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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) 2004 including theft rates for existing passenger motor vehicle lines manufactured in model year (MY) 2004. The preliminary theft data indicate that the vehicle theft rate for CY/MY 2004 vehicles (1.83 thefts per thousand vehicles) decreased by 0.54 percent from the theft rate for CY/MY 2003 vehicles (1.84 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 July 3, 2006.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments (identified by DOT Docket No. NHTSA-2006-24236) 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, S.W., 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 Vehicle, Fuel Economy and Consumer Standards, NHTSA, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590. Ms. Mazyck's telephone number is (202) 366-4139. 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 2004 the most recent calendar year for which data are available.

In calculating the 2004 theft rates, NHTSA followed the same procedures it used in calculating the MY 2003 theft rates. (For 2003 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 Start Printed Page 25804receives 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 2004 theft rate for each vehicle line was calculated by dividing the number of reported thefts of MY 2004 vehicles of that line stolen during calendar year 2004, by the total number of vehicles in that line manufactured for MY 2004, as reported by manufacturers to the Environmental Protection Agency.

The preliminary 2004 theft data show a decrease in the vehicle theft rate when compared to the theft rate experienced in CY/MY 2003. The preliminary theft rate for MY 2004 passenger vehicles stolen in calendar year 2004 decreased to 1.83 thefts per thousand vehicles produced, a decrease of 0.54 percent from the rate of 1.84 thefts per thousand vehicles experienced by MY 2003 vehicles in CY 2003. For MY 2004 vehicles, out of a total of 231 vehicle lines, 22 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 22 vehicle lines with a theft rate higher than 3.5826, 20 are passenger car lines, one is a multipurpose passenger vehicle line, and one is a light-duty truck line.

The preliminary MY 2004 theft rate reduction is consistent with the general decreasing trend of theft rates over the past eleven years as indicated by Figure 1.

The agency believes that the theft rate reduction 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 that may have contributed to the overall reduction in vehicle thefts.

In Table I, NHTSA has tentatively ranked each of the MY 2004 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 Part 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 Start Printed Page 25805supervisor 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 2004 Passenger Motor Vehicles Stolen in Calendar Year 2004

