National Highway Traffic Safety Administration March 2012 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Bus Emergency Exits and Window Retention and Release
Document Number: 2012-7626
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-30
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In this final rule, which was preceded by a notice of proposed rulemaking, NHTSA is making several housekeeping amendments to the Federal motor vehicle safety standard for bus emergency exits. First, based on a proposal made in response to a petition for rulemaking from the School Bus Manufacturers Technical Council (SBMTC), NHTSA amends 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, rather than located in the middle of the door. Second, this final rule also clarifies the standard as to the number of force applications that are required to open a window or roof emergency exit. Third, in response to a comment on the proposed rule, this document makes a technical correction by removing a reference to a no-longer existent figure. These amendments correct or clarify the requirements of the standard. We believe most, if not all, school buses are currently designed to meet the corrected or clarified requirements.
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Seat Belt Assembly Anchorages; Incorporation by Reference
Document Number: 2012-7623
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-03-30
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This NPRM proposes to amend Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 210, ``Seat belt assembly anchorages,'' to specify a new force application device for use as a testing interface to transfer loads onto the seat belt anchorage system during compliance tests of anchorage strength. The device represents a human torso and pelvis. The new device comes in two sizes, one representative of a mid-size adult male, and the other of a small occupant. We propose both sizes be used in FMVSS No. 210. We believe that the devices provide a consistent test configuration and load path to the seat belt assembly anchorages. We are proposing this amendment because the devices are significantly easier to use than the current body blocks.
Morgan Olson, LLC, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 2012-7591
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-29
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Morgan Olson, LLC (Morgan Olson) \1\ has determined that certain model year 2009, 2010, and 2011 Morgan Olson walk-in van-type trucks having a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) over 4,536 kg and manufactured between September 1, 2009, and January 18, 2012, do not fully comply with paragraph S4.2.1 of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 206, Door Locks and Door Retention Components. Morgan Olson has filed an appropriate report dated January 19, 2012, pursuant to 49 CFR Part 573, Defect and Noncompliance Responsibility and Reports.
Proposed Information Collection; Reports, Forms, and Record Keeping Requirements
Document Number: 2012-7347
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-28
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Before a Federal agency can collect certain information from the public, it must receive approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Under procedures established by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, before seeking OMB approval, Federal agencies must solicit public comment on proposed collections of information, including extensions and reinstatement of previously approved collections. This document describes one collection of information for which NHTSA intends to seek OMB approval.
Notice of Receipt of Petition for Decision That Nonconforming 2005 Ifor Williams LM85G Trailers Are Eligible for Importation
Document Number: 2012-7099
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-26
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 Ifor Williams LM85G trailers that were not originally manufactured to comply with all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) are eligible for importation into the United States because they have safety features that comply with, or are capable of being altered to comply with, all such standards.
Notice of Receipt of Petition for Decision That Nonconforming Right-Hand Drive 2000-2003 Jeep Wrangler Multi-Purpose Passenger Vehicles Are Eligible for Importation
Document Number: 2012-7097
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-26
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 right-hand drive (RHD) 2000-2003 Jeep Wrangler multi-purpose passenger vehicles (MPVs) that were not originally manufactured to comply with all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) are eligible for importation into the United States because they have safety features that comply with, or are capable of being altered to comply with, all such standards.
Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements
Document Number: 2012-6534
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-19
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.
Petition for Exemption From the Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard; Nissan
Document Number: 2012-6411
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-16
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document grants in full Nissan North America, Inc.'s (Nissan) petition for exemption of the Juke vehicle line in accordance with 49 CFR Part 543, Exemption from Vehicle 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). Nissan requested confidential treatment of specific information in its petition by letter dated November 29, 2011. The agency addressed Nissan's request for confidential treatment by letter dated December 29, 2011.
National Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (NEMSAC); Correction to the Notice of Federal Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: 2012-5839
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-12
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
NHTSA is issuing a correction to a published notice of a meeting of the NEMSAC to be held in the Metropolitan Washington, DC area on March 28-30, 2012. This notice announces the correct 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 (EMS) representatives and consumers to provide advice and recommendations regarding EMS to DOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Graco Children's Products Inc., Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 2012-5623
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-08
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Graco Children's Products Inc. (Graco), has determined that certain warning labels attached to detachable accessory pillows that it sold with MyRide\TM\ 65 line child restraint systems produced between April, 2009, and October, 2009, failed to meet the flammability requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) No. 213 \1\. Graco estimates that about 90,000 child restraint systems may be affected. Graco filed an appropriate report pursuant to 49 CFR Part 573 Defect and Noncompliance Responsibility and Reports on November 13, 2009.
Visual-Manual NHTSA Driver Distraction Guidelines for In-Vehicle Electronic Devices
Document Number: 2012-5098
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-02
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
On February 24, 2012, NHTSA published proposed NHTSA Driver Distraction Guidelines (77 FR 11200). NHTSA is announcing a set of public hearings relating to these proposed Guidelines. The hearings will provide opportunities for the public to present oral testimony regarding the proposal.
Appointment/Reappointment to the National Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (NEMSAC)
Document Number: 2012-5088
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-02
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
NHTSA is soliciting applications for appointment or reappointment to 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).