National Highway Traffic Safety Administration December 2016 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Ford Motor Company, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 2016-31405
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-28
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Ford Motor Company (Ford), has determined that certain model year (MY) 2015-2017 Ford F-150 and Ford F-Super Duty pickup trucks do not fully comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 202a, Head Restraints. Ford filed a noncompliance information report dated October 18, 2016. Ford also petitioned NHTSA on November 17, 2016, for a decision that the subject noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety.
Reports, Forms and Record Keeping Requirements
Document Number: 2016-31333
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-28
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Before a Federal agency can collect certain information from the public, the agency 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. In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice describes one collection of information for which NHTSA intends to seek OMB approval, relating to confidential business information.
Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards; Credits
Document Number: 2016-31140
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-12-28
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice partially grants a petition for rulemaking submitted by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers (hereinafter collectively referred to as ``Petitioners'') on June 20, 2016, to consider amending various aspects of the light vehicle Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations. The Petitioners requested that NHTSA issue a direct final rule to implement the requested changes, but NHTSA believes that the issues and questions raised by the Petitioners are worthy of notice and comment. NHTSA will address the changes requested in the Petition in the course of the rulemaking proceeding, in accordance with statutory criteria.
Civil Penalties
Document Number: 2016-31136
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-12-28
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
On July 5, 2016, NHTSA published an interim final rule updating the maximum civil penalty amounts for violations of statutes and regulations administered by NHTSA, pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015. This decision responds to a petition for partial reconsideration of that interim final rule. After carefully considering the issues raised, the Agency grants some aspects of the petition, and denies other aspects. This decision amends the relevant regulatory text accordingly. This decision also responds to a petition for rulemaking on a similar topic.
Third Amendment to the Coordinated Remedy Order With Annex A; Coordinated Remedy Program Proceeding
Document Number: 2016-31065
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-27
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements: Agency Information Collection Activity
Document Number: 2016-30756
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-21
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Before a Federal agency can collect certain information from the public, it must receive approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Under procedures established by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, before seeking OMB approval, Federal agencies must solicit public comment on proposed collections of information, including extensions and reinstatements of previously approved collections. This document describes one collection of information for which NHTSA intends to seek OMB approval.
Reports, Forms, and Record Keeping Requirements
Document Number: 2016-30637
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Before a Federal agency can collect certain information from the public, it must receive approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Under procedures established by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, before seeking OMB approval, Federal agencies must solicit public comment on proposed collections of information, including extensions and reinstatement of previously approved collections.This document describes a collection of information for which NHTSA intends to seek OMB approval.
Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 2016-30579
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC (MBUSA), has determined that certain model year (MY) 2015-2016 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class motor vehicles do not fully comply with 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. MBUSA filed a Safety Recall Report dated September 12, 2016. MBUSA also petitioned NHTSA on October 4, 2016, for a decision that the subject noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety.
General Motors, LLC, Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 2016-30578
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
General Motors, LLC (GM), has determined that certain model year (MY) 2016-2017 Cadillac CTS, CT6, XTS and Escalade motor vehicles do not fully comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 135, Light Vehicle Brake Systems. GM filed a defect report dated August 17, 2016. GM then petitioned NHTSA on August 22, 2016, for a decision that the subject noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety.
Proposed Information Collection Submitted to the Office of Management and Budget; Request for Comments
Document Number: 2016-30479
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-19
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 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 September 20, 2016 (81 FR 65709).
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Minimum Sound Requirements for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles
Document Number: 2016-28804
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-12-14
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
To reduce the risk of pedestrian crashes, especially for the blind and visually-impaired, and to satisfy the mandate in the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act (PSEA) of 2010 this final rule establishes a new Federal motor vehicle safety standard (FMVSS) setting minimum sound requirements for hybrid and electric vehicles. This new standard requires hybrid and electric passenger cars, light trucks and vans (LTVs), and low speed vehicles (LSVs) to produce sounds meeting the requirements of this standard. This final rule applies to electric vehicles (EVs) and to those hybrid vehicles (HVs) that are capable of propulsion in any forward or reverse gear without the vehicle's internal combustion engine (ICE) operating. This standard will help to ensure that blind, visually impaired, and other pedestrians are able to detect and recognize nearby hybrid and electric vehicles, as required by the PSEA.
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 2016-29375
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-08
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen), has determined that certain model year (MY) 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible passenger cars do not fully comply with 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. Volkswagen filed a defect report dated February 23, 2016. Volkswagen then petitioned NHTSA on March 15, 2016, for a decision that the subject noncompliance is inconsequential to motor vehicle safety.
Request for Comments on a New Information Collection
Document Number: 2016-29325
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-07
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 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 April 29, 2016 (Volume 81, Number 83, pages 25759-25760).
Reports, Forms, and Record Keeping Requirements
Document Number: 2016-29320
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-07
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Before a Federal agency can collect certain information from the public, it must receive approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Under procedures established by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, before seeking OMB approval, Federal agencies must solicit public comment on proposed collections of information, including extensions and reinstatements of previously approved collections. This document describes one collection of information for which NHTSA intends to seek OMB approval.
Notice of Receipt of Petition for Decision That Nonconforming Model Year 2013 and 2014 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta Passenger Cars Are Eligible for Importation
Document Number: 2016-29268
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-07
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 model year (MY) 2013 and 2014 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta passenger cars (PCs) 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 certified by their manufacturer as complying with the safety standards (the U.S.-certified version of the MY 2013 and 2014 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta PC), and (2) they are capable of being readily altered to conform to the standards.
Visual-Manual NHTSA Driver Distraction Guidelines for Portable and Aftermarket Devices
Document Number: 2016-29051
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-05
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice details the proposed contents of the second phase of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Driver Distraction Guidelines (Phase 2 Guidelines). The purpose of the Phase 2 Guidelines is to provide a safety framework for developers of portable and aftermarket electronic devices to use when developing visual-manual user interfaces for their systems. The Guidelines encourage innovative solutions such as pairing and Driver Mode that, when implemented, will reduce the potential for unsafe driver distraction by limiting the time a driver's eyes are off the road, while at the same time preserving the full functionality of these devices when they are not used while driving. Currently no safety guidelines exist for portable device technologies when they are used during a driving task. NHTSA seeks comments and suggestions to improve this proposal.
Spartan Motors USA, Inc., Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 2016-29026
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-05
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Spartan Motors USA, Inc. (Spartan), has determined that certain model year (MY) 2013-2015 Utilimaster Vans do not fully comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 208, Occupant crash protection. Spartan Motors USA, Inc., filed a defect report dated January 15, 2016. Spartan then petitioned NHTSA on February 12, 2016, for a decision that the subject noncompliance is inconsequential to motor vehicle safety.
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards
Document Number: 2016-28126
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-12-01
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document denies a petition for rulemaking, submitted by Ms. Scheryn Bennett, requesting that the National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) require every vehicle to be equipped with an emergency glass breaking tool. The data available to the agency shows there is a great deal of uncertainty surrounding the actual number of occupants that may have died due solely to drowning while trapped in an immersed vehicle. The potential effectiveness of such a tool to successfully aid an occupant's safe exit from an immersed vehicle is also not known. In the absence of a requirement that each vehicle have a glass breaking tool, nothing prevents vehicle manufacturers from providing a tool or other means to allow vehicle evacuation during immersion. Additionally, consumers can purchase their own tool and locate it in the vehicle where they would be likely to access it in an emergency.