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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) 2002 including theft rates for existing passenger motor vehicle lines manufactured in model year (MY) 2002. The preliminary theft data indicate that the vehicle theft rate for CY/MY 2002 vehicles (2.49 thefts per thousand vehicles) decreased by 23.6 percent from the theft rate for CY/MY 2001 vehicles (3.26 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 June 7, 2004.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments [identified by DOT Docket No. NHTSA-2004-17359 and or RIN number 2127-AJ27] by any of the following methods:

  • Web Site: http://dms.dot.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments on the DOT electronic docket site.
  • Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
  • Mail: Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Nassif Building, Room PL-401, Washington, DC 20590-001.
  • Hand Delivery: Room PL-401 on the plaza level of the Nassif Building, Start Printed Page 18011400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays.
  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.

Instructions: All submissions must include the agency name and docket number or Regulatory Identification Number (RIN) for this rulemaking. For detailed instructions on submitting comments and additional information on the rulemaking process, see the Public Participation heading of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document. Note that all comments received will be posted without change to http://dms.dot.gov including any personal information provided. Please see the Privacy Act heading under Regulatory Notices.

Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to http://dms.dot.gov at any time or to Room PL-401 on the plaza level of the Nassif Building, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ms. Deborah Mazyck, Office of International Policy, Fuel Economy and Consumer Programs, NHTSA, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590. Ms. Mazyck'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 section 33104(b)(4) mandate, this document reports the preliminary theft data for CY 2002, the most recent calendar year for which data are available.

In calculating the 2002 theft rates, NHTSA followed the same procedures it used in calculating the MY 2001 theft rates. (For 2001 theft data calculations, see 68 FR 54857, September 19, 2003). 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 2002 theft rate for each vehicle line was calculated by dividing the number of reported thefts of MY 2002 vehicles of that line stolen during calendar year 2002, by the total number of vehicles in that line manufactured for MY 2002, as reported by manufacturers to the Environmental Protection Agency.

The preliminary 2002 theft data show a decrease in the vehicle theft rate when compared to the theft rate experienced in CY/MY 2001. The preliminary theft rate for MY 2002 passenger vehicles stolen in calendar year 2002 decreased to 2.49 thefts per thousand vehicles produced, a decrease of 23.6 percent from the rate of 3.26 thefts per thousand vehicles experienced by MY 2001 vehicles in CY 2001. For MY 2002 vehicles, out of a total of 224 vehicle lines, 38 lines had a theft rate higher than 3.5826 per thousand vehicles, the established median theft rate for MYs 1990/1991 (See 59 FR 12400, March 16, 1994). Of the 38 vehicle lines with a theft rate higher than 3.5826, 34 are passenger car lines, 3 are multipurpose passenger vehicle lines, and one is a light-duty truck lines.

In Table I, NHTSA has tentatively ranked each of the MY 2002 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 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.

Privacy Act: Anyone is able to search the electronic form of all comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review DOT's complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 70; Pages 19477-78) or you may visit http://dms.dot.gov.

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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 for 2002 Model Year Passenger Motor Vehicles Stolen in Calendar Year 2002

