National Highway Traffic Safety Administration August 2021 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

General Motors, LLC, Denial of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 2021-18766
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-31
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
General Motors, LLC (GM) has determined that certain model year (MY) 2016-2017 Cadillac CT6 motor vehicles do not fully comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108, Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment. GM filed a noncompliance report dated October 26, 2016. GM also petitioned NHTSA on November 18, 2016, for a decision that the subject noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety.
RIN 2127-AL87
Document Number: 2021-18633
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-08-31
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document amends Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 109, ``New pneumatic and certain specialty tires,'' in response to a petition for rulemaking from the Tire and Rim Association, to clarify the applicability of the FMVSSs to certain types of tires intended for use on trailers. Based on a review of prior amendments to FMVSS Nos. 109 and 119, ``New pneumatic tires for motor vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of more than 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds) and motorcycles.'' NHTSA concludes that it inadvertently made these tires subject to both FMVSS Nos. 109 and 119, when it was the Agency's intent to make them subject only to FMVSS No. 119. This document corrects that error, and also includes nonsubstantive technical corrections to tire and rim regulations.
Polaris Industries Inc. and Goupil Industrie SA; Receipt of Petition for Temporary Exemption
Document Number: 2021-18634
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-30
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with statutory and regulatory requirements, Polaris Industries Inc. and Goupil Industrie SA (collectively, ``petitioners''), have petitioned NHTSA for an exemption of the ``Picnic-G6,'' an all-electric truck that the petitioners state will be used as part of a grocery delivery service. The petitioners seek exemption from nine Federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSS) on the basis that an 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. NHTSA is publishing this document in accordance with statutory and administrative provisions, and requests comments on the petition. NHTSA has made no judgment at this time on the merits of the petition.
Federal Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard; Final Listing of 2019 Light Duty Truck Lines Subject to the Requirements of This Standard and Exempted Vehicle Lines for Model Year 2019
Document Number: 2021-18632
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-08-30
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This final rule announces NHTSA's determination that there are no new model year 2019 light duty truck lines subject to the parts- marking requirements of the Federal motor vehicle theft prevention standard. The agency determined no new models were high-theft or had major parts that are interchangeable with a majority of the covered major parts of passenger car or multipurpose passenger vehicle lines. This final rule also identifies those vehicle lines that have been granted an exemption from the parts- marking requirements because they are equipped with antitheft devices determined to meet certain criteria.
Notice of Receipt of Petition for Decision That Nonconforming Model Year 2019 Schuler Spezialfahrzeuge GmbH Trailers Are Eligible for Importation
Document Number: 2021-18568
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-30
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document announces the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) receipt of a petition for a decision that model year (MY) 2019 Schuler Spezialfahrzeuge GmbH 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 are capable of being readily altered to conform to the standards.
Petition for Exemption From the Federal Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard; Ford Motor Company
Document Number: 2021-18421
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-26
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document grants in full the Ford Motor Company (Ford) petition for exemption from the Federal Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard (theft prevention standard) for its confidential vehicle line beginning in model year (MY) 2022. The 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. Ford also requested confidential treatment for specific information in its petition. Therefore, no confidential information provided for purposes of this notice has been disclosed.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Notice and Request for Comments; Event Data Recorders
Document Number: 2021-18420
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-26
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
NHTSA invites public comments about our intention to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for an information collection currently in use. Before a Federal agency can collect certain information from the public, it must receive approval from 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 a collection of information on event data recorders (EDRs) for which NHTSA intends to seek OMB approval. The information collection currently does not have an OMB control number.
Petition for Exemption From the Federal Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard; American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Document Number: 2021-18419
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-26
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document grants in full the American Honda Motor Co., Inc.'s (Honda) petition for exemption from the Federal Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard (theft prevention standard) for its Acura RDX vehicle line beginning in model year (MY) 2022. The 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.
Notice of Denial of Petition for Decision That Nonconforming Model Year 2014-2018 Chevrolet Cheyenne Trucks Are Eligible for Importation
Document Number: 2021-18357
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-26
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Diversified Vehicle Services, Inc. (DVS or Petitioner) has petitioned NHTSA for a decision that model year (MY) 2014-2018 Chevrolet Cheyenne Trucks (TKs), which were not originally manufactured to comply with all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSS), are eligible for importation into the United States. In its petition, DVS claims that these vehicles are eligible for import because they are substantially similar to Chevrolet Silverado TKs originally manufactured for sale in the United States and certified by their manufacturer as complying with all applicable FMVSS, and because they are capable of being readily altered to conform to the standards. This document announces the denial of DVS's petition.
Combi USA, Denial of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 2021-18356
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-26
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Combi USA (Combi), has determined that certain Combi USA BabyRide rear-facing child restraint systems manufactured between May 1, 2016, and August 31, 2019, do not fully comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 213, Child Restraint Systems. Combi filed an original noncompliance report dated March 8, 2021, and later amended it on March 10, 2021, March 11, 2021, May 25, 2021, and July 22, 2021. Subsequently, Combi petitioned NHTSA on March 30, 2021, for a decision that the subject noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety. This document announces the denial of Combi's petition.
