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

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.
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Air Brake Systems
Document Number: E9-20387
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-08-25
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document makes permanent an existing requirement that trailers with antilock brake systems (ABS) be equipped with an external malfunction indicator lamp. The indicator lamp requirement, which is included in the Federal motor vehicle safety standard that governs air- braked vehicles, was originally scheduled to sunset on March 1, 2009, but had previously been extended to September 1, 2009. The agency had established a sunset date for this requirement in light of the increasing numbers of post-2001 tractors which have an in-cab trailer ABS malfunction lamp, making the external trailer lamp redundant. We are making the requirement permanent in light of additional safety purposes served by the external lamp, including: it not only warns the driver of a malfunctioning trailer ABS, but, unlike the in-cab lamps, indicates which trailer in double and trailer applications has a malfunction, and it assists Federal and State roadside inspectors and maintenance personnel in identifying a malfunctioning trailer ABS. This rulemaking was conducted in response to petitions from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 114, Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention
Document Number: E9-20384
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-08-25
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
NHTSA is proposing to place a requirement in the Federal motor vehicle safety standards that certain motor vehicles with an automatic transmission that includes a ``park'' position manufactured for sale after September 1, 2010 be equipped with a brake transmission shift interlock. This interlock will require that the service brake pedal be depressed before the transmission can be shifted out of ``park,'' and will function in any starting system key position.
Notice of Receipt of Petition for Decision That Nonconforming 2003-2006 Mercedes Benz C-Class (W203 Chassis) Passenger Cars Manufactured Before September 1, 2006 Are Eligible for Importation
Document Number: E9-20262
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-08-24
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document announces receipt by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of a petition for a decision that 2003-2006 Mercedes Benz C-Class (W203 chassis) passenger cars manufactured before 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 2003-2006 Mercedes Benz C-Class (W203 chassis) passenger cars manufactured before September 1, 2006), and (2) they are capable of being readily altered to conform to the standards.
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108; Lamps, Reflective Devices and Associated Equipment
Document Number: E9-20258
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-08-24
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document responds to a petition for rulemaking regarding the Federal motor vehicle safety standard for lighting. The Groupe de Travail ``Bruxelles 1952'' (GTB) and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Lighting Committee requested that new specifications be added for optional lower beam and upper beam headlamp patterns on the basis they would increase harmonization with European requirements. After completing a technical review of the petition, NHTSA is denying this petition. The agency notes the petitioners did not provide data to demonstrate that the requested new optional specifications would provide safety benefits comparable to those of the existing standard or that cost savings would be realized without compromising safety. Additionally, NHTSA is pursuing a more comprehensive review of the lighting standard and is currently studying the feasibility of many
Beall Corporation; Grant of Application for a Temporary Exemption From FMVSS No. 224
Document Number: E9-19956
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-08-20
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with 49 CFR part 555, this notice grants the Beall Corporation's application for a temporary exemption from the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (``FMVSS'') No. 224, ``Rear Impact Protection.'' The exemption applies to the company's dump body trailers. 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. The exemption is effective for three years.
Insurer Reporting Requirements; List of Insurers Required To File Reports
Document Number: E9-19587
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-08-17
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document proposes to amend Appendices A, B and C of 49 CFR Part 544, Insurer Reporting Requirements. The appendices list those passenger motor vehicle insurers that are required to file reports on their motor vehicle theft loss experiences. An insurer included in any of these appendices would be required to file three copies of its report for the 2006 calendar year before October 25, 2009. If the passenger motor vehicle insurers remain listed, they must submit reports by each subsequent October 25. We are proposing to add and remove several insurers from relevant appendices.
Petition for Exemption From the Federal Motor Vehicle Motor Theft Prevention Standard; Toyota
Document Number: E9-19585
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-08-17
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document grants in full the petition of Toyota Motor North America, Inc's., (Toyota) petition for an exemption of the Camry 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).
List of Nonconforming Vehicles Decided To Be Eligible for Importation
Document Number: E9-19497
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-08-14
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, 2008, 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.
Delegations of Authority
Document Number: E9-19480
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-08-14
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document amends NHTSA's delegations of authority. The amendment effectuates an adjustment that will enable NHTSA to achieve its mission more effectively and efficiently.
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Controls, Telltales and Indicators
Document Number: E9-19396
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-08-13
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In an August 2005 final rule, we updated our standard regulating motor vehicle controls, telltales and indicators. The standard specifies requirements for the location, identification, and illumination of these items. In May 2006, we published a response to four petitions for reconsideration, including one asking us to reconsider a requirement for color contrast between identifiers and their backgrounds. We denied this petition for reconsideration.
Think Technology AS; Grant of Application for a Temporary Exemption From the Advanced Air Bag Requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 208
Document Number: E9-19380
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-08-12
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document grants the Think Technology AS (Think) application for a temporary exemption from certain advanced air bag requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 208, Occupant Crash Protection. The exemption applies to the Think City EV vehicle line. In accordance with 49 CFR Part 555, the basis for the grant is that the exemption would make the development or field evaluation of a low-emission vehicle easier and would not unreasonably lower the safety or impact protection level of that vehicle. The exemption is effective from February 1, 2010 through January 31, 2012.
Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements
Document Number: E9-19029
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-08-10
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 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), before seeking OMB approval, Federal agencies must solicit public comment on proposed collections of information, including extensions and reinstatements of previously approved collections.
Requirements and Procedures for Consumer Assistance To Recycle and Save Program
Document Number: E9-18835
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-08-05
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 (Pub. L. 111- 32). The rule clarifies the insurance eligibility requirements for trade-in vehicles under the CARS program. The rule makes substantive changes and a conforming amendment related to the timing for disabling trade-in vehicle engines. The rule also makes a technical amendment to the requirements and procedures for identifying salvage auctions and disposal facilities. Finally, we provide a clarification related to the insurance requirement under the CARS Act.
E-911 Grant Program
Document Number: E9-18726
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-08-05
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 (PRA), Federal agencies must solicit public comment on proposed collections of information, including extensions and reinstatements of previously approved collections before seeking OMB approval. This document provides notice of OMB's approval of the information collection and the assignment of a control number for the E-911 grant program.
Insurer Reporting Requirements; Reports Under 49 U.S.C. on Section 33112(c)
Document Number: E9-18566
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-08-04
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces publication by NHTSA of the annual insurer report on motor vehicle theft for the 2003 reporting year. Section 33112(h) of Title 49 of the U.S. Code, requires this information to be compiled periodically and published by the agency in a form that will be helpful to the public, the law enforcement community, and Congress. As required by section 33112(c), this report provides information on theft and recovery of vehicles; rating rules and plans used by motor vehicle insurers to reduce premiums due to a reduction in motor vehicle thefts; and actions taken by insurers to assist in deterring thefts.