ManufacturerMake/model (line)Thefts 2002Production (Mfr's) 20022002 Theft rate (per 1000 vehicles produced)
1DAIMLERCHRYSLERCHRYSLER NEON112441.6667
2AUDI24/QUATTRO32161219.8511
3DAIMLERCHRYSLERDODGE INTREPID165711149114.8622
4DAIMLERCHRYSLERDODGE STRATUS125410677111.7448
5SUZUKIESTEEM108967011.1686
6DAIMLERCHRYSLERCHRYSLER SEBRING611751638.1290
7DAIMLERCHRYSLERDODGE NEON9591192538.0417
8HONDAACURA NSX22547.8740
9MITSUBISHIMONTERO206272667.5552
10MITSUBISHIGALANT668929487.1868
11MITSUBISHIMIRAGE6092406.4935
12MITSUBISHIMONTERO SPORT350574576.0915
13FORD MOTOR COFORD F150 PICKUP2744736.0362
14AUDIS8/QUATTRO23405.8824
15MITSUBISHIECLIPSE239413345.7822
16NISSANMAXIMA490860365.6953
17KIA MOTORSOPTIMA155275935.6174
18FORD MOTOR COFORD ESCORT457816725.5956
19GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC GRANT AM8381543065.4308
20DAIMLERCHRYSLERCHRYSLER SEBRING CONVERTIBLE251466375.3820
21MITSUBISHILANCER397739915.3655
22DAIMLERCHRYSLERCHRYSLER CONCORDE194371315.2247
23MITSUBISHIDIAMANTE96197074.8714
24DAIMLERCHRYSLERCHRYSLER INTREPID612544.7847
25TOYOTACOROLLA6901479834.6627
26DAIMLERCHRYSLERCHRYSLER 300M167366634.5550
27GENERAL MOTORSOLDSMOBILE ALERO333793734.1954
28KIA MOTORSSPECTRA298718374.1483
29KIA MOTORSRIO227572923.9622
30GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET CAVALIER10172592303.9232
31TOYOTALEXUS IS93240793.8623
32GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC SEVILLE97251283.8602
33SUZUKIVITARA/GRAND232603183.8463
34NISSANSENTRA4341139623.8083
35GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC SUNFIRE286764453.7413
36DAIMLERCHRYSLERCHRYSLER PROWLER513483.7092
37GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET MONTE CARLO252685703.6751
38FORD MOTOR COLINCOLN TOWN CAR132366353.6031
39GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET BLAZER S10/T103691033413.5707
40GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET MALIBU4951449463.4151
41GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET PRIZM96281973.4046
42NISSANALTIMA6511927013.3783
43HYUNDAIACCENT307921573.3313
44JAGUARXK8824553.2587
45MERCEDES-BENZ129 (SL-CLASS)927763.2421
46NISSANINFINITI Q452680653.2238
47MAZDAMILLENIA67208003.2212
48DAIMLERCHRYSLERDODGE CARAVAN/GRAND7722416963.1941
49ISUZUTROOPER40126383.1651
50GENERAL MOTORSOLDSMOBILE AURORA34108613.1305
51JAGUARS-TYPE38123193.0847
52TOYOTACELICA79256833.0760
53FORD MOTOR COMERCURY SABLE3221054153.0546
54GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC GRAND PRIX4341446543.0003
55GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET CAMARO121403832.9963
56FORD MOTOR COFORD FOCUS7532529872.9764
57FORD MOTOR COLINCOLN LS153517042.9592
58GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET CORVETTE99335862.9477
59DAEWOODLANOS1964522.9448
60DAIMLER CHRYSLERCHRYSLER VOYAGER120413482.9022
61HYUNDAISONATA225800492.8108
62BMW750182222.7439
63GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC FIREBIRD/FORMULA81296872.7285
64FORD MOTOR COFORD TAURUS8423215562.6185
65FORD MOTOR COMERCURY MOUNTAINEER196777872.5197
66DAIMLER CHRYSLERJEEP CHEROKEE/GRAND5332117862.5167
67HYUNDAIELANTRA2991189622.5134
68JAGUARXKR415952.5078
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69HONDAPASSPORT1559992.5004
70TOYOTATUNDRA PICKUP66264422.4960
