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Schedule of Fees Authorized
Document Number: 2012-14366
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-06-13
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document proposes fees for Fiscal Year 2013 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.
Reports, Forms, and Record Keeping Requirements
Document Number: 2012-14264
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-12
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 To Modify an Exemption of a Previously Approved Antitheft Device; Ford Motor Company
Document Number: 2012-14216
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-12
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
On January 13, 2011, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) granted in full Ford Motor Company's (Ford) petition for an exemption in accordance with Sec. 543.9(c)(2) of 49 CFR part 543, Exemption from the Theft Prevention Standard for the Ford Fusion vehicle line beginning with its model year (MY) 2012 vehicles. On February 16, 2012, Ford submitted a petition to modify its previously approved exemption for the Ford Fusion vehicle line beginning with model year (MY) 2013. Ford also requested confidential treatment of specific information in its petition by letter dated April 25, 2012. The agency will address Ford's request for confidential treatment by separate letter. NHTSA is granting Ford's petition to modify the exemption in full because it has determined that the modified device is also likely to be as effective in reducing and deterring motor vehicle theft as compliance with the parts-marking requirements of the Theft Prevention Standard.
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review: Production Plan Reports
Document Number: 2012-14213
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-12
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The Department of Transportation (DOT) invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for a renewal of an information collection. The collection involves vehicle manufacturers submitting updated future product plans, as well as production data through the recent past, including data about engines and transmissions for model year (MY) 2012 through MY 2025 passenger cars and light trucks and the assumptions underlying those plans. The information to be collected will be used to assist NHTSA with the setting of future fuel economy standards for light duty vehicles. We are required to publish this notice in the Federal Register by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13.
Make Inoperative Exemptions; Retrofit On-Off Switches for Air Bags
Document Number: 2012-13957
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-06-08
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
There is a NHTSA regulation that permits motor vehicle dealers and repair businesses to install retrofit on-off switches for air bags in vehicles owned by or used by persons whose request for a switch has been approved by the agency. This regulation is only available for motor vehicles manufactured before September 1, 2012. In this document, the agency proposes to extend the availability of this regulation for three additional years, so that it would apply to motor vehicles manufactured before September 1, 2015.
Hyundai Motor Company, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 2012-13801
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-07
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc., on behalf of Hyundai Motor Company (collectively referred to as ``Hyundai'') \1\ has determined that certain model year 2012 Hyundai Veracruz multipurpose passenger vehicles (MPV) manufactured August 9, 2011, through January 8, 2012, that were equipped with 7J x 18 wheel rims, do not fully comply with paragraph S4.3.3 of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 110, Tire Selection and Rims and Motor Home/Recreation Vehicle Trailer Load Carrying Capacity Information for Motor Vehicles with a GVWR of 4,536 Kilograms (10,000 pounds) or less. Hyundai has filed an appropriate report dated February 9, 2012, pursuant to 49 CFR part 573, Defect and Noncompliance Responsibility and Reports.
Federal Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard; Final Listing of 2013 Light Duty Truck Lines Subject to the Requirements of This Standard and Exempted Vehicle Lines for Model Year 2013
Document Number: 2012-13424
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-06-04
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This final rule announces NHTSA's determination that there are no new model year (MY) 2013 light duty truck lines subject to the parts-marking requirements of the Federal motor vehicle theft prevention standard, because they have been determined by the agency to be high-theft or because they have a majority of interchangeable parts with those of a passenger motor vehicle line. This final rule also identifies those vehicle lines that have been granted an exemption from the parts-marking requirements, because the vehicles are equipped with antitheft devices determined to meet certain statutory criteria.
Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements
Document Number: 2012-13070
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-30
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice solicits public comments on the requirements for the collection of information on a safety standard. 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 with respect to the phase-in of the upgraded requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 216, ``Roof crush resistance,'' for which NHTSA intends to seek OMB approval.
Request for Comments of a Previously Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2012-13068
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-30
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 is being forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comments. A Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following information collection was published on March 19, 2012, 77 FR 16115.
