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Preliminary Theft Data; Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard

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AGENCY:

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

ACTION:

Publication of preliminary theft data; request for comments.

SUMMARY:

This document requests comments on data about passenger motor vehicle thefts that occurred in calendar year (CY) 1999, including theft rates for existing passenger motor vehicle lines manufactured in model year (MY) 1999. The theft data preliminarily indicate that the vehicle theft rate for CY/MY 1999 vehicles (2.89 thefts per thousand vehicles) increased by 14.2 percent from the theft rate for CY/MY 1998 vehicles (2.53 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.

DATES:

Comments must be submitted on or before May 14, 2001.

ADDRESSES:

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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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

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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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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 1999, the most recent calendar year for which data are available.

In calculating the 1999 theft rates, NHTSA followed the same procedures it used in calculating the MY 1998 theft rates. (For 1998 theft data calculations, see 65 FR 40721, June 30, 2000). 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 1999 theft rate for each vehicle line was calculated by dividing the number of reported thefts of MY 1999 vehicles of that line stolen during calendar year 1999, by the total number of vehicles in that line manufactured for MY 1999, as reported by manufacturers to the Environmental Protection Agency.

The preliminary 1999 theft data show an increase in the vehicle theft rate when compared to the theft rate experienced in CY/MY 1998. The preliminary theft rate for MY 1999 passenger vehicles stolen in calendar year 1999 increased to 2.89 thefts per thousand vehicles produced, an increase of 14.2 percent from the rate of 2.53 thefts per thousand vehicles experienced by MY 1998 vehicles in CY 1998. For MY 1999 vehicles, out of a total of 201 vehicle lines, 54 lines had a theft rate higher than 3.5826 per Start Printed Page 14980thousand vehicles, the established median theft rate for MYs 1990/1991. (See 59 FR 12400, March 16, 1994). Of the 54 vehicle lines with a theft rate higher than 3.5826, 50 are passenger car lines, four are multipurpose passenger vehicle lines, and none are light-duty truck lines.

In Table I, NHTSA has tentatively ranked each of the MY 1999 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 1999 Model Year Passenger Motor Vehicles Stolen in Calendar Year 1999