71GENERAL MOTORSBUICK REGAL95391242.4282
72NISSANINFINITI G2031127882.4241
73TOYOTA4RUNNER205851262.4082
74GENERAL MOTORSOLDSMOBILE INTRIGUE60250082.3992
75TOYOTALEXUS SC61256832.3751
76GENERAL MOTORSBUICK CENTURY3311418182.3340
77FORD MOTOR COMERCURY GRAND MARQUIS146626482.3305
78FORD MOTOR COFORD EXPLORER14196102682.3252
79NISSANXTERRA231998872.3126
80MAZDA626113491812.2976
81GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC DEVILLE209910572.2953
82SUZUKIAERIO31136662.2684
83HONDAACURA 3.2 CL1357492.2613
84GENERAL MOTORSSATURN LS191849662.2480
85MAZDAPROTEGE219978822.2374
86DAIMLER CHRYSLERCHRYSLER PT CRUISER3771695592.2234
87HONDAACURA INTEGRA95428092.2192
88TOYOTARAV4212964892.1971
89ISUZUAXIOM40182802.1882
90TOYOTACAMRY/SOLARA10274720302.1757
91MERCEDES-BENZ208 (CLK-CLASS)43201992.1288
92JAGUARXJ8523542.1240
93FORD MOTOR CO.FORD RANGER PICKUP4992385582.0917
94KIA MOTORSSPORTAGE97468832.0690
95DAIMLERCHRYSLERJEEP LIBERTY4292079912.0626
96DAEWOONUBIRA1153512.0557
97GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC BONNEVILLE87426642.0392
98VOLVOC70734542.0266
99HYUNDAIXG38188422.0168
100TOYOTAECHO65324952.0003
101DAIMLERCHRYSLERJEEP WRANGLER133665651.9980
102NISSANFRONTIER PICKUP181909641.9898
103GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC ELDORADO1470471.9867
104MERCEDES-BENZ215 (CL-CLASS)1050621.9755
105MERCEDES-BENZ220 (S-CLASS)53269181.9689
106DAEWOOLEGANZA1155931.9667
107TOYOTATACOMA PICKUP3151623221.9406
108GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET TRACKER88457931.9217
109BMW31921025741.8718
110GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET IMPALA3752014671.8613
111TOYOTALEXUS LS50271621.8408
112FORD MOTOR COFORD ESCAPE2911593221.8265
113NISSANINFINITI QX429159431.8190
114SUBARUIMPREZA108593911.8185
115NISSANPATHFINDER107594091.8011
116GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET S10/T10 PICKUP2511395211.7990
117MAZDAB-SERIES PICKUP40222751.7957
118VOLKSWAGENGOLF-GTI55316401.7383
119GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET ASTRO VAN67392461.7072
120HONDAS200017100491.6917
121GENERAL MOTORSGMC SONOMA PICKUP66392921.6797
122HONDAACCORD7024193981.6738
123VOLVOS4023139801.6452
124MAZDAMX-5 MIATA22135441.6243
125VOLVOS8025158511.5772
126HONDAACURA 3.2 TL95608601.5610
127ISUZURODEO65419961.5478
128DAIMLERCHRYSLERCHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY MPV2021309371.5427
129HONDACIVIC5003297781.5162
130JAGUARVANDEN PLAS/SUPER V8319811.5144
131MERCEDES-BENZ170 (SLK-CLASS)1279541.5087
132VOLKSWAGENJETTA2181447901.5056
133GENERAL MOTORSSATURN SL2211485141.4881
134GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER3752532491.4808
135FORD MOTOR COMERCURY COUGAR35244851.4294
136AUDITT/QUATTRO1498121.4268
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137FORD MOTOR COFORD CROWN VICTORIA32225641.4182
138PORSCHE91117120341.4127
139TOYOTALEXUS GS25178631.3995
140FORD MOTOR COFORD WINDSTAR VAN2041462741.3946
141GENERAL MOTORSBUICK PARK AVENUE42319131.3161
142NISSANINFINITI 13540306041.3070
143PORSCHEBOXSTER1399751.3033
144BMW551394451.2929
145MERCEDES-BENZ203 (C-CLASS)91706881.2873
146VOLKSWAGENEUROVAN/CAMPER754721.2792
147JAGUARX-TYPE44356591.2339
148HYUNDAISANTA FE99828241.1953
149VOLVOS6048408841.1741
150JAGUARXJR18531.1723