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Electronic Stability Control Systems for Heavy Vehicles
Document Number: 2012-12212
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-05-23
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document proposes to establish a new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 136 to require electronic stability control (ESC) systems on truck tractors and certain buses with a gross vehicle weight rating of greater than 11,793 kilograms (26,000 pounds). ESC systems in truck tractors and large buses are designed to reduce untripped rollovers and mitigate severe understeer or oversteer conditions that lead to loss of control by using automatic computer- controlled braking and reducing engine torque output. In 2012, we expect that about 26 percent of new truck tractors and 80 percent of new buses affected by this proposed rule will be equipped with ESC systems. We believe that ESC systems could prevent 40 to 56 percent of untripped rollover crashes and 14 percent of loss-of-control crashes. By requiring that ESC systems be installed on truck tractors and large buses, this proposal would prevent 1,807 to 2,329 crashes, 649 to 858 injuries, and 49 to 60 fatalities at less than $3 million per equivalent life saved, while generating positive net benefits.
Forest River, Inc., Denial of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 2012-12374
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-22
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Forest River, Inc. (Forest River), has determined that approximately 2,741 model year 2009-2011 R-Pod travel trailers that it manufactured from October 27, 2008 through November 30, 2010, fail to meet the requirements of paragraph S5.1.1 of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108, Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment. Forest River has filed an appropriate report, dated December 14, 2010 pursuant to 49 CFR part 573, Defect and Noncompliance Responsibility and Reports. Pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 30118(d) and 30120(h) (see implementing rule at 49 CFR part 556), Forest River has petitioned for an exemption from the notification and remedy requirements of 49 U.S.C. chapter 301 on the basis that this noncompliance is inconsequential to motor vehicle safety. Notice of receipt of Forest River's petition was published, with a 30-day public comment period, on August 29, 2011, in the Federal Register (76 FR 53715). Thirty-four \1\ comments were received. To view the petition, comments, and all supporting documents log onto the Federal Docket Management System Web site at: http:// www.regulations.gov/. Then follow the online search instructions to locate docket number ``NHTSA-2011-0040.''
Reports, Forms, and Record Keeping Requirements
Document Number: 2012-12351
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-22
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.
Petition for Exemption From the Federal Motor Vehicle Motor Theft Prevention Standard; Jaguar Land Rover
Document Number: 2012-12050
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-18
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document grants in full the petition of Jaguar Land Rover North America LLC's, (Land Rover) for an exemption of the Land Rover LR2 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 Federal Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard, 49 CFR part 541.
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review: Automotive Fuel Economy Reports
Document Number: 2012-12049
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-18
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The Department of Transportation (DOT) invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for a renewal of an information collection. The collection involves vehicle manufacturers submitting reports to the Secretary of Transportation on whether a manufacturer will comply with an applicable average fuel economy standard for the model year for which the report is made, the actions a manufacturer has taken or intends to take to comply with the standard and other information the Secretary requires by regulation. The information to be collected will be used to and/or is necessary because of the requirements of 49 U.S.C. 32902. We are required to publish this notice in the Federal Register by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13.
Toyota Motor Corporation, Inc., Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 2012-11948
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-17
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Toyota Motor North America, Inc., on behalf of Toyota Motor Corporation,\1\ and Toyota Manufacturing, Indiana, Inc.\2\ (collectively referred to as ``Toyota''), has determined that certain model year 2011 Toyota Sienna multipurpose passenger vehicles (MPV) manufactured between January 3, 2011 and February 11, 2011, do not fully comply with paragraph S9.5(a)(3) of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 225, Child restraint anchorage systems. Toyota filed an appropriate report dated March 17, 2011, pursuant to 49 CFR Part 573 Defect and Noncompliance Responsibility and Reports.
