National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 2009 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Ford Motor Company, Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: E9-31080
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Volvo Cars of North America, LLC, Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: E9-31079
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Bus Emergency Exits and Window Retention and Release
Document Number: E9-30324
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-12-28
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This NPRM proposes two housekeeping measures relating to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 217, ``Bus emergency exits and window retention and release.'' First, in response to a petition for rulemaking from the School Bus Manufacturers' Technical Council, NHTSA proposes to amend the standard to specify that the exterior release (the exterior handle) for school bus rear emergency exit doors may be located opposite the door hinges. The standard currently specifies that the exterior release for rear emergency exit doors be located in the middle of the door. Second, this NPRM would clarify FMVSS No. 217 as to the number of force applications that are required to open a window or roof emergency exit. For exits with one release mechanism, the exit shall require two force applications to open. The standard currently specifies that the ``mechanism'' shall require two force applications to open. For exits with two release mechanisms, there shall be a total of three force applications to open the exit: one force application shall be applied to each of the two mechanisms to release the mechanism, and another force shall be applied to open the exit.
Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: E9-30444
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-23
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Designated Seating Positions
Document Number: E9-30440
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-12-23
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document responds, in part, to petitions for reconsideration of an October 2008 final rule that amended the definition of the term, ``designated seating position,'' as used in the Federal motor vehicle safety standards, to clarify which areas within the interior of a vehicle meet that definition.
Vehicle Identification Number Requirements; Technical Amendment
Document Number: E9-30027
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-12-22
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
NHTSA published in the Federal Register of April 30, 2008, a final rule making certain changes in the 17-character vehicle identification number (VIN) system so that the system will remain viable for at least another 30 years. The effective date of that final rule was October 27, 2008. The agency published a correction document on May 16, 2008. Today's document makes further correction of several typographic errors in the regulatory text adopted by the April 2008 final rule.
Make Inoperative Exemptions; Head Restraints
Document Number: E9-29889
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-12-18
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice of proposed rulemaking is being issued in response to a petition from Bruno Independent Living Aids to expand and update existing exemptions to the ``make inoperative'' prohibition with respect to the Federal motor vehicle safety standard on head restraints. These exemptions are included in a regulation that provides exemptions for the ``make inoperative'' provision for, among other things, vehicle modifications to accommodate people with disabilities. NHTSA is proposing two substantive changes to the regulation. The first is to expand the exemption from the minimum height requirements listed in the head restraint standard to include the right front passenger position in addition to the driver position. The second is to update the exemption to include relevant provisions of a new version of the head restraint standard. Additionally, this document proposes to update an existing reference in the exemption to reflect the current numbering in the Code of Federal Regulations. Finally, we are denying other requests to expand the exemption to certain other requirements of the head restraint standard.
Vehicle Identification Number Requirements
Document Number: E9-30030
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-12-17
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document denies two petitions for reconsideration of an April 30, 2008, final rule that made certain modifications to 49 CFR part 565, Vehicle Identification Number Requirements, to enable the 17 character vehicle identification number (VIN) system that has been in place for nearly 30 years to continue to function for at least another 30 years. One of the petitions for reconsideration involved the effective date, which NHTSA believes was resolved by the publication of a correction notice on May 16, 2008. The second petition asked for changes to the VIN system so that, among other things, a person looking at the VIN of a motorcycle will be able to tell whether the vehicle was manufactured in the 30 year period beginning with the 1980 model year or in the 30 year period beginning with the 2010 model year. The agency is denying the petition because the issues it raises were outside of the scope of the rulemaking.
Highway Safety Programs; Conforming Products List of Screening Devices To Measure Alcohol in Bodily Fluids
Document Number: E9-29822
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-15
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This Notice amends and updates the list of devices that conform to the Model Specifications for Screening Devices to Measure Alcohol in Bodily Fluids.
Petition for Exemption From the Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard; Volkswagen
Document Number: E9-29013
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-04
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document grants in full the petition of Volkswagen Group of America (VW) in accordance with Sec. 543.9(c)(2) of 49 CFR Part 543, Exemption from the Theft Prevention Standard, for the Volkswagen Tiguan vehicle line beginning with model year (MY) 2011. 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.
Reports, Forms, and Record Keeping Requirements
Document Number: E9-28838
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-02
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 collection and the expected burden.
