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Final Theft Data; Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard

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AGENCY:

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

ACTION:

Publication of final theft data.

SUMMARY:

This document publishes the final data on thefts of model year (MY) 2002 passenger motor vehicles that occurred in calendar year (CY) 2002. The final 2002 theft data indicate a decrease in the vehicle theft rate experienced in CY/MY 2002. The final Start Printed Page 53355theft rate for MY 2002 passenger vehicles stolen in calendar year 2002 (2.49 thefts per thousand vehicles) decreased by 23.6 percent from the theft rate for CY/MY 2001 (3.26 thefts per thousand vehicles) when compared to the theft rate experienced in CY/MY 2001. 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.

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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 and 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 this statutory mandate, NHTSA has published theft data annually beginning with MYs 1983/84. Continuing to fulfill the § 33104(b)(4) mandate, this document reports the final 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 NHTSA by the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The NCIC is a government 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 to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The final 2002 theft data show a decrease in the vehicle theft rate when compared to the theft rate experienced in CY/MY 2001. The final 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 225 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, three are multipurpose passenger vehicle lines, and one is a light-duty truck line.

On Tuesday, April 6, 2004, NHTSA published the preliminary theft rates for CY 2002 passenger motor vehicles in the Federal Register (69 FR 18010). The agency tentatively ranked each of the MY 2002 vehicle lines in descending order of theft rate. The public was requested to comment on the accuracy of the data and to provide final production figures for individual vehicle lines. The agency used written comments to make the necessary adjustments to its data. As a result of the adjustments, some of the final theft rates and rankings of vehicle lines changed from those published in the April 2004 notice. The agency received written comments from General Motors Corporation (GM) and Volkswagen of America, Inc. (VW).

In its comments, GM informed the agency that the Pontiac Grand Am was incorrectly listed as the “Grant Am” and the GMC Safari Van was incorrectly listed as the “Safara Van.” The final theft data has been revised to reflect the correct nomenclature for the Pontiac Grand Am and the GMC Safari Van.

GM also informed the agency that the production volume for the Chevrolet Cavalier, the Chevrolet Astro Van, and the Saturn VUE is incorrect. In response to this comment, the production volume for the Chevrolet Cavalier, the Chevrolet Astro Van, and the Saturn VUE has been reviewed and the final theft list has been revised to correct those production errors. As a result of the correction, the Chevrolet Cavalier previously ranked No. 30 with a theft rate of 3.9232 remains ranked at No. 30 with a theft rate of 3.8780. The Chevrolet Astro Van previously ranked No. 119 with a theft rate of 1.7072 is now ranked No. 120 with a revised theft rate of 1.7196. The Saturn VUE previously ranked No. 188 with a theft rate of 0.6073 is now ranked No. 189 with a revised theft rate of 0.5970. Additionally, GM informed the agency that the production volume for the General Motors Funeral Coach/Hearse was listed incorrectly. As a result of the agency's review, the new information provided by GM resulted in no change to the ranking or theft rate for this line. Additionally, further analysis of the data revealed the Funeral Coach/Hearse is a Cadillac Funeral Coach/Hearse. The theft rate list has been revised to reflect the correction in its nomenclature.

Further reanalysis of the theft rate data revealed that the Cadillac Limousine, BMW M3 and BMW M5 were erroneously omitted from the April 6, 2004 publication of preliminary theft data. The agency has corrected the final theft data to include the theft rate information for the Cadillac Limousine, BMW M3 and BMW M5 vehicles. As a result of this correction, the Cadillac Limousine is ranked No. 213 with a theft rate of 0.0000, the BMW M3 is ranked No. 23 with a theft rate of 4.8012 and the BMW M5 is ranked No. 62 with a theft rate of 2.7510.

