National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation.
Final rule; correcting amendment.
Federal motor vehicle safety standard (FMVSS) No. 109, New pneumatic tires, specifies performance requirements for certain types of passenger car tires. Three paragraphs of regulatory text related to tire testing procedures have been inadvertently removed through administrative error. This document corrects this inadvertent removal.
Effective June 15, 2005.Start Further Info
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FMVSS No. 109 specifies tire dimensions and laboratory test requirements for bead unseating resistance, strength, endurance, and high speed performance; defines tire load ratings; and specifies labeling requirements for certain types of passenger car tires.
On March 16, the Rubber Manufacturers Association informed the agency that paragraphs S18.104.22.168, S5.5, and S5.5.1 of FMVSS No. 109 were missing from the 2003 and 2004 versions of the CFR. S22.214.171.124 specifies the last step of tire endurance testing. S5.5 provides the heading for high speed performance. S5.5.1 specifies the first step for high speed performance testing.
The agency examined the recent CFR amendments affecting FMVSS No. 109 and concluded that the three paragraphs have been inadvertently removed from the CFR. Without these paragraphs, the relevant tire performance testing specifications are incomplete. This document corrects the CFR by adding the inadvertently removed paragraphs of FMVSS No. 109.
This correction will not impose or relax any substantive requirements or burdens on manufacturers. Therefore, NHTSA finds for good cause that any notice and opportunity for comment on these correcting amendments are not necessary.Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 49 CFR Part 571
- Motor vehicle safety; Reporting and recordkeeping requirements; Tires
49 CFR Part 571 is corrected by making the following correcting amendment:End Amendment Part Start Part
PART 571—[CORRECTED]End Part Start Amendment Part
1. The authority citation continues to read as follows:End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
2. Amend § 571.109 by adding S126.96.36.199, S5.5, and S5.5.1 to read as follows:End Amendment Part
S188.8.131.52 Immediately after running the tire the required time, measure its inflation pressure. Allow the tire to cool for one hour. Then deflate the tire, remove it from the test rim, and inspect it for the conditions specified in S184.108.40.206(a).
S5.5 High speed performance.
S5.5.1 After preparing the tire in accordance with S5.4.1, mount the tire and wheel assembly in accordance with S220.127.116.11, and press it against the test wheel with a load of 88 percent of the tire's maximum load rating as marked on the tire sidewall.
Issued: May 10, 2005.
Stephen R. Kratzke,
Associate Administrator for Rulemaking.
1. See Docket No. 2003-15400-34 at: http://dms.dot.gov/search/searchResultsSimple.cfm.Back to Citation
2. Interested parties can examine the current and previous versions of the CFR in PDF format at: http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/cfr-table-search.html#page1.Back to Citation
[FR Doc. 05-9706 Filed 5-13-05; 8:45 am]
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