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, Ejection Mitigation; Phase-In Reporting Requirements
Document Number: E9-28177
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-12-02
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice of proposed rulemaking would establish a new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 226, to reduce the partial and complete ejection of vehicle occupants through side windows in crashes, particularly rollover crashes. The standard would apply to the side windows next to the first three rows of seats in motor vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 4,536 kilogram (kg) or less (10,000 pounds (lb) or less). To assess compliance, the agency is proposing a test in which an impactor would be propelled from inside a test vehicle toward the windows. The ejection mitigation safety system would be required to prevent the impactor from moving more than a specified distance beyond the plane of a window. To ensure that the systems cover the entire opening of each window for the duration of a rollover, each side window would be impacted at up to four locations around its perimeter at two time intervals following deployment.
Petition for Exemption From the Federal Motor Vehicle Motor Theft Prevention Standard; General Motors Corporation
Document Number: E9-28440
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-11-27
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document grants in full the petition of General Motors Corporation's (GM) petition for an exemption of the Cadillac CTS 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).
Requirements and Procedures for Consumer Assistance To Recycle and Save Program
Document Number: E9-28428
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-11-27
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This proposed rule would amend the regulations implementing the Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save (CARS) program, published on July 29, 2009, in the Federal Register, under the CARS Act. The rule change would allow disposal facilities an additional 90 days, for a total of 270 days, to crush or shred a vehicle traded in under the CARS program. This additional time would allow the public to benefit from the availability of lower cost used vehicle parts from vehicles traded in under the CARS program and would provide disposal facilities with an opportunity to derive more revenue from those vehicles prior to crushing or shredding.
Reports, Forms, and Record Keeping Requirements
Document Number: E9-28329
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-11-27
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 collection and the expected burden. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period was published on August 10, 2009 (74 FR 3991-3992).
National Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (NEMSAC); Notice of Federal Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: E9-28323
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-11-27
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The NHTSA announces a meeting of NEMSAC to be held in the Metropolitan Washington, DC area. This notice announces the date, time and location of the meeting, which will be open to the public. The purpose of NEMSAC is to provide a nationally recognized council of emergency medical services representatives and consumers to provide advice and recommendations regarding Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to the U.S. DOT's NHTSA.
Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements
Document Number: E9-28201
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-11-24
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.
Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements
Document Number: E9-28007
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-11-24
Agency: Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
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.
National Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council to the Secretary of Transportation
Document Number: E9-27775
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-11-19
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
NHTSA is issuing a correction to its Notice of Request for Applicants for Appointment/Reappointment to NEMSAC, originally published in the Federal Register on October 20, 2009, and extending the filing deadline for such applications with NHTSA until Tuesday, December 1, 2009, due to errors in the original notice. The purpose of NEMSAC is to serve as a nationally recognized council of emergency medical services (EMS) representatives and consumers to provide advice and recommendations regarding EMS to DOT and its modal administration, NHTSA, and through NHTSA to the Federal Interagency Committee on EMS (FICEMS).
Petition for Approval of Alternate Odometer Disclosure Requirements
Document Number: E9-27157
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-11-18
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The State of Texas has petitioned for approval of alternate requirements to certain requirements under Federal odometer law. NHTSA has initially determined that Texas's alternate requirements satisfy Federal odometer law, with limited exceptions. Accordingly, NHTSA has preliminarily decided to grant Texas's petition, on the condition that before NHTSA makes a final determination, Texas amends its program to meet all the requirements of Federal odometer law or demonstrates that it meets the requirements of Federal law. This notice is not a final agency action.
Petition for Exemption from the Federal Motor Vehicle Motor Theft Prevention Standard; Jaguar Land Rover
Document Number: E9-27361
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-11-16
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document grants in full the petition of Jaguar Land Rover North America's, (Jaguar) petition for an exemption of the XJ 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 anti-theft 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).
Petition for Exemption From the Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard; Fuji Heavy Industries U.S.A., Inc.
Document Number: E9-27360
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-11-16
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 Legacy 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).
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Air Brake Systems
Document Number: E9-27231
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-11-13
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
On July 27, 2009, NHTSA published a final rule that amended the Federal motor vehicle safety standard for air brake systems by requiring substantial improvements in stopping distance performance. In response, the agency received eight petitions for reconsideration. This document responds to those petitions by correcting errors in a table published in the final rule, removing a testing specification, and adjusting the compliance date for a small number of vehicles the agency had not fully accounted for in the final rule. This document provides a partial response to the submitted petitions for reconsideration.
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment
Document Number: E9-27075
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-11-12
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This final rule delays the effective date of a final rule that reorganized and improved the structure and clarity of the Federal motor vehicle safety standard on lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment. The final rule reorganizing the lighting standard was published on December 4, 2007 with an effective date of September 1, 2008.\1\ The effective date was extended to December 1, 2009 in a final rule published on August 28, 2008.\2\ The agency received fourteen petitions for reconsideration of the 2007 final rule, including two that requested a delay in the effective date of the rule, and others that raised concerns that the reorganization of FMVSS No. 108 imposed new requirements. This rule delays the effective date further, from December 1, 2009 to December 1, 2012, to enable the agency to fully resolve all of the issues raised in the petitions well before manufacturers are required to certify to the new requirements.
