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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) 2003 including theft rates for existing passenger motor vehicle lines manufactured in model year (MY) 2003. The preliminary theft data indicate that the vehicle theft rate for CY/MY 2003 vehicles (1.84 thefts per thousand vehicles) decreased by 26.1 percent from the theft rate for CY/MY 2002 vehicles (2.49 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 2, 2005.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments [identified by DOT Docket No. NHTSA-2005-20278 and or RIN number 2127-AJ53] 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, 400 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 § 33104(b)(4) mandate, this document reports the preliminary theft data for CY 2003 the most recent calendar year for which data are available.

In calculating the 2003 theft rates, NHTSA followed the same procedures it used in calculating the MY 2002 theft rates. (For 2002 theft data calculations, see 69 FR 53354, September 1, 2004). 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 2003 theft rate for each vehicle line was calculated by dividing the number of reported thefts of MY 2003 vehicles of that line stolen during calendar year 2003, by the total number of vehicles in that line manufactured for MY 2003, as reported by manufacturers to the Environmental Protection Agency.

The preliminary 2003 theft data show a decrease in the vehicle theft rate when compared to the theft rate experienced in CY/MY 2002. The preliminary theft rate for MY 2003 passenger vehicles stolen in calendar year 2003 decreased to 1.84 thefts per thousand vehicles produced, a decrease of 26.1 percent from the rate of 2.49 thefts per thousand vehicles experienced by MY 2002 vehicles in CY 2002. For MY 2003 vehicles, out of a total of 217 vehicle lines, 21 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 21 vehicle lines with a theft rate higher than 3.5826, 18 are passenger car lines, 2 are multipurpose passenger vehicle lines, and one is a light-duty truck line.

In Table I, NHTSA has tentatively ranked each of the MY 2003 vehicle lines in descending order of theft rate. Start Printed Page 10067Public 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 Model Year 2003 Passenger Motor Vehicles Stolen in Calendar Year 2003

