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General Motors, LLC, Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance


American Government Topics:  Cadillac XTS

General Motors, LLC, Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance

Jeffrey M. Giuseppe
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
August 15, 2014


[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 158 (Friday, August 15, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 48294-48295]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-19303]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

[Docket No. NHTSA-2013-0081; Notice 2]


General Motors, LLC, Grant of Petition for Decision of 
Inconsequential Noncompliance

AGENCY: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, DOT.

ACTION: Grant of petition.

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SUMMARY: General Motors, LLC (GM) has determined that certain model 
year 2013 Cadillac XTS passenger cars do not fully comply with 
paragraph S9.1.1 of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 
108, Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment. GM has filed 
an appropriate report dated May 16, 2013, pursuant to 49 CFR part 573, 
Defect and Noncompliance Responsibility and Reports.

ADDRESSES: For further information on this decision contact Mike Cole, 
Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance, the National Highway Traffic 
Safety Administration (NHTSA), telephone (202) 366-2334, facsimile 
(202) 366-5930.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    I. GM's Petition: Pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 30118(d) and 30120(h) (see 
implementing rule at 49 CFR part 556), GM submitted a petition for an 
exemption from the notification and remedy requirements of 49 U.S.C. 
Chapter 301 on the basis that this noncompliance is inconsequential to 
motor vehicle safety.
    Notice of receipt of the petition was published, with a 30-day 
public comment period, on November 1, 2013 in the Federal Register (78 
FR 65761). No comments were received. To view the petition and all 
supporting documents log onto the Federal Docket Management System 
(FDMS) Web site at: http://www.regulations.gov/. Then follow the online 
search instructions to locate docket number ``NHTSA-2013-0081.''
    II. Vehicles Involved: Affected are approximately 24,139 model year 
2013 Cadillac XTS passenger cars manufactured from February 2, 2012 to 
May 2, 2013.
    III. Noncompliance: GM has determined that the turn signal in the 
subject vehicles does not fully comply with paragraph S9.1.1 of FMVSS 
No. 108, which requires an active turn signal to cancel when the 
steering wheel is rotated. On some of the vehicles, the turn signal may 
occasionally not self-cancel by steering wheel rotation. The turn 
signal can be cancelled manually.
    IV. Rule Text: Paragraph S9.1.1 of FMVSS No. 108 specifically 
states:

    S9.1 Turn signal operating unit.
    S9.1.1 The turn signal operating unit installed on passenger 
cars, multipurpose passenger vehicles, trucks, and buses less than 
2032 mm in overall width must be self-canceling by steering wheel 
rotation and capable of cancellation by a manually operated control.

    V. Summary of GM's Analyses: GM stated its belief that the subject 
noncompliance is inconsequential to

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motor vehicle safety for the following reasons:
    This condition is inconsequential to motor vehicle safety for the 
following reasons:
    1. Manual operation of the turn signal is unaffected. The driver 
can manually cancel the turn signal in the rare event the self-
cancelling feature does not work.
    2. If the turn signal does not self-cancel, the driver is alerted 
to the fact that the turn signal remains on through multiple means:
    a. The turn signal telltale continues to flash;
    b. The audible turn signal indicator persists as long as the turn 
signal is active;
    c. The redundant turn signals (mounted on the outer edge of both 
outboard mirrors) that are visible to the driver continue to flash as 
long as the turn signal is active;
    d. After traveling \3/4\ of a mile with the turn signal active, a 
Driver Information Center message, ``TURN SIGNAL ON,'' is displayed 
indicating a turn signal has been left on; and
    e. The DIC message is accompanied by a single chime to alert the 
driver to the DIC message indicating the turn signal is still active.
    3. GM records as of the week of 13 May 2013 indicate the condition 
declares itself early and is nearly always repaired within the first 
few months of service.
    a. GM does not have a specific labor code for the subject 
condition. Through a search of all possibly related labor codes, GM 
found nineteen repairs that might possibly be associated with subject 
condition. Even conservatively including all nineteen repairs as 
related to the subject condition, the resulting warranty rate is 
projected very low at 1.8 IPTV in 36 Month in Service.
    b. Of the nineteen repairs, five were repaired prior to customer 
delivery and nine were repaired in the first 2 months in service.
    4. NHTSA has previously granted petitions for inconsequential that 
are similar to the subject noncompliance.
    GM has additionally informed NHTSA that it has corrected the 
noncompliance so that all future production vehicles will comply with 
FMVSS No. 108.
    In summation, GM believes that the described noncompliance of the 
subject vehicles is inconsequential to motor vehicle safety, and that 
its petition, to exempt from providing recall notification of 
noncompliance as required by 49 U.S.C. 30118 and remedying the recall 
noncompliance as required by 49 U.S.C. 30120 should be granted.

NHTSA's Decision

    NHTSA's Analysis: We have concluded that the vehicle, in addition 
to the required telltales, will alert the driver through multiple and 
persistent means when the turn signal is still active, and that the 
driver will be able to cancel the turn signal by using a manually 
operated control.
    NHTSA's Decision: In consideration of the foregoing, NHTSA has 
decided that GM has met its burden of persuasion that the FMVSS No. 108 
noncompliance is inconsequential to motor vehicle safety. Accordingly, 
GM's petition is hereby granted and GM is exempted from the obligation 
of providing notification of, and a remedy for, that noncompliance 
under 49 U.S.C. 30118 and 30120.
    NHTSA notes that the statutory provisions (49 U.S.C. 30118(d) and 
30120(h)) that permit manufacturers to file petitions for a 
determination of inconsequentiality allow NHTSA to exempt manufacturers 
only from the duties found in sections 30118 and 30120, respectively, 
to notify owners, purchasers, and dealers of a defect or noncompliance 
and to remedy the defect or noncompliance. Therefore, this decision 
only applies to the subject noncompliant vehicles that GM no longer 
controlled at the time it determined that the noncompliance existed. 
However, the granting of this petition does not relieve vehicle 
distributors and dealers of the prohibitions on the sale, offer for 
sale, or introduction or delivery for introduction into interstate 
commerce of the noncompliant vehicles under their control after GM 
notified them that the subject noncompliance existed.

    Authority:  (49 U.S.C. 30118, 30120: delegations of authority at 
49 CFR 1.95 and 501.8).

Jeffrey M. Giuseppe,
Acting Director, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance.
[FR Doc. 2014-19303 Filed 8-14-14; 8:45 am]
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