National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 2006 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

BMW of North America, LLC, Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: E6-22429
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-29
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Continental Tire North America, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: E6-22032
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-26
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Fulmer Helmets, Inc., Denial of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: E6-21990
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-22
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Michelin North America, Inc., Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: E6-21989
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-22
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
National Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council to the Secretary of Transportation
Document Number: E6-21522
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-18
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The Secretary of Transportation announces the establishment of a National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Advisory Council (NEMSAC) to provide advice and recommendations regarding EMS matters to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). NHTSA's Office of Emergency Medical Services will serve as sponsor of the Advisory Council for the Secretary. The purpose of this notice is to inform interested parties of the establishment of NEMSAC and invite the submission to NHTSA of nominations/applications for membership, as well as comments on the strategies or issues that should be considered by NEMSAC.
Forum on Human Factors Research Necessary To Support Advanced Vehicle Safety Technologies; Correction
Document Number: 06-9735
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-18
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
NHTSA published a document in the Federal Register of November 20, 2006, concerning a meeting notice for a forum on Human Factors Research Necessary to Support Advanced Vehicle Safety Technologies. The document did not contain the Docket Number.
Britax Child Safety, Inc., Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: E6-21329
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-15
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Hankook Tire Company, Ltd., Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: E6-21328
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-15
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Anthropomorphic Test Devices; SID-IIs Side Impact Crash Test Dummy 5th Percentile Adult Female
Document Number: 06-9555
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-12-14
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This final rule amends the agency's regulation on anthropomorphic test devices to add specifications and qualification requirements for the 5th percentile adult female crash test dummy, called the SID-IIs Build Level D (``SID-IIs'') test dummy. The SID-IIs dummy is instrumented in the head, thorax, abdomen and pelvis, which enables it to assess in a comprehensive manner the performance of vehicles in protecting small-stature occupants in side impacts. NHTSA plans to use the SID-IIs dummy in an upgraded Federal motor vehicle safety standard on side impact protection.
Anthropomorphic Test Devices; ES-2re Side Impact Crash Test Dummy 50th Percentile Adult Male
Document Number: 06-9554
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-12-14
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation, Docket No. Nhtsa-2004-25441
This final rule amends the agency's regulation on anthropomorphic test devices to add specifications and qualification requirements for a new mid-size adult male crash test dummy, called the ``ES-2re'' test dummy. The ES-2re dummy has enhanced injury assessment capabilities compared to devices existing today, which allows for a fuller assessment of the types and magnitudes of the injuries occurring in side impacts and of the efficacy of countermeasures in improving occupant protection. The agency plans to use the ES-2re dummy in an upgraded Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard on side impact protection.
U.S. Bus Corporation, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: E6-21224
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-13
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Hankook Tire Company, Ltd., Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: E6-21223
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-13
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Hankook Tire Company, Ltd., Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: E6-21220
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-13
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Maxon Industry Inc. DBA Maxonlift Corp., Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: E6-21210
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-13
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The Braun Corporation, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: E6-21208
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-13
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Brake Hoses
Document Number: E6-21207
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-12-13
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
NHTSA published a final rule in December 2004 that amended the Federal motor vehicle safety standard on brake hoses, and announced an effective date of December 20, 2006. The agency has received several petitions for reconsideration of the rule and a petition to delay the effective date of the final rule. To allow for more time to respond to petitions for reconsideration, and to give industry more time to meet new requirements, this document delays the effective date of the final rule for one year, to December 20, 2007. This decision was made after NHTSA published a notice of proposed rulemaking on November 15, 2006, soliciting public comment on whether the effective date should be extended. All commenters wrote in support of extending the effective date.
The Braun Corporation, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: E6-21206
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-13
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements
Document Number: E6-20936
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-08
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice solicits public comment 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 associated with 49 CFR Part 574, Tire Identification and Recordkeeping.
