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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) 2007 passenger motor vehicles that occurred in calendar year (CY) 2007. The final 2007 theft data indicated a decrease in the vehicle theft rate experienced in CY/MY 2007. The final theft rate for MY 2007 passenger vehicles stolen in calendar year 2007 is 1.86 thefts per thousand vehicles, a decrease of ten percent from the rate of 2.08 thefts per thousand in 2006. 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, 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 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 Start Printed Page 11006timely 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 2007, the most recent calendar year for which data are available.

In calculating the 2007 theft rates, NHTSA followed the same procedures it used in calculating the MY 2006 theft rates. (For 2006 theft data calculations, see 73 FR 60633, October 14, 2008). 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 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 (EPA).

The final 2007 theft data show a decrease in the vehicle theft rate when compared to the theft rate experienced in CY/MY 2006. The final 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. The data has shown an overall decreasing trend in theft rates since CY 1993, with periods of increase from one year to the next.

For MY 2007 vehicles, out of a total of 206 vehicle lines, 16 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 16 vehicle lines with a theft rate higher than 3.5826, 14 are passenger car lines, two are a multipurpose passenger vehicle lines, and none are light-duty truck lines.

The 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. We note, however, that the theft rate from 2003 to 2007 is virtually unchanged (1.84 to 1.86). This suggests that the progress made since 1992 may have reached the limits of current approaches to reducing vehicle thefts, and that some new approaches should be added.

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.

On Wednesday, June 10, 2009, NHTSA published the preliminary theft rates for CY 2007 passenger motor vehicles in the Federal Register (74 FR 27493). The agency tentatively ranked each of the MY 2007 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 comments to make the necessary adjustments to its data. As a result of the adjustments, some of the final theft rates and rankings of vehicle lines changed from those published in the June 2009 notice. The agency received written comments from Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VW) and Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan).

In its comments, VW informed the agency that the entries for the Audi RS4, Audi A8, Audi A4/A4 Quattro/S4/S4 Avant and Audi RS4 were listed with incorrect manufacturer designations. The final theft data has been revised to reflect that Audi is the manufacturer for Start Printed Page 11007the Audi RS4, Audi A8, Audi A4/A4 Quattro/S4/S4 Avant and Audi RS4 vehicles.

Additionally, Nissan informed the agency that its Nissan Xterra and Versa vehicle lines were not listed in the agency's June 2009 publication of preliminary data. Upon review, the agency found that the Xterra vehicle line has a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) over 6,000 pounds. Therefore, because the scope of the Federal Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard applies to only vehicles with a GVWR of 6,000 pounds or less, the Nissan Xterra was not included on the agency's publication. The agency also notes that the Nissan Versa was erroneously omitted from the publication of preliminary theft data and therefore, has corrected the final theft data to reflect the theft rate information for the Nissan Versa. As a result of this correction, the Nissan Versa is ranked No. 95 with a theft rate of 1.3216.

Further reanalysis of the theft rate data also revealed that the production volume listed for the Pontiac G5 was incorrect. The production volume for the Pontiac G5 has been corrected and the final theft list has been revised accordingly. As a result of the correction, the Pontiac G5 previously ranked No. 94 with a theft rate of 1.3216 is now ranked No. 2 with a theft rate of 11.2523.

Review of the theft rate data also revealed that the Chrysler Crossfire was not included on the publication of preliminary theft data. NHTSA has corrected the final theft data to include the Chrysler Crossfire. As a result of this correction, the final theft list has been revised accordingly. The Chrysler Crossfire, previously omitted, is now ranked No. 193 with a theft rate of 0.0000.

