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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) 2003 passenger motor vehicles that occurred in calendar year (CY) 2003. The final 2003 theft data indicate a decrease in the vehicle theft rate experienced in CY/MY 2003. The final theft rate for MY 2003 passenger vehicles stolen in calendar year 2003 (1.84 thefts per thousand vehicles) decreased by 26.1 percent from the theft rate for CY/MY 2002 (2.49 thefts per thousand vehicles) when compared to the theft rate experienced in CY/MY 2002. 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 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 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 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 to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The final 2003 theft data show a decrease in the vehicle theft rate when compared to the theft rate experienced in CY/MY 2002. The final 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, two are multipurpose passenger vehicle lines, and one is a light-duty truck line.

The MY 2003 theft rate reduction is consistent with the general decreasing trend of theft rates over the past ten years as indicated by Figure 1.

The agency believes that the decrease could be the result of several factors including the increased use of standard antitheft devices (i.e., immobilizers), vehicle partsmarking, increased and improved prosecution efforts by law enforcement organizations and, increased public awareness measures have contributed to the overall reduction in vehicle thefts.

On Wednesday, May 2, 2005, NHTSA published the preliminary theft rates for CY 2003 passenger motor vehicles in the Federal Register (70 FR 10066). The agency tentatively ranked each of the MY 2003 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 Start Printed Page 46094comments to make the necessary adjustments to its data.

The agency received a written comment from American Honda (Honda). In its comments, Honda informed the agency that there was an error in the published production volume for the Honda S2000 vehicle line. However, upon further review by Honda, it was confirmed that the reported production volume was correct. Therefore, the published production volume as reported to the agency will remain unchanged.

The following list represents NHTSA's final calculation of theft rates for all 2003 passenger motor vehicle lines. This list is intended to inform the public of calendar year 2003 motor vehicle thefts of model year 2003 vehicles and does not have any effect on the obligations of regulated parties under 49 U.S.C. Chapter 331, Theft Prevention.

