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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) 2006 including theft rates for existing passenger motor vehicle lines manufactured in model year (MY) 2006. The preliminary theft Start Printed Page 40277data indicate that the vehicle theft rate for CY/MY 2006 vehicles (2.08 thefts per thousand vehicles) increased by 12.4 percent from the theft rate for CY/MY 2005 vehicles (1.85 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 September 12, 2008.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments [identified by Docket No. NHTSA-2008-0112 by any of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
  • Mail: Docket Management Facility: U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
  • Hand Delivery or Courier: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
  • Fax: 202-493-2251.

Instructions: 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://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. Please see the Privacy Act heading below.

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 (65 FR 19477-78) or you may visit http://DocketsInfo.dot.gov.

Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to http://www.regulations.gov or the street address listed above. Follow the online instructions for accessing the dockets.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ms. Deborah Mazyck, Office of International Policy, Fuel Economy and Consumer Programs, NHTSA, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590. Ms. Mazyck's telephone number is (202) 366-0846. Her fax number is (202) 493-2990.

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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 2006, the most recent calendar year for which data are available.

In calculating the 2006 theft rates, NHTSA followed the same procedures it used in calculating the MY 2005 theft rates. (For 2005 theft data calculations, see 73 FR 13150, March 12, 2008). 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 2006 theft rate for each vehicle line was calculated by dividing the number of reported thefts of MY 2006 vehicles of that line stolen during calendar year 2006, by the total number of vehicles in that line manufactured for MY 2006, as reported by manufacturers to the Environmental Protection Agency.

The preliminary 2006 theft data show an increase in the vehicle theft rate when compared to the theft rate experienced in CY/MY 2005. The preliminary theft rate for MY 2006 passenger vehicles stolen in calendar year 2006 increased to 2.08 thefts per thousand vehicles produced, an increase of 12.4 percent from the rate of 1.85 thefts per thousand vehicles experienced by MY 2005 vehicles in CY 2005. For MY 2006 vehicles, out of a total of 217 vehicle lines, 19 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 19 vehicle lines with a theft rate higher than 3.5826, 18 are passenger car lines, one is a multipurpose passenger vehicle line, and none are light-duty truck lines.

Although this publication reflects preliminary data which may change, the agency is aware that the data does reflect a possible second year with an increase in the overall theft rate (MY/CY 2005 & 2006). In the final notice for CY/MY 2005 the agency indicated that since there was only a slight elevation, the agency was not concerned but would monitor this to see if it was a beginning of a trend. If the final data for CY/MY 2006 does show a second year of increase, especially of the magnitude indicated by this preliminary data, the agency will explore what could be causing these elevations in the theft rate. The agency welcomes any comments on this possible new trend.

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In Table I, NHTSA has tentatively ranked each of the MY 2006 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 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://DocketsInfo.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 2006 Passenger Motor Vehicles Stolen in Calendar Year 2006

