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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) 2008 including theft rates for existing passenger motor vehicle lines manufactured in model year (MY) 2008. The preliminary theft data indicate that the vehicle theft rate for CY/MY 2008 vehicles (1.69 thefts per thousand vehicles) decreased by 8.65 percent from the theft rate for CY/MY 2007 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 October 18, 2010.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments [identified by Docket No. NHTSA-2010-0098 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 Start Printed Page 50734CFR 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 2008 the most recent calendar year for which data are available.

In calculating the 2008 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 2008 theft rate for each vehicle line was calculated by dividing the number of reported thefts of MY 2008 vehicles of that line stolen during calendar year 2008 by the total number of vehicles in that line manufactured for MY 2008, as reported to the Environmental Protection Agency (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 2008 theft data show a decrease in the vehicle theft rate when compared to the theft rate experienced in CY/MY 2007 (for 2007 theft data, see 75 FR 47720, August 9, 2010). The preliminary theft rate for MY 2008 passenger vehicles stolen in calendar year 2008 decreased to 1.69 thefts per thousand vehicles produced, a decrease of 8.65 percent from the rate of 1.85 thefts per thousand vehicles experienced by MY 2007 vehicles in CY 2007. For MY 2008 vehicles, out of a total of 239 vehicle lines, 18 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 18 vehicle lines with a theft rate higher than 3.5826, 14 are passenger car lines, four are multipurpose passenger vehicle lines, and none are light-duty truck lines.

The agency believes that the theft rate reduction is a result of several factors, including vehicle parts marking; the increased use of standard antitheft devices (i.e., as immobilizers); advances in electronic technology and other theft prevention methods (i.e., remote engine disablers, license tag readers; improved door locks); increased and improved prosecution efforts by law enforcement organizations; and, increased public awareness (i.e., precautionary measures for vehicle owners) which may have contributed to the overall reduction in vehicle thefts. The preliminary MY 2008 theft rate reduction is consistent with the general decreasing trend of theft rates over the past 16 years as indicated by Figure 1.

In Table I, NHTSA has tentatively ranked each of the MY 2008 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 Start Printed Page 50735complete 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 2008 Passenger Motor Vehicles Stolen in Calendar Year 2008