ManufacturerMake/model (line)Thefts 2004Production (Mfr's) 20042004 theft rate (per 1,000 vehicles produced)
1DAIMLERCHRYSLERDODGE INTREPID66267,2899.8382
2TOYOTATUNDRA PICKUP13514,9139.0525
3DAIMLERCHRYSLERDODGE STRATUS1,047140,2487.4653
4DAIMLERCHRYSLERCHRYSLER SEBRING52590,8975.7758
5HONDAACURA NSX11985.0505
6GENERAL MOTORSOLDSMOBILE ALERO34669,5344.9760
7GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET MALIBU CLASSIC46498,0254.7335
8DAIMLERCHRYSLERCHRYSLER CONCORDE10822,8794.7205
9MITSUBISHIDIAMANTE194,1354.5949
10SUBARUIMPREZA17738,8064.5612
11MITSUBISHIMONTERO SPORT245,4144.4330
12GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET MONTE CARLO26862,3914.2955
13DAIMLERCHRYSLERDODGE NEON498117,6014.2347
14MITSUBISHIECLIPSE7417,6824.1850
15NISSANSENTRA504122,2084.1241
16FORD MOTOR CO.FORD MUSTANG541135,7343.9857
17NISSANINFINITI Q4541,0063.9761
18KIARIO14537,5993.8565
19DAIMLERCHRYSLERCHRYSLER SEBRING CONVERTIBLE24864,4423.8484
20MITSUBISHIGALANT16542,9023.8460
21GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC GRAND AM639171,9253.7167
22HYUNDAIACCENT15542,8633.6162
23MITSUBISHILANCER14042,7763.2729
24MITSUBISHIENDEAVOR17756,0303.1590
25GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC SUNFIRE11436,1763.1513
26NISSANALTIMA27388,3483.0901
27GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET CAVALIER658215,2753.0566
28TOYOTASCION XB7325,0982.9086
29KIAOPTIMA18666,3972.8013
30FORD MOTOR COFORD FOCUS302109,0502.7694
31GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET IMPALA743269,7332.7546
32SUZUKIVERONA4416,4782.6702
33BMW74316,2452.6470
34GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC SEVILLE166,2222.5715
35ISUZURODEO4316,8632.5500
36NISSANMAXIMA301119,1462.5263
37TOYOTACELICA218,4832.4755
38DAIMLERCHRYSLERCHRYSLER PT CRUISER255104,5582.4388
39BMWM3218,6322.4328
40KIAAMANTI4619,3632.3757
41GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC AZTEK4920,8542.3497
42FORD MOTOR COFORD TAURUS477203,1262.3483
43MAZDA617675,8432.3206
44GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET BLAZER S10/T1011650,8552.2810
45SUZUKIFORENZA5725,0322.2771
46GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC GRAND PRIX408179,5562.2723
47FORD MOTOR COLINCOLN TOWN CAR12555,2272.2634
48FORD MOTOR COLINCOLN LS6629,3442.2492
49SUZUKIAERIO3716,4592.2480
50MITSUBISHIOUTLANDER5022,3362.2385
51TOYOTACOROLLA602272,3012.2108
52GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET CORVETTE7433,5012.2089
53KIASPECTRA9644,3222.1660
54NISSAN350Z8740,2552.1612
55TOYOTALEXUS GS219,7562.1525
56FORD MOTOR COMERCURY SABLE9042,2362.1309
57TOYOTALEXUS IS2411,3082.1224
58FERRARI36029502.1053
59MERCEDES-BENZ170 (SLK-CLASS)83,8362.0855
60DAIMLER-CHRYSLERCHRYSLER PACIFICA19298,3401.9524
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61DAIMLERCHRYSLERJEEP GRAND CHEROKEE617317,3811.9440
62HONDAACURA RSX3920,2801.9231
63DAIMLERCHRYSLERDODGE DAKOTA PICKUP6232,3551.9162
64FORD MOTOR COFORD CROWN VICTORIA6332,9771.9104
65DAIMLERCHRYSLERDODGE CARAVAN/GRAND CARAVAN16284,9651.9067
66GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC BONNEVILLE4021,1631.8901
67HYUNDAIELANTRA196103,7871.8885
68BMW6115,8701.8739
69JAGUARXJR42,1791.8357
70GENERAL MOTORSGMC CANYON PICKUP3921,4021.8223
71MAZDARX-86435,1471.8209
72GENERAL MOTORSBUICK RENDEZVOUS12368,0431.8077
73JAGUARXKR15571.7953
