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Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements

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Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements

Raymond R. Posten
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
8 September 2017


[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 173 (Friday, September 8, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 42575-42576]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-19012]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

[Docket No. NHTSA-2017-0047]


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

DATES: Comments must be received on or before November 7, 2017.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments (identified by the DOT Docket ID 
Number above) 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; 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' 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 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;

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    (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). The agency, in prescribing a FMVSS, 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, the agency considers whether the standard 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, as deemed 
necessary to carry out these requirements. Using this authority, the 
agency issued the following FMVSS, 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,'' and
    FMVSS No. 209, ``Seat belt assemblies.''
    This notice requests comments on the labeling requirements of these 
FMVSS.
    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. The lettering 
shall be permanently affixed, engraved or embossed; located so as to be 
visible by direct view; and of a color that contrasts with its 
background, if it not engraved or embossed.
    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. 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)). Seat 
belt assemblies installed as original equipment in new motor vehicles 
need not be required to be labeled with position/model information.
    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 manufacturers 
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, glazing, and each safety belt intended for 
retail sale in the United Sates. 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 7,874 hours to comply with these 
requirements.
    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.

Raymond R. Posten,
Associate Administrator for Rulemaking.
[FR Doc. 2017-19012 Filed 9-7-17; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4910-59-P

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