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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),Transportation.


Publication of preliminary theft data; request for comments.


This document requests comments on data about passenger motor vehicle thefts that occurred in calendar year (CY) 1998, including theft rates for existing passenger motor vehicle lines manufactured in model year (MY) 1998. The theft data preliminarily indicate that the vehicle theft rate for CY/MY 1998 vehicles (2.53 thefts per thousand vehicles) decreased by 17.05 percent from the theft rate for CY/MY 1997 vehicles (3.05 thefts per thousand vehicles).

Publication of these data fulfills NHTSA's statutory obligation to periodically obtain accurate and timely theft data, and publish the information for review and comment.


Comments must be submitted on or before April 10, 2000.


All comments should refer to the docket number and notice number cited in the heading of this document and be submitted, preferably with two copies to: U.S. Department of Transportation, Dockets, Room PL-401, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590. Docket hours are from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

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Ms. Rosalind Proctor, Office of Planning and Consumer Programs, NHTSA, 400 Seventh Street, SW, Washington, DC 20590. Ms. Proctor's telephone number is (202) 366-0846. Her fax number is (202) 493-2290.

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NHTSA administers a program for reducing motor vehicle theft. The central feature of this program is the Federal Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard, 49 CFR Part 541. The standard specifies performance requirements for inscribing or affixing vehicle identification numbers (VINs) onto certain major original equipment and replacement parts of high-theft lines of passenger motor vehicles.

The agency is required by 49 U.S.C. 33104(b)(4) to periodically obtain, from the most reliable source, accurate and timely theft data, and publish the data for review and comment. To fulfill the § 33104(b)(4) mandate, this document reports the preliminary theft data for CY 1998, the most recent calendar year for which data are available.

In calculating the 1998 theft rates, NHTSA followed the same procedures it used in calculating the MY 1997 theft rates. (For 1997 theft data calculations, see 64 FR 41183, July 29, 1999). As in all previous reports, NHTSA's data were based on information provided to the agency by the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The NCIC is a governmental system that receives vehicle theft information from nearly 23,000 criminal justice agencies and other law enforcement authorities throughout the United States. The NCIC data also include reported thefts of self-insured and uninsured vehicles, not all of which are reported to other data sources.

The 1998 theft rate for each vehicle line was calculated by dividing the number of reported thefts of MY 1998 vehicles of that line stolen during calendar year 1998, by the total number of vehicles in that line manufactured for MY 1998, as reported by manufacturers to the Environmental Protection Agency.

The preliminary 1998 theft data show a decrease in the vehicle theft rate when compared to the theft rate experienced in CY/MY 1997. The preliminary theft rate for MY 1998 passenger vehicles stolen in calendar year 1998 decreased to 2.53 thefts per thousand vehicles produced, a decrease of 17.05 percent from the rate of 3.05 thefts per thousand vehicles experienced by MY 1997 vehicles in CY 1997. For MY 1998 vehicles, out of a total of 196 vehicle lines, 41 lines had a theft rate higher than 3.5826 per thousand vehicles, the Start Printed Page 6251established median theft rate for MYs 1990/1991. (See 59 FR 12400, March 16, 1994). Of the 41 vehicle lines with a theft rate higher than 3.5826, 35 are passenger car lines, six are multipurpose passenger vehicle lines, and none are light-duty truck lines.

In Table I, NHTSA has tentatively ranked each of the MY 1998 vehicle lines in descending order of theft rate. Public comment is sought on the accuracy of the data, including the data for the production volumes of individual vehicle lines.

Comments must not exceed 15 pages in length (49 CFR Part 553.21). Attachments may be appended to these submissions without regard to the 15 page limit. This limitation is intended to encourage commenters to detail their primary arguments in a concise fashion.

If a commenter wishes to submit certain information under a claim of confidentiality, three copies of the complete submission, including purportedly confidential business information, should be submitted to the Chief Counsel, NHTSA, at the street address given above, and two copies from which the purportedly confidential information has been deleted should be submitted to Dockets. A request for confidentiality should be accompanied by a cover letter setting forth the information specified in the agency's confidential business information regulation. 49 CFR Part 512.

