National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 2008 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Reports, Forms and Record Keeping Requirements; Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: E8-31036
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-30
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 October 22, 2008 [73 FR 63049]. This is a request for a new collection.
Consumer Information; New Car Assessment Program (NCAP)
Document Number: E8-30701
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
On July 11, 2008, NHTSA published in the Federal Register (73 FR 40016) a notice announcing changes to the agency's New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) and stated that these changes would be implemented beginning with model year 2010 vehicles tested as part of the NCAP. This notice announces that implementation of the changes discussed in the July 2008 notice is postponed for one model year. The agency will begin applying the new NCAP testing and safety rating criteria to model year 2011 vehicles, not model year 2010 vehicles as indicated in the July 2008 notice. The agency will continue to utilize the existing NCAP testing and safety rating criteria for the 2010 model year.
Recommended Best Importer Practices To Enhance the Safety of Imported Motor Vehicles and Motor Vehicle Equipment
Document Number: E8-30603
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice provides guidance concerning best practices to be followed by importers of motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment to reduce the likelihood of importing products that contain defects related to motor vehicle safety or do not comply with applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards.
Decision That Certain Nonconforming 1994 and 1995 Land Rover Defender 90 Multipurpose Passenger Vehicles Are Eligible for Importation
Document Number: E8-30335
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-23
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document announces a decision by NHTSA that a certain limited range of 1994 and 1995 Land Rover Defender 90 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 (1) they are substantially similar to vehicles that were originally manufactured for 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 1994 and 1995 Land Rover Defender 90 MPVs), and (2) they are capable of being readily altered to conform to the standards.
Newell Coach Corporation, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: E8-30137
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-19
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
China Manufacturers Alliance, LLC, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: E8-30136
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-19
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Ford Motor Company, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: E8-30132
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-19
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: E8-30018
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-18
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Cancelation of Public Meeting; BMW Mini Cooper S Vehicles; Exhaust Pipe Tips
Document Number: E8-29957
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-18
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces a cancelation of NHTSA's December 17, 2008, public meeting regarding its Initial Decision that model year (MY) 2007 and certain MY 2008 BMW Mini Cooper S vehicles (subject vehicles) contain a defect related to motor vehicle safety in the vehicle's exhaust pipe tips.
Conaway Hip-Hugger; Denial of Petition for Rulemaking
Document Number: E8-29728
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-12-16
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice denies a petition for rulemaking submitted by Mr. Brian J. Conaway, which, among other things, requested that the NHTSA amend the language and definitions in Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 213, ``Child restraint systems,'' to apply the standard to products that are not yet defined by the standard, such as belt positioning devices. Alternatively, the petitioner asked the agency to adopt a new definition, which would allow his product, the Hip-Hugger, to be recognized and defined as a child restraint device under FMVSS No. 213. NHTSA is denying the petition because it does not see a safety need to apply a FMVSS to seat belt positioners and it does not believe that a denial would hamper child restraint system innovation or design. Furthermore, the agency is concerned that applying FMVSS No. 213 to seat belt positioners may actually degrade child occupant protection by promoting premature graduation to lap/ shoulder belts.
Adrian Steel Company on Behalf of Commercial Truck and Van, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: E8-29192
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-10
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Receipt of Petition for Decision That Nonconforming 2005-2006 Porsche Carrera Cabriolet Passenger Cars Manufactured Prior to September 1, 2006 Are Eligible for Importation
Document Number: E8-29190
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-10
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 2005-2006 Porsche Carrera Cabriolet passenger cars manufactured prior to September 1, 2006 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 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 2005-2006 Porsche Carrera Cabriolet passenger cars manufactured prior to September 1, 2006,) and (2) they are capable of being readily altered to conform to the standards.
Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements
Document Number: E8-29052
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-09
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 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.
Initial Decision That Certain BMW Mini Cooper S Vehicles Contain a Safety-Related Defect Regarding the Exhaust Pipe Tips; and Scheduling of a Public Meeting
Document Number: E8-28883
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-05
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
NHTSA will hold a public meeting regarding its Initial Decision that model year (MY) 2007 and certain MY 2008 BMW Mini Cooper S vehicles (subject vehicles) contain a defect related to motor vehicle safety in the vehicle's exhaust pipe tips.
