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Reports, Forms, and Record Keeping Requirements

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Reports, Forms, and Record Keeping Requirements

Jeff Michael
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
8 March 2016

[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 45 (Tuesday, March 8, 2016)]
[Pages 12196-12197]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-05091]



National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

[U.S. DOT Docket No. NHTSA-2016-0011]

Reports, Forms, and Record Keeping Requirements

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

ACTION: Request for public comment on proposed collection of 


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 reinstatements 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 May 9, 2016.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by DOT Docket ID Number 
NHTSA-2016-0011 using any of the following methods:
    Electronic submissions: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow 
the online instructions for submitting comments.
    Mail: Docket Management Facility, M-30, U.S. Department of 
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, 
Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590.
    Hand Delivery: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday 
through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
    Instructions: Each submission must include the Agency name and the 
Docket number for this Notice. Note that all comments received will be 
posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov including any 
personal information provided.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alan Block, Office of Behavioral 
Safety Research (NPD-310), National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., W46-499, Washington, DC 
20590. Mr. Block's phone number is 202-366-6401 and his email address 
is Alan.Block@dot.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 
before an agency submits a proposed collection of information to OMB 
for approval, it must 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 regulations (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; and
    (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 public comment on 
the following proposed collection of information:
    Title: Awareness & Availability of Child Passenger Safety 
Information Resources (AACPSIR).
    Type of Request: New information collection requirement.
    OMB Clearance Number: None.
    Form Number: NHTSA Forms 1333 and 1334.
    Requested Expiration Date of Approval: 3 years from date of 
    Summary of the Collection of Information: The National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposes to conduct a national 
web-based survey to estimate parent and caregiver general knowledge of 
child passenger safety (CPS) information resources, awareness and use 
of child restraint system (CRS) inspection stations, and reported 
barriers to CRS inspection station use. The survey will also examine 
the relationship between parent and caregiver confidence in installing 
CRSs, risk perception, and intent to visit an inspection station. NHTSA 
will contact a maximum of 32,000 households to obtain 1,400 completed 
interviews. NHTSA will use a 5 minute screening instrument to determine 
survey eligibility. Households will be eligible if they have at least 
one adult who regularly travels with a child between the ages of 0 and 
9 in their personal vehicles. Households with an eligible participant 
will be asked by NHTSA to complete a 15 minute interview. Spanish 
translation services will be provided.
    Description of the Need for the Information and Proposed Use of the 
Information--NHTSA was established by the Highway Safety Act of 1970 
(23 U.S.C. 101) to carry out a Congressional mandate to reduce the 
mounting number of deaths, injuries, and economic losses resulting from 
motor vehicle crashes on the Nation's highways. As part of this 
statutory mandate, NHTSA is authorized to

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conduct research as a foundation for the development of motor vehicle 
standards and traffic safety programs.
    Data from NHTSA's Fatality Analysis Reporting System show that an 
average of 3 children under the age of 14 died each day in traffic 
crashes in 2013 and an estimated 470 children were injured. Child 
restraint systems (CRSs) are effective at reducing the risk of injury 
during motor vehicle crashes. Research has shown a 28% reduction in 
risk of death for children (aged 2-6 years) compared to seat belts when 
CRSs are installed correctly. Studies have estimated rates of improper 
installation of CRSs to be in the range of 70-80 percent.
    Many information resources are available to aid parents and 
caregivers with proper child restraint system selection and 
installation, including hands-on instruction. In 1998, NHTSA 
implemented a program for training and certifying child passenger 
safety technicians (CPSTs). Presently, Safe Kids Worldwide hosts Child 
Car Seat Inspection Stations nationwide which provide parents and 
caregivers an opportunity to receive one-on-one instruction regarding 
proper use and installation of child restraints from a certified CPST. 
Research has shown that hands-on instruction on CRS installation is 
effective in reducing misuse of seats. Unfortunately, this resource 
seems to be underutilized. Only about one out of ten drivers 
interviewed for the National Child Restraint Use Special Study (NCRUSS) 
reported having their CRS inspected at an inspection station.
    At present, it is unclear what deters and what encourages use of 
Child Car Seat Inspection Stations and CPSTs. One potential barrier is 
parent/caregiver overconfidence leading to overconfident parents and 
caregivers not recognizing the need to visit an inspection station or 
CPST. One example of this is the NCRUSS where misuse was observed in 
46% of cases, but where most drivers reported being confident or very 
confident that they chose the correct car seat/booster seat and 
installed the car seat/booster seat correctly. Potential barriers to 
use don't stop with overconfidence; they could also include logistical 
and practical matters, such as awareness and accessibility.
    Identifying and better understanding the barriers that result in 
underutilization of inspection stations will allow NHTSA and other 
child passenger safety stakeholders to develop effective programs that 
promote and encourage use of this important life-saving resource.
    Description of the Likely Respondents (Including Estimated Number, 
and Proposed Frequency of Response to the Collection of Information)--
Under this proposed data collection, the potential respondent universe 
would be people aged 18 years or older who regularly transport children 
between the ages of 0 and 9 in their personal vehicles. NHTSA will send 
survey requests to a sufficient number of households to obtain 1,400 
completed interviews. The requests will be sent via postal mail.
    Respondents within a household would not be randomly selected. 
Rather, the screener would ask the member of the household who most 
frequently drives children to complete the survey. NHTSA considers this 
to be the person in the household most likely to seek CPS information 
and pursue CPS training at an inspection station, and therefore the 
most appropriate respondent for this survey. Each respondent would 
complete a single survey; there will be no request for additional 
follow-up information or response.
    Throughout the project, the privacy of all participants would be 
protected. Access to the online instrument would be controlled using an 
alphanumeric PIN, with access restricted to using encrypted connection 
via Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificates. To protect the online 
instruments from break-in attempts, the public site would feature 
automatic access lockdown after too many unsuccessful login attempts 
are performed within a short amount of time. Similarly, once an 
interview is completed, the survey would no longer be accessible to 
respondents using their PINs. These two measures protect respondent 
responses from being compromised.
    Personally-identifiable information such as the postal address of 
sample members would be kept separate from the data collected, and 
would be stored in restricted folders on secure password protected 
servers that are only accessible to study staff who have need to access 
such information. In addition, all data collected from respondents will 
be reported in aggregate, and identifying information would not be used 
in any reports resulting from this data collection effort. Rigorous de-
identification procedures would be used during summary and feedback 
stages to prevent respondents from being identified through 
reconstructive means.
    Estimate of the Total Annual Reporting and Record Keeping Burden 
Resulting From the Collection of Information--NHTSA estimates that the 
total respondent burden for this data collection would be 942 hours. A 
sufficient number of invitation letters would be distributed for 7,000 
potential respondents to log onto the Web site and take a 5 minute 
eligibility screener (7,000 * 5 minutes = 35,000 minutes/60 = 583 
hours). Of those who take the eligibility screener, NHTSA estimates 
that 1,400 would complete the full survey which would average 15 
minutes in length (1,400 * 15 minutes = 21,000 minutes/60 = 350 hours). 
The data collection would also include 9 hours of burden for 9 people 
to complete usability testing at 1 hour each to aid survey instrument 
development (9 * 1 hour = 9 hours). The participants would not incur 
any reporting cost from the information collection. The participants 
would also not incur any record keeping burden or record keeping cost 
from the information collection.

    Authority: 44 U.S.C. Section 3506(c)(2)(A).

    Issued in Washington, DC on March 3, 2016.
Jeff Michael,
Associate Administrator, Research and Program Development.
[FR Doc. 2016-05091 Filed 3-7-16; 8:45 am]

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