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Reports, Forms and Record Keeping Requirements, Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review

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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, DOT.




In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICR describes the nature of the information collections and their expected burden. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period was published on December 26, 2000 [65 FR 81414-81419].


Comments must be submitted on or before July 13, 2001.

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Steven Cohen at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Office of Chief Counsel (NCC-30), 202-366-5263. 400 Seventh Street, SW, Room 5219, Washington, DC 20590.

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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Title: Criminal Penalty Safe Harbor Provision.

OMB Number: 2127—0609.

Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Abstract: Section 5 of the Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability, and Documentation (TREAD) Act (Pub. L. 106-414) establishes 49 U.S.C. 30170, which provides for criminal liability in circumstances where a person had the intention of misleading the Secretary of Transportation (Secretary) regarding safety-related defects in motor vehicles or motor vehicle equipment that caused death or serious bodily injury. It also contains a “safe harbor” that allows a person to avoid criminal penalties if that person lacked knowledge at the time of the violation that the violation would result in an accident causing death or serious bodily injury and if that person corrects any improper reports or failure to report to the Secretary within a reasonable time.

Affected Public: Foreign manufacturers of motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment located outside of the United States, which are importing these items into the United States.

Estimated Total Annual Burden: 18.


Send comments, within 30 days, to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 725-17th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20503, Attention NHTSA Desk Officer.

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 Departments 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. A comment to OMB is most effective if OMB receives it within 30 days of publication.

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Issued in Washington, DC, on June 7, 2001.

Herman L. Simms,

Associate Administrator for Administration.

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[FR Doc. 01-14834 Filed 6-12-01; 8:45 am]