National Highway Traffic Safety Administration July 2014 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Denial of Motor Vehicle Defect Petition, DP12-003
Document Number: 2014-17984
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-31
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document denies a petition from Mr. Peter J. Gonzalez (the petitioner) of Fuquay Varina, NC, requesting that the agency open an investigation into headlamp failures on the model year (MY) 2008 Saturn Outlook and similar vehicles. After reviewing the petition and other information, NHTSA has concluded that further investigation of MY 2007-2009 Saturn Outlook vehicles and the similar GMC Acadia vehicles (subject vehicles) is unlikely to result in a determination that a safety-related defect exists. The agency accordingly denies the petition.
Denial of Motor Vehicle Defect Petition, DP13-002
Document Number: 2014-17983
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-31
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice states the reasons for denying a Defect Petition (DP) (DP 13-002) submitted under 49 CFR parts 552 by Ms. Jessie A. Powell of Middleboro, MA (petitioner) in a January, 2013 letter to the Administrator of NHTSA (the ``Agency''). The petitioner requested that the Agency open an investigation into software and brake failures on model year (MY) 2012 Toyota Prius C vehicles (the ``Subject Vehicles''). After reviewing materials in-hand, those furnished by the petitioner, and upon completing an inspection of her vehicle, NHTSA sees no indication that additional investigation would lead to a finding that a defect related to motor vehicle safety exists. NHTSA has concluded that further investigation of the issue raised in the petition is not warranted. The Agency accordingly has denied the petition.
Schedule of Fees
Document Number: 2014-17852
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-07-31
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document proposes fees for Fiscal Year 2015 and until further notice 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; Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: 2014-17634
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-28
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 Notices with a 60-day and a 30-day comment period were published on February 27, 2012 (77 FR 11626) and on December 23, 2013 (78 FR 77554), respectively. No comments were received on this matter. This document describes the collection of information for which NHTSA intends to seek OMB approval. The collection of information described is the ``Consolidated Child Restraint System Registration, Labeling and Defect Notification.'' (OMB Control Number: 2127-0576)
Early Warning Reporting, Foreign Defect Reporting, and Motor Vehicle and Equipment Recall Regulations
Document Number: 2014-17497
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-07-28
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This responds to three (3) petitions for reconsideration to NHTSA's August 20, 2013 final rule adopting amendments to certain provisions of the early warning reporting (EWR) rule and regulations governing motor vehicle and equipment safety recalls. NHTSA received three (3) petitions for reconsideration that contained requests to alter or withdraw several adopted amendments. In addition, this document makes minor technical corrections to ensure all recall communications are received through NHTSA's online recalls portal and that all owner notification letters are sent to owners at the time the remedy is available.
Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: 2014-17532
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-25
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 comment. A Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period was published on April 21, 2014 (76 FR 7897-7898).
Tire Identification and Recordkeeping
Document Number: 2014-17413
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-07-24
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The tire identification number (TIN), which must appear on virtually all new and retreaded motor vehicle tires sold in the United States, plays an important role in identifying which tires are subject to recall and remedy campaigns for safety defects and noncompliances. This document proposes two amendments to the TIN. First, because NHTSA is running out of two-symbol codes to identify new tire plants, NHTSA is proposing to expand the first portion of the TIN, known as the manufacturer identifier, from two symbols to three for manufacturers of new tires. This amendment would substantially increase the number of unique combinations of characters that can be used to identify individual manufacturers of new tires. Second, NHTSA is proposing to standardize the length of the tire identification number to eliminate confusion that could arise from the variable length of tire identification numbers. This NPRM would standardize the length of the TIN at 13 symbols for new tires and 7 symbols for retreaded tires, making it easier to identify a TIN from which a symbol is missing.
Reports, Forms and Record Keeping Requirements; Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: 2014-16605
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-16
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 regarding motorcycle helmet labels 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 March 25, 2014 (79 FR 16420). The docket number is NHTSA-2014-0031. No comments were received.
General Motors, LLC, Denial of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 2014-16552
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-15
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
General Motors, LLC (GM) \1\ has determined that certain model year (MY) 2011 through 2013 Buick Regal and MY 2013 Chevrolet Malibu passenger cars may not fully comply with the turn signal lamp failure indicator requirement found in paragraph S5.5.6 of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No 108, Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment. GM has filed an appropriate report dated October 3, 2012, pursuant to 49 CFR Part 573, Defect and Noncompliance Responsibility and Reports.
Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements
Document Number: 2014-16152
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-10
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 collections and their expected burden. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period was published on April 11, 2014 (79 FR 20967).
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Rear Impact Guards, Rear Impact Protection
Document Number: 2014-16018
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-07-10
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
By initiating rulemaking to consider enhancing related safety standards, this notice grants the part of the petition for rulemaking submitted by Ms. Marianne Karth and the Truck Safety Coalition (Petitioners) requesting that the agency improve the safety of rear impact (underride) guards on trailers and single unit trucks. Based on the petition, available information, and the agency's analysis in progress, NHTSA has decided that the Petitioners' request related to rear impact guards merits further consideration. Therefore, the agency grants the Petitioners' request to initiate rulemaking on rear impact guards. NHTSA is planning on issuing two separate noticesan advanced notice of proposed rulemaking pertaining to rear impact guards and other safety strategies for single unit trucks, and a notice of proposed rulemaking focusing on rear impact guards on trailers and semitrailers. NHTSA is still evaluating the Petitioners' request to improve side guards and front override guards and will issue a separate decision on those aspects of the petition at a later date.
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for New Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Improvement Program Standards
Document Number: 2014-16005
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-07-09
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
NHTSA plans to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to analyze the potential environmental impacts of new fuel efficiency standards for commercial medium- and heavy-duty on-highway vehicles and work trucks (potentially covering engines, chassis, vehicles, and/or trailers manufactured after model year 2018) that will be proposed by the agency pursuant to the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. This document initiates the scoping process for determining the scope of issues to be addressed in the EIS and for identifying the significant environmental issues related to the proposed action. Further, it discusses cooperating agencies, the environmental review process, and the agency's tentative planning and decision-making schedule. NHTSA invites the participation of Federal, State, and local agencies, Indian tribes, stakeholders, and the public in this process to help identify the significant issues and reasonable alternatives to be examined in the EIS, and to eliminate from detailed study the issues that are not significant.
Make Inoperative Exemptions; Vehicle Modifications To Accommodate People With Disabilities; Ejection Mitigation; Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment
Document Number: 2014-15901
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-07-09
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This final rule amends NHTSA regulations to include a new exemption relating to the Federal motor vehicle safety standard for ejection mitigation, and to correct a reference regarding the standard for lamps, reflective devices and associated equipment. The exemptions facilitate the mobility of physically disabled drivers and passengers.
Evaluation of FMVSS No. 301, “Fuel System Integrity,” as Upgraded in 2005 to 2009
Document Number: 2014-15783
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-08
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces NHTSA's publication of a technical report evaluating the upgraded FMVSS No. 301. The report's title is: Evaluation of FMVSS No. 301, ``Fuel System Integrity,'' as Upgraded in 2005 to 2009.
Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Inc., Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 2014-15797
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-07
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Inc. (Harley-Davidson) has determined that certain model year (MY) 2009-2014 Harley-Davidson FL Touring family motorcycles do not fully comply with paragraph S6.1.3 of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108, Lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment. Harley-Davidson has filed an appropriate report dated April 7, 2014, pursuant to 49 CFR part 573, Defect and Noncompliance Responsibility and Reports.
Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements: Agency Information Collection Activity
Document Number: 2014-15782
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-07
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.
Reports, Forms and Record Keeping Requirements Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: 2014-15467
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-02
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document corrects a date and citation in a Federal Register notice published on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, that announced an information collection request (OMB Control No. 2127-0512) was forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget for review and comment.