Final 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)
1DAIMLERCHRYSLERDODGE STRATUS68262,49610.9127
2DAIMLERCHRYSLERDODGE INTREPID39240,3669.7111
3MITSUBISHIMONTERO9413,6046.9097
4MITSUBISHIDIAMANTE579,9815.7109
5TOYOTATUNDRA PICKUP16228,9815.5899
6DAIMLERCHRYSLERSEBRING18035,5995.0563
7MITSUBISHIMONTERO SPORT17435,5084.9003
8MITSUBISHIGALANT46897,4184.8040
9JAGUARXJR48454.7337
10DAIMLERCHRYSLERDODGE NEON590127,9024.6129
11DAIMLERCHRYSLERCHRYSLER SEBRING CONVERTIBLE6113,3374.5737
12DAIMLERCHRYSLERCHRYSLER CONCORDE6113,6904.4558
13DAIMLERCHRYSLERCHRYSLER 300M6113,7194.4464
14SUZUKIAERIO15033,9314.4207
15FORD MOTOR CO.FORD MUSTANG598143,8234.1579
16NISSANSENTRA29371,7344.0845
17GENERAL MOTORSOLDSMOBILE ALERO33386,2293.8618
18MITSUBISHILANCER28375,5853.7441
19JAGUARXK882,1513.7192
20VOLVOS40113,0143.6496
21MITSUBISHIECLIPSE33392,0623.6171
22GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC GRAND PRIX24970,3953.5372
23DAIMLERCHRYSLERCHRYSLER VOYAGER VAN7220,6423.4880
24NISSANMAXIMA21162,5373.3740
25GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET MONTE CARLO22867,6103.3723
26BMWM3308,9643.3467
27GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC GRAND AM450145,1503.1002
28FORD MOTOR CO.LINCOLN LS7223,4723.0675
29HONDAS2000247,8623.0527
30SUZUKIVITARA/GRAND10835,4373.0477
31KIA MOTORSOPTIMA7023,3402.9991
32DAIMLERCHRYSLERDODGE CARAVAN/GRAND CARAVAN725248,7332.9148
33GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET CAVALIER633218,3402.8991
34SUBARUIMPREZA6723,3332.8715
35TOYOTAECHO10135,2762.8631
36GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET MALIBU507179,5652.8235
37GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET BLAZER S10/T1015254,1652.8062
38MERCEDES-BENZ215 (CL-CLASS)93,2142.8002
39BMWM551,9022.6288
40NISSANALTIMA591225,3882.6221
41JAGUARXJ8103,8162.6205
42VOLVOC7041,5402.5974
43GENERAL MOTORSBUICK REGAL8935,3742.5160
44KIA MOTORSSPECTRA17671,2492.4702
45GENERAL MOTORSBUICK CENTURY363148,5062.4443
46JAGUARS-TYPE5522,6082.4328
47TOYOTALEXUS SC2610,8002.4074
48FORD MOTOR CO.LINCOLN TOWN CAR18075,6242.3802
49TOYOTACOROLLA786330,2442.3801
50FORD MOTOR CO.FORD FOCUS610257,4532.3694
51HYUNDAIACCENT12051,4252.3335
52NISSAN350Z9239,4482.3322
53TOYOTACELICA4218,0622.3253
54GENERAL MOTORSSATURN LS16471,0822.3072
55DAIMLERCHRYSLERCHRYSLER PT CRUISER272118,7982.2896
56HONDAACURA 3.2 CL3716,3272.2662
57FORD MOTOR CO.FORD TAURUS757334,3292.2642
58GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC SUNFIRE8537,8132.2479
59BMW74621,3872.1508
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60HYUNDAITIBURON8740,8302.1308
61TOYOTALEXUS IS3014,4452.0768
62FORD MOTOR CO.MERCURY MOUNTAINEER9545,9502.0675
63GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET CORVETTE6833,1182.0533
64GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC DEVILLE15777,7032.0205
65HYUNDAIXG188,9422.0130
66HONDAACURA RSX5126,0351.9589
67KIA MOTORSRIO8644,1201.9492
68MAZDAPROTÉGÉ16484,4041.9430
69GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC SEVILLE3618,6271.9327
70GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC BONNEVILLE6734,6751.9322
71MITSUBISHIOUTLANDER9348,2731.9265
72FORD MOTOR CO.MERCURY SABLE12364,4771.9077
73DAIMLERCHRYSLERJEEP LIBERTY331177,4611.8652
74NISSANINFINITI QX4147,7661.8027
75MERCEDES-BENZ220 (S-CLASS)3720,6791.7893
76TOYOTAMATRIX15387,4401.7498
77DAIMLERCHRYSLERCHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY216123,5751.7479
78GENERAL MOTORSGMC SONOMA PICKUP7141,1641.7248
79HYUNDAISONATA12977,4681.6652
80DAIMLERCHRYSLERJEEP GRAND CHEROKEE190114,7361.6560
81MERCEDES-BENZ129 (SL-CLASS)3420,6851.6437
82GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET IMPALA404248,0781.6285
83FORD MOTOR CO.FORD EXPLORER537332,1581.6167
84HYUNDAIELANTRA210130,0311.6150
85VOLVOS603119,5321.5871
86FORD MOTOR CO.FORD ESCAPE240151,7701.5813
87AUDIA816431.5552
88NISSANFRONTIER PICKUP10568,3721.5357
89VOLVOS80127,9271.5138
90TOYOTACAMRY/SOLARA617408,0931.5119
91GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC AZTEK4429,5641.4883
92KIA MOTORSSORENTO6342,8371.4707
93FORD MOTOR CO.FORD RANGER PICKUP331226,1321.4637
94DAIMLERCHRYSLERJEEP WRANGLER9464,3431.4609
95DAIMLERCHRYSLERDODGE DAKOTA PICKUP3121,5821.4364
96FORD MOTOR CO.FORD CROWN VICTORIA5841,6371.3930
97NISSANINFINITI I352417,3341.3846
98HONDAACURA 3.5 RL42,9031.3779
99TOYOTALEXUS GS2014,5551.3741
100GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET S10/T10 PICKUP218159,9201.3632
101NISSANINFINITI G3511181,5051.3619
102TOYOTATACOMA PICKUP209157,1821.3297
103FORD MOTOR CO.FORD ESCORT2821,1621.3231
