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Reports, Forms, and Record Keeping Requirements

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Reports, Forms, and Record Keeping Requirements

Claude H. Harris
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
December 3, 2013


[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 232 (Tuesday, December 3, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 72750-72751]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-28874]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

[Docket Number NHTSA-2013-0129]


Reports, Forms, and Record Keeping Requirements

AGENCY: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 
Department of Transportation.

ACTION: Request for public comment on a proposed collection of 
information.

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SUMMARY: 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.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before February 3, 2014.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments [identified by DOT Docket No. NHTSA-
2013-0129] by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting 
comments.
     Mail: Docket Management Facility: U.S. Department of 
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, 
Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001
     Hand Delivery or Courier: West Building Ground Floor, Room 
W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Telephone: 1-800-647-
5527.
     Fax: 202-493-2251.
    Instructions: All submissions must include the agency name and 
docket number for this proposed collection of information. Note that 
all comments received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. 
Please see the Privacy Act heading below.
    Privacy Act: Anyone is able to search the electronic form of all 
comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual 
submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf 
of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review DOT's 
complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on 
April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477-78) or you may visit http://DocketInfo.dot.gov.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments received, go to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the 
online instructions for accessing the dockets. Alternately, you may 
visit in person the Docket Management Facility at the street address 
listed above.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Coleman Sachs, Office of Vehicle 
Safety Compliance (NVS-223), National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, West Building--4th Floor-Room W43-481, 1200 New Jersey 
Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. Mr. Sachs' telephone number is (202) 
366-3151. Please identify the relevant collection of information by 
referring to its OMB Control Number.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 
before an agency submits a proposed collection of information to OMB 
for approval, it must first publish a document in the Federal Register 
providing a 60-day comment period and otherwise consult with members of 
the public and affected agencies concerning each proposed collection of 
information. The OMB has promulgated regulations describing what must 
be included in such a document. Under OMB's regulation (at 5 CFR 
1320.8(d)), an agency must ask for public comment on the following:
    (i) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for 
the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including 
whether the information will have practical utility;
    (ii) The accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used;
    (iii) How to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected;
    (iv) How to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology, e.g. permitting electronic 
submission of responses.
    In compliance with these requirements, NHTSA asks for public 
comments on the following proposed collection of information:
    Title: 49 CFR part 566 Manufacturer Identification.
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    OMB Control Number: 2127-0043.
    Affected Public: New manufacturers of motor vehicles and motor 
vehicle equipment subject to the Federal motor vehicle safety 
standards.
    Requested Expiration Date of Approval: April 30, 2017.
    Form Number: None.
    Abstract: If a motor vehicle or item of replacement motor vehicle 
equipment contains a defect related to motor vehicle safety or fails to 
comply with an applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standard, the 
manufacturer is required under 49 U.S.C. 30118 to furnish notification 
of the defect or noncompliance to the Secretary of Transportation, as 
well as to owners, purchasers, and dealers of the motor vehicle or 
replacement equipment, and to remedy the defect or noncompliance 
without charge to the owner. To ensure that manufacturers are meeting 
these and other responsibilities under the statutes and regulations 
administered by NHTSA, the agency issued 49 CFR part 566, Manufacturer 
Identification. The

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regulations in part 566 require manufacturers of motor vehicles or 
motor vehicle equipment, other than tires, to which a Federal motor 
vehicle safety standard (FMVSS) applies, to submit to NHTSA, on a one-
time basis, identifying information on themselves and a description of 
the products that they manufacture to those standards.
    The information that must be submitted includes: a) The full 
individual, partnership, or corporate name of the manufacturer; b) the 
residence address of the manufacturer and State of incorporation if 
applicable; and c) a description of each type of motor vehicle or of 
covered equipment manufactured by the manufacturer, including, for 
motor vehicles, the approximate ranges of gross vehicle weight ratings 
(GVWR) for each type. The regulations specify that the description may 
be of a general type, such as ``passenger cars'' or ``brake fluid,'' 
but that in the case of multipurpose passenger vehicles, trucks, and 
trailers, the description shall be specific enough to indicate the 
types of use for which the vehicles are intended, such as ``tank 
trailer,'' ``motor home,'' or ``cargo van.'' See 49 CFR 566.5(c)(1) and 
(2).
    The regulations further specify that in the case of motor vehicles 
produced in two or more stages, if the manufacturer is an incomplete 
vehicle manufacturer, the description shall so state and include a 
description indicating the stage of completion of the vehicle and, 
where known, the types of use for which the vehicle is intended, such 
as ``Incomplete vehicle manufacturer--Chassis-cab intended for 
completion as a van-type truck.'' See 49 CFR 566.5(c)(3). The 
regulations also specify that if the manufacturer is an intermediate 
manufacturer, or a final stage manufacturer of a vehicle manufactured 
in two or more stages, the description shall so state and include a 
brief description of the work performed, such as ``Multipurpose 
passenger vehicles: Motor homes with GVWR from 8,000 to 12,000 pounds. 
Final-stage manufacturer--add body to bare chassis.'' Ibid.
    The information must be submitted no later than 30 days after the 
manufacturer begins to manufacture motor vehicles or motor vehicle 
equipment subject to the FMVSS. No specific form need be used for the 
submission of this information. A suggested form that can be used to 
submit the required information is included on pages 35 and 36 of a 
handbook entitled Requirements for Manufacturers of Motor Vehicles and 
Motor Vehicle Equipment that can be accessed on the agency's Web site 
at www.nhtsa.gov/cars/rules/maninfo. A description of the reporting 
requirement is included on pages 8 and 9 of the handbook.
    Manufacturers who have previously submitted identifying information 
must ensure that the information on file is accurate and complete by 
submitting revised information no later than 30 days after a change in 
the business that affects the validity of that information has 
occurred.
    In 2010, NHTSA received submissions of manufacturer identifying 
information under 49 CFR part 566 from 487 manufacturers. In 2011, the 
agency received 585 such submissions. In 2012, the agency received 526. 
Based on this volume of submissions, the agency projects that it will 
receive approximately 533 part 566 submissions from manufacturers in 
each of the next three years. Assuming that it will take a manufacturer 
15 minutes to prepare a letter containing the requested information or 
to complete the suggested form, the agency estimates that 133 hours 
will be expended on an annual basis by all manufacturers required to 
submit part 566 identifying information.
    Description of the Likely Respondents (Including Estimated Number 
and Proposed Frequency of Responses to the Collection of Information): 
The agency estimates that it will receive new submissions of 
manufacturer identifying information under part 566 from approximately 
533 manufacturers of motor vehicles and regulated items of motor 
vehicle equipment per year. The manufacturers need only submit the 
required information on a one-time basis, with the proviso that they 
notify the agency of any changes in the information on file within 30 
days from the date that any change in that information occurs.
    Estimate of the Total Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Burden of 
the Collection of Information: 133 hours.
    Estimate of the Total Annual Costs of the Collection of 
Information: Assuming that the letter or form that is used to submit 
part 566 information is completed by company officers or employees 
compensated at an average rate of $30.00 per hour, the agency estimates 
that $3,990 will be expended on an annual basis by all manufacturers 
required to submit that information.
    Comments are invited on: Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the Department, including whether the information will have practical 
utility; the accuracy of the Department's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed information collection; ways to enhance the quality, utility 
and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize 
the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including 
the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of 
information technology.

    Issued on: November 23, 2013.
Claude H. Harris,
Director, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance.
[FR Doc. 2013-28874 Filed 12-2-13; 8:45 am]
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