ManufacturerMake/model (line)Thefts 2003Production (Mfr's) 20032003 theft rate (per 1,000 vehicles produced)
1 DAIMLERCHRYSLERDODGE STRATUS68262,49610.9127
2 DAIMLERCHRYSLERDODGE INTREPID39240,3669.7111
3 MITSUBISHIMONTERO9413,6046.9097
4 MITSUBISHIDIAMANTE579,9815.7109
5 TOYOTATUNDRA PICKUP16228,9815.5899
6 DAIMLERCHRYSLERSEBRING18035,5995.0563
7 MITSUBISHIMONTERO SPORT17435,5084.9003
8 MITSUBISHIGALANT46897,4184.8040
9 JAGUARXJR48454.7337
10 DAIMLERCHRYSLERDODGE NEON590127,9024.6129
11 DAIMLERCHRYSLERCHRYSLER SEBRING CONVERTIBLE6113,3374.5737
12 DAIMLERCHRYSLERCHRYSLER CONCORDE6113,6904.4558
13 DAIMLERCHRYSLERCHRYSLER 300M6113,7194.4464
14 SUZUKIAERIO15033,9314.4207
15 FORD MOTOR COFORD MUSTANG598143,8234.1579
16 NISSANSENTRA29371,7344.0845
17 GENERAL MOTORSOLDSMOBILE ALERO33386,2293.8618
18  MITSUBISHILANCER28375,5853.7441
19 JAGUARXK882,1513.7192
20 VOLVOS401113,0143.6496
21 MITSUBISHIECLIPSE33392,0623.6171
22 GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC GRAND PRIX24970,3953.5372
23 DAIMLERCHRYSLERCHRYSLER VOYAGER VAN7220,6423.4880
24 NISSANMAXIMA21162,5373.3740
25 GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET MONTE CARLO22867,6103.3723
26 BMWM3308,9643.3467
27 GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC GRAND AM450145,1503.1002
28 FORD MOTOR CO.LINCOLN LS7223,4723.0675
29 HONDAS2000247,86233.0527
30 SUZUKIVITARA/GRAND10835,4373.0477
31 KIA MOTORSOPTIMA7023,3402.9991
32 DAIMLERCHRYSLERDODGE CARAVAN/GRAND CARAVAN725248,7332.9148
33 GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET CAVALIER633218,3402.8991
34 SUBARUIMPREZA6723,3332.8715
35 TOYOTAECHO10135,2762.8631
36 GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET MALIBU507179,5652.8235
37 GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET BLAZER S10/T1015254,1652.8062
38 MERCEDES-BENZ215 (CL-CLASS)93,2142.8002
39 BMWM551,9022.6288
40 NISSANALTIMA591225,3882.6221
41 JAGUARXJ8103,8162.6205
42 VOLVOC7041,5402.5974
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43 GENERAL MOTORSBUICK REGAL8935,3742.5160
44 KIA MOTORSSPECTRA17671,2492.4702
45 GENERAL MOTORSBUICK CENTURY363148,5062.4443
46 JAGUARS-TYPE5522,6082.4328
47 TOYOTALEXUS SC2610,8002.4074
48 FORD MOTOR CO.LINCOLN TOWN CAR18075,6242.3802
49 TOYOTACOROLLA786330,2442.3801
50 FORD MOTOR CO.FORD FOCUS610257,4532.3694
51 HYUNDAIACCENT12051,4252.3335
52 NISSAN350Z9239,4482.3322
53 TOYOTACELICA4218,0622.3253
54 GENERAL MOTORSSATURN LS16471,0822.3072
55 DAIMLERCHRYSLERCHRYSLER PT CRUISER272118,7982.2896
56 HONDAACURA 3.2 CL3716,3272.2662
57 FORD MOTOR CO.FORD TAURUS757334,3292.2642
58 GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC SUNFIRE8537,8132.2479
59 BMW74621,3872.1508
60 HYUNDAITIBURON8740,8302.1308
61 TOYOTALEXUS IS3014,4452.0768
62 FORD MOTOR CO.MERCURY MOUNTAINEER9545,9502.0675
63 GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET CORVETTE6833,1182.0533
64 GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC DEVILLE15777,7032.0205
65 HYUNDAIXG188,9422.0130
66 HONDAACURA RSX5126,0351.9589
67 KIA MOTORSRIO8644,1201.9492
68 MAZDAPROTÉGÉ16484,4041.9430
69 GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC SEVILLE3618,6271.9327