Early Warning Reporting Regulations
Document Number: E8-28873
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-12-05
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document proposes amendments to certain provisions of the early warning reporting (EWR) rule published pursuant to the Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability, and Documentation (TREAD) Act, responds to a petition for rulemaking, and proposes amendments to information identifying products involved in a recall under 49 CFR part 573 Defect and Noncompliance Responsibility and Reports. This document proposes to modify the threshold for submitting quarterly EWR reports for light vehicle, bus, and trailer manufacturers. It further proposes to require manufacturers to submit product names that are consistent from reporting quarter to quarter or advise NHTSA of changes; to add a requirement that light vehicle manufacturers specify the vehicle type and the fuel or propulsion system type of each model in their quarterly EWR submissions; to add a new component category for light vehicle manufacturers; and to correct the definition of ``other safety campaign.'' It also proposes to amend part 573 Defect and Noncompliance Responsibility and Reports to add a requirement that tire manufacturers provide tire identification numbers of recalled tires and manufacturers provide the country of origin of a component involved in a recall.
Medical Review Board Public Meeting
Document Number: E8-28492
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-02
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
FMCSA announces a public meeting of the Agency's MRB. The MRB public meeting will provide the public an opportunity to observe and participate in MRB deliberations about FMCSA's medical standards, in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA).
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Small Business Impacts of Motor Vehicle Safety
Document Number: E8-28226
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-12-01
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
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.
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards: Tires; Correction, Occupant Crash Protection; Correction
Document Number: E8-28096
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-28
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document corrects Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 139, New pneumatic radial tires for light vehicles, which specifies tire dimensions, test requirements, and labeling requirements and which defines tire load ratings for certain types of light vehicle tires. The corrections relate to a definition for snow tires and tire marking requirements, which were inadvertently removed. This document also corrects FMVSS No. 208, Occupant Crash Protection, with respect to specifying a test tolerance for a procedure used to test air bag suppression systems and low risk deployment systems.
Tire Registration and Recordkeeping
Document Number: E8-28094
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-28
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In this final rule, we are amending our tire identification and recordkeeping regulation to codify existing interpretations regarding opportunities for electronic registration of tire sales and leases and to create new opportunities for the public to use electronic means to register new tires. This regulation requires manufacturer- owned tire distributors and dealers to register the names and addresses of the people to whom they sell or lease new tires, and currently specifies the use of standardized paper forms for this purpose. It also requires independent distributors and dealers to provide purchasers with standardized registration forms, with the tire identification number filled in, that they can complete and mail to the manufacturer or its designee. Today's rule accommodates and facilitates Internet and other electronic registration of tires, including voluntary registration of tires by independent dealers.
Petition for Exemption From the Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard; Fuji Heavy Industries U.S.A., Inc.
Document Number: E8-28084
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-26
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document grants in full the Fuji Heavy Industries U.S.A., Inc.'s (FUSA) petition for exemption of the Subaru Outback vehicle line in accordance with 49 CFR part 543, Exemption from the Theft Prevention Standard. 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 (49 CFR part 541). FUSA requested confidential treatment for the information and attachments it submitted in support of its petition. The agency will address FUSA's request for confidential treatment by separate letter.
Dorel Juvenile Group [Cosco] (DJG); Notice of Appeal of Denials of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: E8-28083
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-26
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice asks for public comments on DJG's appeal of NHTSA's denial of its petitions for two inconsequential noncompliances with the Federal safety standard for child restraint systems. This notice simply summarizes DJG's appealit does not represent NHTSA's judgment or findings on the appeal. All public comments will be considered along with the information in DJG's appeal and other relevant information as the agency makes its final decision on these petitions for inconsequential noncompliance.
Receipt of Application for a Temporary Exemption From Advanced Air Bag Requirements of FMVSS No. 208
Document Number: E8-27963
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-25
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the procedures in 49 CFR Part 555, Modena Design SpA 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\
Petition for Exemption From the Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard; Ford Motor Company
Document Number: E8-27962
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-25
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document grants in full the petition of Ford Motor Company (Ford) in accordance with Sec. 543.9(c)(2) of 49 CFR Part 543, Exemption from the Theft Prevention Standard, for the Ford Mercury Mariner vehicle line beginning with model year (MY) 2010. 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.
Mercedes-Benz, U.S.A. LLC; Receipt of Application for Extension of a Temporary Exemption From Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108
Document Number: E8-27961
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-25
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the procedures of 49 CFR 555.6(b), Mercedes-Benz, U.S.A. LLC (``MBUSA''), on behalf of its parent corporation Daimler AG (``Daimler'') has applied for a renewal of a temporary exemption from S5.5.10 of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108. The basis of the application is to continue the development and field evaluation of new motor vehicle safety feature providing a level of safety at least equal to that of the standard. We are publishing this notice of receipt of the application in accordance with the requirements of 49 CFR 555.7(a), and have made no judgment on the merits of the application.
Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements
Document Number: E8-27320
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-18
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 a collection of phase-in information on the Appendix A-1 phase-in requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 208, ``Occupant crash protection'' for which NHTSA intends to seek OMB approval.