VW also informed the agency that the production volume for the Audi TT/Quattro and the Bentley Arnage was listed incorrectly. As a result of VW's comments, the production volume for the Audi TT/Quattro and the Bentley Arnage have been corrected and the final theft list has been revised. The Audi TT/Quattro previously ranked No. 136 with a theft rate of 1.4268 is now ranked No. 148 with a theft rate of 1.2575. The Bentley Arnage previously ranked No. 220 with a theft rate of 0.0000 is now ranked No. 221 with the theft rate unchanged.

VW informed the agency that the S4/Quattro ranked at No. 2 was incorrectly listed as the “24/Quattro.” Because the S4 is a model within the A4 vehicle line, production and theft totals have been combined for the A4 vehicle line and the theft data has been revised accordingly. The Audi A4 is now ranked No. 110 with a theft rate of 1.8970. Additionally, because the S6 is a model within the A6 vehicle line, production and theft totals have been combined for the A6 vehicle line and the theft data has been revised accordingly. The Audi A6 vehicle line is now ranked No. 188 with a theft rate of 0.6303.

Further review of the final theft list revealed that the Acura Integra was erroneously listed. The Acura Integra was not produced in MY 2002. The correct name designation for the vehicle Start Printed Page 53356previously ranked No. 87 (Integra) should be changed to the Acura RSX now ranked No. 88. The final theft list has been revised accordingly.

The following list represents NHTSA's final calculation of theft rates for all 2002 passenger motor vehicle lines. This list is intended to inform the public of calendar year 2002 motor vehicle thefts of model year 2002 vehicles and does not have any effect on the obligations of regulated parties under 49 U.S.C. chapter 331, Theft Prevention.

Final Theft Rates of Model Year 2002 Passenger Motor Vehicles Stolen in Calendar Year 2002