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Occupant Crash Protection
Document Number: 2012-11945
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-05-17
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This final rule makes technical amendments to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 208, Occupant Crash Protection. Specifically, this document updates references to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) (formerly the Research and Special Programs Administration) regulations that are included in the requirements for pressure vessels and explosive devices used in occupant crash protection systems, such as air bags. As a result of various rulemakings that reorganized the relevant regulations, the references contained in FMVSS No. 208 are out of date. This final rule updates the references to the PHMSA regulations. This document also makes a correction to the air bag warning label requirements for vehicle dashboards and steering wheel hubs to make clear that the general warning label requirements for vehicles with air bags are superseded by different, specific requirements if the vehicle is certified to meet certain advanced air bag requirements. As written now, the general warning label requirements contain an explicit exception for the warning label requirements for vehicles certified to meet these advanced air bag requirements before December 1, 2003, but do not reference the warning label requirements for vehicles certified to meet these requirements on or after December 1, 2003. This document does not make any substantive changes to the requirements specified in FMVSS No. 208.
Insurer Reporting Requirements; List of Insurers Required To File Reports
Document Number: 2012-11565
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-05-14
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document proposes to amend appendices to NHTSA regulations on 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 2009 calendar year before October 25, 2012. 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.
Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements; Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: 2012-11338
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-10
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 November 16, 2011 (76 FR 71122-71123).
Withdrawal of Notice of Receipt of Petition
Document Number: 2012-10770
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-04
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
On April 23, 2012, NHTSA inadvertently republished, at 77 FR 24265, a notice that the agency had received a petition for a decision of inconsequential noncompliance from Toyota Motor Corporation, Inc., on behalf of Toyota Corporation and Toyota Manufacturing, Indiana, Inc. NHTSA has withdrawn that notice. The notice of receipt of the petition was originally published on June 16, 2011 (76 FR 35271), and the comment period closed on July 18, 2011. NHTSA will soon publish the notice of the agency's decision on the petition.
Reports, Forms and Record Keeping Requirements; Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: 2012-10566
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-02
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 collections and their expected burden. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period was published on February 9, 2012 [77 FR 6688]. This is a request for an extension of an existing collection.
Petition for Exemption From the Federal Motor Vehicle Motor Theft Prevention Standard; General Motors Corporation
Document Number: 2012-10301
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-30
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document grants in full the petition of General Motors Corporation (GM) for an exemption of the Buick Verano 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).
Agency Requests for Approval of a New Information Collection(s): Human Subjects Experiments Related to Keyless Ignition Controls, Gear Selection Controls, and Audible Warnings
Document Number: 2012-10300
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-30
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The Department of Transportation (DOT) invites public comments about our intention to request Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for a new information collection. The collection involves recruitment of participants, balancing the subject sample and debriefing questionnaires. The information to be collected will be used to balance the participants between younger and older age groups, genders and previous driving experience with keyless ignition, or lack thereof. These observational experiments are being conducted in support of current agency regulatory efforts that contemplate revising Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 114 (Docket No. NHTSA-2011-0174 RIN 2127-AK88). We are required to publish this notice in the Federal Register by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13.
Visual-Manual NHTSA Driver Distraction Guidelines for In-Vehicle Electronic Devices
Document Number: 2012-9953
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-25
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
On February 24, 2012, NHTSA published proposed voluntary NHTSA Driver Distraction Guidelines for in-vehicle electronic devices. The agency provided a 60-day comment period. We received a petition from the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers requesting an extension of the comment period. The petitioner argued that additional time was needed to review information that was not placed in the docket when the proposed NHTSA Guidelines were published. After considering the petition, we are extending the comment period by 24 days, from April 24, 2012, to May 18, 2012.
Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 2012-9946
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-25
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (Mitsubishi) \1\ has determined that an unknown number of replacement seat belts that it imported do not include the installation, usage and maintenance instructions required by paragraphs S4.1(k) and S4.1(l) of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 209, Seat Belt Assemblies. Mitsubishi filed an appropriate report dated October 25, 2010, pursuant to 49 CFR Part 573 Defect and Noncompliance Responsibility and Reports.