70 GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC BONNEVILLE6734,6751.9322
71 MITSUBISHIOUTLANDER9348,2731.9265
72 FORD MOTOR CO.MERCURY SABLE12364,4771.9077
73 DAIMLERCHRYSLERJEEP LIBERTY331177,4611.8652
74 NISSANINFINITI QX4147,7661.8027
75 MERCEDES-BENZ220 (S-CLASS)3720,6791.7893
76 TOYOTAMATRIX15387,4401.7498
77 DAIMLERCHRYSLERCHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY216123,5751.7479
78 GENERAL MOTORSGMC SONOMA PICKUP7141,1641.7248
79 HYUNDAISONATA12977,4681.6652
80 DAIMLERCHRYSLERJEEP GRAND CHEROKEE190114,7361.6560
81 MERCEDES-BENZ129 (SL-CLASS)3420,6851.6437
82 GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET IMPALA404248,0781.6285
83 FORD MOTOR CO.FORD EXPLORER537332,1581.6167
84 HYUNDAIELANTRA210130,0311.6150
85 VOLVOS603119,5321.5871
86 FORD MOTOR CO.FORD ESCAPE240151,7701.5813
87 AUDIA816431.5552
88 NISSANFRONTIER PICKUP10568,3721.5357
89 VOLVOS80127,9271.5138
90 TOYOTACAMRY/SOLARA617408,0931.5119
91 GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC AZTEK4429,5641.4883
92 KIA MOTORSSORENTO6342,8371.4707
93 FORD MOTOR CO.FORD RANGER PICKUP331226,1321.4637
94 DAIMLERCHRYSLERJEEP WRANGLER9464,3431.4609
95 DAIMLERCHRYSLERDODGE DAKOTA PICKUP3121,5821.4364
96 FORD MOTOR CO.FORD CROWN VICTORIA5841,6371.3930
97 NISSANINFINITI I352417,3341.3846
98 HONDAACURA 3.5 RL42,9031.3779
99 TOYOTALEXUS GS2014,5551.3741
100 GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET S10/T10 PICKUP218159,9201.3632
101 NISSANINFINITI G3511181,5051.3619
102 TOYOTATACOMA PICKUP209157,1821.3297
103 FORD MOTOR CO.FORD ESCORT2821,1621.3231
104 TOYOTA4RUNNER133101,2541.3135
105 MAZDA67254,8291.3132
106 GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET TRACKER5441,7301.2940
107 TOYOTARAV410077,3191.2933
108 GENERAL MOTORSOLDSMOBILE BRAVADA118,6421.2729
109 PORSCHEBOXSTER107,8801.2690
110 GENERAL MOTORSGMC SAFARI VAN118,7381.2589
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111 GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC VIBE8869,9411.2582
112 HONDACIVIC369300,4851.2280
113 VOLKSWAGENGOLF/GTI4134,0491.2041
114 FORD MOTOR CO.MERCURY GRAND MARQUIS127105,6151.2025
115 HONDAACCORD499427,6601.1668
116 GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET ASTRO VAN3832,6871.1625
117 TOYOTAPRIUS1613,8261.1572
118 NISSANXTERRA8775,3511.1546
119 TOYOTAMR2 SPYDER65,2091.1519
120 ISUZUASCENDER43,4761.1507
121 VOLKSWAGENJETTA171148,7291.1497
122 NISSANPATHFINDER5648,7721.1482
123 JAGUARXKR18801.1364
124 HONDAACURA 3.2 TL10593,8991.1182
125 GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER205194,4271.0544
126 AUDIA6/A6 QUATTRO/S6/AVANT1817,1161.0516
127 ISUZUAXIOM43,8481.0395
128 MERCEDES-BENZ203 (C-CLASS)6563,3271.0264
129 GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC CTS6968,2641.0108
130 LAND ROVERFREELANDER109,9851.0015
131 NISSANINFINITI Q4533,0340.9888
132 MAZDAB SERIES PICKUP1919,3420.9823
133 AUDITT66,1380.9775
134 TOYOTALEXUS ES6061,5120.9754
135 MERCEDES-BENZ210 (E-CLASS)6162,5470.9753
136 NISSANINFINITI M4566,4020.9372
137 FORD MOTOR CO.FORD EXPLORER SPORT TRAC5862,0590.9346
138 TOYOTALEXUS LS2021,5920.9263
139 TOYOTALEXUS GX2122,9320.9158
140 NISSANMURANO5054,6320.9152
141 BMW53639,3420.9151