Meeting Notice
Document Number: E8-27314
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-18
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
NHTSA announces a meeting of the Federal Interagency Committee on Emergency Medical Services (FICEMS) to be held in Washington, DC. This notice announces the date, time and location of the meeting, which will be open to the public.
Volvo Cars of North America, LLC, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: E8-27239
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-17
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Medical Coaches, Inc., Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: E8-27235
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-17
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements
Document Number: E8-27013
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-13
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: E8-27012
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-13
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.
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Occupant Crash Protection
Document Number: E8-26812
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-12
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
NHTSA is amending Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 208, ``Occupant crash protection,'' to update many of the child restraint systems (CRSs) listed in Appendix A of the standard. The CRSs in Appendix A are used by NHTSA to test advanced air bag suppression or low risk deployment systems, to ensure that the air bag systems pose no reasonable safety risk to infants and small children in the real world. The amendments replace the CRSs listed in Appendix A with CRSs that are more available and more representative of the CRS fleet currently on the market.
Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements
Document Number: E8-26421
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-05
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: E8-26096
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-03
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 eight 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.
Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements
Document Number: E8-25158
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-22
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.
Chrysler, LLC, Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: E8-25138
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-22
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Ford Motor Company, Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: E8-25133
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-22
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Seating Systems, Occupant Crash Protection, Seat Belt Assembly Anchorages, School Bus Passenger Seating and Crash Protection
Document Number: E8-24755
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-10-21
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This final rule upgrades the school bus passenger crash protection requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 222. This final rule requires new school buses of 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds) or less gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) (``small school buses'') to have lap/shoulder belts in lieu of the lap belts currently required. This final rule also sets performance standards for seat belts voluntarily installed on school buses with a GVWR greater than 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds) (``large school buses''). Each State or local jurisdiction may decide whether to install seat belts on these large school buses. Other changes to school bus safety requirements include raising the height of seat backs from 508 mm (20 inches) to 610 mm (24 inches) on all new school buses and requiring a self-latching mechanism on seat bottom cushions that are designed to flip up or be removable without tools.
Final Theft Data; Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard
Document Number: E8-24231
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-10-14
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document publishes the final data on thefts of model year (MY) 2006 passenger motor vehicles that occurred in calendar year (CY) 2006. The final 2006 theft data indicated an increase in the vehicle theft rate experienced in CY/MY 2006. The final theft rate for MY 2006 passenger vehicles stolen in calendar year 2006 is 2.08 thefts per thousand vehicles. 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.
Reports, Forms, and Record Keeping Requirements
Document Number: E8-23742
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-08
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; Designated Seating Positions and Seat Belt Assembly Anchorages
Document Number: E8-23577
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-10-08
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Today's final rule amends the definition of the term, ``designated seating position,'' as used in the Federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSS), to indicate more clearly which areas within the interior of a vehicle meet that definition. Today's final rule also establishes a calculation procedure for determining the number of designated seating positions at a seat location for trucks and multipurpose passenger vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating less than 10,000 lbs, passenger cars, and buses. Further, this document eliminates the existing exclusion of auxiliary seats (i.e., temporary or folding jump seats) from the definition of ``designated seating position.'' Today's final rule encourages manufacturers to use a variety of visual cues in the design of the vehicle interior to help improve occupant awareness as to which areas of a vehicle are not intended to be used as seating positions. This will help to ensure that occupants sit in locations where they are afforded the crash protection required by the FMVSSs.
Petition for Exemption From the Federal Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard; CHRYSLER
Document Number: E8-23598
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-06
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document grants in full the Chrysler LLC, (Chrysler) petition for exemption of the Dodge Journey vehicle line in accordance with 49 CFR Part 543, Exemption from the Theft Prevention Standard. 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 (49 CFR Part 541).
E-911 Grant Program
Document Number: E8-23266
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-10-03
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This joint notice proposes implementing regulations for the E- 911 Grant Program authorized under the Ensuring Needed Help Arrives Near Callers Employing 911 (ENHANCE 911) Act of 2004 (Pub. L. 108-494, codified at 47 U.S.C. 942). The Act authorizes grants for the implementation and operation of Phase II enhanced 911 services and for migration to an IP-enabled emergency network. This NPRM proposes the application, award and administrative requirements for the E-911 grant program and seeks comments thereon.
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Motorcycle Helmets
Document Number: E8-23187
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-10-02
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
NHTSA is proposing to amend several aspects of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 218, Motorcycle Helmets. Some of the amendments would help realize the full potential of compliant helmets by aiding state and local law enforcement officials in enforcing state helmet use laws, thereby increasing the percentage of motorcycle riders wearing helmets compliant with FMVSS No. 218. The amendments would do this by adopting additional requirements and revising existing requirements to reduce misleading labeling of novelty helmets that creates the impression that uncertified, noncompliant helmets have been properly certified as compliant. The other amendments would aid NHTSA in enforcing the standard by specifying a quasi-static load application rate for the helmet retention system; revising the impact attenuation test by specifying test velocity and tolerance limits and removing the drop height requirement; providing tolerances for the helmet conditioning specifications; revising requirements related to size labeling and location of the DOT symbol; correcting figures 7 and 8 in the Standard; and updating the reference in S7.1.9 to SAE recommended practice J211.
