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Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements

American Government Special Collections Reference Desk

American Government

Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements

Lori K. Summers
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
March 21, 2014


[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 55 (Friday, March 21, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 15797-15799]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-06152]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

[Docket No. NHTSA-2014-0030]


Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements

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

ACTION: Request for extension of a currently approved collection of 
information.

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SUMMARY: This notice solicits public comments on continuation of the 
requirements for the collection of information on safety standards. 
Before

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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 labeling information on 
five Federal motor vehicle safety standards, for which NHTSA intends to 
seek OMB approval. The labeling requirements include brake fluid 
warning, glazing labeling, safety belt labeling, and vehicle 
certification labeling.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before May 20, 2014.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments (identified by the DOT Docket ID 
Number above) by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Potal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting 
comments.
     Mail: Docket Management Facility; M-30, U.S. Department of 
Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Rm. W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.
     Hand Delivery or Courier: West Building Ground Floor, Room 
W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590 between 9 
a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, except Federal 
holidays.
     Fax: (202) 493-2251.
    Regardless of how you submit your comments, you should mention the 
docket number of this document. You may call the Docket at (202) 366-
9324. Please identify the proposed collection of information for which 
a comment is provided, by referencing its OMB clearance Number. It is 
requested, but not required, that two copies of the comment be 
provided.
    Note that all comments received will be posted without change to 
http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information 
provided. 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).
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments received, go to http://www.regulations.gov or the street 
address listed above. Follow the online instructions for accessing the 
dockets.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Complete copies of each request for 
collection of information may be obtained at no charge from Ms. Lori 
Summers, U.S. Department of Transportation, NHTSA, Room W43-320, 1200 
New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. Mrs. Summers's telephone 
number is (202) 366-4917 and fax number is (202) 366-7002.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 
before a proposed collection of information is submitted to OMB for 
approval, Federal agencies 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 5CFR 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: Consolidated Labeling Requirements for Motor Vehicles 
(except the VIN) OMB Control Number: 2127-0512.
    Requested Expiration Date of Approval: Three years from the 
approval date.
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Affected Public: Businesses.
    Summary of the Collection of Information: 49 U.S.C. 30111 
authorizes the issuance of Federal motor vehicle safety standards 
(FMVSS) and regulations. The agency, in prescribing a FMVSS or 
regulations, considers available relevant motor vehicle safety data, 
and consults with other agencies, as it deems appropriate. Further, the 
statute mandates that in issuing any FMVSS or regulation, the agency 
considers whether the standard or regulation is ``reasonable, 
practicable and appropriate for the particular type of motor vehicle or 
item of motor vehicle equipment for which it is prescribed,'' and 
whether such a standard will contribute to carrying out the purpose of 
the Act.
    The Secretary is authorized to invoke such rules and regulations, 
as deemed necessary to carry out these requirements. Using this 
authority, the agency issued the following FMVSS and regulations, 
specifying labeling requirements to aid the agency in achieving many of 
its safety goals:

FMVSS No. 105, ``Hydraulic and electric brake systems,''
FMVSS No. 135, ``Light vehicle brake systems,''
FMVSS No. 205, ``Glazing materials,''
FMVSS No. 209, ``Seat belt assemblies,'' and
Part 567, ``Certification.''

    This notice requests comments on the labeling requirements of these 
FMVSS and regulations.
    FMVSS No. 105, ``Hydraulic and electric brake systems'' and FMVSS 
No. 135, ``Light vehicle brake systems,'' require that each vehicle 
shall have a brake fluid warning statement in letters at least one-
eighth of an inch high on the master cylinder reservoirs and located so 
as to be visible by direct view.
    FMVSS No. 205, ``Glazing materials,'' provides labeling 
requirements for glazing and motor vehicle manufacturers. In accordance 
with the standard, NHTSA requires each new motor vehicle glazing 
manufacturer to request and be assigned a unique mark or number. This 
number is then used by the manufacturer as their unique company 
identification on their self-certification label on each piece of motor 
vehicle glazing. As part of that certification label, the company must 
identify with the simple two or three digit number assigned by the 
agency and the model of the glazing. In addition to these requirements, 
which apply to all glazing, certain specialty glazing items, such as 
standee windows in buses, roof openings, and interior partitions made 
of plastic require that the manufacturer affix a removable label to 
each item. The label specifies cleaning instructions, which will 
minimize the loss of transparency.

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Other information may be provided by the manufacturer but is not 
required.
    FMVSS No. 209, ``Seat belt assemblies,'' requires safety belts to 
be labeled with the year of manufacture, the model, and the name or 
trademark of the manufacturer (S4.1(j)). Additionally replacement 
safety belts that are for use only in specifically stated motor 
vehicles must have labels or accompanying instruction sheets to specify 
the applicable vehicle models and seating positions (S4.1(k)). All 
other replacement belts are required to be accompanied by an 
installation instruction sheet (S4.1(k)).
    Seat belt assemblies installed as original equipment in new motor 
vehicles need not be required to be labeled with position/model 
information. This information is only useful if the assembly is removed 
with the intention of using the assembly as a replacement in another 
vehicle; this is not a common practice.
    Part 567, ``Certification,'' requires each manufacturer or 
distributor of motor vehicles to furnish to the dealer, or distributor 
of the vehicle, a certification that the vehicle meets all applicable 
FMVSS. This certification is required by that provision to be in the 
form of a label permanently affixed to the vehicle. Under 49 U.S.C. 
32504, vehicle manufacturers are directed to make a similar 
certification with regard to bumper standards. To implement this 
requirement, NHTSA issued 49 CFR Part 567. The agency's regulations 
establish form and content requirements for the certification labels.
    Description of the Likely Respondents (Including Estimated Number 
and Proposed Frequency of Response to the Collection of Information): 
NHTSA anticipates that approximately 25 new prime glazing manufactures 
per year will contact the agency and request a manufacturer 
identification number. These new glazing manufacturers must submit one 
letter, one time, identifying their company. In turn, the agency 
responds by assigning them a unique manufacturer number. For other 
collections in this notice, no response is necessary from 
manufacturers. These labels are only required to be placed on each 
master cylinder reservoir, each safety belt and every motor vehicle 
intended for retain sale in the United States. Therefore, the number of 
respondents is not applicable.
    Estimate of the Total Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Burden 
Resulting from the Collection of Information: NHTSA estimates that all 
manufacturers will need a total of 74,091 hours to comply with these 
requirements, at a total annual cost of 1,481,320.
    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.

    Authority:  44 U.S.C. 3506(c); delegation of authority at 49 CFR 
1.50.

Lori K. Summers,
Director, Office of Crashworthiness Standards.
[FR Doc. 2014-06152 Filed 3-20-14; 8:45 am]
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