142 FORD MOTOR CO.FORD WINDSTAR VAN134148,0160.9053
143 PORSCHE911910,0270.8976
144 BMW390100,5890.8947
145 JAGUARX-TYPE2730,4830.8857
146 VOLVOXC7089,1750.8719
147 TOYOTAAVALON5968,8720.8567
148 GENERAL MOTORSGMC ENVOY7183,0690.8547
149 KIA MOTORSSEDONA VAN4451,5150.8541
150 VOLKSWAGENPASSAT89105,2300.8458
151 GENERAL MOTORSOLDSMOBILE AURORA33,5500.8451
152 AUDIA4/A4 QUATTRO4047,5200.8418
153 GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET VENTURE VAN8096,0220.8331
154 ISUZURODEO1113,6250.8073
155 MAZDAMX-5 MIATA1012,4580.8027
156 HYUNDAISANTA FE7998,5150.8019
157 MERCEDES-BENZ208 (CLK-CLASS)2531,5600.7921
158 JAGUARVANDEN PLAS/SUPER V811,26 50.7905
159 GENERAL MOTORSBUICK LESABRE97124,3420.7801
160 TOYOTASIENNA VAN3342,6880.7731
161 GENERAL MOTORSSATURN ION7396,3820.7574
162 FORD MOTOR CO.FORD THUNDERBIRD1013,9480.7169
163 MAZDATRIBUTE3347,0990.7007
164 GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC MONTANA VAN3245,9360.6966
165 HONDAELEMENT5175,4570.6759
166 HONDAACURA MDX3655,8260.6449
167 TOYOTALEXUS RX2234,7450.6332
168 GENERAL MOTORSBUICK RENDEZVOUS4267,2390.6246
169 TOYOTAHIGHLANDER77128,1570.6008
170 GENERAL MOTORSOLDSMOBILE SILHOUETTE VAN1118,3300.6001
171 VOLKSWAGENNEW BEETLE3558,8910.5943
172 HONDAPILOT71123,0950.5768
173 GENERAL MOTORSSATURN VUE58109,4550.5299
174 BMWZ41224,1980.4959
175 VOLVOXC90612,4040.4837
176 VOLVOV7036,2420.4806
177 GENERAL MOTORSBUICK PARK AVENUE1429,3090.4777
178 SUBARUBAJA714,9660.4677
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179 SAAB9-5715,1590.4618
180 NISSANINFINITI FX35817,6910.4522
181 BMWMINI COOPER1533,2550.4511
182 HONDACR-V61140,4490.4343
183 SAAB9-31333,6530.3863
184 SUBARULEGACY/OUTBACK3084,8580.3535
185 VOLVOV4039,1550.3277
186 SUBARUFORESTER2165,6910.3197
187 MERCEDES-BENZ170 (SLK-CLASS)26,5260.3065
188 MAZDAMPV VAN1033,5630.2979
189 HONDAODYSSEY VAN48165,1970.2906
190 GENERAL MOTORSSATURN LW27,2510.2758
191 NISSANINFINITI FX4527,7430.2583
192 ASTON MARTINVANQUISH02860.0000
193 ASTON MARTINVANTAGE03990.0000
194 AUDIALLROAD QUATTRO05,2560.0000
195 AUDIRS601,4360.0000
196 AUDIS803010.0000
197 BMWZ805390.0000
198 DAIMLERCHRYSLERDODGE VIPER01,7070.0000
199 FERRARI36008850.0000
200 FERRARI4560320.0000
201 FERRARI575M01670.0000
202 FERRARIENZO01020.0000
203 GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC FUNERAL COACH/HEARSE09880.0000
204 GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC LIMOUSINE06920.0000
205 HONDAACURA NSX01760.0000
206 HONDAINSIGHT01,0110.0000
207 JAGUARXJS05940.0000
208 LAMBORGHINIMURCIELAGO0750.0000
209 LOTUSESPRIT0960.0000
210 MASERATICOUPE/SPYDER04080.0000
211 MITSUBISHINATIVA 104700.0000
212 QUANTUM TECHCHEVROLET CAVALIER03130.0000
213 ROLLS ROYCEBENTLEY020.0000
214 ROLLS ROYCEBENTLEY ARNAGE01070.0000
215 ROLLS ROYCEBENTLEY AZURE0350.0000
216 ROLLS ROYCECONTINENTAL R010.0000
217 VOLKSWAGENEUROVAN/CAMPER04,6620.0000
1 This vehicle was manufactured for sale only in Puerto Rico and represents the U.S. version of Mitsubishi's Montero Sport line.
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Issued on: February 18, 2005.

Stephen R. Kratzke,

Associate Administrator for Rulemaking.

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