List of Nonconforming Vehicles Decided To Be Eligible for Importation
Document Number: E8-22831
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-09-30
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 published 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, 2007, 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.
Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements: Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: E8-22742
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-09-29
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 Friday, May 2, 2008 [U.S. DOT Docket No. NHTSA-2008-0091, Federal Register Vol. 73, Pages 24349-24350].
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Medium Speed Vehicles
Document Number: E8-22737
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-09-26
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document denies petitions for rulemaking submitted by Environmental Motors, and Porteon Electric Vehicles, Inc. and Mirox Corporation. The petitioners requested that NHTSA commence rulemaking to create a new class of motor vehicles known as medium speed vehicles, which would have a maximum speed capability of 35 mph. The petitioners contemplated that these vehicles would be subject to a set of safety standards greater than those that apply to low speed vehicles but substantially less than the full set of safety standards that apply to other light vehicles such as passenger cars. The petitioners cited a number of reasons in support of their petition, the most significant of which related to potential environmental benefits. After carefully reviewing the petitions, we are denying them because the introduction of such a class of motor vehicles without the full complement of safety features required for other light vehicles such as passenger cars would result in significantly greater risk of deaths and serious injuries. While NHTSA agrees with the importance of environmental issues, the agency believes that it is neither necessary nor appropriate to significantly increase the risk of deaths and serious injuries to save fuel.
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Low Speed Vehicles
Document Number: E8-22736
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-09-26
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document responds to a petition for reconsideration of our 2006 final rule increasing the maximum gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) for low speed vehicles (LSVs) to 3,000 pounds. The agency established a GVWR limit (initially set at 2,500 pounds) in order to provide an objective means to delineate between vehicles for which the limited LSV requirements are appropriate and those that can be designed to meet the full set of Federal motor vehicle safety standards. Our 2006 final rule increased the limit to 3,000 pounds, in order to accommodate the heavier weight of load-carrying LSVs and electric batteries. A petition for reconsideration was received from Electronic Transportation Applications (ETA), which seeks to further increase the GVWR limit for electric-powered LSVs to 4,000 pounds, as well as to add additional regulations to regulate braking performance and tire specifications. The agency is denying the petitioner's request for the reasons discussed in this document.
Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements
Document Number: E8-22629
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-09-25
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.
Schedule of Fees Authorized by 49 U.S.C. 30141
Document Number: E8-22334
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-09-24
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document adopts fees for Fiscal Year 2009 and until further notice, as authorized by 49 U.S.C. 30141, relating to the registration of importers and the importation of motor vehicles not certified as conforming to the Federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSS). These fees are needed to maintain the registered importer (RI) program. We are increasing the fees for the registration of a new RI from $677 to $760 and the annual fee for renewing an existing registration from $570 to $651. These fees include the costs of maintaining the RI program. The fee required to reimburse Customs for conformance bond processing costs will increase from $9.77 to $10.23 per bond. We are decreasing the fees to be collected from the importer of each vehicle covered by an import eligibility decision made on an individual make, model, and model year basis. For vehicles determined eligible based on their substantial similarity to a U.S. certified vehicle, the fee will decrease from $208 to $198. For vehicles determined eligible based on their capability of being modified to comply with all applicable FMVSS, the fee will also decrease from $208 to $198. In the event that a petitioner requests an inspection of a vehicle, the fee for such an inspection will remain $827 for vehicles that are the subject of either type of petition. The fee that an RI must pay as a processing cost for review of each conformity package that it submits to NHTSA will increase to $14 from $13 per certificate. If the vehicle has been entered electronically with Customs through the Automated Broker Interface (ABI) and the registered importer has an e-mail address, the fee for processing the conformity package will continue to be $6, provided the fee is paid by credit card. However, if NHTSA finds that the information in the entry or the conformity package is incorrect, the processing fee will be $48, representing no change from the fee that is currently charged when there are one or more errors in the ABI entry or omissions in the statement of conformity.
NHTSA's Activities Under the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe 1998 Global Agreement: Pedestrian Safety
Document Number: E8-22330
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-09-24
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
NHTSA is publishing this notice to inform the public that there is a vote scheduled to establish the Global Technical Regulation on Pedestrian Safety at the November 2008 session of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29). In anticipation of the vote NHTSA is requesting comments to inform its decision for the vote. 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.