ManufacturerMake/model (line)Thefts 2006Production (mfr's) 20062006 Theft rate (per 1,000 vehicles produced)
1DAIMLERCHRYSLERDODGE MAGNUM407465018.7525
2DAIMLERCHRYSLERDODGE CHARGER9631308927.3572
3DAIMLERCHRYSLERDODGE STRATUS569799987.1127
4GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC GRAND PRIX8021164586.8866
5LAMBORGHINIMURCIELAGO11596.2893
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6GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET MONTE CARLO239381366.2670
7ROLLS ROYCEPHANTOM23395.8997
8DAIMLERCHRYSLERCHRYSLER SEBRING250431155.7984
9DAIMLERCHRYSLERCHRYSLER SEBRING CONVERTIBLE150276855.4181
10HONDAACURA RSX69151114.5662
11DAIMLERCHRYSLERCHRYSLER 3009912177544.5510
12GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC G67161703944.2020
13MITSUBISHIGALANT118281014.1991
14GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET MALIBU7401772624.1746
15SUZUKIFORENZA175425504.1128
16FORD MOTOR COFORD TAURUS6381568824.0668
17GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET IMPALA10442628233.9723
18GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET COBALT8442295763.6763
19NISSANSENTRA5001363513.6670
20KIAAMANTI2981333.5657
21HYUNDAISONATA6051707833.5425
22MERCEDES-BENZ215 (CL-CLASS)79224113.5251
23MITSUBISHIENDEAVOR51145463.5061
24SUZUKIVERONA720003.5000
25HONDAHONDA CIVIC3621039813.4814
26DAIMLERCHRYSLERCHRYSLER PT CRUISER4571319603.4632
27DAIMLERCHRYSLERJEEP GRAND CHEROKEE303883833.4283
28BMWM31543943.4137
29FORD MOTOR COLINCOLN LS2984993.4122
30NISSANMAXIMA210636633.2986
31NISSAN350Z100306403.2637
32FORD MOTOR COFORD FOCUS4361359293.2076
33FORD MOTOR COFORD CROWN VICTORIA35109553.1949
34HYUNDAIACCENT59186853.1576
35KIAOPTIMA143458593.1183
36MAZDA6190673272.8220
37FORD MOTOR COFORD MUSTANG4311539772.7991
38SUZUKIRENO2279002.7848
39MITSUBISHILANCER121437502.7657
40GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET AVEO142513532.7652
41BMW777280122.7488
42SUBARULEGACY/OUTBACK59216962.7194
43DAIMLERCHRYSLERCHRYSLER PACIFICA224824512.7168
44MITSUBISHIECLIPSE79295822.6705
45KIARIO91341032.6684
46GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC DTS173653352.6479
47BMWM51143092.5528
48GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER3731485222.5114
49FORD MOTOR COLINCOLN TOWN CAR97403172.4059
50TOYOTASCION TC189805762.3456
51GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET HHR2671139672.3428
52KIASPECTRA184791522.3246
53TOYOTALEXUS LS40172202.3229
54SUZUKIVITARA/GRAND VITARA107462232.3149
55GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC CTS125550662.2700
56GENERAL MOTORSBUICK RAINIER26115032.2603
57NISSANALTIMA6482940152.2040
58ISUZUI SERIES PICKUP1045462.1997
59BMW61778932.1538
60TOYOTALEXUS SC1570082.1404
61LOTUSELISE314242.1067
62GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC MONTANA VAN44209842.0968
63GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC GTO29138572.0928
64KIASORENTO116555152.0895
65TOYOTATOYOTA CAMRY/SOLARA5172526902.0460
66JAGUARS-TYPE1468552.0423
67AUDIA81154042.0355
68BMWM629902.0202
69DAIMLERCHRYSLERJEEP WRANGLER155779761.9878
70GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET UPLANDER VAN122625211.9513
71TOYOTATOYOTA COROLLA6533368711.9384
72GENERAL MOTORSSATURN ION186962271.9329
73GENERAL MOTORSBUICK RENDEZVOUS96506491.8954
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74VOLVOS801475671.8501
75DAIMLERCHRYSLERJEEP LIBERTY2661468971.8108
76NISSANINFINITI G35107594421.8001
77TOYOTALEXUS GS92512211.7961
78HYUNDAITIBURON41229591.7858
79NISSANINFINITI FX45316931.7720
80GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC XLR739631.7663
81HONDAHONDA S20001056661.7649
82AUDIA6/A6 QUATTRO/S6/S6 AVANT32181431.7638
83DAIMLERCHRYSLERDODGE CARAVAN/GRAND CARAVAN4162359601.7630
84HYUNDAIELANTRA174991261.7553
85FORD MOTOR COFORD FUSION2171253351.7314
86MAZDA535203281.7218
87JAGUARX-TYPE1059941.6683
88NISSANQUEST VAN42253781.6550
89FORD MOTOR COFORD FREESTAR VAN84511431.6425
90MERCEDES-BENZ203 (C-CLASS)89544921.6333
91FORD MOTOR COFORD FIVE HUNDRED134830311.6139
92HUMMERH3116722271.6060
93MAZDARX-81064151.5588
94MERCEDES-BENZ220 (S-CLASS)22144721.5202
95GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC VIBE77511681.5048
96FORD MOTOR COMERCURY MOUNTAINEER46306761.4995
97NISSANFRONTIER PICKUP112751121.4911
98TOYOTASCION XB125872191.4332
99GENERAL MOTORSBUICK LACROSSE/ALLURE107760291.4074
100JAGUARXKR17131.4025
101TOYOTATOYOTA TUNDRA PICKUP36257641.3973
102GENERAL MOTORSGMC ENVOY68487451.3950
103VOLVOS6030217341.3803
104GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET EQUINOX1701241231.3696
105JAGUARXK8214631.3671
106VOLKSWAGENPASSAT85630191.3488