Reports, Forms and Recordkeeping Requirements
Document Number: 06-9560
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-07
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 (PRA), before seeking OMB approval, Federal agencies must solicit public comment on proposed collections of information. In this case, the information collection consists of a load carrying capacity label applied to all motor homes and recreation vehicle (RV) trailers and a load carrying capacity modification label which corrects original load carrying capacity information on all RVs and light vehicles when significant additional weight is added between final vehicle certification and first retail sale. The load carrying capacity modification label is an alternative to current methods of information correction which requires the original label to be replaced. A PRA 60-day notice was included with the published notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on October 31, 2005 (70 FR 51707), however, since the original notice was a year old and the PRA burden information has been updated, NHTSA decided to publish a second 60-day notice. This notice is related only to obtaining OMB information collection approval under the PRA and is not part of or a substitute for the final rule amending FMVSS Nos. 110 and 120 by adding load carrying capacity requirements which should be published in the near future.
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Occupant Crash Protection; Review: Redesigned Air Bags; Evaluation Report
Document Number: E6-20611
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-06
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces NHTSA's publication of a Technical Report reviewing and evaluating its existing Safety Standard 208, Occupant Crash Protection. The report's title is: An Evaluation of the 1998-1999 Redesign of Frontal Air Bags.
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Occupant Crash Protection
Document Number: E6-20487
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-12-05
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document denies a petition for rulemaking requesting that the agency amend Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 208, ``Occupant crash protection,'' to include belted test dummies in the rear seats of the dynamic crash tests, and to include a cargo test for occupant protection.
Meeting Notice
Document Number: E6-20311
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-01
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
NHTSA announces a meeting of the Federal Interagency Committee on Emergency Medical Services to be held in Washington, DC. This notice announces the date, time and location of the meeting, which will be open to the public.
Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements
Document Number: E6-20106
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-28
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.
YES! Sportscars; Response to Application for a Temporary Exemption From the Advanced Air Bag Requirements of FMVSS No. 208
Document Number: E6-20091
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-28
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice grants the YES! Sportscars application for temporary exemption from certain advanced air bag requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 208, Occupant Crash Protection. This exemption applies to the YES! Roadster 3.2 and 3.2 Turbo (hereinafter collectively referred to as ``the YES! Roadster''). 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, and the exemption would have a negligible impact on motor vehicle safety. The exemption for the YES! Roadster is effective September 1, 2006 and will remain in effect until August 31, 2009. In accordance with the requirements of 49 U.S.C. 30113(b)(2), we published a notice of receipt of the application \1\ in the Federal Register and asked for public comments.\2\ We received no comments on the application.
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Definition of “Motorcycle”; Denial of Petition for Rulemaking
Document Number: E6-19824
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-11-24
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document denies a petition for rulemaking from GG Quad North America requesting that NHTSA redefine the term ``motorcycle'' so that the vehicle it seeks to import and sell, a four-wheeled vehicle with a motorcycle-like body, would be classified as a motorcycle and thus be subject to the Federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSSs) for motorcycles. Currently, the petitioner's vehicle is classified as a passenger car. Since the initial FMVSSs were issued in 1967, the term ``motorcycle'' has been defined to exclude motor vehicles designed to travel on four wheels in contact with the ground. NHTSA is denying the petition because the petitioner has not shown that redefining ``motorcycle'' to include the petitioner's vehicle would be consistent with the safety purposes of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act. Denial of the petition means that the petitioner's vehicle will remain classified as a passenger car. Before it can be imported, offered for sale or sold in the United States, it must meet all FMVSSs applicable to that type of motor vehicle.
Notice of Receipt of Petition for Decision That Nonconforming 1999-2000 Hatty 45 Foot Double Axle Trailers Are Eligible for Importation
Document Number: E6-19685
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-21
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 1999-2000 Hatty 45 foot double axle trailers that were not originally manufactured to comply with all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSS) are eligible for importation into the United States because they have safety features that comply with, or are capable of being altered to comply with, all such standards.