Notice of Receipt of Petition for Decision That Nonconforming Left-Hand Drive 2006 Land Rover Range Rover Multi-Purpose Passenger Vehicles Manufactured Prior to September 1, 2006 Are Eligible for Importation
Document Number: 2012-9683
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-23
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 left-hand drive (LHD) 2006 Land Rover Range Rover multi-purpose passenger vehicles (MPVs) manufactured prior to September 1, 2006 for sale in the United Kingdom and other foreign markets 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 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 2006 Land Rover Range Rover MPV) and they are capable of being readily altered to conform to the standards.
Insurer Reporting Requirements; Annual Insurer Report on Motor Vehicle Theft for the 2006 Reporting Year
Document Number: 2012-9307
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-18
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 2006 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.
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review: Uniform Criteria for State Observational Surveys of Seat Belt Use
Document Number: 2012-9197
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-17
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 notice of proposed rulemaking, which included a statement of the collection of information and a 60-day comment period, was published on January 28, 2009.
Information Collection Activities: Submission for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Request for Comment
Document Number: 2012-9158
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-17
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 will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its expected burden. A Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting public comments on the following information collection was published on September 20, 2011 (Federal Register/Vol. 76, No. 182/pp. 58341-58342).
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Accelerator Control Systems
Document Number: 2012-9065
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-04-16
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In this NPRM, we (NHTSA) propose to revise the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard for accelerator control systems (ACS) in two ways. First, we propose to amend the Standard to address more fully the failure modes of electronic throttle control (ETC) systems and also to include test procedures for hybrid vehicles and certain other vehicles. This part of today's proposal is related to an NPRM that NHTSA published in 2002. Second, we propose to add a new provision for a brake-throttle override (BTO) system, which would require that input to the brake pedal in a vehicle must have the capability of overriding input to the accelerator pedal. This BTO proposal is an outgrowth of NHTSA's research and defect investigation efforts aimed at addressing floor mat entrapment and related situations.\1\ We propose to apply the requirement for BTO systems to new passenger cars, multipurpose passenger vehicles, trucks and buses that have a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds (4,536 kilograms) or less and ETC.
Hyundai Motor Company, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 2012-8895
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-13
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc., on behalf of Hyundai Motor Company (collectively referred to as ``Hyundai'') \1\ has determined that certain model year 2011 and 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid passenger cars, do not fully comply with paragraph S4.1.5.5.2 of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 208, Occupant Crash Protection. Hyundai has filed an appropriate report dated March 8, 2012, pursuant to 49 CFR part 573, Defect and Noncompliance Responsibility and Reports.
Petition for Exemption From the Federal Motor Vehicle Motor Theft Prevention Standard; TESLA
Document Number: 2012-8893
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-13
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document grants in full the petition of Tesla Motors Inc's. (Tesla) for an exemption of the Model S 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 Theft Prevention Standard. Tesla requested confidential treatment for specific information in its petition. The agency granted Tesla's request for confidential treatment by a letter dated December 5, 2011.
Petition To Modify an Exemption of a Previously Approved Antitheft Device; Porsche
Document Number: 2012-8892
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-13
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
On December 22, 1995, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) granted in full, Porsche Cars North America, Inc.'s (Porsche) petition for an exemption in accordance with Sec. 543.9(c)(2) of 49 CFR part 543, Exemption from the Theft Prevention Standard for the Porsche Boxster vehicle line, beginning with model year (MY) 1997. On February 1, 2012, Porsche submitted a petition to modify its previously approved exemption for the Porsche Boxster vehicle line and notified the agency that all new successor models within the Boxster line will be installed with the proposed antitheft device beginning with MY 2013. NHTSA is granting Porsche's petition to modify the exemption in full, because it has determined that the modified device is also likely to be as effective in reducing and deterring motor vehicle theft as compliance with the parts-marking requirements of the Theft Prevention Standard.
OSRAM SYLVANIA Products Inc., Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 2012-8460
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-09
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
OSRAM SYLVANIA Products, Inc.\1\ (OSRAM) has determined that certain Type HB2 replaceable light sources, manufactured between September 25, 2011, and October 8, 2011, do not fully comply with paragraph S7.7 of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108, Lamp, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment. OSRAM has filed an appropriate report dated November 23, 2011 \2\, pursuant to 49 CFR part 573, Defect and Noncompliance Responsibility and Reports.
