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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 February 28, 2001 [66 FR 12829-12831].


Comments must be submitted on or before January 28, 2002.

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Barbara Williams at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Office of Safety Performance Standards (NPS-01), 202-366-4327. 400 Seventh Street, SW, Room 5319, Washington, DC 20590.

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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Title: 49 CFR 556, Petitions for Inconsequentiality.

OMB Number: 2127-0045.

Type of Request: Reinstatement, without change, of a previously approved collection for which has expired.

Abstract: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's statue at 49 U.S.C. 30113 General exemptions at subsection (b) Authority to exempt and procedures, authorizes the Secretary of Transportation upon application of a manufacturer, to exempt the applicant from the notice and remedy requirements of 49 U.S.C. Charter 301, if the Secretary determines that the defect or noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety. The notice and remedy requirements of Chapter 301 are set forth in 49 U.S.C. 30120 Remedies for defects and noncompliance. Those sections require a manufacturer of motor vehicles or motor vehicle equipment to notify distributors, dealers, and purchasers if any of the manufacturer's products are determined either to contain a safety-related defect or to fail to comply with an applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standard. The manufacturer is under a concomitant obligation to remedy such defects or noncompliance. NHTSA exercised this statutory authority to excuse inconsequential defects or noncompliance when it promulgated 49 CFR part 556, Petitions for Inconsequentiality-this regulation establishes the procedures for manufacturers to submit such petitions to the agency will use in evaluating those petitions. Part 556 allows the agency to ensure that petitions filed under 15 U.S.C. 30113 (b0 are both properly substantiated and efficiently processed.

Affected Public: Business or other-for-profit.

Estimated Total Annual Burden: 30.


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 December 21, 2001.

Delmas Johnson,

Acting Associate Administrator for Administration.

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[FR Doc. 01-32012 Filed 12-27-01; 8:45 am]