Meeting Notice; Forum on Human Factors Research Necessary To Support Advanced Vehicle Safety Technologies
Document Number: E6-19562
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-20
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
NHTSA announces a Forum on Human Factors Research Necessary to Support Advanced Vehicle Safety Technologies to be held in Falls Church, Virginia. This notice announces the date, time and location of the forum, which will be open to the public with advanced registration on a space-available basis.
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Brake Hoses
Document Number: E6-19198
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-11-15
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
NHTSA published a final rule in December 2004 that amended the Federal motor vehicle safety standard on brake hoses. In early 2005, the agency received several petitions for reconsideration of the rule and a petition to delay the effective date of the final rule. At present, the rule is to take effect on December 20, 2006. To allow for more time to respond to petitions for reconsideration, and to give industry more time to meet new requirements, this document proposes to delay the effective date of the final rule for one year, to December 20, 2007.
Brain Injury Symposium
Document Number: E6-18919
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-09
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announces a two day Brain Injury Symposium to be held in Washington, DC. This notice announces the date, time and location of the Symposium, which will be open to the public with advanced registration on a space- available basis.
Revised Highway Safety Program Guidelines Nos. 3, 8, 14, 15, 19, and 20
Document Number: E6-18749
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-07
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Section 402 of title 23 of the United States Code requires the Secretary of Transportation to promulgate uniform guidelines for State highway safety programs. This notice revises six of the existing guidelines to reflect program methodologies and approaches that have proven to be successful and are based on sound science and program administration. The guidelines the agency is revising today are Guideline No. 3Motorcycle Safety, Guideline No. 8Impaired Driving, Guideline No. 14Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety, Guideline No. 15Traffic Enforcement Services (formerly Police Traffic Services), Guideline No. 19Speed Management (formerly Speed Control), and Guideline No. 20Occupant Protection.
Decision That Nonconforming 2005 Toyota RAV4 Multipurpose Passenger Vehicles Are Eligible for Importation
Document Number: E6-18710
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-07
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document announces a decision by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that certain 2005 Toyota RAV4 multipurpose passenger vehicles (MPVs) that were not originally manufactured to comply with all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSS) are eligible for importation into the United States because they are substantially similar to vehicles originally manufactured for importation into and sale in the United States and that were certified by their manufacturer as complying with the safety standards (the U.S. certified version of the 2005 Toyota RAV4 MPV), and they are capable of being readily altered to conform to the standards.
Denial of Petitions for Import Eligibility for Nonconforming 2001-2002 Mitsubishi Evolution VII and 2003 Mitsubishi Evolution VIII Left Hand Drive Passenger Cars
Document Number: E6-18520
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-03
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document sets forth the reasons for denial of two petitions submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) requesting the agency to decide that left-hand drive (LHD) 2001-2002 Mitsubishi Evolution VII and 2003 Mitsubishi Evolution VIII LHD passenger cars that were not originally manufactured to comply with all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) are eligible for importation into the United States. The petitions contended that 2001-2002 Mitsubishi Evolution VII LHD passenger cars are eligible for importation because they have safety features that comply with, or are capable of being altered to comply with, all applicable FMVSS, and that 2003 Mitsubishi Evolution VIII LHD passenger cars are eligible for importation because they are substantially similar to vehicles that were originally manufactured for importation into and sale in the United States and that were certified as complying with the safety standards (the U.S.-certified version of 2003 Mitsubishi Evolution VIII LHD passenger cars), and are capable of being readily altered to conform to those standards.