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Platform Lifts for Motor Vehicles; Platform Lift Installations in Motor Vehicles
Document Number: 2012-8138
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-04-05
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document adopts amendments to the Federal motor vehicle safety standards on platform lift systems for motor vehicles. The purpose of these standards is to prevent injuries and fatalities during lift operation. NHTSA believes it is necessary to revise the lighting requirements for lift controls; the location requirements, performance requirements, and test specifications for threshold warning signals; the wheelchair retention device and inner roll stop tests; and the lighting requirements for public use lifts. This notice also discusses a November 3, 2005 interpretation clarifying specific procedures that are performed as part of the threshold warning signal test.
Uniform Criteria for State Observational Surveys of Seat Belt Use
Document Number: 2012-8137
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-04-05
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This final rule amends the implementation date for use of the revised uniform criteria for State Observational Surveys of Seat Belt Use. With this change, States may continue in calendar year 2012 to use a survey design that was approved under the old uniform criteria or, at their election, use a survey design approved under the revised uniform criteria. In calendar year 2013, all States must use a survey design approved under the revised uniform criteria.
Michelin North America, Inc., Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 2012-8051
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-04
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Michelin North America, Inc.\1\ (MNA) has determined that certain Michelin brand passenger car replacement tires, do not fully comply with paragraph S5.5 \2\ of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 139, New pneumatic radial tires for light vehicles. MNA has filed an appropriate report pursuant to 49 CFR part 573, Defect and Noncompliance Responsibility and Reports (dated June 2, 2011).
Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 2012-8050
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-04
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC, (Bridgestone),\1\ has determined that certain Firestone Transforce AT, size LT265/70R17, light truck replacement tires manufactured between November 20, 2011 and December 10, 2011, do not fully comply with paragraph S5.5(d) of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 139, New Pneumatic Radial Tires for Light Vehicles. Bridgestone has filed an appropriate report dated January 9, 2012, pursuant to 49 CFR Part 573, Defect and Noncompliance Responsibility and Reports.
Petition for Exemption From the Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard; Mitsubishi Motors
Document Number: 2012-8049
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-04
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document grants in full the Mitsubishi Motors R&D of America, Inc.'s (Mitsubishi) petition for exemption of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV 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 49 CFR part 541, Federal Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard. Mitsubishi requested confidential treatment for specific information in its petition. The agency addressed Mitsubishi's request for confidential treatment by letter dated February 14, 2012.
Notice of Receipt of Petition for Decision That Nonconforming 1999 to 2006 Toyota Land Cruiser IFS 100 Series Multipurpose Passenger Vehicles Manufactured Prior to September 1, 2006 Are Eligible for Importation
Document Number: 2012-8003
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-04
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 nonconforming 1999 to 2006 Toyota Land Cruiser IFS 100 Series multipurpose passenger vehicles (MPVs) 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 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 1999 to 2006 Toyota Land Cruiser IFS 100 Series MPV manufactured prior to September 1, 2006) and they are capable of being readily altered to conform to the standards.
Volvo Trucks North America and Mack Trucks, Inc., Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 2012-8000
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-04
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
North American Trucks (NAT) on behalf of Volvo Trucks North America (VTN) and Mack Trucks, Inc. (MTI) \1\ has determined that certain 2008 through 2010 Volvo VHD model, 2008 and 2009 Volvo VHL model, 2008 and 2009 Volvo VNL model, 2008 Volvo VT model, and 2008 through 2010 Mack CHU, CXU and GU model trucks that were built with certain Meritor WABCO Vehicle Control Systems (Meritor WABCO) ABS Modulator valves fail to meet the requirements of paragraph S5.3.4.1(a) of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 121, Air Brake Systems. VTN and MTI filed appropriate reports pursuant to 49 CFR Part 573, Defect and Noncompliance Responsibility and Reports; the original submissions were dated April 30, 2010, and corrected versions were dated May 28, 2010.
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.