74DAIMLERCHRYSLERJEEP LIBERTY305173,1281.7617
75FORD MOTOR COFORD EXPLORER515294,6221.7480
76VOLKSWAGENPHAETON42,3261.7197
77MERCEDES-BENZ129 (SL-CLASS)2011,9281.6767
78NISSANINFINITI FX354426,5311.6584
79DAIMLERCHRYSLERCHRYSLER 300M3420,8361.6318
80TOYOTATACOMA PICKUP259159,3481.6254
81VOLKSWAGENR3285,0171.5946
82NISSANINFINITI G3513987,7801.5835
83HYUNDAITIBURON3320,9771.5732
84GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET TRACKER2415,2761.5711
85HYUNDAISONATA158101,7741.5525
86MERCEDES-BENZ208 (CLK-CLASS)3120,0131.5490
87GENERAL MOTORSBUICK CENTURY8454,7061.5355
88GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC DEVILLE11173,2741.5149
89FORD MOTOR COFORD THUNDERBIRD1912,5771.5107
90TOYOTAMATRIX9160,3111.5088
91VOLVOS403422,6161.5034
92GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER308209,3481.4712
93HONDAS2000117,5111.4645
94DAIMLERCHRYSLERDODGE VIPER32,0651.4528
95DAIMLERCHRYSLERJEEP WRANGLER13291,6311.4406
96LAMBORGHINIGALLARDO16971.4347
97TOYOTACAMRY/SOLARA532373,2681.4252
98TOYOTALEXUS SC149,9051.4134
99MAZDAMX-5 MIATA128,6201.3921
100GENERAL MOTORSGMC ENVOY11483,0131.3733
101MAZDA310475,9151.3700
102JAGUARXJ81511,0481.3577
103GENERAL MOTORSGMC SAFARI VAN64,4281.3550
104VOLVOV4042,9631.3500
105HONDACIVIC390289,3471.3479
106GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET ASTRO VAN2820,8921.3402
107JAGUARS-TYPE107,4691.3389
108GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET AVEO9268,7411.3384
109KIASORENTO6347,4041.3290
110GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET MALIBU12796,6051.3146
111FORD MOTOR COFORD EXPLORER SPORT TRAC7960,1661.3130
112NISSANFRONTIER PICKUP10077,0791.2974
113GENERAL MOTORSBUICK PARK AVENUE2216,9851.2953
114SUZUKIVITARA/GRAND VITARA4434,2271.2855
115DAIMLERCHRYSLERCHRYSLER CROSSFIRE2217,3451.2684
116AUDIA4/A4 QUATTRO/S4/S4 AVANT5946,6601.2645
117GENERAL MOTORSBUICK REGAL2418,9831.2643
118FORD MOTOR COFORD ESCAPE133106,3091.2511
119MERCEDES-BENZ203 (C-CLASS)6451,6301.2396
120TOYOTASCION XA1814,7531.2201
121NISSANINFINITI QX561512,2961.2199
122JAGUARX-TYPE3024,6931.2149
123VOLVOS605041,8041.1961
124ISUZUAXIOM43,3471.1951
125HONDAACCORD448376,6801.1893
126NISSANINFINITI M4521,6871.1855
127VOLKSWAGENJETTA10992,9791.1723
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128GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET COLORADO10993,4111.1669
129FORD MOTOR COMERCURY GRAND MARQUIS10489,1301.1668
130GENERAL MOTORSSATURN ION141121,1091.1642
131MAZDAMPV VAN2622,3461.1635
132VOLVOS802319,8021.1615
133GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC MONTANA VAN3530,2771.1560
134HYUNDAIXG3002724,2621.1129
135TOYOTA4RUNNER135122,0341.1062
136MERCEDES-BENZ220 (S-CLASS)1816,4161.0965
137GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC GTO1312,0441.0794
138HONDAACURA TSX5046,4941.0754
139ISUZUASCENDER87,4551.0731
140NISSANXTERRA9084,4781.0654
141PORSCHE911109,5461.0476
142AUDIA887,6541.0452
143LAND ROVERFREELANDER54,7951.0428
144GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC VIBE6562,3651.0423
145BMW3106103,0921.0282
146FORD MOTOR COMERCURY MOUNTAINEER5250,5801.0281
147VOLKSWAGENGOLF/GTI2020,0430.9979
148FORD MOTOR COFORD FREESTAR104105,2800.9878
149TOYOTAMR2 SPYDER11,0230.9775
150GENERAL MOTORSBUICK LESABRE117119,7420.9771
151MERCEDES-BENZ215 (CL-CLASS)22,1250.9412
152KIASEDONA VAN5053,1400.9409
