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Technical Report Evaluating Fatality Reduction by Electronic Stability Control

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Technical Report Evaluating Fatality Reduction by Electronic Stability Control

Terry Shelton
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
May 21, 2014


[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 98 (Wednesday, May 21, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 29264-29265]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-11666]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

[Docket No. NHTSA-2014-0053]


Technical Report Evaluating Fatality Reduction by Electronic 
Stability Control

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

ACTION: Request for comments on technical report.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces NHTSA's publication of a technical 
report evaluating the fatality-reducing effectiveness of electronic 
stability control for passenger cars and LTVs. The report's title is: 
Updated Estimates of Fatality Reduction by Electronic Stability 
Control.

DATES: Comments must be received no later than September 18, 2014.

ADDRESSES:
    Report: The technical report is available on the Internet for 
viewing in PDF format at http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812020.pdf. 
You may obtain a copy of the report free of charge by sending a self-
addressed mailing label to Nathan K. Greenwell (NVS-431), National 
Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Room W53-312, 1200 New Jersey 
Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.
    Comments: You may submit comments [identified by Docket Number 
NHTSA-2014-0053] by any of the following methods:
     Internet: To submit comments electronically, go to the 
U.S. Government regulations Web site at http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
     Fax: Written comments may be faxed to 202-493-2251.
     Mail: Send comments to Docket Management Facility, U.S. 
Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building 
Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590.
     Hand Delivery: If you plan to submit written comments by 
hand or courier, please do so at 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West 
Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC between 9 a.m. and 
5 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, except federal holidays.
     You may call Docket Management at 1-800-647-5527.
    Instructions: For detailed instructions on submitting comments and 
additional information see the Comments heading of the SUPPLEMENTARY 
INFORMATION section of this document. 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 
in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nathan K. Greenwell, Mathematical 
Statistician, Evaluation Division, NVS-431, National Center for 
Statistics and Analysis, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, Room W53-312, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, 
DC 20590. Telephone: 202-366-3860. Email: nathan.greenwell@dot.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Electronic stability control (ESC) systems 
use automatic computer-controlled braking of individual wheels to 
assist the driver in maintaining control in critical driving 
situations. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 126 has required 
ESC on all new passenger cars, multipurpose passenger vehicles, trucks, 
and buses with a GVWR of 10,000 pounds or less: 100 Percent of new 
vehicles since September 1, 2011 (72 FR 17236). NHTSA issued 
statistical evaluations of ESC in 2004, 2007, and 2011, based on the 
most recent crash data available at the time (72 FR 41582, 76 FR 
49532), which showed statistically significant reductions of fatal 
rollovers and impacts with fixed objects. The technical report updates 
the analyses with Fatal Accident Reporting System data through calendar 
year 2011. The analyses show the following statistically significant 
reductions of fatal crash involvements. Fatal first-event rollovers are 
reduced by 60 percent in cars and by 74 percent in LTVs. Other fatal 
single-vehicle crashes (excluding collisions with pedestrians or 
bicyclists) are reduced by 31 percent in cars and 45 percent in LTVs. 
Involvements as the culpable vehicle in fatal multi-vehicle crashes are 
reduced by 16 percent in cars and LTVs.

Comments

How can I influence NHTSA's thinking on this subject?

    NHTSA welcomes public review of the technical report. NHTSA will 
submit to the Docket a response to the comments and, if appropriate, 
will supplement or revise the report.

How do I prepare and submit comments?

    Your comments must be written and in English. To ensure that your 
comments are correctly filed in the Docket, please include the Docket 
number of this document (NHTSA-2014-0053) in your comments.
    Your primary comments must not be more than 15 pages long (49 CFR 
553.21). However, you may attach additional documents to your primary 
comments. There is no limit on the length of the attachments.
    Please submit one copy of your comments, including the attachments, 
to Docket Management at the address given above under ADDRESSES.
    Please note that pursuant to the Data Quality Act, in order for 
substantive data to be relied upon and used by the agency, it must meet 
the information quality standards set forth in the OMB and DOT Data 
Quality Act guidelines. Accordingly, we encourage you to consult the 
guidelines in preparing your comments. OMB's guidelines may be accessed 
at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/fedreg_reproducible. DOT's guidelines 
may be accessed at http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/subject_areas/statistical_policy_and_research/data_quality_guidelines/index.html.
    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://www.regulations.gov.

How can I be sure that my comments were received?

    If you wish Docket Management to notify you upon its receipt of 
your comments, enclose a self-addressed,

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stamped postcard in the envelope containing your comments. Upon 
receiving your comments, Docket Management will return the postcard by 
mail. You may also periodically access http://www.regulations.gov and 
enter the number for this docket (NHTSA-2014-0053) to see if your 
comments are on line.

How do I submit confidential business information?

    If you wish to submit any information under a claim of 
confidentiality, you should submit three copies of your complete 
submission, including the information you claim to be confidential 
business information, to the Chief Counsel, NHTSA, U.S. Department of 
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. In 
addition, you should submit a copy, from which you have deleted the 
claimed confidential business information, to Docket Management at the 
address given above under ADDRESSES. When you send a comment containing 
information claimed to be confidential business information, you should 
include a cover letter setting forth the information specified in our 
confidential business information regulation. (49 CFR Part 512.)

Will the agency consider late comments?

    In our response, we will consider all comments that Docket 
Management receives before the close of business on the comment closing 
date indicated above under DATES. To the extent possible, we will also 
consider comments that Docket Management receives after that date.

How can I read the comments submitted by other people?

    You may read the comments received by Docket Management at the 
address given above under ADDRESSES. The hours of the Docket are 
indicated above in the same location.
    You may also see the comments on the Internet. To read the comments 
on the Internet, take the following steps:
    (1) Go to the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) at http://www.regulations.gov.
    (2) FDMS provides two basic methods of searching to retrieve 
dockets and docket materials that are available in the system: (a) 
``Quick Search'' to search using a full-text search engine, or (b) 
``Advanced Search,'' which displays various indexed fields such as the 
docket name, docket identification number, phase of the action, 
initiating office, date of issuance, document title, document 
identification number, type of document, Federal Register reference, 
CFR citation, etc. Each data field in the advanced search may be 
searched independently or in combination with other fields, as desired. 
Each search yields a simultaneous display of all available information 
found in FDMS that is relevant to the requested subject or topic.
    (3) You may download the comments. However, since the comments are 
imaged documents, instead of word processing documents, the ``pdf'' 
versions of the documents are word searchable.
    Please note that even after the comment closing date, we will 
continue to file relevant information in the Docket as it becomes 
available. Further, some people may submit late comments. Accordingly, 
we recommend that you periodically check the Docket for new material.

    Authority: 49 U.S.C. 30111, 30181-83 delegation of authority at 
49 CFR 1.95 and 501.8.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on May 15, 2014.
Terry Shelton,
Associate Administrator for the National Center for Statistics and 
Analysis.
[FR Doc. 2014-11666 Filed 5-20-14; 8:45 am]
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