relates to safety. This notice of receipt of Century Products' appeal is published in accordance with NHTSA regulations (49 CFR 556.5 and 556.7) and does not represent any agency decision or other exercise of judgment concerning the merits of the appeal. Dates: Comments must be received no later than June 10, 2005. Addresses: You may submit comments identified by the DOT DMS docket number assigned this notice and listed above, by any of the following methods: Web site: http://dms.dot.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments on the DOT electronic docket site. Fax: (202) 493-2251. Mail: Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Nassif Building, Room PL-401, Washington, DC 20590-001. Hand Delivery: Room PL-401 on the plaza level of the Nassif Building, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Instructions: All submissions must include the agency name and docket number or Regulatory Identification Number (RIN) for this rulemaking. Note that all comments received will be posted without change to http://dms.dot.gov, including any personal information provided. You may review DOT's complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 70; Pages 19477-78) or you may visit http://dms.dot.gov. Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to http://dms.dot.gov at any time or to Room PL- 401 on the plaza level of the Nassif Building, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC, between 9 am and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. For Further Information Contact: For non-legal issues, you may contact Mike Huntley, Office of Crashworthiness Standards, at (202) 366-0029, and fax him at (202) 493-2739. For legal issues, you may contact Christopher Calamita, Office of Chief Counsel, at (202) 366-2992, and fax him at (202) 366-3820. You may send mail to these officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh St., SW., Washington, DC 20590. Supplementary Information: Paragraph S5.1.1 of FMVSS No. 213 states that when a child restraint system is tested in accordance with S6.1, it shall ``[e]xhibit no complete separation of any load bearing structural element and no partial separation exposing either surfaces with a radius of less than \1/4\ inch or surfaces with protrusions greater than \3/8\ inch above the immediate adjacent surrounding contactable surface of any structural element of the system.'' A ``contactable surface'' is defined in S4 as ``any child restraint system surface (other than that of a belt, belt buckle, or belt adjustment hardware) that may contact any part of the head or torso of the appropriate test dummy, specified in S7, when a child restraint system is tested in accordance with S6.1.'' Century Products determined that as many as 185,175 child restraints fail to comply with FMVSS No. 213, and filed appropriate reports pursuant to 49 CFR part 573, ``Defect and Noncompliance Responsibility and Reports.'' Century Products also applied to be exempted from the notification and remedy requirements of 49 U.S.C. Chapter 301``Motor Vehicle Safety'' on the basis that the noncompliance is inconsequential to safety. Notice of receipt of the application was published in the Federal Register on May 17, 2002 (67 FR 35188). On October 24, 2003, NHTSA published a notice in the Federal Register denying Century Products' application (Docket No. NHTSA-02-12087, Notice 2; 68 FR 61037; October 24, 2003), stating in part:
Reports, Forms, and Record Keeping Requirements; Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: 05-9205
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-09
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICR describes the nature of the information collections and their expected burden. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period was published on August 19, 2004 (69 FR 51544-51545).
Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements
Document Number: 05-9170
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-09
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice solicits public comments on continuation of the requirements for the collection of information on safety standards. Before a Federal agency can collect certain information from the public, it must receive approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Under procedures established by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, before seeking OMB approval, Federal agencies must solicit public comment on proposed collections of information, including extensions and reinstatement of previously approved collections. This document describes a collection of information on seven Federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSSs) and one regulation, for which NHTSA intends to seek OMB approval. The information collection pertains to requirements that specify certain safety precautions regarding items of motor vehicle equipment must appear in the vehicle owner's manual.
IC Corporation, Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 05-9169
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-09
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Vehicle Identification Number Requirements; Technical Amendment
Document Number: 05-9140
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-05-06
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document contains a technical amendment to the agency's Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) requirements. The amendment clarifies the definition of ``model year'' included in that regulation.
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards
Document Number: 05-9139
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-05-06
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document denies a petition for rulemaking submitted by the Fire Equipment Manufacturers Association (FEMA) to require all new light duty trucks to be equipped with fire extinguishers.
Reports, Forms and Recordkeeping Requirements Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: 05-9122
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-06
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICR describes the nature of the information collections and their expected burden. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period was published on June 16, 2004 at Vol. 69, No. 115, p. 33693-94.
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS); Small Business Impacts of Motor Vehicle Safety
Document Number: 05-8827
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-05-04
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) seeks comments on the economic impact of its regulations on small entities. As required by Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, we are attempting to identify rules that may have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. We also request comments on ways to make these regulations easier to read and understand. The focus of this notice is rules that specifically relate to passenger cars, multipurpose passenger vehicles, trucks, buses, trailers, incomplete vehicles, motorcycles, and motor vehicle equipment.
Graco Children's Products Inc., Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 05-8821
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-04
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation