May 12, 2019

2019 NHTSA Dockets


60-Day Federal Register Notice for PRA Driver's Use of Camera-Based Rear Visibility Systems Versus Traditional Mirrors (Mazzae)

60-Day Federal Register Notice for PRA Driver's Use of Camera-Based Rear Visibility Systems Versus Traditional Mirrors (Mazzae)



Legal Interpretation on FMVSS 209 to Requestor



Legal Interpretation on FMVSS No. 131 to Requestor



Technical Corrections and clarifications Related to Tires and Rims

This rulemaking would amend FMVSS No. 109 and FMVSS No. 119 to clarify that types of specialty tires, intended for use on trailers (trailer tires), are subject to the requirements of FMVSS No. 119, New pneumatic tires [for heavy and specialty vehicles], and not FMVSS No. 109, New pneumatic and certain specialty tires [for passenger cars]. This action was initiated in response to petitions for rulemaking from the Tire and Rim Association (TRA). This action would help remove unintended ambiguity from the certification process. It also includes corrections to various tire and rim standards to improve clarity.



Crash Report Sampling System

Agency Information Collection Activities; Notice and Request for Comment - Crash Report Sampling System



Legal Interpretation- No 108



Legal Interpretation-FMVSS 111



Legal Interpretation-FMVSS 108



Federal Advisory Committee National Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council

NHTSA announces a meeting of NEMSAC to be held at DOT Headquarters in Washington, DC. This notice announces the date, time, and location of the meeting, which will be open to the public, as well as provide opportunities for public input to the NEMSAC. The purpose of NEMSAC, a nationally recognized council of emergency medical services representatives and consumers, is to advise and consult with DOT and the Federal Interagency Committee on Emergency Medical Services (FICEMS) on matters relating to emergency medical services (EMS).



FMVSS Compressed Natural Gas Fuel Container Integrity

This rulemaking would amend the labeling requirement for periodic visual inspection of compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel containers specified in FMVSS No. 304, Compressed natural gas fuel container integrity, in response to petitions for rulemaking from the American Trucking Association and Natural Gas Vehicle America. This rulemaking, with no reduction in safety, would alleviate the cost burden associated with multiple yearly inspections.



Receipt of Petition for Temporary Exemption- Request for comment (FMVSS No 126) and the Airbag Requirements of FMVSS No 208; Saleen Automotive Inc.



Petition Prohibiting Foreign Steering Lock Sales and Production/Establish US Automaker Safety Standard



Inconsequential Noncompliance Petition - Porsche Cars North America, Inc



Inconsequential Noncompliance Petition - Gillig, LLC



Inconsequential Noncompliance Petition - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles



Inconsequential Noncompliance Petition - Kia Motors America



Inconsequential Noncompliance Petition - Mercedes-Benz, USA, LLC



Inconsequential Noncompliance Petition - Pirelli Tire, LLC



Agency Collection Activities; Notice and Request for Comment; Driver Interactions with Advanced Driver Assistance Technologies


NHTSA proposes to perform research involving the collection of information from the public as part of a multi-year effort to learn about drivers’ use of and behavior in interacting with certain advanced driver assistance technologies. The research will involve on-road, semi-naturalistic driving experimentation in which participants who are members of the general public will drive government-owned instrumented production vehicles equipped with driver assistance technologies



Removing Regulatory Barriers for Automatic Driving Systems

This notice seeks comment on existing motor vehicle regulatory barriers to the introduction and certification of automated driving systems. NHTSA is developing the appropriate analysis of requirements that are necessary to maintain the agency’s continued focus on safety while enabling innovative vehicle designs and removing or modifying those requirements that would no longer be appropriate if a human driver will not be operating the vehicle. NHTSA previously published a Federal Register notice requesting public comment on January 18, 2018. In response to comments received from the January notice, the agency initiated this ANPRM to begin the rulemaking process.



Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Record Retention Requirement

This proposal is being issued pursuant to the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act which requires the Secretary of Transportation (Secretary) to extend the period of time manufacturers of motor vehicles, tires and child restraint systems must retain records concerning defects and malfunctions that may be related to motor vehicle safety under the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act (Safety Act). Section 24403 of the FAST Act directs the Secretary to issue a rule increasing the time of record retention to a period not less than ten years, instead of five years as presently required under the regulatory provisions. Pursuant to its delegated authority, NHTSA is proposing to update our regulations in accordance with this mandate. This proposed update is not intended to change the scope of the existing rule, other than as specifically described in this notice, but is intended to aid in efficiently and effectively improving the agency's ability to identify safety defects and noncompliances.



Inconsequential Noncompliance Petition - Volvo Trucks North America



Inconsequential Noncompliance Petition - Mack Trucks Inc



State Notification to Consumers of Motor Vehicle Recall Status


In order to identify owners of vehicles subject to a safety-related recall and provide notification to them, a motor vehicle manufacturer typically contracts with a third party that obtains vehicle registration data for the affected vehicles from State motor vehicle administrations. The motor vehicle manufacturer then notifies owners and purchasers by U.S. Mail about the safety recall and, among other things, about how to obtain a remedy to fix the defect or noncompliance. (3) To obtain a remedy, the consumer must then present the recalled motor vehicle to an authorized dealer for the dealer to remedy the defect or noncompliance.



FMVSS No. 205 Glazing Materials; Proposed Rule; Withdrawal

NHTSA withdraws its June 21, 2012 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), which proposed revising Federal motor vehicle safety standard (FMVSS) No. 205, “Glazing materials,” to harmonize it with Global Technical Regulation (GTR) No. 6, “Safety Glazing Materials for Motor Vehicles and Motor Vehicle Equipment.” Based on the results of the agency's review of available information and analysis of the technically substantive comments on the proposal, NHTSA is unable to conclude at this time that harmonizing FMVSS No. 205 with GTR No. 6 would increase safety.



Inconsequential Noncompliance Petition - Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. Audi Motor Vehicles (FMVSS No. 101)


Affected 2017-2019 MY Audi A3 vehicles display vehicle speed in units of either only miles
per-hour (mph) or only kilometres-per-hour (km/h). Since all vehicles sold in the U.S. must
display vehicle speeds in mph, or mph and km/h, these vehicles fail to fully meet the
requirements set forth in paragraph S5.2.1 of FMVSS No. 101.



Inconsequential Noncompliance Petition - Chrysler (FCA US LLC) (FMVSS No. 108)


Some 2017-2018 MY Dodge Journey vehicles may be equipped with a front amber
side reflex reflector that may not meet the photometric requirements of Federal
Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (“FMVSS”) 108.



Prevalence of Alcohol and Other Drug Use Among Motor Vehicle Crash Victims Admitted to Select Trauma Centers


Hemphill Brothers Leasing Company, LLC (Hemphill) has submitted a petition, dated April 5, 2018, for a temporary exemption from a shoulder belt requirement of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 208, “Occupant crash protection,” for side-facing seats on motorcoaches. NHTSA is publishing this document in accordance with statutory and administrative provisions, and requests comments on the petition and this notice. NHTSA has made no judgment on the merits of Hemphill's petition, except to note a few aspects of the petition that appear not to accord with the provisions of Part 555.

Due Date: April 29, 2019



Nuro, Inc.- Petition for Temporary Exemption for an an Electric Vehicle with an Automated Driving System


Nuro, Inc. (Nuro) has petitioned NHTSA for a temporary exemption from certain requirements in Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 500, which establishes standards for “Low-speed vehicles,” on the basis that an exemption would make the development or field evaluation of a low-emission vehicle easier without unreasonably lowering the safety of that vehicle. The vehicle for which Nuro requests an exemption is a low-speed, highly automated delivery vehicle intended to be operated without any human occupants and thus designed without any seating. Specifically, Nuro requests exemptions from the requirements in FMVSS No. 500 that its vehicle be equipped with rearview mirrors, a windshield that complies with FMVSS No. 205, and a rear visibility (backup camera) system that complies with FMVSS No. 111. Nuro states that the absence of human occupants, combined with the vehicle's various safety design features, including the vehicle's Automated Driving System (ADS), make compliance with these provisions of FMVSS No. 500 either unnecessary for, or detrimental to, the safety of pedestrians and cyclists.

Due Date: May 20, 2019



General Motors, LLC- Petition for Temporary Exemption from Various Requirements of the Safety Standards for an All-Electric Vehicle with an Automated Driving System


In accordance with the procedures in the Temporary Exemption from Motor Vehicle Safety and Bumper Standards, General Motors, LLC, (GM) has applied for a temporary exemption for its driverless “Zero-Emission Autonomous Vehicle” (ZEAV), an all-electric vehicle with an Automated Driving System (ADS), from part of each of 16 Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). The ZEAVs would not be equipped with a steering wheel, manually-operated gear selection mechanism, or foot pedals for braking and accelerating. If the requested exemption were granted, GM would use the ZEAVs to provide on-demand mobility services in GM-controlled fleets.

Due Date: May 20, 2019



Inconsequential Noncompliance Petition - Arai Helmets, LLC (FMVSS No. 218)


The size labels on certain Arai Corsair-X helmets are not attached “permanently.” As such, these helmets fail to comply with the requirements of Federal motor vehicle safety standard (FMVSS) No. 218, Motorcycle Helmets.



Inconsequential Noncompliance Petition - Weldon Division of Akron Brass (FMVSS No. 108)


The white LEDs used for the backup function can fall slightly outside of the
Noncompliance : parameters for the color white on the CIE color chart when tested to the
requirements of S14.4.1.



49 CFR Part 569 and 574, Compliance and Labeling of Motor Vehicle Tires and Rims, Notice and Request for Comments


The labeling of motor vehicle tires and rims with the information required by regulations and standards benefits motor vehicle manufacturers and consumers. Primarily, these labeling requirements help ensure tires are mounted on appropriate rims and the rims and tires are mounted on vehicles for which they were intended. If tires and rims were not labeled, mismatching of tire and rim sizes would likely occur, often resulting in poor tire performance. The absence of the vehicle label specifying vehicle loads, axle loads, and recommended tire inflation pressure would likely result in improper tire selection by a tire dealer or vehicle owner. Mismatching of rims and tires can greatly reduce the performance of tires, may cause tire and rim failure, and may result in vehicle handling and stability problems, which could result in loss of vehicle control.

Date Due: May 21, 2019



Electric Powered Vehicles Electrolyte Spillage and Electrical Shock Protection

This action responds to petitions for reconsideration of a September 27, 2017, final rule updating the electric vehicle standard. NHTSA proposes to update the standard to clarify direct contact protection requirements for high voltage connectors and to make minor technical corrections.

Due Date: March 15, 2019



Inconsequential Noncompliance Petition - Daimler Trucks North America, LLC



Inconsequential Noncompliance Petition - Pirelli Tire, LLC



Inconsequential Noncompliance Petition - Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (FMVSS No. 108)


The affected vehicles fail to conform to FMVSS 108, S9.3.6 Turn signal lamp failure as they do not have the "fast flashing" turn signal indicator for the left rear turn signal. If the left rear turn signal LED array were to become
inoperative, the required "fast flashing" turn signal indicator would not be present to notify the driver that the left rear turn signal was not working.  Failure to properly signal direction of the vehicle to surrounding traffic could result in a crash. A notification that the left turn signal has failed will still appear in the instrument panel to alert the driver. For any other potential turn signal location faults, the indicator operates in accordance with the regulatory requirements and provides the required notification.



Multidet - Decision that Certain Nonconforming Motor Vehicles are Eligible for Importation


This document announces decisions by NHTSA that certain motor vehicles 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 originally manufactured for sale in the United States and certified by their manufacturers as complying with the safety standards, and are capable of being readily altered to conform to the standards.



Petition for Rulemaking to Promulgate Regulations Prohibiting The Issurance, Reliance On, or Defense of Improper Agency Guidance


The FMVSS require that rear impact guards on commercial motor vehicles include a certification label, indicating
that the component meets the FMVSS requirements for rear impact guards.



National Emergency Medical Services Information System (NEMSIS)—State Submission to National EMS Database


Collection of Emergency Medical Services Data