Harbor Freight Tools, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 2021-18355
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-26
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Harbor Freight Tools (HFT) has determined that certain Kenway 12V Magnetic Towing Light Kits and Submersible LED Trailer Lights manufactured by Jinhua Eagle King Tools Co., Ltd. do not fully comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108, Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment. HFT filed a noncompliance report dated October 26, 2020, and subsequently petitioned NHTSA on November 23, 2020, for a decision that the subject noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety. This notice announces receipt of HFT's petition.
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, Denial of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 2021-18354
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-26
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (Cooper Tire) has determined that certain Cooper brand tires do not fully comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 139, New Pneumatic Radial Tires for Light Vehicles. Cooper Tire filed a noncompliance report dated May 4, 2018, and subsequently petitioned NHTSA on May 21, 2018, for a decision that the subject noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety. This document announces the denial of Cooper Tire's petition.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; National 911 Profile Database
Document Number: 2021-18251
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-25
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), this notice announces that the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its expected burden. NHTSA is requesting an extension of its information collection to continue to collect and aggregate information from State-level reporting entities that can be used to measure the progress of 911 authorities across the country in upgrading and enhancing their existing operations. A Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following information collection was published on April 19, 2021. No comments were received.
Civil Penalties
Document Number: 2021-17842
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-08-20
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
On January 14, 2021, NHTSA published an interim final rule in response to a petition for rulemaking from the Alliance for Automotive Innovation (Alliance). The interim final rule provided that an inflation adjustment to the civil penalty rate applicable to automobile manufacturers that violate applicable corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards would apply beginning with vehicle Model Year 2022. The interim final rule also requested comment. In light of a subsequent Executive Order and the agency's review of comments, NHTSA is reviewing and reconsidering that interim final rule. Accordingly, NHTSA is issuing this supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) to consider the appropriate path forward and to allow interested parties sufficient time to provide comments.
Porsche Cars North America, Inc., Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 2021-17476
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-16
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Porsche Cars North America, Inc., (``Porsche''), has determined that certain model year (MY) 2017-2021 Porsche Panamera, MY 2019-2021 Porsche Cayenne, and MY 2020-2021 Porsche Taycan motor vehicles do not fully comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 135, Light Vehicle Brake Systems. Porsche filed an original noncompliance report dated March 10, 2021. Subsequently, Porsche petitioned NHTSA on April 1, 2021, for a decision that the subject noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety. This notice announces receipt of Porsche's petition.
Denial of Motor Vehicle Defect Petition, DP19-004
Document Number: 2021-16927
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-09
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
On September 19, 2019, Mr. Roger Hogan (the petitioner) submitted a defect petition to NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigation (ODI). The petition requested that the Agency investigate and recall certain Toyota Prius, Prius PHV, Camry Hybrid and Avalon Hybrid vehicles for a brake actuator solenoid valve wear condition that is currently covered under Toyota Customer Support Programs (CSPs) ZJB and ZKK (subject CSPs). NHTSA opened Defect Petition DP19-004 to evaluate the petitioner's request. Subsequently the petitioner informed NHTSA that he was withdrawing the petition. Since the petitioner has withdrawn the petition, we are denying the petition as moot.
Denial of Motor Vehicle Defect Petition, DP21-001
Document Number: 2021-16926
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-09
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice sets forth the reasons for the denial of a petition, DP21-001, submitted by Mr. Derek Colvin to NHTSA (the ``agency'') by a letter dated November 20, 2020. The petition requests that the agency initiate a safety defect investigation into an alleged defect in the reversing light system experienced in certain Model Year (MY) 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera manual transmission vehicles (the ``subject vehicles''). As the driver shifts the gear into reverse, the reversing light fails to illuminate. After conducting a technical review of: (1) The consumer complaint submitted by the petitioner; (2) consumer complaint information in NHTSA's database; and (3) information provided by Porsche in response to our Information Request letter regarding reversing light failure to illuminate and complaints received by Porsche, NHTSA's Office of Defect Investigations (ODI) has concluded that no further investigation of the issue raised by the petition is warranted and the agency, accordingly, has denied the petition.
Standard Reference Test Tire
Document Number: 2021-15361
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-08-05
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document proposes amendments to several Federal motor vehicle safety standards and consumer information regulations to update the standard reference test tire (SRTT) used therein. The SRTT is used in those standards and regulations as a baseline tire to rate tire treadwear, define snow tires based on traction performance, and evaluate pavement surface friction. This proposed rule is necessary because the only manufacturer of the currently referenced SRTT ceased production of the tire. Referencing a new SRTT ensures the availability of a test tire for testing purposes.