NumberManufacturerMake/model (line)Thefts 2002Production (Mfr's) 20022002 theft rate (per 1,000 vehicles produced)
1DAIMLERCHRYSLERCHRYSLER NEON 112441.6667
2DAIMLERCHRYSLERDODGE INTREPID1,657111,49114.8622
3DAIMLERCHRYSLERDODGE STRATUS1,254106,77111.7448
4SUZUKIESTEEM1089,67011.1686
5DAIMLERCHRYSLERCHRYSLER SEBRING61175,1638.1290
6DAIMLERCHRYSLERDODGE NEON959119,2538.0417
7HONDAACURA NSX22547.8740
8MITSUBISHIMONTERO20627,2667.5552
9MITSUBISHIGALANT66892,9487.1868
10MITSUBISHIMIRAGE609,2406.4935
11MITSUBISHIMONTERO SPORT35057,4576.0915
12FORD MOTOR CO.FORD F150 PICKUP274,4736.0362
13AUDIS823405.8824
14MITSUBISHIECLIPSE23941,3345.7822
15NISSANMAXIMA49086,0365.6953
16KIA MOTORSOPTIMA15527,5935.6174
17FORD MOTOR CO.FORD ESCORT45781,6725.5956
18GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC GRAND AM838154,3065.4308
19DAIMLERCHRYSLERCHRYSLER SEBRING CONVERTIBLE25146,6375.3820
20MITSUBISHILANCER39773,9915.3655
21DAIMLERCHRYSLERCHRYSLER CONCORDE19437,1315.2247
22MITSUBISHIDIAMANTE9619,7074.8714
23BMWM3469,5814.8012
24DAIMLERCHRYSLERCHRYSLER INTREPID61,2544.7847
25TOYOTACOROLLA690147,9834.6627
26DAIMLERCHRYSLERCHRYSLER 300M16736,6634.5550
27GENERAL MOTORSOLDSMOBILE ALERO33379,3734.1954
28KIA MOTORSSPECTRA29871,8374.1483
29KIA MOTORSRIO22757,2923.9622
30GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET CAVALIER1,017262,2513.8780
31TOYOTALEXUS IS9324,0793.8623
32GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC SEVILLE9725,1283.8602
33SUZUKIVITARA/GRAND23260,3183.8463
34NISSANSENTRA434113,9623.8083
35GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC SUNFIRE28676,4453.7413
36DAIMLERCHRYSLERCHRYSLER PROWLER51,3483.7092
37GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET MONTE CARLO25268,5703.6751
38FORD MOTOR CO.LINCOLN TOWN CAR13236,6353.6031
39GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET BLAZER S10/T10369103,3413.5707
40GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET MALIBU495144,9463.4151
41GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET PRIZM9628,1973.4046
42NISSANALTIMA651192,7013.3783
43HYUNDAIACCENT30792,1573.3313
44JAGUARXK882,4553.2587
45MERCEDES-BENZ129 (SL-CLASS)92,7763.2421
46NISSANINFINITI Q45268,0653.2238
47MAZDAMILLENIA6720,8003.2212
48DAIMLERCHRYSLERDODGE CARAVAN/GRAND772241,6963.1941
49ISUZUTROOPER4012,6383.1651
50GENERAL MOTORSOLDSMOBILE AURORA3410,8613.1305
51JAGUARS-TYPE3812,3193.0847
52TOYOTACELICA7925,6833.0760
53FORD MOTOR CO.MERCURY SABLE322105,4153.0546
54GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC GRAND PRIX434144,6543.0003
55GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET CAMARO12140,3832.9963
56FORD MOTOR CO.FORD FOCUS753252,9872.9764
57FORD MOTOR CO.LINCOLN LS15351,7042.9592
58GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET CORVETTE9933,5862.9477
59DAEWOOLANOS196,4522.9448
60DAIMLERCHRYSLERCHRYSLER VOYAGER12041,3482.9022
61HYUNDAISONATA22580,0492.8108
62BMWM562,1812.7510
63BMW75018,2222.7439
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64GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC FIREBIRD/FORMULA8129,6872.7285
65FORD MOTOR CO.FORD TAURUS842321,5562.6185
66FORD MOTOR CO.MERCURY MOUNTAINEER19677,7872.5197
67DAIMLERCHRYSLERJEEP CHEROKEE/GRAND533211,7862.5167
68HYUNDAIELANTRA299118,9622.5134
69JAGUARXKR41,5952.5078
70HONDAPASSPORT155,9992.5004