All comments received before the close of business on the comment closing date indicated above for this document will be considered, and will be available for examination in the docket at the above address both before and after that date. To the extent possible, comments filed after the closing date will also be considered. Comments on this document will be available for inspection in the docket. NHTSA will continue to file relevant information as it becomes available for inspection in the docket after the closing date, and it is recommended that interested persons continue to examine the docket for new material.

Those persons desiring to be notified upon receipt of their comments in the rules docket should enclose a self-addressed, stamped postcard in the envelope with their comments. Upon receiving the comments, the docket supervisor will return the postcard by mail.

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Authority: 49 U.S.C. 33101, 33102 and 33104; delegation of authority at 49 CFR 1.50.

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Preliminary Report of Theft Rates of 1998 Model Year Passenger Motor Vehicles Stolen in Calendar Year 1998

ManufacturerMake/model (line)Thefts 1998Production (Mfr's) 19981998 theft rate (per 1,000 vehicles produced)
 1 MitsubishiDiamante876,58413.2139
 2 LamborghiniDB132/Diablo11049.6154
 3 Saab9000121,3358.9888
 4 HondaAcura Integra31436,2538.6614
 5 MitsubishiMirage35741,9048.5195
 6 ToyotaTercel9211,2078.2092
 7 Chrysler CorpDodge Stratus750107,2766.9913
 8 MitsubishiMontero Sport/Nativa 131845,7726.9475
 9 General MotorsOldsmobile Achieva18126,9226.7231
10 General MotorsGMC Safari Van16124,4516.5846
11 General MotorsBuick Skylark12218,8516.4718
12 HyundaiSonata10116,4066.1563
13 SuzukiX-9035006.0000
14 Chrysler CorpPlymouth Breeze39366,6125.8998
15 MitsubishiGalant17229,6185.8073
16 Chrysler CorpPlymouth Neon49987,0555.7320
17 Chrysler CorpDodge Neon725130,1545.5703
18 MitsubishiEclipse30756,2945.4535
19 NissanMaxima682130,8625.2116
20 Chrysler CorpSebring Convertible25150,8124.9398
21 Ford Motor CoMercury Tracer17735,8504.9372
22 HyundaiElantra16935,7924.7217
23 SuzukiSwift153,2654.5942
24 General MotorsPontiac Sunfire40990,4694.5209
25 MitsubishiMontero388,5064.4674
26 SuzukiEsteem6715,2224.4015
27 Chrysler CorpJeep Grand Cherokee1,085249,0974.3557
28 BMWM35011,5374.3339
29 ToyotaSupra36974.3042
30 MazdaMillenia8219,9084.1189
31 ToyotaLexus GS12430,8104.0247
32 Toyota4-Runner489121,7454.0166
33 BMW77318,1794.0156
34 Ford Motor CoContour866217,5483.9807
35 HyundaiAccent12331,6923.8811
36 General MotorsPontiac Grand AM386101,8143.7912
37 Mitsubishi3000GT184,7533.7871
38 NissanAltima602159,2243.7808
39 Chrysler CorpEagle Talon164,3173.7063
40 AudiCabriolet38293.6188
41 Ford Motor CoMustang612170,5873.5876
42 Mercedes Benz140 (CL-Class & SL-Class)349,5933.5443
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43 SuzukiSidekick6518,3963.533
44 NissanSentra/200SX395111,8213.5324
45 MazdaProtege20157,1653.5161
46 General MotorsChevrolet Blazer S10/T10759216,8543.5001
47 KIA MotorsSephia15645,8603.4017
48 General MotorsChevrolet Prizm15345,0003.4000
49 General MotorsPontiac Firebird/Formula10732,2283.3201
