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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) 2007 including theft rates for existing passenger motor vehicle lines manufactured in model year (MY) 2007. The preliminary theft data indicate that the vehicle theft rate for CY/MY 2007 vehicles (1.86 thefts per thousand vehicles) decreased by 10.6 percent from the theft rate for CY/MY 2006 vehicles (2.08 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 August 10, 2009.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments identified by Docket No. NHTSA-2009-0085 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 2007 the most recent calendar year for which data are available.

In calculating the 2007 theft rates, NHTSA followed the same procedures it has used since publication of the 1983/1984 theft rate data (50 FR 46669, November 12, 1985). The 2007 theft rate for each vehicle line was calculated by dividing the number of reported thefts of MY 2007 vehicles of that line stolen during calendar year 2007 by the total number of vehicles in that line manufactured for MY 2007, as reported to the Environmental Protection Agency Start Printed Page 27494(EPA). 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 approximately 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 preliminary 2007 theft data show a decrease in the vehicle theft rate when compared to the theft rate experienced in CY/MY 2006 (For 2006 theft data, see 73 FR 60633, October 14, 2008). The preliminary theft rate for MY 2007 passenger vehicles stolen in calendar year 2007 decreased to 1.86 thefts per thousand vehicles produced, a decrease of 10.6 percent from the rate of 2.08 thefts per thousand vehicles experienced by MY 2006 vehicles in CY 2006. For MY 2007 vehicles, out of a total of 204 vehicle lines, 15 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 15 vehicle lines with a theft rate higher than 3.5826, 13 are passenger car lines, two are multipurpose passenger vehicle lines, and none are light-duty truck lines.

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 parts marking, increased and improved prosecution efforts by law enforcement organizations and increased public awareness measures which may have contributed to the overall reduction in vehicle thefts. The preliminary MY 2007 theft rate reduction is consistent with the general decreasing trend of theft rates over the past 15 years as indicated by Figure 1.

In Table I, NHTSA has tentatively ranked each of the MY 2007 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 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 Start Printed Page 2749565, 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 2007 Passenger Motor Vehicles Stolen in Calendar Year 2007