71TOYOTATUNDRA PICKUP6626,4422.4960
72GENERAL MOTORSBUICK REGAL9539,1242.4282
73NISSANINFINITI G203112,7882.4241
74TOYOTA4RUNNER20585,1262.4082
75GENERAL MOTORSOLDSMOBILE INTRIGUE6025,0082.3992
76TOYOTALEXUS SC6125,6832.3751
77GENERAL MOTORSBUICK CENTURY331141,8182.3340
78FORD MOTOR CO.MERCURY GRAND MARQUIS14662,6482.3305
79FORD MOTOR CO.FORD EXPLORER1,419610,2682.3252
80NISSANXTERRA23199,8872.3126
81MAZDA62611349,1812.2976
82GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC DEVILLE20991,0572.2953
83SUZUKIAERIO3113,6662.2684
84HONDAACURA 3.2 CL135,7492.2613
85GENERAL MOTORSSATURN LS19184,9662.2480
86MAZDAPROTÉGÉ21997,8822.2374
87DAIMLERCHRYSLERCHRYSLER PT CRUISER377169,5592.2234
88HONDAACURA RSX9542,8092.2192
89TOYOTARAV421296,4892.1971
90ISUZUAXIOM4018,2802.1882
91TOYOTACAMRY/SOLARA1,027472,0302.1757
92MERCEDES-BENZ208 (CLK-CLASS)4320,1992.1288
93JAGUARXJ852,3542.1240
94FORD MOTOR CO.FORD RANGER PICKUP499238,5582.0917
95KIA MOTORSSPORTAGE9746,8832.0690
96DAIMLERCHRYSLERJEEP LIBERTY429207,9912.0626
97DAEWOONUBIRA115,3512.0557
98GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC BONNEVILLE8742,6642.0392
99VOLVOC7073,4542.0266
100HYUNDAIXG3818,8422.0168
101TOYOTAECHO6532,4952.0003
102DAIMLERCHRYSLERJEEP WRANGLER13366,5651.9980
103NISSANFRONTIER PICKUP18190,9641.9898
104GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC ELDORADO147,0471.9867
105MERCEDES-BENZ215 (CL-CLASS)105,0621.9755
106MERCEDES-BENZ220 (S-CLASS)5326,9181.9689
107DAEWOOLEGANZA115,5931.9667
108TOYOTATACOMA PICKUP315162,3221.9406
109GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET TRACKER8845,7931.9217
110AUDIA4/A4 QUATTRO/S47338,4821.8970
111GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET IMPALA375201,4671.8613
112TOYOTALEXUS LS5027,1621.8408
113FORD MOTOR CO.FORD ESCAPE291159,3221.8265
114NISSANINFINITI QX42915,9431.8190
115SUBARUIMPREZA10859,3911.8185
116NISSANPATHFINDER10759,4091.8011
117GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET S10/T10 PICKUP251139,5211.7990
118MAZDAB-SERIES PICKUP4022,2751.7957
119VOLKSWAGENGOLF/GTI5531,6401.7383
120GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET ASTRO VAN6738,9631.7196
121HONDAS20001710,0491.6917
122GENERAL MOTORSGMC SONOMA PICKUP6639,2921.6797
123HONDAACCORD702419,3981.6738
124VOLVOS402313,9801.6452
125MAZDAMX-5 MIATA2213,5441.6243
126VOLVOS802515,8511.5772
127HONDAACURA 3.2 TL9560,8601.5610
128ISUZURODEO6541,9961.5478
129DAIMLERCHRYSLERCHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY MPV202130,9371.5427
130HONDACIVIC500329,7781.5162
131JAGUARVANDEN PLAS/SUPER V831,9811.5144
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132MERCEDES-BENZ170 (SLK-CLASS)127,9541.5087
133VOLKSWAGENJETTA218144,7901.5056
134GENERAL MOTORSSATURN SL221148,5141.4881
135GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER375253,2491.4808
136FORD MOTOR CO.MERCURY COUGAR3524,4851.4294
137BMW3146102,5741.4234
138FORD MOTOR CO.FORD CROWN VICTORIA3222,5641.4182
139PORSCHE9111712,0341.4127
140TOYOTALEXUS GS2517,8631.3995
141FORD MOTOR CO.FORD WINDSTAR VAN204146,2741.3946
142GENERAL MOTORSBUICK PARK AVENUE4231,9131.3161
143NISSANINFINITI I354030,6041.3070
144PORSCHEBOXSTER139,9751.3033
145BMW54539,4451.2929
146MERCEDES-BENZ203 (C-CLASS)9170,6881.2873
147VOLKSWAGENEUROVAN/CAMPER75,4721.2792