107NISSANMURANO105778521.3487
108NISSANPATHFINDER100742191.3474
109BMW562465631.3315
110FORD MOTOR COFORD RANGER PICKUP110837371.3136
111MAZDA3125954201.3100
112NISSANXTERRA78599881.3003
113MAZDAMPV VAN13100541.2930
114FORD MOTOR COMERCURY GRAND MARQUIS64495781.2909
115VOLKSWAGENGOLF/RABBIT/GTI24188061.2762
116MITSUBISHIOUTLANDER13101901.2758
117FORD MOTOR COFORD ESCAPE1941521251.2753
118TOYOTATOYOTA MATRIX70562911.2435
119GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET COLORADO PICKUP1291046751.2324
120HONDAHONDA ACCORD3913287801.1892
121TOYOTATOYOTA TACOMA PICKUP2211957001.1293
122HONDAACURA TSX44404801.0870
123GENERAL MOTORSGMC CANYON PICKUP29267441.0844
124GENERAL MOTORSSATURN VUE103951781.0822
125AUDIA3/A3 QUATTRO12111621.0751
126MAZDATRIBUTE35335651.0428
127TOYOTALEXUS ES32307351.0412
128MERCEDES-BENZ129 (SL-CLASS)767311.0400
129FORD MOTOR COFORD FREESTYLE57549801.0367
130NISSANINFINITI M35/M4542406271.0338
131TOYOTATOYOTA 4RUNNER1081047581.0309
132AUDIA4/A4 QUATTRO/S4/S4 AVANT49480231.0203
133FORD MOTOR COMERCURY MILAN35345061.0143
134DAIMLERCHRYSLERCHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY1771757601.0071
135TOYOTASCION XA50496641.0068
136MERCEDES-BENZ208 (CLK-CLASS)17171500.9913
137GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC TORRENT48487500.9846
138NISSANINFINITI FX3517173260.9812
139SUBARUIMPREZA41419870.9765
140SUZUKIAERIO17174170.9761
141HYUNDAISANTA FE32328020.9756
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142HONDAACURA 3.2 TL74778490.9506
143GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET CORVETTE30315950.9495
144GENERAL MOTORSBUICK LUCERNE81859610.9423
145HYUNDAITUCSON52553990.9386
146TOYOTATOYOTA AVALON90972470.9255
147ASTON MARTINDB9110850.9217
148GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC FUNERAL COACH/HEARSE110960.9124
149MERCEDES-BENZ210 (E-CLASS)55615630.8934
150VOLVOV50444800.8929
151VOLKSWAGENJETTA1081233170.8758
152FORD MOTOR COMERCURY MONTEGO17194640.8734
153JAGUARXJ8/XJ8L334440.8711
154TOYOTALEXUS IS43499600.8607
155BMW31271516730.8373
156FORD MOTOR COLINCOLN ZEPHYR26312650.8316
157TOYOTATOYOTA RAV4941149120.8180
158VOLVOS4020245050.8162
159ISUZUASCENDER338570.7778
160HYUNDAIAZERA19244920.7758
161PORSCHEBOXSTER453140.7527
162PORSCHECAYMAN453600.7463
163SUBARUB9 TRIBECA22300270.7327
164VOLKSWAGENBENTLEY CONTINENTAL340970.7322
165VOLVOXC9024329620.7281
166KIASPORTAGE30428320.7004
167FORD MOTOR COMERCURY MARINER21301370.6968
168GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC SOLSTICE13187480.6934
169VOLKSWAGENNEW BEETLE27413610.6528
170HONDAHONDA ELEMENT29451320.6426
171GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC STS20313680.6376
172BMWZ4/M7109810.6375
173TOYOTATOYOTA SIENNA VAN1201927710.6225
174TOYOTALEXUS RX48771470.6222
175DAIMLERCHRYSLERDODGE VIPER116300.6135
176PORSCHE9118134070.5967
177SAAB9-2X117310.5777
178KIASEDONA VAN30520640.5762
179MITSUBISHIMONTERO117780.5624
180TOYOTATOYOTA HIGHLANDER961762130.5448
181BMWX315277430.5407
182MAZDAMX-5 MIATA11206880.5317
183SUBARUFORESTER28544050.5147
184FORD MOTOR COMERCURY MONTEREY VAN240170.4979
185HONDAHONDA PILOT731476290.4945
186SAAB9-311225420.4880
187HONDAACURA 3.5 RL6125560.4779
188VOLVOV70363550.4721
189HONDAHONDA CR-V701496590.4677
190VOLVOXC706128950.4653
191GENERAL MOTORSSATURN RELAY249350.4053
192HONDAHONDA ODYSSEY VAN751923640.3899
193HONDAACURA MDX20513800.3893
194BMWMINI COOPER17512710.3316
195SUBARUBAJA274980.2667
196MAZDAB SERIES PICKUP142290.2365
197GENERAL MOTORSBUICK TERRAZA VAN3127670.2350
198DAIMLERCHRYSLERCHRYSLER CROSSFIRE161860.1617
199TOYOTATOYOTA PRIUS14873100.1603
200MERCEDES-BENZ170 (SLK-CLASS)2134750.1484
201SUBARUOUTBACK5578060.0865
202ASTON MARTINVANQUISH04670.0000
224ASTON MARTINVANTAGE01610.0000
203AUDITT012990.0000
223BUGATTIVEYRON0170.0000
204FERRARIMARANELLO/F1013920.0000
220FORD MOTOR COFORD GT017290.0000
205GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC LIMOUSINE09220.0000
206HONDAHONDA INSIGHT08030.0000
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207JAGUARVANDEN PLAS/SUPER V804030.0000
208JAGUARXJR03070.0000
221JAGUARVANDEN PLAS/SUPER V8013580.0000
219LAMBORGHINIGALLARDO03920.0000
209MASERATIGRANSPORT0510.0000
210MASERATIQUATTROPORTE016090.0000
211MASERATISPYDER/F107770.0000
212NISSANINFINITI Q4501400.0000
214SAAB9-50116200.0000
215SAAB9-7X054840.0000
222SALEENS70160.0000
216SPYKERC80130.0000
218TOYOTATOYOTA YARIS025710.0000
213VOLKSWAGENBENTLEY ARNAGE02280.0000
217VOLKSWAGENPHAETON02590.0000
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Stephen R. Kratzke,

Associate Administrator for Rulemaking.

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