151TOYOTAMR2 SPYDER653351.1246
152VOLVOV40326801.1194
153GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC AZTEK20178861.1182
154AUDIA4/QUATTRO41368701.1120
155GENERAL MOTORSSATURN SC48432131.1108
156SAAB9-320180551.1077
157VOLKSWAGENCABRIO13117491.1065
158GENERAL MOTORSBUICK LESABRE1481377371.0745
159KIA MOTORSSEDONA VAN53497311.0657
160VOLKSWAGENPASSAT99938121.0553
161GENERAL MOTORSGMC ENVOY1121086501.0308
162MERCEDES-BENZ210 (E-CLASS)310303681.0208
163TOYOTAAVALON69677721.0181
164TOYOTAPRIUS23227371.0116
165FORD MOTOR COLINCOLN CONTINENTAL19188041.0104
166VOLKSWAGENNEW BEETLE56560450.9992
167TOYOTASIENNA VAN82854170.9600
168NISSANQUEST VAN20210990.9479
169TOYOTALEXUS RX69730490.9446
170LAND ROVERFREELANDER15162680.9221
171GENERAL MOTORSGMC SAFARA VAN998870.9103
172FORD MOTOR COFORD MUSTANG7057751530.9095
173MAZDATRIBUTE45495610.9080
174GENERAL MOTORSOLDSMOBILE BRAVADA25286580.8724
175HONDAACURA 3.5 RL14164490.8511
176GENERAL MOTORSBUICK RENDEZVOUS6675730.8508
177GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET VENTURE VAN71841160.8441
178TOYOTAHIGHLANDER901105300.8143
179TOYOTALEXUS ES57705170.8083
180GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC MONTANA VAN35455580.7683
181VOLVOV709121440.7411
182HONDAACURA MDX36489980.7347
183DAIMLERCHRYSLERDODGE DAKOTA PICKUP1061452380.7298
184SUBARUFORESTER39551140.7076
185QUANTUM TECHCHEVROLET CAVALIER114830.6743
186AUDIA6/QUATTRO14213280.6564
187FORD MOTOR COMERCURY VILLAGER VAN12183640.6535
188GENERAL MOTORSSATURN VUE21345780.6073
189SUBARULEGACY/OUTBACK47887900.5293
190MAZDAMPV VAN13251220.5175
191HONDAINSIGHT120060.4985
192FORD MOTOR COFORD THUNDERBIRD14286390.4888
193BMWMINI COOPER8170330.4697
194GENERAL MOTORSOLDSMOBILE SILHOUETTE VAN11238630.4610
195HONDACR-V621380610.4491
196BMWM/Z38187680.4263
197SAAB9-56153390.3912
198HONDAODYSSEY VAN581488570.3896
199VOLVOXC8207250.3860
200GENERAL MOTORSSATURN LW4112730.3548
201FORD MOTOR COFORD THINK NEIGHBOR266130.3024
202ASTON MARTINVANQUISH01270.0000
203ASTON MARTINVANTAGE02650.0000
204AUDIA8/QUATRRO/L06720.0000
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205AUDIALLROAD/QUATTRO050850.0000
206AUDIS6/AVANT08840.0000
207BMWZ806870.0000
208DAIMLERCHRYSLERDODGE VIPER013550.0000
209FERRARI36006840.0000
210FERRARI4560200.0000
211FERRARI57502080.0000
212GENERAL MOTORSFUNERAL COACH/HEARSE019070.0000
213JAGUARXJS010000.0000
214LAMBORGHINIMURCIELAGO0980.0000
215LOTUSESPRIT01000.0000
216MASERATICOUPE/SPIDER04920.0000
217MITSUBISHINATIVA 2015130.0000
218ROLLS ROYCEPARK WARD0120.0000
219ROLLS ROYCESILVER SERAPH0630.0000
220ROLLS-ROYCEBENTLEY ARNAGE01390.0000
221ROLLS-ROYCEBENTLEY AZURE01010.0000
222ROLLS-ROYCEBENTLEY CONTINENTAL R0310.0000
223ROLLS-ROYCEBENTLEY CONTINENTAL T020.0000
224ROLLS-ROYCEBENTLEY CORNICHE0370.0000
1 This vehicle was manufactured under the Chrysler nameplate for sale in a U.S. Territory only (Guam, American Samoa, Puerto Rico) and the Virgin Islands (St. Thomas and St. Croix).
2 This vehicle was manufactured for sale only in Puerto Rico and represents the U.S. version of the Montero Sport line.
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Issued on: April 1, 2004.

Stephen R. Fratzke,

Associate Administrator for Rulemaking.

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