Receipt of Petition for Decision That Nonconforming 1994-1999 Bimota SB6 Motorcycles Are Eligible for Importation
Document Number: E9-26965
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-11-09
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 1994-1999 Bimota SB6 motorcycles 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, and (2) they are capable of being readily altered to conform to the standards.
Final Vehicle Safety Rulemaking and Research Priority Plan 2009-2011
Document Number: E9-26932
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-11-09
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document announces the availability of the Final Vehicle Safety Rulemaking and Research Priority Plan 2009-2011 (Priority Plan) in Docket No. NHTSA-2009-0108. The draft Priority Plan was announced in a Request for Comment published in the Federal Register on July 1, 2009. This document also summarizes the public comments received in response to that Request for Comments, and announces NHTSA's intent to incorporate those comments in the process of developing a longer-term motor vehicle safety strategic plan that would encompass the period 2010 to 2020, and will be announced in a separate Federal Register notice.
2010-2015 Strategic Planning
Document Number: E9-26658
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-11-05
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently seeking public comment on emerging or potential traffic safety problems. Public feedback will assist the agency in preparing to meet the challenges it faces in the next 5 years on improving motor vehicle and traffic safety in the United States. This foundational work will assist the agency in shaping its 2010-2015 strategic plan.
Denial of Motor Vehicle Defect Petition
Document Number: E9-26265
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-11-02
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice sets forth the reasons for the denial of a petition (Defect Petition DP09-001) submitted by Mr. Jeffrey A. Pepski (petitioner) to the Administrator of NHTSA by a letter dated March 13, 2009, under 49 CFR part 552. The petitioner requests additional investigations of: (1) The unwanted and unintended acceleration of model year 2007 Lexus ES350 vehicles and (2) model years 2002-2003 Lexus ES300 for long duration incidents involving uncontrolled acceleration where brake pedal application had no effect.
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; New Pneumatic and Certain Specialty Tires
Document Number: E9-26135
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-10-30
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This NPRM proposes to amend Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 109, New pneumatic and certain specialty tires, to change the test pressure for the physical dimensions test for T-type tires (temporary use spare tires) from 52 pounds per square inch (psi) to 60 psi. A 60-psi test pressure for the physical dimensions test would marginally increase the stringency of the test while harmonizing FMVSS No. 109 with international and voluntary consensus standards. This NPRM responds to a petition for rulemaking from the Tire & Rim Association.
Notice of Cancellation of Public Hearing to Determine Whether Transportation Collaborative, Inc. (TCI) Has Met Notification and Remedy Requirements
Document Number: E9-25464
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-10-22
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
NHTSA is issuing this notice to cancel a public hearing scheduled for October 23, 2009, at 10 a.m. This public hearing was originally announced in a notice published in the Federal Register, 74 FR 48624, on September 23, 2009.
Technical Report on Fatalities in Frontal Crashes Despite Seat Belts and Air Bags
Document Number: E9-25271
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-10-21
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces NHTSA's publication of a Technical Report reviewing and evaluating the performance in frontal crashes of air-bag-equipped, late-model passenger cars, pickup trucks, SUVs and vans and the protection they offer to drivers and front-seat passengers who wear seat belts. The report's title is: Fatalities in Frontal Crashes Despite Seat Belts and Air Bags.
Anthropomorphic Test Devices; Hybrid III 6-Year-Old Child Test Dummy
Document Number: E9-25241
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-10-21
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Today's NPRM proposes two changes to the agency's specifications for the Hybrid III six-year-old child dummy. In Part 1 of this NPRM, to improve the durability of the dummy's femurs, we propose changes to the design of and material used for the femur assembly. In Part 2, the drawing for the abdomen insert would be corrected so that the abdominal insert dimensions on the drawing reflect the actual part. Part 2 of this rulemaking commenced in response to a petition for rulemaking submitted by Denton ATD (Denton) and First Technology Safety Systems (FTSS). This document declines the petitioners' suggestion to investigate tolerances for vinyl and rubber components of the dummy and to specify the expected time frame each part would meet the tolerances.
National Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council to the Secretary of Transportation
Document Number: E9-25221
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-10-20
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
NHTSA is soliciting applications for appointment or reappointment DOT's NEMSAC. The purpose of NEMSAC is to serve as a nationally recognized council of emergency medical services (EMS) representatives and consumers to provide advice and recommendations regarding EMS to DOT and its modal administration, NHTSA, and through NHTSA to the Federal Interagency Committee on EMS (FICEMS).
Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements; Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: E9-25218
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-10-20
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 March 12, 2009 (74 FR 10804).
Notice 1 Receipt of Petition for Decision That Nonconforming 2009 Harley Davidson FX, FL, XL and VR Series Motorcycles Are Eligible for Importation
Document Number: E9-24330
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-10-08
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 2009 Harley Davidson FX, FL, XL and VR Series Motorcycles 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, and (2) they are capable of being readily altered to conform to the standards.
Public Hearing Locations for the Proposed Rulemaking To Establish Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards and Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards
Document Number: E9-24159
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-10-06
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency
Requirements and Procedures for Consumer Assistance To Recycle and Save Program
Document Number: E9-23335
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-09-28
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This final rule amends the regulation implementing the Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save (CARS) Program, published on July 29, 2009 in the Federal Register, under the CARS Act. The rule adds an exception process for registered dealers who were prevented from submitting an application for reimbursement for a qualifying transaction prior to the announced August 25, 2009 deadline due to problems associated with the CARS electronic transaction system.
Proposed Rulemaking To Establish Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards and Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards
Document Number: E9-22516
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-09-28
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency
EPA and NHTSA are issuing this joint proposal to establish a National Program consisting of new standards for light-duty vehicles that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve fuel economy. This joint proposed rulemaking is consistent with the National Fuel Efficiency Policy announced by President Obama on May 19, 2009,
Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for New Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards; Notice of Public Hearing
Document Number: E9-23199
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-09-25
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
NHTSA has prepared a DEIS to disclose and analyze the potential environmental impacts of proposed Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for model year (MY) 2012-2016 passenger cars and light trucks, which NHTSA recently proposed pursuant to the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, and a reasonable range of alternative standards. To inform decisionmakers and the public, the DEIS compares the potential environmental impacts of the proposed standards and alternative standards reflecting a full range of stringencies, and it analyzes direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts in proportion to their significance. The DEIS provides a detailed analysis of potential impacts on energy resources, air quality, and climate. The DEIS uses climate modeling and NHTSA's own computer model (known as the ``Volpe model'') to provide quantitative estimates of potential impacts on air quality, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, global mean surface temperature, precipitation, and sea level rise. The DEIS provides a qualitative analysis of resources that may be impacted by changes in climate, such as freshwater resources, terrestrial ecosystems, coastal ecosystems, land use, human health, and environmental justice. It examines these impacts on the U.S. and on a global scale. In addition, the DEIS analyzes potential environmental impacts unrelated to climate change.
Public Hearing To Determine Whether Transportation Collaborative, Inc. (TCI) Has Met Notification and Remedy Requirements
Document Number: E9-22954
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-09-23
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
NHTSA will hold a public hearing to gather information on whether Transportation Collaborative, Inc. of Warwick, New York, (``TCI'') has reasonably met its obligations under the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act, as amended, to notify owners, purchasers, and dealers and/or remedy failures to comply with federal motor-vehicle safety standards (FMVSS) or defects related to motor vehicle safety in fifteen (15) recalls involving vehicles built by U.S. Bus, Inc. of Suffern, New York (``U.S. Bus''). The proceeding may result in the issuance of an order directing TCI to provide proper notification and/ or an effective remedy in one or more of the recalls.
Automobili Lamborghini SpA; Receipt of Application for Extension of Temporary Exemption From Advanced Air Bag Requirements of FMVSS No. 208
Document Number: E9-22799
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-09-22
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the procedures of 49 CFR Part 555, Automobili Lamborghini SpA (``Lamborghini'') has applied for an extension of a previously received temporary exemption from certain requirements of FMVSS No. 208, Occupant Crash Protection, for the Lamborghini Murcielago model. Lamborghini requests extension of its temporary exemption for the advanced air bag requirements. The basis of the application is that compliance would cause substantial economic hardship to a manufacturer that has tried in good faith to comply with the standard.
Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements
Document Number: E9-22738
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-09-22
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, Federal agencies must solicit public comment on proposed collections of information, including extensions and reinstatement of previously approved collections. This document describes a request for emergency clearance for a collection of information associated with product plan information to assist the agency in establishing corporate average fuel economy standards for model years 2012 through 2016 passenger cars and light trucks. The establishment of those standards is required by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended by the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007, Public Law 110-140.