148AUDITT1411,1331.2575
149JAGUARX-TYPE4435,6591.2339
150HYUNDAISANTA FE9982,8241.1953
151VOLVOS604840,8841.1741
152JAGUARXJR18531.1723
153TOYOTAMR2 SPYDER65,3351.1246
154VOLVOV4032,6801.1194
155GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC AZTEK2017,8861.1182
156GENERAL MOTORSSATURN SC4843,2131.1108
157SAAB382332018,0551.1077
158VOLKSWAGENCABRIO1311,7491.1065
159GENERAL MOTORSBUICK LESABRE148137,7371.0745
160KIA MOTORSSEDONA VAN5349,7311.0657
161VOLKSWAGENPASSAT9993,8121.0553
162GENERAL MOTORSGMC ENVOY112108,6501.0308
163MERCEDES-BENZ210 (E-CLASS)3130,3681.0208
164TOYOTAAVALON6967,7721.0181
165TOYOTAPRIUS2322,7371.0116
166FORD MOTOR CO.LINCOLN CONTINENTAL1918,8041.0104
167VOLKSWAGENNEW BEETLE5656,0450.9992
168TOYOTASIENNA VAN8285,4170.9600
169NISSANQUEST VAN2021,0990.9479
170TOYOTALEXUS RX6973,0490.9446
171LAND ROVERFREELANDER1516,2680.9221
172GENERAL MOTORSGMC SAFARI VAN99,8870.9103
173FORD MOTOR CO.FORD MUSTANG705775,1530.9095
174MAZDATRIBUTE4549,5610.9080
175GENERAL MOTORSOLDSMOBILE BRAVADA2528,6580.8724
176HONDAACURA 3.5 RL1416,4490.8511
177GENERAL MOTORSBUICK RENDEZVOUS6677,5730.8508
178GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET VENTURE VAN7184,1160.8441
179TOYOTAHIGHLANDER90110,5300.8143
180TOYOTALEXUS ES5770,5170.8083
181GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC MONTANA VAN3545,5580.7683
182VOLVOV70912,1440.7411
183HONDAACURA MDX3648,9980.7347
184DAIMLERCHRYSLERDODGE DAKOTA PICKUP106145,2380.7298
185SUBARUFORESTER3955,1140.7076
186QUANTUM TECH.CHEVROLET CAVALIER11,4830.6743
187FORD MOTOR CO.MERCURY VILLAGER VAN1218,3640.6535
188AUDIA6/A6 QUATTRO/S6/AVANT1422,2120.6303
189GENERAL MOTORSSATURN VUE2135,1780.5970
190SUBARULEGACY/OUTBACK4788,7900.5293
191MAZDAMPV VAN1325,1220.5175
192HONDAINSIGHT12,0060.4985
193FORD MOTOR CO.FORD THUNDERBIRD1428,6390.4888
194BMWMINI COOPER817,0330.4697
195GENERAL MOTORSOLDSMOBILE SILHOUETTE VAN1123,8630.4610
196HONDACR-V62138,0610.4491
197BMWM/Z3818,7680.4263
198SAAB38235615,3390.3912
199HONDAODYSSEY VAN58148,8570.3896
200VOLVOXC820,7250.3860
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201GENERAL MOTORSSATURN LW411,2730.3548
202FORD MOTOR CO.FORD TH!NK NEIGHBOR26,6130.3024
203ASTON MARTINVANQUISH01270.0000
204ASTON MARTINVANTAGE02650.0000
205AUDIA806720.0000
206AUDIALLROAD QUATTRO05,0850.0000
207BMWZ806870.0000
208DAIMLERCHRYSLERDODGE VIPER01,3550.0000
209FERRARI36006840.0000
210FERRARI4560200.0000
211FERRARI575M02080.0000
212GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC FUNERAL COACH/HEARSE01,0320.0000
213GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC LIMOUSINE08750.0000
214JAGUARXJS01,0000.0000
215LAMBORGHINIMURCIELAGO0980.0000
216LOTUSESPRIT01000.0000
217MASERATICOUPE/SPIDER04920.0000
218MITSUBISHINATIVA 201,5130.0000
219ROLLS-ROYCEPARK WARD0120.0000
220ROLLS-ROYCESILVER SERAPH0630.0000
221ROLLS-ROYCEBENTLEY ARNAGE02560.0000
222ROLLS-ROYCEBENTLEY AZURE01010.0000
223ROLLS-ROYCEBENTLEY CONTINENTAL R0310.0000
224ROLLS-ROYCEBENTLEY CONTINENTAL T020.0000
225ROLLS-ROYCEBENTLEY CORNICHE0370.0000
1 This vehicle was manufactured under the Chrysler nameplate for sale in a U.S. Territory and 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: August 25, 2004.

Stephen R. Kratzke,

Associate Administrator for Rulemaking.

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