ManufacturerMake/model (line)Thefts 2007Production (Mfr's) 20072007 Theft rate (per 1,000 vehicles produced)
1CHRYSLERDODGE MAGNUM3442805912.2599
2CHRYSLERDODGE CHARGER11481206369.5162
3GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET MONTE CARLO174216898.0225
4GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC GRAND PRIX534776896.8736
5CHRYSLER3007151215295.8834
6MITSUBISHILANCER1223555.0955
7ROLLS ROYCEPHANTOM23985.0251
8MERCEDES-BENZ215 (CL-CLASS)4392964.6256
9FORD MOTOR COTAURUS5101146164.4496
10CHRYSLERSEBRING338780594.3301
11CHRYSLERPT CRUISER4431045464.2374
12SUZUKIFORENZA133342363.8848
13GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC G66291643063.8282
14GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET MALIBU4871277183.8131
15MITSUBISHIGALANT103271413.7950
16MAZDA6201561783.5779
17VOLKSWAGENAUDI RS4514753.3898
18CHRYSLERPACIFICA197603923.2620
19GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET COBALT7032156633.2597
20FORD MOTOR COMUSTANG5181593453.2508
21FORD MOTOR COLINCOLN TOWN CAR114352813.2312
22CHRYSLERDODGE CALIBER5601755373.1902
23KIAOPTIMA127409143.1041
24NISSAN350Z49158313.0952
25NISSANINFINITI FX3540133462.9972
26GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC DTS140473962.9538
27GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET IMPALA7692673752.8761
28KIASPECTRA171645912.6474
29KIARIO83319472.5981
30MITSUBISHIECLIPSE107423002.5296
31FORD MOTOR COFOCUS5762297382.5072
32GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET AVEO166671042.4738
33HYUNDAISONATA3021234392.4466
34VOLVOS4053219052.4195
35HYUNDAIELANTRA192801332.3960
36NISSANMAXIMA152636012.3899
37BMWM6834002.3529
38MITSUBISHIENDEAVOR30128052.3428
39NISSANSENTRA225965842.3296
40FORD MOTOR COCROWN VICTORIA1774242.2899
41CHRYSLERJEEP LIBERTY209914662.2850
42GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET HHR223996812.2371
43MERCEDES-BENZ220 (S-CLASS)91418672.1735
44TOYOTACOROLLA7403514142.1058
45NISSANINFINITI FX4514752.1053
46GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER2571229182.0908
47GENERAL MOTORSBUICK LACROSSE/ALLURE113549382.0569
48HUMMERH395463412.0500
49NISSANALTIMA4132021622.0429
50SUZUKIRENO62304242.0379
51FORD MOTOR COMERCURY GRAND MARQUIS81397572.0374
52JAGUARXK8629652.0236
53KIASORENTO64317982.0127
54MAZDA533164242.0093
55GENERAL MOTORSSATURN ION185941171.9656
56VOLKSWAGENAUDI A81051061.9585
57HYUNDAIACCENT86443141.9407
58GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC CTS97533601.8178
59FORD MOTOR COFUSION2661464641.8161
60NISSANPATHFINDER76421371.8036
61HYUNDAIAZERA40222181.8003
62CHRYSLERDODGE CARAVAN/GRAND CARAVAN2841640031.7317
63GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET CORVETTE65377441.7221
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64BMWM5211631.7197
65VOLKSWAGENJETTA146849221.7192
66GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC G654328941.6416
67BMW61167791.6227
68FORD MOTOR COFREESTAR VAN30185791.6147
69NISSANINFINITI M35/M4548301441.5924
70TOYOTAYARIS2521592921.5820
71HONDAACCORD6644212061.5764
72CHRYSLERDODGE NITRO133844411.5751
73MAZDARX-8957281.5712
74FORD MOTOR COMERCURY MILAN55353751.5548
75VOLKSWAGENAUDI A6/A6 QUATTRO/S6/S6 AVANT18116601.5437
76FORD MOTOR COFIVE HUNDRED94612701.5342
77TOYOTAAVALON121791371.5290
78NISSANMURANO137925161.4808
79TOYOTAHIGHLANDER1481009561.4660
80TOYOTACAMRY/SOLARA10036857291.4627
81NISSANINFINITI G3583570411.4551
82GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET UPLANDER VAN87600611.4485
83GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC STS24167461.4332
84GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC XLR214001.4286
85HONDAS2000749071.4265
86KIAAMANTI643431.3815
87MERCEDES-BENZ208 (CLK-CLASS)19138251.3743
88NISSANFRONTIER PICKUP87640101.3592
89GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET COLORADO PICKUP95700121.3569
90GENERAL MOTORSGMC CANYON PICKUP25184831.3526
91BMW722164211.3397
92TOYOTAFJ CRUISER112838301.3360
93MAZDA31531147231.3336
94GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC G5107809621.3216
95SUBARUIMPREZA51391981.3011
96VOLKSWAGENAUDI A4/A4 QUATTRO/S4/S4 AVANT64496451.2892
97NISSANQUEST VAN47366611.2820