Passenger Car Average Fuel Economy Standards-Model Years 2008-2020; Light Truck Average Fuel Economy Standards-Model Years 2008-2020; Request for Product Plan Information
Document Number: E9-22737
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-09-22
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The purpose of this request for comments is to acquire updated information regarding vehicle manufacturers' future product plans to assist the agency in assessing what corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards should be established for model years 2012 through 2016 passenger cars and light trucks. The establishment of those standards is required by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended by the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007, Public Law 110-140. This request for comments is being issued concurrently with a joint Notice of Proposed Rulemaking by NHTSA and EPA to proposed CAFE and greenhouse gas (GHG) standards for MYs 2012- 2016 passenger cars and light trucks.
Early Warning Reporting Regulations
Document Number: E9-22365
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-09-17
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This rule amends certain provisions of the early warning reporting (EWR) rule published pursuant to the Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability, and Documentation (TREAD) Act and adds requirements for information identifying products involved in a recall under 49 CFR part 573 Defect and Noncompliance Responsibility and Reports. This rule modifies the threshold for submitting quarterly EWR reports for light vehicle, bus, medium-heavy vehicle (excluding emergency vehicles), motorcycle and trailer manufacturers. It further requires manufacturers submitting EWR reports to submit product names that are consistent from reporting quarter to quarter and amends the definition of ``other safety campaign.'' It also amends part 573 Defect and Noncompliance Responsibility and Reports to add requirements that tire manufacturers provide a range of tire identification numbers of recalled tires and manufacturers provide the country of origin of a component involved in a recall.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records Notice
Document Number: E9-21802
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-09-10
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
NHTSA is republishing the Privacy Act system of records notice (SORN) for the Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save program (CARS program) database system replacing the previously published SORN of July 27, 2009 in order to: (1) Expand the routine uses of records maintained in the system to include sharing complaint records with State Attorneys General and the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), for purposes of investigating and prosecuting criminal violations, including fraud associated with the CARS program, and (2) update the system location, storage and retrievability sections of the SORN to reflect the use of word-searchable electronic files (i.e., Excel spreadsheets) to store complaint information, including that to be shared with the State Attorneys General and NAAG. These changes are more thoroughly detailed below and in the accompanying updated Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) that may be found on the DOT Privacy Web site at http://www.dot.gov/privacy.
Succession to the Administrator
Document Number: E9-20695
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-09-08
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document amends NHTSA's regulation specifying the order of succession to the Administrator. We have determined at the present time that a change in the order of succession better serves the agency's mission.
Announcing the Eighteenth Public Meeting of the Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network (CIREN)
Document Number: E9-21382
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-09-04
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces the Eighteenth Public Meeting of members of the Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network. CIREN is a collaborative effort to conduct research on crashes and injuries at eight Level 1 Trauma Centers across the United States linked by a computer network. Researchers can review data and share expertise, which may lead to a better understanding of crash injury mechanisms and the design of safer vehicles. The eight centers will give presentations on current research based on CIREN data. The agenda will be posted to the CIREN Web site that can be accessed by going to the NHTSA homepage http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/, click on Vehicle Safety Research on the right side of the top toolbar, then click on Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network (CIREN) in the box on the left. The agenda will be posted two weeks prior to the meeting.
National Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (NEMSAC); Notice of Federal Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: E9-21209
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-09-02
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The NHTSA announces a meeting of NEMSAC to be held in the Metropolitan Washington, DC area. This notice announces the date, time and location of the meeting, which will be open to the public. The purpose of NEMSAC is to provide a nationally recognized council of emergency medical services representatives and consumers to provide advice and recommendations regarding Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to the U.S. DOT's NHTSA.
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Power-Operated Window, Partition, and Roof Panel Systems
Document Number: E9-21042
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-09-01
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act of 2007 (the ``K.T. Safety Act of 2007'') directs NHTSA to consider amending the Federal motor vehicle safety standard aimed at minimizing the likelihood of death or injury from the accidental operation of power window systems. The amendment would require power windows and panels on motor vehicles to automatically reverse direction when such power windows and panels detect an obstruction to prevent children and others from being trapped, injured, or killed. In the event that NHTSA chooses not to require power windows and panels on motor vehicles to automatically reverse direction when such power windows and panels detect an obstruction, the Act requires that the agency submit a report to Congress describing why such standards were not prescribed and publish a list of vehicles that are or are not equipped with power windows and panels that automatically reverse direction when an obstruction is detected.
Technical Report on the Long-Term Effect of ABS in Passenger Cars and LTVs
Document Number: E9-20522
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-08-26
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces NHTSA's publication of a Technical Report reviewing and evaluating the crash-reducing effectiveness of antilock braking technologies for passenger cars, pickup trucks, SUVs and vans. The report's title is: The Long-Term Effect of ABS in Passenger Cars and LTVs.