No.ManufacturerMake/model (line)Thefts 1999Production (Mfr's) 19991999 theft rate (per 1,000 vehicles produced)
1HONDAACURA INTEGRA49625,79019.2323
2DAIMLERCHRYSLERINTREPID 1948018.7500
3MITSUBISHIMIRAGE56453,88410.4669
4DAIMLERCHRYSLERPLYMOUTH NEON35038,9448.9873
5DAIMLERCHRYSLERNEON 122268.8496
6MITSUBISHIMONTERO SPORT/NATIVA 236842,2688.7063
7DAIMLERCHRYSLERDODGE STRATUS71584,1288.4990
8DAIMLERCHRYSLERDODGE INTREPID1,104139,8477.8943
9DAIMLERCHRYSLERDODGE NEON44856,8507.8804
10BMWZ3182,5477.0671
11MITSUBISHIECLIPSE34950,0706.9702
12DAIMLERCHRYSLERSEBRING CONVERTIBLE31946,7586.8224
13GENERAL MOTORSOLDSMOBILE ALERO799121,3436.5846
14DAIMLERCHRYSLERPLYMOUTH BREEZE36756,0486.5480
15MITSUBISHIDIAMANTE548,3476.4694
16MITSUBISHIGALANT39062,4886.2412
17DAIMLERCHRYSLERSTRATUS 134826.2241
18BMWM3417,4155.5293
19KIA MOTORSSEPHIA31557,0995.5167
20DAEWOOLEGANZA7414,2175.2050
21GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC SUNFIRE38374,9445.1105
22NISSANSENTRA/200SX39979,1155.0433
23GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC GRAND AM1,510299,7755.0371
24TOYOTATERCEL5912,1224.8672
25SUZUKIESTEEM6914,2554.8404
26MERCEDES BENZ140 (CL-CLASS & S-CLASS)6313,5324.6556
27FORD MOTOR COMUSTANG579125,9734.5962
28FORD MOTOR COMERCURY TRACER11725,9724.5049
29GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC BONNEVILLE23153,3714.3282
30GENERAL MOTORSOLDSMOBILE CUTLASS18643,5844.2676
31NISSANALTIMA739174,3494.2386
32FORD MOTOR COLINCOLN TOWN CAR37989,5644.2316
33GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET CAVALIER986233,7564.2181
34DAIMLER CHRYSLERCIRRUS13832,9034.1941
35MITSUBISHIMONTERO317,3994.1898
36GENERAL MOTORSOLDSMOBILE INTRIGUE35986,4814.1512
37DAIMLERCHRYSLERLHS14936,3694.0969
38HONDAPRELUDE4611,3664.0472
39JAGUARXJ8297,2354.0083
40DAIMLERCHRYSLERJEEP CHEROKEE610154,3773.9514
41GENERAL MOTORSBUICK REGAL28673,3093.9013
42NISSANINFINITI Q45287,2083.8846
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43HONDACIVIC1,039269,1093.8609
44GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC DEVILLE411106,5543.8572
45GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET MALIBU822213,6923.8467
46GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET BLAZER S10/T10762199,0423.8283
47TOYOTALEXUS GS11630,5133.8017
48FORD MOTOR COCONTOUR524139,3393.7606
49DAEWOOLANOS318,3123.7295
50MITSUBISHI3000GT123,2443.6991
51GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET METRO9525,7493.6895
52TOYOTACOROLLA940255,6933.6763
53MERCEDES BENZ208 (CLK-CLASS)6517,7953.6527
54DAIMLERCHRYSLERDODGE AVENGER6116,8833.6131
55KIA MOTORSSPORTAGE13538,2323.5311
56SUZUKIVITARA/GRAND VITARA12435,6513.4782
57DAEWOONUBIRA339,5533.4544
58GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC FIREBIRD/TRANS AM/FORMULA11935,1153.3889
59HYUNDAISONATA8224,5393.3416
60FORD MOTOR COMERCURY MYSTIQUE13440,9393.2732
61FORD MOTOR COESCORT933287,1503.2492
62HYUNDAITIBURON237,2153.1878
63ISUZURODEO23072,5443.1705
64HYUNDAIACCENT12037,9503.1621
65GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET CAMARO12339,0413.1505
66GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC GRAND PRIX437142,5463.0657
67GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET CORVETTE9029,9043.0096
68JAGUARXK8175,7472.9581
69NISSANPATHFINDER18161,3102.9522
70DAIMLERCHRYSLERSEBRING COUPE8127,5192.9434
71MAZDAPROTÉGÉ20870,8022.9378
72MERCEDES BENZ129 (SL-CLASS)289,6332.9067
73ROLLS-ROYCEBENTLEY ARNAGE13482.8736
74GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET LUMINA/MONTE CARLO561197,4302.8415
75FORD MOTOR COEXPLORER1,099386,9432.8402
76MAZDA62624488,4732.7579
77FORD MOTOR COTAURUS1,163423,3082.7474
78BMW7238,3912.7410
79DAIMLERCHRYSLERCONCORDE17564,2342.7244
80GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET PRIZM13649,9992.7201
81DAIMLERCHRYSLER300M20676,1302.7059
82HYUNDAIELANTRA15860,3172.6195
83DAIMLERCHRYSLERJEEP GRAND CHEROKEE729284,4292.5630
84DAIMLERCHRYSLERPLYMOUTH VOYAGER/GRAND377150,1112.5115
85NISSANINFINITI QX45923,5052.5101
86SUZUKISWIFT51,9982.5025
87NISSANMAXIMA23995,7892.4951
88TOYOTATACOMA PICKUP TRUCK412167,6372.4577
89FORD MOTOR COMERCURY SABLE295120,1132.4560
90MAZDAMILLENIA4719,2492.4417
91GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC SEVILLE8635,6242.4141
92FORD MOTOR COMERCURY COUGAR21288,2582.4020
93FORD MOTOR COMERCURY MOUNTAINEER10543,7432.4004
94HONDAACURA RL3112,9612.3918
95VOLVOC70125,0872.3590
96DAIMLERCHRYSLERJEEP WRANGLER19784,9902.3179
97TOYOTA4-RUNNER292126,9292.3005
98HONDAACURA SLX28702.2989
99NISSANFRONTIER PICKUP TRUCK10445,2562.2980
100GENERAL MOTORSOLDSMOBILE BRAVADA5725,7822.2108