98HONDAACURA TSX29226691.2793
99KIASPORTAGE58455121.2744
100TOYOTATACOMA PICKUP2061657141.2431
101FORD MOTOR CORANGER PICKUP94775391.2123
102TOYOTA4RUNNER1321091241.2096
103MERCEDES-BENZ170 (SLK-CLASS)974591.2066
104GENERAL MOTORSSATURN AURA77648511.1873
105GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC TORRENT35299181.1699
106HONDACIVIC3893326391.1694
107GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC FUNERAL COACH/HEARSE18571.1669
108MITSUBISHIOUTLANDER37318731.1609
109VOLKSWAGENAUDI A3/A3 QUATTRO869921.1442
110VOLKSWAGENGOLF/RABBIT/GTI46413141.1134
111GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET EQUINOX94870311.0801
112HYUNDAITIBURON15139511.0752
113VOLKSWAGENPASSAT42398671.0535
114MERCEDES-BENZ129 (SL-CLASS)876481.0460
115FORD MOTOR COMERCURY MONTEGO16154391.0363
116GENERAL MOTORSGMC ENVOY38369891.0273
117HYUNDAITUCSON45440331.0220
118HONDAACURA 3.2 TL549051.0194
119GENERAL MOTORSBUICK TERRAZA VAN878651.0172
120FORD MOTOR COESCAPE1101087881.0111
121JAGUARX-TYPE330180.9940
122HONDAACURA 3.5 RL49494710.9905
123JAGUARVANDEN PLAS/SUPER V8110100.9901
124SUZUKISX415154210.9727
125VOLVOS8010108050.9255
126GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC VIBE30324990.9231
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127HONDAELEMENT31336880.9202
128MAZDAB SERIES PICKUP332850.9132
129BMW547519700.9044
130GENERAL MOTORSSATURN SKY14155460.9006
131GENERAL MOTORSBUICK LUCERNE76859220.8845
132TOYOTALEXUS LS31351670.8815
133HONDAACURA RDX22251590.8744
134CHRYSLERJEEP WRANGLER881009550.8717
135FORD MOTOR COEDGE1051215250.8640
136KIARONDO22255240.8619
137TOYOTALEXUS RX82984730.8327
138VOLKSWAGENEOS11134060.8205
139TOYOTARAV41451810510.8009
140FORD MOTOR COFREESTYLE30380470.7885
141HYUNDAISANTA FE891138150.7820
142BMWZ4/M8105680.7570
143GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC SOLSTICE16213100.7508
144SUZUKIAERIO455440.7215
145PORSCHECAYMAN455520.7205
146PORSCHE9119125210.7188
147TOYOTALEXUS IS41570550.7186
148MERCEDES-BENZ203 (C-CLASS)831162820.7138
149BENTLEY MOTORSCONTINENTAL342650.7034
150BMWX322313650.7014
151SUBARUB9 TRIBECA8115380.6934
152BMW3971399660.6930
153MAZDAMAZDA CX-752751370.6921
154VOLVOS6014202680.6907
155CHRYSLERJEEP PATRIOT20294210.6798
156ASTON MARTINVANTAGE114740.6784
157KIASEDONA VAN41608730.6735
158HONDAFIT46686420.6701
159SUBARULEGACY/OUTBACK10149630.6683
160TOYOTASIENNA VAN63960720.6558
161HONDAACURA MDX35535500.6536
162FORD MOTOR COMERCURY MONTEREY VAN115530.6439
163FORD MOTOR COLINCOLN MKX22345710.6364
164GENERAL MOTORSBUICK RAINIER347230.6352
165SUBARUOUTBACK27427470.6316
166HONDAPILOT771220330.6310
167FORD MOTOR COLINCOLN ZEPHYR20329520.6069
168JAGUARXKR350300.5964
169TOYOTALEXUS GS17286380.5936
170VOLVOV50233730.5929
171MERCEDES-BENZ210 (E-CLASS)31525570.5898
172MAZDAMX-5 MIATA7133530.5242
173VOLVOXC9015307620.4876
174GENERAL MOTORSBUICK RENDEZVOUS14291870.4797
175VOLKSWAGENNEW BEETLE13272490.4771
176HYUNDAIVERACRUZ6127260.4715
177VOLVOXC706131970.4546
178HONDACR-V1042293780.4534
179PORSCHEBOXSTER244270.4518
180TOYOTALEXUS ES541215770.4442
181SUBARUFORESTER19439850.4320
182BMWMINI COOPER15385110.3895
183JAGUARS-TYPE125820.3873
184TOYOTAPRIUS531587150.3339
185SAAB9-37224010.3125
186HONDAODYSSEY VAN642081660.3074
187FORD MOTOR COMERCURY MARINER6208420.2879
188VOLVOC70156120.1782
189TOYOTALEXUS SC8806170.0992
190ASTON MARTINDB906880.0000
191BENTLEY MOTORSARNAGE01400.0000
192BENTLEY MOTORSAZURE01840.0000
193FERRARI14103640.0000
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194FERRARI612 SCAGLIETTI0660.0000
195FERRARI430013820.0000
196GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC LIMOUSINE06480.0000
197JAGUARXJ8/XJ8L016450.0000
198JAGUARXJR02210.0000
199LAMBORGHINIMURCIELAGO01640.0000
200LAMBORGHINIGALLARDO05580.0000
201MASERATIQUATTROPORTE021760.0000
202SAAB9-5040840.0000
203SPYKERC8070.0000
204VOLVOV70038990.0000
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Issued on: June 4, 2009.

Stephen R. Kratzke,

Associate Administrator for Rulemaking.

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[FR Doc. E9-13530 Filed 6-9-09; 8:45 am]

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