Decision That Nonconforming 1996 and 1997 Lamborghini Diablo Coupe and Roadster Passenger Cars Are Eligible for Importation
Document Number: E6-18518
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-03
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces the decision by NHTSA that 1996 and 1997 Lamborghini Diablo Coupe and Roadster passenger cars not originally manufactured to comply with all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSS) are eligible for importation into the United States. 1997 Lamborghini Diablo Coupe passenger cars are eligible for importation because they have safety features that comply with, or are capable of being altered to comply with, all applicable FMVSS. 1996 Lamborghini Diablo Coupe and Roadster passenger cars, and 1997 Lamborghini Diablo Roadster passenger cars, are eligible for importation because they are substantially similar to vehicles originally manufactured for importation into and sale in the United States and certified by their manufacturer as complying with the safety standards (the U.S.-certified versions of the 1996 Lamborghini Diablo Coupe and Roadster and the 1997 Lamborghini Diablo Roadster), and are capable of being readily altered to conform to the standards.
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Glazing Materials; Correction
Document Number: E6-18390
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-11-02
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In July 2003, the agency published a final rule updating our Federal motor vehicle safety standard on glazing materials. As part of that rulemaking, boundaries were established for shade bands on vehicle windshields in order to limit their potential encroachment on the driver's field of view. As part of the new shade band requirements, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Recommended Practice J100 (rev. June 1995), ``Class `A' Vehicle Glazing Shade Bands,'' was incorporated by reference into the standard. However, in a July 2005 final rule responding to petitions for reconsideration of that earlier rulemaking, the standard's provisions related to shade bands requirements were amended, and as a result, a later but substantively identical version of SAE J100 (i.e., the November 1999 revision) was inadvertently included in the standard. The July 2005 final rule should have referenced SAE J100 (rev. June 1995), the document properly incorporated by reference into the safety standard. This document corrects this inconsistency resulting from administrative error.
Confidential Business Information
Document Number: E6-18285
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-10-31
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice addresses the confidentiality of certain information that manufacturers of motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment submit to NHTSA pursuant to the Early Warning Reporting (EWR) rule. The agency is proposing to create class determinations, based on Exemption 4 of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), treating certain categories of EWR information as confidential, namely production numbers (excluding light vehicles), consumer complaints, paid warranty claims, and field reports. In addition, for EWR reports on deaths and injuries, NHTSA is proposing to create a class determination based on FOIA Exemption 6 that the last six (6) characters of the vehicle identification number (VIN) are confidential. Finally, the agency is also proposing to clarify its Confidential Business Information rule with regard to confidentiality markings in submissions in electronic media.
Panoz Auto-Development Company; Receipt of Application for a Temporary Exemption From the Advanced Air Bag Requirements of FMVSS No. 208
Document Number: E6-17605
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-20
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the procedures in 49 CFR part 555, Panoz Auto-Development Company has petitioned the agency for a temporary exemption from certain advanced air bag requirements of FMVSS No. 208. The basis for the application is that compliance would cause substantial economic hardship to a manufacturer that has tried in good faith to comply with the standard.\1\
Notice of Receipt of Petition for Decision That Nonconforming 2003 and 2004 BMW 3 Series Passenger Cars Are Eligible for Importation
Document Number: E6-17456
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-19
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 2003 and 2004 BMW 3 Series passenger cars that were not originally manufactured to comply with all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSS) 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.
Decision That Certain Nonconforming Motor Vehicles Are Eligible for Importation
Document Number: E6-17454
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-19
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document announces decisions by NHTSA that certain motor vehicles not originally manufactured to comply with all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards(FMVSS) are eligible for importation into the United States because they are substantially similar to vehicles originally manufactured for importation into and/or sale in the United States and certified by their manufacturers as complying with the safety standards, and they are capable of being readily altered to conform to the standards or because they have safety features that comply with, or are capable of being altered to comply with, all applicable FMVSS.
Michelin North America, Inc., Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: E6-16836
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-12
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Final Theft Data; Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard
Document Number: E6-16687
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-10-10
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document publishes the final data on thefts of model year (MY) 2004 passenger motor vehicles that occurred in calendar year (CY) 2004. The final 2004 theft data indicate a decrease in the vehicle theft rate experienced in CY/MY 2004. The final theft rate for MY 2004 passenger vehicles stolen in calendar year 2004 (1.83 thefts per thousand vehicles) decreased by 0.54 percent from the theft rate for CY/MY 2003 (1.84 thefts per thousand vehicles) when compared to the theft rate experienced in CY/MY 2003. Publication of these data fulfills NHTSA's statutory obligation to periodically obtain accurate and timely theft data and publish the information for review and comment.
