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The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance


American Government Topics:  Goodyear

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance

Jeffrey M. Giuseppe
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
14 November 2016


[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 219 (Monday, November 14, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 79557-79558]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-27275]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

[Docket No. NHTSA-2016-0107; Notice 1]


The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Receipt of Petition for 
Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance

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

ACTION: Receipt of petition.

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SUMMARY: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (Goodyear), has determined 
that certain Goodyear tires do not fully comply with paragraph S6.5(f) 
of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 119, New pneumatic 
tires for motor vehicles with a GVWR of more than 4,536 kilograms 
(10,000 pounds) and motorcycles. Goodyear filed a report dated 
September 27, 2016, pursuant to 49 CFR part 573, Defect and 
Noncompliance Responsibility and Reports. Goodyear then petitioned 
NHTSA under 49 CFR part 556 for a decision that the subject 
noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety.

DATES: The closing date for comments on the petition is December 14, 
2016.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written data, 
views, and arguments on this petition. Comments must refer to the 
docket and notice number cited in the title of this notice and 
submitted by any of the following methods:
     Mail: Send comments by mail addressed to U.S. Department 
of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, 
Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.
     Hand Delivery: Deliver comments by hand to U.S. Department 
of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, 
Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. The 
Docket Section is open on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except 
Federal Holidays.
     Electronically: Submit comments electronically by logging 
onto the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Web site at https://www.regulations.gov/. Follow the online instructions for submitting 
comments.
     Comments may also be faxed to (202) 493-2251.
    Comments must be written in the English language, and be no greater 
than 15 pages in length, although there is no limit to the length of 
necessary attachments to the comments. If comments are submitted in 
hard copy form, please ensure that two copies are provided. If you wish 
to receive confirmation that comments you have submitted by mail were 
received, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard with the 
comments. Note that all comments received will be posted without change 
to https://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information 
provided.
    All comments and supporting materials received before the close of 
business on the closing date indicated above will be filed in the 
docket and will be considered. All comments and supporting materials 
received after the closing date will also be filed and will be 
considered to the fullest extent possible.
    When the petition is granted or denied, notice of the decision will 
also be published in the Federal Register pursuant to the authority 
indicated at the end of this notice.
    All comments, background documentation, and supporting materials 
submitted to the docket may be viewed by anyone at the address and

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times given above. The documents may also be viewed on the Internet at 
https://www.regulations.gov by following the online instructions for 
accessing the dockets. The docket ID number for this petition is shown 
in the heading of this notice.
    DOT's complete Privacy Act Statement is available for review in a 
Federal Register notice published on April 11, 2000, (65 FR 19477-78).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    I. Overview: Pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 30118(d) and 30120(h) and their 
implementing regulations at 49 CFR part 556, Goodyear 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 as it relates to motor vehicle safety.
    This notice of receipt of Goodyear's petition is published under 49 
U.S.C. 30118 and 30120 and does not represent any agency decision or 
other exercise of judgment concerning the merits of the petition.
    II. Tires Involved: Affected are approximately 381 Goodyear G182 
RSD size 11R22.5 LR G commercial truck tires manufactured between July 
3, 2016, and August 20, 2016.
    III. Noncompliance: Goodyear explains that because the sidewall 
markings on the reference side of the subject tires incorrectly 
identify the number of plies as ``TREAD 4 PLIES STEEL CORD'' instead of 
the correct labelling ``TREAD 5 PLIES STEEL CORD,'' the tires do not 
meet the requirements of paragraph S6.5(f) of FMVSS No. 119.
    IV. Rule Text: Paragraph S6.5(f) of FMVSS No. 119 provides, in 
pertinent part:

    S6.5 Tire markings. Except as specified in this paragraph, each 
tire shall be marked on each sidewall with the information specified 
in paragraphs (a) through (j) of this section . . .
    (f) The actual number of plies and the composition of the ply 
cord material in the sidewall and, if different, in the tread area; 
. . .

    V. Summary of Goodyear's Petition: Goodyear described the subject 
noncompliance and stated its belief that the noncompliance is 
inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety.
    In support of its petition, Goodyear submitted the following:
    Goodyear believes this noncompliance is inconsequential to motor 
vehicle safety because these tires were manufactured as designed and 
meet or exceed all applicable Federal Motor Vehicles Safety performance 
standards. All of the sidewall markings related to tire service (load 
capacity, corresponding inflation pressure, etc.) are correct. Even 
though the tires were labeled incorrectly as ``TREAD 4 PLIES STEEL 
CORD'' on one side of the tires, the tires were manufactured with 
``TREAD 5 PLIES STEEL CORD'', which is correctly marked on the opposite 
tire sidewall. The mislabeling of these tires is not a safety concern 
and also has no impact on the retreading and recycling industries. The 
affected tire mold has already been corrected and all future production 
will have the correct number of plies shown on both sidewalls.
    Goodyear noted that NHTSA has previously granted petitions for the 
same noncompliance related to tire construction information on tires 
because of surveys that show most consumers do not base purchases on 
tire construction information found on the tire sidewall.
    Goodyear concluded by expressing the belief that the subject 
noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety, 
and that its petition to be exempted from providing notification of the 
noncompliance, as required by 49 U.S.C. 30118, and a remedy for the 
noncompliance, as required by 49 U.S.C. 30120, should be granted.
    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, any decision on 
this petition only applies to the subject tires that Goodyear no longer 
controlled at the time it determined that the noncompliance existed. 
However, any decision on this petition does not relieve tire 
distributors and dealers of the prohibitions on the sale, offer for 
sale, or introduction or delivery for introduction into interstate 
commerce of the noncompliant tires under their control after Goodyear 
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,
Director, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance.
[FR Doc. 2016-27275 Filed 11-10-16; 8:45 am]
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