50 General MotorsChevrolet Camaro15948,5623.2742
51 Ford Motor CoMercury Mystique19559,8263.2595
52 IsuzuRodeo22368,5583.2527
53 Chrysler CorpCirrus12137,2953.2444
54 Porsche91182,4743.2336
55 General MotorsChevrolet Metro10432,4993.2001
56 Chrysler CorpDodge Avenger8526,6343.1914
57 General MotorsChevrolet Cavalier844270,4013.1213
58 Ford Motor CoMercury Sable28291,2973.0888
59 Ford Motor CoLincoln Town Car25382,9653.0495
60 ToyotaCorolla690228,1973.0237
61 Mercedes Benz129 (SL-Class)258,3153.0066
62 Ford Motor CoLincoln Mark VIII4314,3572.9951
63 General MotorsChevrolet Corvette8628,7322.9932
64 Chrysler CorpJeep Cherokee439148,2072.9621
65 NissanInfiniti I309231,0602.9620
66 Ford Motor CoEscort995336,7292.9549
67 General MotorsCadillac Deville305104,2092.9268
68 General MotorsChevrolet Malibu669231,1432.8943
69 General MotorsGMC Jimmy S-1520471,5832.8498
70 Ford Motor CoTaurus943332,2432.8383
71 ToyotaTacoma Pickup Truck484170,9922.8305
72 HondaPrelude4515,9732.8173
73 JaguarXJ83211,3742.8134
74 Mazda62624687,4482.8131
75 General MotorsOldsmobile Bravada7727,7902.7708
76 Chrysler CorpSebring Coupe9335,0352.6545
77 HyundaiTiburon176,4442.6381
78 Chrysler CorpDodge Intrepid18270,2832.5895
79 NissanInfiniti QX44417,1092.5717
80 HondaPassport6325,4352.4769
81 General MotorsChevrolet Lumina/Monte Carlo616255,4232.4117
82 General MotorsChevrolet Tracker5020,9992.3811
83 NissanPathfinder18681,4282.2842
84 HondaCivic838368,8762.2718
85 General MotorsPontiac Bonneville14665,5392.2277
86 VolkswagenGolf/GTI4017,9712.2258
87 Mercedes Benz208 (CLK-Class)115,1032.1556
88 Chrysler CorpJeep WRangler18590,3412.0478
89 BMW37638,0981.9949
90 VolkswagenJetta14974,7011.9946
91 Chrysler CorpStratus 215051.9802
92 BMW57035,6311.9646
93 Ford Motor CoF-150 Pickup Truck805409,9401.9637
94 JaguarXJR31,5341.9557
95 ToyotaCamry790404,8501.9513
96 Ford Motor CoWindstar Van646333,7461.9356
97 Chrysler CorpNeon 215181.9305
98 Kia MotorsSportage5126,4551.9278
99 VolvoS70/V7016787,0691.9180
100 Chrysler CorpPlymouth Voyager/Grand299156,4401.9113
101 ToyotaLexus ES9650,5851.8978
102 Chrysler CorpDodge Caravan/Grand538288,6621.8638
103 General MotorsCadillac Eldorado3317,9501.8384
104 General MotorsOldsmobile Intrigue18099,0351.8175
105 HondaAcura TL3318,3371.7996
106 ToyotaLexus SC52,8011.7851
107 IsuzuTrooper3318,6571.7688
108 IsuzuOasis Van31,7021.7626
109 Ford Motor CoMercury Grand Marquis15487,7621.7547
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110 Ford Motor CoExplorer773446,4671.7314
111 General MotorsCadillac Seville4727,6501.6998
112 Chrysler CorpDodge Dakota Pickup Truck245144,2151.6989
113 Mercedes Benz210 (E-Class)7242,4661.6955
114 VolvoC7042,3941.6708
115 ToyotaT100 Pickup Truck1810,7831.6693
116 General MotorsCadillac Catera4627,5711.6684
117 MazdaMPV2515,0371.6626
118 General MotorsOldsmobile Cutlass8652,6791.6325
119 General MotorsOldsmobile Aurora3923,9551.6281
120 IsuzuHombre Pickup Truck3220,2891.5772
121 General MotorsBuick Century198128,8991.5361
122 Ford Motor CoRanger Pickup Truck451297,5511.5157
123 Ford Motor CoMercury Mountaineer7751,0221.5092
124 General MotorsPontiac Grand Prix188127,8381.4706
125 MazdaB Series Pickup Truck7048,2701.4502
126 ToyotaRAV49364,2981.4464