The following list represents NHTSA's final calculation of theft rates for all 2007 passenger motor vehicle lines. This list is intended to inform the public of calendar year 2007 motor vehicle thefts of model year 2007 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 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
2GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC G554479911.2523
3CHRYSLERDODGE CHARGER11481206369.5162
4GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET MONTE CARLO174216898.0225
5GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC GRAND PRIX534776896.8736
6CHRYSLER3007151215295.8834
7MITSUBISHILANCER1223555.0955
8ROLLS ROYCEPHANTOM23985.0251
9MERCEDES-BENZ215 (CL-CLASS)4392964.6256
10FORD MOTOR COTAURUS5101146164.4496
11CHRYSLERSEBRING338780594.3301
12CHRYSLERPT CRUISER4431045464.2374
13SUZUKIFORENZA133342363.8848
14GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC G66291643063.8282
15GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET MALIBU4871277183.8131
16MITSUBISHIGALANT103271413.7950
17MAZDA6201561783.5779
18AUDIAUDI RS4514753.3898
19CHRYSLERPACIFICA197603923.2620
20GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET COBALT7032156633.2597
21FORD MOTOR COMUSTANG5181593453.2508
22FORD MOTOR COLINCOLN TOWN CAR114352813.2312
23CHRYSLERDODGE CALIBER5601755373.1902
24KIAOPTIMA127409143.1041
25NISSAN350Z49158313.0952
26NISSANINFINITI FX3540133462.9972
27GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC DTS140473962.9538
28GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET IMPALA7692673752.8761
29KIASPECTRA171645912.6474
30KIARIO83319472.5981
31MITSUBISHIECLIPSE107423002.5296
32FORD MOTOR COFOCUS5762297382.5072
33GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET AVEO166671042.4738
34HYUNDAISONATA3021234392.4466
35VOLVOS4053219052.4195
36HYUNDAIELANTRA192801332.3960
37NISSANMAXIMA152636012.3899
38BMWM6834002.3529
39MITSUBISHIENDEAVOR30128052.3428
40NISSANSENTRA225965842.3296
41FORD MOTOR COCROWN VICTORIA1774242.2899
42CHRYSLERJEEP LIBERTY209914662.2850
43GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET HHR223996812.2371
44MERCEDES-BENZ220 (S-CLASS)91418672.1735
45TOYOTACOROLLA7403514142.1058
46NISSANINFINITI FX4514752.1053
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47GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER2571229182.0908
48GENERAL MOTORSBUICK LACROSSE/ALLURE113549382.0569
49HUMMERH395463412.0500
50NISSANALTIMA4132021622.0429
51SUZUKIRENO62304242.0379
52FORD MOTOR COMERCURY GRAND MARQUIS81397572.0374
53JAGUARXK8629652.0236
54KIASORENTO64317982.0127
55MAZDA533164242.0093
56GENERAL MOTORSSATURN ION185941171.9656
57AUDIAUDI A81051061.9585
58HYUNDAIACCENT86443141.9407
59GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC CTS97533601.8178
60FORD MOTOR COFUSION2661464641.8161
61NISSANPATHFINDER76421371.8036
62HYUNDAIAZERA40222181.8003
63CHRYSLERDODGE CARAVAN/GRAND CARAVAN2841640031.7317
64GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET CORVETTE65377441.7221
65BMWM5211631.7197
66VOLKSWAGENJETTA146849221.7192
67GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC G654328941.6416
68BMW61167791.6227
69FORD MOTOR COFREESTAR VAN30185791.6147
70NISSANINFINITI M35/M4548301441.5924
71TOYOTAYARIS2521592921.5820
72HONDAACCORD6644212061.5764
73CHRYSLERDODGE NITRO133844411.5751
74MAZDARX-8957281.5712
75FORD MOTOR COMERCURY MILAN55353751.5548
76AUDIAUDI A6/A6 QUATTRO/S6/S6 AVANT18116601.5437
77FORD MOTOR COFIVE HUNDRED94612701.5342
78TOYOTAAVALON121791371.5290
79NISSANMURANO137925161.4808
80TOYOTAHIGHLANDER1481009561.4660
81TOYOTACAMRY/SOLARA10036857291.4627
82NISSANINFINITI G3583570411.4551
83GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET UPLANDER VAN87600611.4485
84GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC STS24167461.4332
85GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC XLR214001.4286
86HONDAS2000749071.4265
87KIAAMANTI643431.3815
88MERCEDES-BENZ208 (CLK-CLASS)19138251.3743
89NISSANFRONTIER PICKUP87640101.3592
90GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET COLORADO PICKUP95700121.3569
91GENERAL MOTORSGMC CANYON PICKUP25184831.3526
92BMW722164211.3397
93TOYOTAFJ CRUISER112838301.3360
94MAZDA31531147231.3336