NHTSA's Activities Under the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe 1998 Global Agreement
Document Number: E6-16681
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-10
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
NHTSA is publishing this notice to inform the public of the schedule of upcoming meetings of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) and its working parties of experts for the remainder of calendar year 2006 and the tentative schedule for calendar year 2007. Further, this notice informs the public about the status of activities under the Program of Work of the 1998 Global Agreement and requests comments on various aspects of these activities. Specifically, this notice seeks comment on the recommended Global Technical Regulation (GTR) on motorcycle brake systems that was referred by the Working Party on Brakes and Running Gear (GRRF) to the Executive Committee of the 1998 Global Agreement (AC.3) for a vote at the 140th session of WP.29 in November 2006. Publication of this information is in accordance with NHTSA's Statement of Policy regarding Agency Policy Goals and Public Participation in the Implementation of the 1998 Global Agreement on Global Technical Regulations.
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS); Small Business Impacts of Motor Vehicle Safety
Document Number: E6-16422
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-10-04
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.
American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: E6-16404
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-04
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
BMW of North America, LLC, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: E6-16200
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-02
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
List of Nonconforming Vehicles Decided To Be Eligible for Importation
Document Number: 06-8260
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-09-26
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document revises the list of vehicles not originally manufactured to conform to the Federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSS) that NHTSA has decided to be eligible for importation. This list is contained in an appendix to the agency's regulations that prescribe procedures for import eligibility decisions. The list has been revised to add all vehicles that NHTSA has decided to be eligible for importation since October 1, 2005, and to remove all previously listed vehicles that are now more than 25 years old and need no longer comply with all applicable FMVSS to be lawfully imported. NHTSA is required by statute to publish this list annually in the Federal Register.
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Electronic Stability Control Systems
Document Number: 06-7598
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-09-18
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
As part of a comprehensive plan for reducing the serious risk of rollover crashes and the risk of death and serious injury in those crashes, this document proposes to establish a new Federal motor vehicle safety standard (FMVSS) No. 126 to require electronic stability control (ESC) systems on passenger cars, multipurpose vehicles, trucks and buses with a gross vehicle weight rating of 4,536 Kg (10,000 pounds) or less. ESC systems use automatic computer-controlled braking of individual wheels to assist the driver in maintaining control in critical driving situations in which the vehicle is beginning to lose directional stability at the rear wheels (spin out) or directional control at the front wheels (plow out). Based on our own crash data studies, NHTSA estimates that the installation of ESC will reduce single-vehicle crashes of passenger cars by 34 percent and single vehicle crashes of sport utility vehicles (SUVs) by 59 percent, with a much greater reduction of rollover crashes. Preventing single-vehicle loss-of-control crashes is the most effective way to reduce deaths resulting from rollover crashes. This is because most loss of control crashes culminate in the vehicle leaving the roadway, which dramatically increases the probability of a rollover. NHTSA estimates that ESC has the potential to prevent 71 percent of passenger car rollovers and 84 percent of SUV rollovers in single-vehicle crashes. NHTSA estimates that ESC would save 5,300 to 10,300 lives and prevent 168,000 to 252,000 injuries in all types of crashes annually if all light vehicles on the road were equipped with ESC systems. ESC systems would substantially reduce (by 4,200 to 5,400) of the more than 10,000 deaths each year on American roads resulting from rollover crashes. About 29 percent of model year (MY) 2006 light vehicles sold in the U.S. were equipped with ESC, and manufacturers intend to increase the number of ESC installations in light vehicles to 71 percent by MY 2011. This rule would require a 100 percent installation rate for ESC by MY 2012 (with exceptions for some vehicles manufactured in stages or by small volume manufacturers). Of the overall projected annual 5,300 to 10,300 highway deaths and 168,000 to 252,000 injuries prevented, we would attribute 1,536 to 2,211 prevented fatalities (including 1,161 to 1,445 involving rollover) to this proposed rulemaking, in addition to the prevention of 50,594 to 69,630 injuries.