127 General MotorsBuick Regal10170,5561.4315
128 HondaAcura CL3625,4711.4134
129 General MotorsChevrolet S-10 Pickup Truck348248,3301.4014
130 IsuzuAmigo139,3741.3868
131 JaguarXK885,7921.3812
132 PorscheBoxster Convertible107,2531.3787
133 Mercedes Benz202 (C-Class)4534,1001.3196
134 General MotorsGMC Sonoma Pickup Truck7759,3591.2972
135 General MotorsBuick Park Avenue8062,0151.2900
136 General MotorsPontiac Trans Sport Van7054,8391.2765
137 NissanFrontier Pickup Truck11189,2661.2435
138 General MotorsSaturn SC4234,0351.2340
139 General MotorsBuick Riviera1310,6011.2263
140 VolkswagenCabrio1512,2521.2243
141 HondaAccord490403,0851.2156
142 BMWZ32016,4821.2134
143 ToyotaLexus LS2722,8401.1821
144 SubaruImpreza2319,5501.1765
145 Chrysler CorpConcorde5246,5431.1172
146 Mercedes Benz163 (ML-Class)4439,4931.1141
147 HondaAcura SLX21,8001.1111
148 Mercedes Benz170 (SLK-Class)1412,6581.1060
149 General MotorsOldsmobile 88/Regency6964,1161.0762
150 ToyotaAvalon8076,1891.0500
151 SubaruLegacy9590,7211.0472
152 General MotorsChevrolet Venture Van9393,0270.9997
153 General MotorsSaturn SL146147,6040.9891
154 HondaAcura RL1414,1820.9872
155 NissanQuest2626,3880.9853
156 Ford Motor CoLincoln Continental3838,6710.9826
157 Chrysler CorpDodge Viper11,0670.9372
158 VolvoS90/V901212,8250.9357
159 VolkswagenPassat2425,8690.9278
160 Nissan240SX22,1780.9183
161 NissanInfiniti Q4577,7950.8980
162 ToyotaCelica33,3430.8974
163 AudiA42124,2250.8669
164 Chrysler CorpTown and Country MPV5262,9760.8257
165 General MotorsBuick Lesabre111143,3540.7743
166 HondaCR-V7496,8280.7642
167 JaguarVanden Plas45,2840.7570
168 Ford Motor CoMercury Villager MPV2837,4710.7472
169 ToyotaSienna Van4873,7770.6506
170 SubaruForester2843,4900.6438
171 AudiA61016,9380.5904
172 VolkswagenNew Beetle2238,9990.5641
173 HondaOdyssey Van814,6330.5467
174 Ford Motor CoCrown Victoria4385,3050.5041
175 General MotorsOldsmobile Silhouette Van1735,8270.4745
176 General MotorsSaturn SW818,3220.4366
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177 Saab900512,0030.4166
178 General MotorsChevrolet Astro Van3483,3170.4081
179 Aston MartinDB702130.0000
180 AudiA801,9780.0000
181 Chrysler CorpIntrepid 201710.0000
182 FiatFerrari456250.0000
183 FiatFerrari 55001490.0000
184 FiatFerrari F35505110.0000
185 General MotorsBuick Funeral Coach01,0610.0000
186 General MotorsCadillac Limousine01,1340.0000
187 HondaAcura NSX02540.0000
188 LotusEsprit0540.0000
189 Rolls-RoyceBentley Azure0990.0000
190 Rolls-RoyceBentley Brooklands0390.0000
191 Rolls-RoyceBentley Continental R0240.0000
192 Rolls-RoyceBentley Continental T0200.0000
193 Rolls-RoyceBentley Turbo R/RT0250.0000
194 Rolls-RoyceSilver Spur Park Ward0120.0000
195 Rolls-RoyceSilver Spur0300.0000
196 Vector AutoAvtech SC/M12050.0000
1 Nativa is the name applied to Montero Sport vehicles that are manufactured for sale only in Puerto Rico.
2 These vehicles were manufactured for sale only in U.S. territories under the Chrysler name plate.
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Issued on: February 2, 2000.

Stephen R. Kratzke,

Acting Associate Administrator for Safety Performance Standards.

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[FR Doc. 00-2723 Filed 2-7-00; 8:45 am]