95NISSANVERSA107809621.3216
96SUBARUIMPREZA51391981.3011
97AUDIAUDI A4/A4 QUATTRO/S4/S4 AVANT64496451.2892
98NISSANQUEST VAN47366611.2820
99HONDAACURA TSX29226691.2793
100KIASPORTAGE58455121.2744
101TOYOTATACOMA PICKUP2061657141.2431
102FORD MOTOR CORANGER PICKUP94775391.2123
103TOYOTA4RUNNER1321091241.2096
104MERCEDES-BENZ170 (SLK-CLASS)974591.2066
105GENERAL MOTORSSATURN AURA77648511.1873
106GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC TORRENT35299181.1699
107HONDAHONDA CIVIC3893326391.1694
108GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC FUNERAL COACH/HEARSE18571.1669
109MITSUBISHIOUTLANDER37318731.1609
110AUDIAUDI A3/A3 QUATTRO869921.1442
111VOLKSWAGENGOLF/RABBIT/GTI46413141.1134
112GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET EQUINOX94870311.0801
113HYUNDAITIBURON15139511.0752
114VOLKSWAGENPASSAT42398671.0535
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115MERCEDES-BENZ129 (SL-CLASS)876481.0460
116FORD MOTOR COMERCURY MONTEGO16154391.0363
117GENERAL MOTORSGMC ENVOY38369891.0273
118HYUNDAITUCSON45440331.0220
119HONDAACURA 3.2 TL549051.0194
120GENERAL MOTORSBUICK TERRAZA VAN878651.0172
121FORD MOTOR COESCAPE1101087881.0111
122JAGUARX-TYPE330180.9940
123HONDAACURA 3.5 RL49494710.9905
124JAGUARVANDEN PLAS/SUPER V8110100.9901
125SUZUKISX415154210.9727
126VOLVOS8010108050.9255
127GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC VIBE30324990.9231
128HONDAELEMENT31336880.9202
129MAZDAB SERIES PICKUP332850.9132
130BMW547519700.9044
131GENERAL MOTORSSATURN SKY14155460.9006
132GENERAL MOTORSBUICK LUCERNE76859220.8845
133TOYOTALEXUS LS31351670.8815
134HONDAACURA RDX22251590.8744
135CHRYSLERJEEP WRANGLER881009550.8717
136FORD MOTOR COEDGE1051215250.8640
137KIARONDO22255240.8619
138TOYOTALEXUS RX82984730.8327
139VOLKSWAGENEOS11134060.8205
140TOYOTARAV41451810510.8009
141FORD MOTOR COFREESTYLE30380470.7885
142HYUNDAISANTA FE891138150.7820
143BMWZ4/M8105680.7570
144GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC SOLSTICE16213100.7508
145SUZUKIAERIO455440.7215
146PORSCHECAYMAN455520.7205
147PORSCHE9119125210.7188
148TOYOTALEXUS IS41570550.7186
149MERCEDES-BENZ203 (C-CLASS)831162820.7138
150BENTLEY MOTORSCONTINENTAL342650.7034
151BMWX322313650.7014
152SUBARUB9 TRIBECA8115380.6934
153BMW3971399660.6930
154MAZDAMAZDA CX-752751370.6921
155VOLVOS6014202680.6907
156CHRYSLERJEEP PATRIOT20294210.6798
157ASTON MARTINVANTAGE114740.6784
158KIASEDONA VAN41608730.6735
159HONDAFIT46686420.6701
160SUBARULEGACY/OUTBACK10149630.6683
161TOYOTASIENNA VAN63960720.6558
162HONDAACURA MDX35535500.6536
163FORD MOTOR COMERCURY MONTEREY VAN115530.6439
164FORD MOTOR COLINCOLN MKX22345710.6364
165GENERAL MOTORSBUICK RAINIER347230.6352
166SUBARUOUTBACK27427470.6316
167HONDAPILOT771220330.6310
168FORD MOTOR COLINCOLN ZEPHYR20329520.6069
169JAGUARXKR350300.5964
170TOYOTALEXUS GS17286380.5936
171VOLVOV50233730.5929
172MERCEDES-BENZ210 (E-CLASS)31525570.5898
173MAZDAMX-5 MIATA7133530.5242
174VOLVOXC9015307620.4876
175GENERAL MOTORSBUICK RENDEZVOUS14291870.4797
176VOLKSWAGENNEW BEETLE13272490.4771
177HYUNDAIVERACRUZ6127260.4715
178VOLVOXC706131970.4546
179HONDACR-V1042293780.4534
180PORSCHEBOXSTER244270.4518
181TOYOTALEXUS ES541215770.4442
182SUBARUFORESTER19439850.4320
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183BMWMINI COOPER15385110.3895
184JAGUARS-TYPE125820.3873
185TOYOTAPRIUS531587150.3339
186SAAB9-37224010.3125
187HONDAODYSSEY VAN642081660.3074
188FORD MOTOR COMERCURY MARINER6208420.2879
189VOLVOC70156120.1782
190TOYOTALEXUS SC8806170.0992
191ASTON MARTINDB906880.0000
192BENTLEY MOTORSARNAGE01400.0000
193BENTLEY MOTORSAZURE01840.0000
194CHRYSLERCROSSFIRE034120.0000
195FERRARI14103640.0000
196FERRARI612 SCAGLIETTI0660.0000
197FERRARI430013820.0000
198GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC LIMOUSINE06480.0000
199JAGUARXJ8/XJ8L016450.0000
200JAGUARXJR02210.0000
201LAMBORGHINIMURCIELAGO01640.0000
202LAMBORGHINIGALLARDO05580.0000
203MASERATIQUATTROPORTE021760.0000
204SAAB9-5040840.0000
205SPYKERC8070.0000
206VOLVOV70038990.0000
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Issued on: March 4, 2010.

Stephen R. Kratzke,

Associate Administrator for Rulemaking.

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