New Car Assessment Program (NCAP); Safety Labeling
Document Number: 06-7501
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-09-12
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
A provision of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users requires new passenger vehicles to be labeled with safety rating information published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration under its New Car Assessment Program. NHTSA is required to issue regulations to ensure that the labeling requirements ``are implemented by September 1, 2007.'' This final rule is issued to fulfill that mandate.
Saleen, Inc.; Response to Application for Temporary Exemption From Certain Provisions of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 208
Document Number: E6-14829
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-07
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document grants in part and denies in part the Saleen application for an extension of a temporary exemption from the automatic restraint requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 208, Occupant Crash Protection, and grants an additional exemption from the advanced air bag requirements of that standard, both for the Saleen S7. The basis for the request was that compliance would cause substantial economic hardship to a low-volume manufacturer that has tried in good faith to comply with the standard. The extension of the exemption from the automatic restraint requirements is effective September 1, 2006 and will remain in effect until August 31, 2007. The exemption from the advanced air bag requirements is effective September 1, 2006 and will remain in effect until August 31, 2009.
Automobili Lamborghini SpA; Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. and Bugatti Engineering GmbH; Group Lotus Plc; Morgan Motor Company Limited; Maserati; Grant of Applications for a Temporary Exemption From Advanced Air Bag Requirements of FMVSS No. 208
Document Number: 06-7487
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-07
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice grants the Automobili Lamborghini SpA (``Lamborghini''); Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. and Bugatti Engineering GmbH (collectively, ``Bugatti''); Group Lotus Plc (``Lotus''); Morgan Motor Company Limited (``Morgan''); and Maserati SpA (``Maserati'') applications for temporary exemption from certain advanced air bag requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 208, Occupant Crash Protection. The exemptions apply to the Lamborghini Murcielago, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4, the Lotus Elise, the Morgan Aero 8, and the Maserati Coupe/Spyder. In accordance with 49 CFR part 555, the basis for each grant is that compliance would cause substantial economic hardship to a manufacturer that has tried in good faith to comply with the standard, and the exemption would have a negligible impact on motor vehicle safety. The exemptions for the Lamborghini Murcielago, the Lotus Elise, and the Morgan Aero 8 are effective September 1, 2006 and will remain in effect until August 31, 2009. The exemption for the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 is effective from September 1, 2006 and will remain in effect until September 1, 2008. The exemption for the Maserati Coupe/Spyder is effective from September 1, 2006 and will remain in effect until December 31, 2007. In accordance with the requirements of 49 U.S.C. 30113(b)(2), we published a notice of receipt of the applications \1\ in the Federal Register and asked for public comments.\2\ We received comments from four of the petitioners (Lamborghini, Lotus, Morgan, and Maserati), one trade organization, and one individual. Please note that, as was done with the notice of receipt, we are publishing this decision notice for the five applications together to ensure efficient use of agency resources and to facilitate the timely processing of the applications. However, NHTSA considered each application individually, and our decision regarding the temporary exemption for each company is discussed separately below.
Insurer Reporting Requirements; List of Insurers Required To File Reports
Document Number: E6-14633
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-09-05
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This final rule amends regulations on insurer reporting requirements. The appendices list those passenger motor vehicle insurers that are required to file reports on their motor vehicle theft loss experiences. An insurer included in any of these appendices must file three copies of its report for the 2003 calendar year before October 25, 2006. If the passenger motor vehicle insurers remain listed, they must submit reports by each subsequent October 25.