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

Notice of Receipt of Petition for Decision That Nonconforming 2002-2005 Mercedes Benz CLK-Class (209) Passenger Cars Are Eligible for Importation
Document Number: E6-1184
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-31
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 2002-2005 Mercedes Benz CLK-class (209) 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.
Notice of Receipt of Petition for Decision That Nonconforming 2005 Toyota RAV4 Multipurpose Passenger Vehicles are Eligible for Importation
Document Number: E6-1183
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-31
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 2005 Toyota RAV4 multipurpose passenger vehicles 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.
Notice of Receipt of Petition for Decision That Nonconforming 2005 and 2006 Ferrari F430 Passenger Cars Manufactured Before September 1, 2006 Are Eligible for Importation
Document Number: E6-1181
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-31
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 2005 and 2006 Ferrari F430 passenger cars manufactured before September 1, 2006 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.
Continental Tire North America, Inc., Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: E6-1161
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-31
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Child Safety and Child Booster Seats Incentive Grants
Document Number: E6-1156
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-31
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announces a grant program under Section 2011 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity ActA Legacy of Users (SAFETEA-LU) to implement programs to purchase and distribute child restraints, support enforcement of child restraint laws, train child passenger safety professionals concerning all aspects of child restraint use, and educate the public concerning the proper use and installation of child restraints. This notice solicits applications from the fifty States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
Mercedes-Benz, U.S.A. LLC; Grant of Application for a Temporary Exemption From Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108
Document Number: E6-1079
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-30
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice grants the Mercedes-Benz, U.S.A. LLC (``MBUSA'') application for a temporary exemption from the requirements of S5.5.10 of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108, Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment. In accordance with 49 CFR Part Sec. 555.6(b), the basis for the grant is to facilitate the development and field evaluation of new motor vehicle safety feature providing a level of safety at least equal to that of the standard. Pursuant to Sec. 555.6(b)(5), MBUSA is permitted to sell not more than 2,500 exempted vehicles in any twelve-month period of the exemption. Because the exemption period is 24 months, this grant affects up to a total of 5,000 vehicles.
Petition for Exemption From the Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard; Volkswagen
Document Number: E6-1073
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-30
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document grants in full the petition of Volkswagen of America, Inc. (VW) in accordance with Sec. 543.9(c)(2) of 49 CFR Part 543, Exemption from the Theft Prevention Standard, for the Audi A4 vehicle line beginning with model year (MY) 2007. This 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. In a letter dated October 19, 2005, the agency granted the petitioner's request for confidential treatment of most aspects of its petition.
Petition To Modify an Exemption of a Previously Approved Antitheft Device; General Motors Corporation
Document Number: E6-1071
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-30
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
On July 12, 2005, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) granted in full General Motors Corporation's (GM) petition to exempt the Chevrolet Cobalt vehicle line from the parts-marking requirements of the vehicle theft prevention standard (See 70 FR 40102). The exemption was granted because the agency determined that the antitheft device proposed to be placed on the line as standard equipment was likely to be as effective in reducing and deterring motor vehicle theft as compliance with the parts-marking requirements of the Theft Prevention Standard. On August 24, 2005, GM petitioned the agency to amend the exemption currently granted for the Chevrolet Cobalt vehicle line. NHTSA is granting in full GM's petition to modify the exemption because it has determined that the modified antitheft device to be placed on the Chevrolet Cobalt line as standard equipment will also likely be as effective in reducing and deterring motor vehicle theft as compliance with the parts-marking requirements.
Petition for Exemption From the Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard; Mercedes-Benz
Document Number: E6-1070
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-30
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document grants in full the petition of Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC., (MBUSA) in accordance with Sec. 543.9(c)(2) of 49 CFR part 543, Exemption from the Theft Prevention Standard, for the E-Line Chassis vehicle line beginning with model year (MY) 2006. This 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.
New Car Assessment Program (NCAP); Safety Labeling
Document Number: 06-827
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-01-30
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
One of the provisions of the recently enacted Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) requires new passenger vehicles to be labeled with safety rating information published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's New Car Assessment Program. This document proposes a regulation to implement that new labeling requirement beginning September 1, 2007.
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: E6-959
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-26
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Bridgestone Firestone North America Tire, LLC, Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: E6-958
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-26
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 06-731
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-26
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Rulemaking; Diane and Dorsey Smith
Document Number: E6-858
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-01-25
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice denies a petition filed by Diane and Dorsey Smith requesting that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) amend its regulation concerning odometer disclosure requirements to eliminate the exemption for vehicles having a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of more than 16,000 pounds.
Incentive Grants To Support Increased Safety Belt Use Rates Section 406 Implementing Guidelines
Document Number: 06-718
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-25
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announces a new primary safety belt use law and safety belt performance grant program to increase safety belt use by Americans in passenger motor vehicles. The program makes funds available during fiscal years 2006 through 2009 to provide a one-time only grant to States that enact and enforce primary safety belt use laws within certain time periods or achieve 85 percent or higher safety belt use for two consecutive years without a primary safety belt use law. This notice informs the 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Guam and the Virgin Islands, through their Governors' Representatives for Highway Safety, of the application procedures to receive grant funds to be made available in fiscal years 2006 through 2009.