153BMW54548,0090.9373
154PORSCHEBOXSTER44,4170.9056
155HONDAACURA 3.2 TL6775,0260.8930
156TOYOTALEXUS LS2831,8810.8783
157DAIMLERCHRYSLERCHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY (MPV)4956,3610.8694
158GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET VENTURE VAN6676,7770.8596
159NISSANMURANO5564,2800.8556
160MERCEDES-BENZ210 (E-CLASS)3945,6020.8552
161HONDAACURA 3.5 RL78,3410.8392
162BMWZ41113,1710.8352
163MAZDATRIBUTE2530,5240.8190
164NISSANPATHFINDER2328,3870.8102
165TOYOTARAV46277,6430.7985
166FORD MOTOR COFORD RANGER PICKUP136172,5660.7881
167GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC SRX2430,8110.7789
168GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC XLR33,8570.7778
169GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC CTS4355,9840.7681
170GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET S10/T10 PICKUP912,1110.7431
171GENERAL MOTORSOLDSMOBILE SILHOUETTE VAN79,4200.7431
172HONDAACURA MDX4562,3970.7212
173GENERAL MOTORSSATURN LS1318,1850.7149
174AUDIALLROAD QUATTRO45,6750.7048
175TOYOTAECHO45,6970.7021
176TOYOTALEXUS RX101146,4310.6897
177VOLKSWAGENPASSAT4870,8780.6772
178VOLKSWAGENNEW BEETLE3044,8960.6682
179TOYOTAHIGHLANDER82123,7260.6628
180HYUNDAISANTA FE86130,3850.6596
181VOLVOC7057,7310.6467
182TOYOTALEXUS ES4570,7740.6358
183AUDIA6/A6 QUATTRO/S6/S6 AVANT1015,8850.6295
184GENERAL MOTORSGMC SONOMA PICKUP23,1900.6270
185NISSANQUEST VAN4063,9300.6257
186MAZDAB SERIES PICKUP69,7660.6144
187HONDAELEMENT3456,0020.6071
188BMWX32033,5860.5955
189VOLVOXC903153,3230.5814
190TOYOTALEXUS GX2543,7890.5709
191JAGUARVANDEN PLAS/SUPER V823,7120.5388
192NISSANINFINITI FX4523,7620.5316
193HONDAODYSSEY VAN66132,9190.4965
194TOYOTAAVALON2550,6630.4935
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195TOYOTASIENNA VAN106220,3140.4811
196NISSANINFINITI I35612,8400.4673
197SUBARULEGACY/OUTBACK2861,1600.4578
198VOLVOV70715,3350.4565
199GENERAL MOTORSSATURN VUE4292,5360.4539
200SUBARUBAJA12,2080.4529
201GENERAL MOTORSSATURN LW12,2260.4492
202GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET MALIBU MAXX1635,7600.4474
203HONDACR-V65153,5620.4233
204TOYOTAPRIUS2047,9700.4169
205HONDAPILOT50135,5910.3688
206VOLVOXC70924,5280.3669
207BMWMINI COOPER1131,1260.3534
208SUBARUFORESTER2262,7330.3507
209AUDITT25,8890.3396
210SAAB9-31029,5340.3386
211GENERAL MOTORSOLDSMOBILE BRAVADA13,4750.2878
212SAAB9-5210,1010.1980
213GENERAL MOTORSBUICK RAINIER428,9870.1380
214FORD MOTOR COMERCURY MONTEREY220,6320.0969
215ASTON MARTINVANQUISH0790.0000
216FERRARI575M01270.0000
217FERRARICHALLENGE03280.0000
218FORD MOTOR COMERCURY MARAUDER03,1770.0000
219GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC FUNERAL COACH/HEARSE09730.0000
220GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC LIMOUSINE07780.0000
221HONDAINSIGHT05430.0000
222JAGUARXK809810.0000
223LAMBORGHINIL-140/14106970.0000
224LAMBORGHINIL-147/14801210.0000
225LOTUSESPRIT0390.0000
226MASERATICOUPE/SPYDER07930.0000
227QUANTUM TECHCHEVROLET CAVALIER03910.0000
228ROLLS ROYCEBENTLEY ARNAGE01650.0000
229ROLLS ROYCEBENTLEY CONTINENTAL07370.0000
230ROLLS ROYCEPHANTOM04890.0000
231SAAB9-7X01,9980.0000
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Issued on: April 27, 2006.

Stephen R. Kratzke,

Associate Administrator for Rulemaking.

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