101GENERAL MOTORSBUICK CENTURY329150,0612.1924
102GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC ELDORADO3515,9822.1900
103GENERAL MOTORSGMC JIMMY S-1513763,5412.1561
104TOYOTACAMRY/CAMRY SOLARA1,040490,9592.1183
105DAIMLERCHRYSLERDODGE CARAVAN/GRAND595297,3502.0010
106ISUZUTROOPER4623,0941.9919
107VOLKSWAGENGOLF/GTI2814,2041.9713
108FORD MOTOR CORANGER PICKUP TRUCK692356,7161.9399
109ISUZUHOMBRE PICKUP TRUCK52,5951.9268
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110GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET ASTRO VAN14676,0711.9193
111VOLKSWAGENCABRIO158,1531.8398
112TOYOTARAV410960,7761.7935
113TOYOTALEXUS SC52,8221.7718
114MERCEDES BENZ163 (ML-CLASS)9151,9701.7510
115MERCEDES BENZ210 (E-CLASS)9755,7191.7409
116VOLKSWAGENJETTA191109,7691.7400
117DAIMLERCHRYSLERDODGE DAKOTA PICKUP TRUCK233134,0581.7381
118BMW39756,1971.7261
119BMW55230,4901.7055
120HONDAACCORD607356,9931.7003
121PONTIACMONTANA VAN9758,0811.6701
122NISSANINFINITI G203822,8421.6636
123GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET S-10 PICKUP TRUCK296179,4981.6490
124TOYOTACELICA84,8681.6434
125GENERAL MOTORSSATURN SL311190,4141.6333
126MERCEDES BENZ170 (SLK-CLASS)2213,8751.5856
127FORD MOTOR COF-150 PICKUP TRUCK276174,2851.5836
128GENERAL MOTORSOLDSMOBILE 88/REGENCY6139,9211.5280
129GENERAL MOTORSGMC SONOMA PICKUP TRUCK6643,3551.5223
130SAAB9-53724,6661.5000
131VOLVOS803724,9761.4814
132FERRARIF35516941.4409
133GENERAL MOTORSGMC SAFARI VAN3423,6131.4399
134TOYOTAAVALON8961,8191.4397
135MAZDAB SERIES PICKUP TRUCK6244,4521.3948
136FORD MOTOR COLINCOLN CONTINENTAL3727,0541.3676
137DAIMLERCHRYSLERTOWN & COUNTRY MPV10476,7951.3543
138VOLVOS70/V708059,3671.3475
139SAAB9-34634,5801.3302
140HONDAPASSPORT3627,4991.3091
141GENERAL MOTORSBUICK PARK AVENUE7859,9041.3021
142TOYOTALEXUS RX11891,1021.2953
143TOYOTALEXUS ES5846,1621.2564
144NISSANQUEST5040,5061.2344
145GENERAL MOTORSOLDSMOBILE AURORA2318,7291.2280
146GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC LIMOUSINE18211.2180
147FORD MOTOR COMERCURY GRAND MARQUIS146122,5861.1910
148GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET TRACKER4134,8391.1768
149GENERAL MOTORSBUICK LESABRE117100,3541.1659
150GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC CATERA1613,8011.1593
151NISSANINFINITI I302824,2151.1563
152FORD MOTOR COMERCURY VILLAGER MPV5951,0661.1554
153FORD MOTOR COWINDSTAR VAN233203,9361.1425
154GENERAL MOTORSSATURN SC5447,5781.1350
155AUDIA62824,8091.1286
156MAZDAMX-5 MIATA3833,7231.1268
157BMWM32,7311.0985
158HONDAACURA CL2724,9601.0817
159GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET VENTURE VAN9388,0711.0560
160ISUZUVEHICROSS22,0050.9975
161DAIMLERCHRYSLERDODGE VIPER11,0330.9681
162GENERAL MOTORSBUICK RIVIERA22,0910.9565
163VOLKSWAGENPASSAT7579,3960.9446
164TOYOTALEXUS LS1617,2910.9253
165VOLKSWAGENNEW BEETLE6066,8670.8973
166AUDIA822,2440.8913
167FORD MOTOR COCROWN VICTORIA104118,8490.8751
168SUBARULEGACY7890,8400.8587
169PORSCHE9111112,8870.8536
170SUBARUIMPREZA1720,2080.8413
171AUDIA42631,8920.8153
172HONDAACURA TL4555,6460.8087
173VOLKSWAGENEUROVAN22,5550.7828
174MERCEDES BENZ202 (C-CLASS)2837,4720.7472
175ISUZUAMIGO811,3590.7043
176SUBARUFORESTER3246,6680.6857
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177JAGUARVANDEN PLAS34,4350.6764
178HONDACR-V72110,9450.6490
179TOYOTASIENNA VAN4369,5310.6184
180GENERAL MOTORSSATURN SW1016,4200.6090
181JAGUARXJR11,7780.5624
182PORSCHEBOXSTER CONVERTIBLE713,2340.5289
183GENERAL MOTORSOLDSMOBILE SILHOUETTE VAN2038,1300.5245
184HONDAODYSSEY VAN650,4250.1190
185DAIMLERCHRYSLERPLYMOUTH PROWLER03,6550.0000
186FERRARI36004450.0000
187FERRARI45601190.0000
188FERRARI55002590.0000
189GENERAL MOTORSBUICK FUNERAL COACH09930.0000
190HONDAACURA NSX02430.0000
191ISUZUOASIS VAN07020.0000
192LAMBORGHINIDB132/DIABLO01620.0000
193LOTUSESPRIT01210.0000
194ROLLS-ROYCEBENTLEY AZURE0700.0000
195ROLLS-ROYCEBENTLEY CONTINENTAL R060.0000
196ROLLS-ROYCEBENTLEY CONTINENTAL SC0230.0000
197ROLLS-ROYCEBENTLEY CONTINENTAL T050.0000
198ROLLS-ROYCEBENTLEY TURBO R020.0000
199ROLLS-ROYCESILVER SERAPH02990.0000
200ROLLS-ROYCESILVER SPUR020.0000
201ROLLS-ROYCESILVER SPUR PARK WARD0510.0000
1 These vehicles were manufactured for sale in the U.S. territories under the Chrysler name plate.
2 Nativa is the name applied to Montero Sport vehicles that are manufactured for sale only in Puerto Rico.
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Issued on: March 7, 2001.

Stephen R. Kratzke,

Associate Administrator for Safety Performance Standards.

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