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Controls, Telltales and Indicators
Document Number: 06-537
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-01-24
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In a final rule of August 17, 2005 (70 FR 48295), we updated our standard regulating motor vehicle controls, telltales and indicators. The standard specifies requirements for the location, identification, and illumination of these items. The rule extended the standard's telltale and indicator requirements to vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 4,536 kg (10,000 pounds) and greater, updated the standard's requirements for multi-function controls and multi-task displays to make the requirements appropriate for advanced systems, and reorganized the standard to make it easier to read. The final rule announced an effective date of February 13, 2006, and a compliance date of February 13, 2006 for requirements applicable to vehicles under 4,536 kg (10,000 pounds) GVWR. In response to a petition for extension of the effective date from the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (Alliance), this final rule announces a delay in the effective date to September 1, 2006. The additional time allows us to consider issues raised by the Alliance and other petitioners in petitions to reconsider certain items and identifications described in the August 17, 2005 final rule.
Decision That Certain Nonconforming Motor Vehicles Are Eligible for Importation
Document Number: E6-707
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-23
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 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.
Nissan North America, Inc., Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: E6-524
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-19
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Pacific Coast Retreaders, Inc., Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: E6-522
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-19
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A., Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 06-463
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-19
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Optronics Products Company, Inc., Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: E6-234
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-12
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Exemption From the Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard; Mercedes-Benz
Document Number: E6-146
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-11
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document grants in full the petition of Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC., (MBUSA) in accordance with Sec. 543.9(c)(2) of 49 CFR Part 543, Exemption from the Theft Prevention Standard, for the S-Line Chassis vehicle line. This 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. MBUSA requested confidential treatment for some of the information and attachments it submitted in support of its petition. In a letter dated August 29, 2005, the agency granted the petitioner's request for confidential treatment of most aspects of its petition.
Petition for Exemption From the Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard; Nissan
Document Number: E6-145
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-11
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document grants in full the petition of Nissan North America, Inc., (Nissan) in accordance with Sec. 543.9(c)(2) of 49 CFR Part 543, Exemption from the Theft Prevention Standard, for the Quest vehicle line. This 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. Nissan requested confidential treatment for the information and attachments it submitted in support of its petition. In a letter dated August 4, 2005, the agency granted the petitioner's request for confidential treatment of most aspects of its petition.
Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements
Document Number: E6-137
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-11
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.
Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements
Document Number: E6-78
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-10
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.
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Tires
Document Number: 06-137
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-01-06
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In June 2003, NHTSA published a final rule establishing upgraded tire performance requirements for new tires for use on vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds or less. This document responds to petitions for reconsideration of that final rule. After carefully considering the petitions, the agency is modifying certain performance requirements to better address snow tires and certain specialty tires. Specifically, we are amending the performance requirements for snow tires used on light vehicles. Further, we decided that the safety performance of certain other specialty tires is better addressed through the requirements of a different Federal safety standard.
Office of Injury Control Operations & Resources; Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements
Document Number: 06-37
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-04
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.
Cross Lander USA; Grant of Application for a Temporary Exemption From Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 208
Document Number: E5-8152
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-03
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice grants the Cross Lander USA (``Cross Lander'') application for a temporary exemption from the requirements of S4.2 and S14 of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 208, Occupant crash protection. The exemption applies to the Cross Lander 244X vehicle line. 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.
Denial of Motor Vehicle Defect Petition
Document Number: E5-8151
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-03
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice sets forth the reasons for the denial of a petition (Defect Petition 05-002) submitted by Mr. Jordan Ziprin to NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigation (ODI), by letter dated July 8, 2005, under 49 U.S.C. 30162, requesting that the agency commence a proceeding to determine the existence of a defect related to motor vehicle safety within the electronic throttle control (ETC) system in model year (MY) 2002 to 2005 Toyota and Lexus vehicles, or to reopen Preliminary Evaluation (PE) 04-021 whose subject was the ETC system on MY 2002 to 2003 Toyota Camry, Solara and Lexus ES models. In a letter dated August 18, 2005, Mr. Ziprin amended the petition to include additional allegations of interrelated brake and acceleration problems that allegedly result in inappropriate and uncontrollable vehicle accelerations in ETC equipped MY 2002 to 2005 Toyota and Lexus vehicles. After reviewing the material cited by the petitioner and other information, NHTSA has concluded that further expenditure of the agency's investigative resources on the issues raised by the petition is not warranted. The agency accordingly has denied the petition.
Amendment to Grant Criteria for Alcohol-Impaired Driving Prevention Programs
Document Number: 05-24623
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-01-03
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice proposes to amend the regulations that implement the section 410 program, under which States can receive incentive grants for alcohol-impaired driving prevention programs. The proposed amendments implement changes that were made to the section 410 program by the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy For Users (SAFETEA-LU). As a result of SAFETEA-LU, States are provided with two alternative means to qualify for a section 410 grant. Under the first alternative, States may qualify as a ``low fatality rate State'' if they have an alcohol-related fatality rate of 0.5 or less per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT). Under the second alternative, States may qualify as a ``programmatic State'' if they demonstrate that they meet three of eight grant criteria for fiscal year 2006, four of eight grant criteria for fiscal year 2007, and five of eight grant criteria for fiscal years 2008 and 2009. Qualifying under both alternatives would not entitle the State to receive additional grant funds. SAFETEA-LU also provides for a separate grant to the ten States that are determined to have the highest rates of alcohol-related driving fatalities. This notice of proposed rulemaking proposes criteria States must meet and procedures they must follow to qualify for section 410 grants, beginning in fiscal year 2006.