104TOYOTA4RUNNER133101,2541.3135
105MAZDA67254,8291.3132
106GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET TRACKER5441,7301.2940
107TOYOTARAV410077,3191.2933
108GENERAL MOTORSOLDSMOBILE BRAVADA118,6421.2729
109PORSCHEBOXSTER107,8801.2690
110GENERAL MOTORSGMC SAFARI VAN118,7381.2589
111GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC VIBE8869,9411.2582
112HONDACIVIC369300,4851.2280
113VOLKSWAGENGOLF/GTI4134,0491.2041
114FORD MOTOR CO.MERCURY GRAND MARQUIS127105,6151.2025
115HONDAACCORD499427,6601.1668
116GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET ASTRO VAN3832,6871.1625
117TOYOTAPRIUS1613,8261.1572
118NISSANXTERRA8775,3511.1546
119TOYOTAMR2 SPYDER65,2091.1519
120ISUZUASCENDER43,4761.1507
121VOLKSWAGENJETTA171148,7291.1497
122NISSANPATHFINDER5648,7721.1482
123JAGUARXKR18801.1364
124HONDAACURA 3.2 TL10593,8991.1182
125GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER205194,4271.0544
126AUDIA6/A6 QUATTRO/S6/AVANT1817,1161.0516
127ISUZUAXIOM43,8481.0395
128MERCEDES-BENZ203 (C-CLASS)6563,3271.0264
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129GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC CTS6968,2641.0108
130LAND ROVERFREELANDER109,9851.0015
131NISSANINFINITI Q4533,0340.9888
132MAZDAB SERIES PICKUP1919,3420.9823
133AUDITT66,1380.9775
134TOYOTALEXUS ES6061,5120.9754
135MERCEDES-BENZ210 (E-CLASS)6162,5470.9753
136NISSANINFINITI M4566,4020.9372
137FORD MOTOR CO.FORD EXPLORER SPORT TRAC5862,0590.9346
138TOYOTALEXUS LS2021,5920.9263
139TOYOTALEXUS GX2122,9320.9158
140NISSANMURANO5054,6320.9152
141BMW53639,3420.9151
142FORD MOTOR CO.FORD WINDSTAR VAN134148,0160.9053
143PORSCHE911910,0270.8976
144BMW390100,5890.8947
145JAGUARX-TYPE2730,4830.8857
146VOLVOXC7089,1750.8719
147TOYOTAAVALON5968,8720.8567
148GENERAL MOTORSGMC ENVOY7183,0690.8547
149KIA MOTORSSEDONA VAN4451,5150.8541
150VOLKSWAGENPASSAT89105,2300.8458
151GENERAL MOTORSOLDSMOBILE AURORA33,5500.8451
152AUDIA4/A4 QUATTRO4047,5200.8418
153GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET VENTURE VAN8096,0220.8331
154ISUZURODEO1113,6250.8073
155MAZDAMX-5 MIATA1012,4580.8027
156HYUNDAISANTA FE7998,5150.8019
157MERCEDES-BENZ208 (CLK-CLASS)2531,5600.7921
158JAGUARVANDEN PLAS/SUPER V811,2650.7905
159GENERAL MOTORSBUICK LESABRE97124,3420.7801
160TOYOTASIENNA VAN3342,6880.7731
161GENERAL MOTORSSATURN ION7396,3820.7574
162FORD MOTOR CO.FORD THUNDERBIRD1013,9480.7169
163MAZDATRIBUTE3347,0990.7007
164GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC MONTANA VAN3245,9360.6966
165HONDAELEMENT5175,4570.6759
166HONDAACURA MDX3655,8260.6449
167TOYOTALEXUS RX2234,7450.6332
168GENERAL MOTORSBUICK RENDEZVOUS4267,2390.6246
169TOYOTAHIGHLANDER77128,1570.6008
170GENERAL MOTORSOLDSMOBILE SILHOUETTE VAN1118,3300.6001
171VOLKSWAGENNEW BEETLE3558,8910.5943
172HONDAPILOT71123,0950.5768
173GENERAL MOTORSSATURN VUE58109,4550.5299
174BMWZ41224,1980.4959
175VOLVOXC90612,4040.4837
176VOLVOV7036,2420.4806
177GENERAL MOTORSBUICK PARK AVENUE1429,3090.4777
178SUBARUBAJA714,9660.4677
179SAAB9-5715,1590.4618
180NISSANINFINITI FX35817,6910.4522
181BMWMINI COOPER1533,2550.4511
182HONDACR-V61140,4490.4343
183SAAB9-31333,6530.3863
184SUBARULEGACY/OUTBACK3084,8580.3535
185VOLVOV4039,1550.3277
186SUBARUFORESTER2165,6910.3197
187MERCEDES-BENZ170 (SLK-CLASS)26,5260.3065
188MAZDAMPV VAN1033,5630.2979
189HONDAODYSSEY VAN48165,1970.2906
190GENERAL MOTORSSATURN LW27,2510.2758
191NISSANINFINITI FX4527,7430.2583
192ASTON MARTINVANQUISH02860.0000
193ASTON MARTINVANTAGE03990.0000
194AUDIALLROAD QUATTRO05,2560.0000
195AUDIRS601,4360.0000
196AUDIS803010.0000
197BMWZ805390.0000
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198DAIMLERCHRYSLERDODGE VIPER01,7070.0000
199FERRARI36008850.0000
200FERRARI4560320.0000
201FERRARI575M01670.0000
202FERRARIENZO01020.0000
203GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC FUNERAL COACH/HEARSE09880.0000
204GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC LIMOUSINE06920.0000
205HONDAACURA NSX01760.0000
206HONDAINSIGHT01,0110.0000
207JAGUARXJS05940.0000
208LAMBORGHINIMURCIELAGO0750.0000
209LOTUSESPRIT0960.0000
210MASERATICOUPE/SPYDER04080.0000
211MITSUBISHINATIVA 104700.0000
212QUANTUM TECH.CHEVROLET CAVALIER03130.0000
213ROLLS ROYCEBENTLEY020.0000
214ROLLS ROYCEBENTLEY ARNAGE01070.0000
215ROLLS ROYCEBENTLEY AZURE0350.0000
216ROLLS ROYCECONTINENTAL R010.0000
217VOLKSWAGENEUROVAN/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: August 3, 2005.

Stephen R. Kratzke,

Associate Administrator for Rulemaking.

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