ManufacturerMake/model (line)Thefts 2008Production (Mfr's) 20082008 Theft rate (per 1,000 vehicles produced)
1CHRYSLERDODGE MAGNUM20815,31913.5779
2GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC GRAND PRIX43664,2686.7841
3CHRYSLERDODGE CHARGER728110,8956.5648
4MITSUBISHIGALANT7711,9866.4242
5CHRYSLER30048376,2956.3307
6HYUNDAIAZERA6211,4625.4092
7CHRYSLERSEBRING26051,0965.0885
8CHRYSLERPACIFICA8316,3845.0659
9CHRYSLERPT CRUISER CONVERTIBLE91,8304.9180
10HYUNDAISONATA42987,4564.9053
11GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC STS8217,5174.6812
12CHRYSLERDODGE AVENGER641137,5434.6604
13NISSANPATHFINDER11525,2624.5523
14CHRYSLERDODGE CALIBER38791,2884.2393
15MAZDA618244,1144.1257
16CHRYSLERPT CRUISER25465,4853.8788
17CHRYSLERSEBRING CONVERTIBLE17745,9303.8537
18HONDAS2000102,6063.8373
19GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC G6549154,3173.5576
20LAMBORGHINIMURCIELAGO12883.4722
21NISSANINFINITI FX355215,1793.4258
22NISSANMAXIMA13138,6023.3936
23ISUZUI SERIES PICKUP102,9773.3591
24MITSUBISHIECLIPSE7021,0463.3260
25NISSAN350Z4112,3733.3137
26BMWM651,5473.2321
27SUZUKIXL77824,5553.1765
28ASTON MARTINDB913233.0960
29FORD MOTOR CO.MUSTANG28794,4763.0378
30GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET COBALT535176,4563.0319
31KIASPECTRA18160,2533.0040
32GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET IMPALA923320,1162.8833
33SUZUKIFORENZA6121,3582.8561
34ISUZUASCENDER31,0632.8222
35VOLVOS403311,7532.8078
36BMW73813,5992.7943
37CHRYSLERDODGE NITRO13548,3772.7906
38GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET MALIBU423155,4332.7214
39KIARIO9235,0142.6275
40AUDIAUDI S8/S8 QUATTRO13852.5974
41GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC G55220,1852.5762
42GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET AVEO13956,0702.4790
43KIAOPTIMA11347,1982.3942
44GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC DTS9740,8092.3769
45VOLVOS603213,5922.3543
46GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET HHR21999,1762.2082
47GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER215100,8052.1328
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48TOYOTASCION TC11454,8352.0790
49SUZUKIRENO104,8402.0661
50MERCEDES-BENZCL-CLASS2210,6792.0601
51KIARONDO4723,4412.0050
52CHRYSLERJEEP GRAND CHEROKEE12362,6541.9632
53JAGUAR LAND ROVERXK31,5421.9455
54TOYOTACOROLLA374194,2511.9253
55NISSANSENTRA230119,9321.9178
56FORD MOTOR CO.FUSION259137,7911.8797
57TOYOTA4RUNNER11059,5631.8468
58TOYOTASCION XB11160,5531.8331
59GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC G82212,0351.8280
60VOLKSWAGENR3294,9991.8004
61MITSUBISHIENDEAVOR179,5831.7740
62NISSANXTERRA6336,0351.7483
63TOYOTAAVALON10761,8511.7300
64FORD MOTOR CO.CROWN VICTORIA169,2991.7206
65GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET CORVETTE5632,8821.7031
66JAGUAR LAND ROVERS-TYPE31,7791.6863
67NISSANALTIMA506304,1321.6638
68GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC TORRENT4728,3701.6567
69MAZDA52716,3891.6474
70BENTLEY MOTORSCONTINENTAL53,0691.6292
71CHRYSLERJEEP PATRIOT9961,4951.6099
72MITSUBISHILANCER7043,6681.6030
73NISSANVERSA12276,2231.6006
74MAZDATRIBUTE3823,8341.5944
75VOLKSWAGENJETTA/GLI13887,2191.5822
76FORD MOTOR CO.FOCUS284180,2491.5756
77NISSANINFINITI M35/M452616,5221.5737
78MAZDA3199129,0611.5419
79GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC VIBE3120,3171.5258
80TOYOTACAMRY/SOLARA390257,6381.5138
81FORD MOTOR CO.MERCURY GRAND MARQUIS6644,0711.4976
82AUDIAUDI A3/A3 QUATTRO85,3781.4875
83NISSANFRONTIER PICKUP7047,2151.4826
84HYUNDAIACCENT7651,5621.4740
85HYUNDAIELANTRA160109,4981.4612
86AUDIAUDI A6/A6 QUATTRO/S6/S6 AVANT2416,6511.4414
87KIASPORTAGE5840,6691.4261
88TOYOTALEXUS SC42,8071.4250
89GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC SOLSTICE2014,0801.4205
90GENERAL MOTORSSATURN AURA8560,7151.4000
91HYUNDAISANTA FE10776,7651.3939
92CHRYSLERJEEP COMPASS3626,1471.3768
93GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC XLR21,4681.3624
94MAZDACX-74533,1341.3581
95NISSANINFINITI G373929,1821.3364
96FORD MOTOR CO.EDGE170128,6071.3219
97FORD MOTOR CO.TAURUS10781,0951.3194
98VOLKSWAGENGOLF/RABBIT/GTI4735,6961.3167
99GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET UPLANDER VAN9373,0841.2725
100GENERAL MOTORSBUICK LACROSSE/ALLURE5341,9611.2631
101FORD MOTOR CO.MERCURY MILAN4132,6081.2574
102FORD MOTOR CO.MERCURY SABLE3326,3921.2504
103MERCEDES-BENZS-CLASS3326,4361.2483
104TOYOTAYARIS147120,8411.2165
105SUZUKISX45142,5221.1994
106TOYOTASCION XD3932,7371.1913
107JAGUAR LAND ROVERXJ8/XJ8L32,5561.1737
108KIASEDONA VAN3731,8001.1635
109GENERAL MOTORSGMC ENVOY3630,9561.1629
110GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC CTS7362,9431.1598
111AUDIAUDI A4/A5//A4/A5 QUATTRO//S4/S4 AVANT5346,2371.1463
112FORD MOTOR CO.LINCOLN TOWN CAR1412,3001.1382
113MERCEDES-BENZCLK-CLASS2219,4201.1329
114BMWM532,6661.1253
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115CHRYSLERJEEP LIBERTY9990,5301.0936
116GENERAL MOTORSBUICK LUCERNE7266,1171.0890
117TOYOTATACOMA PICKUP156146,3121.0662
118KIASORENTO4239,6791.0585
119SUZUKIVITARA/GRAND VITARA1917,9961.0558
120HONDAACCORD401384,2571.0436
121HONDACIVIC368355,4431.0353
122TOYOTAHIGHLANDER139137,6681.0097
123GENERAL MOTORSSATURN SKY1312,9791.0016
124NISSANQUEST VAN2121,3480.9837
125CHRYSLERJEEP WRANGLER118120,7100.9775
126HYUNDAITIBURON1010,3150.9695
127FORD MOTOR CO.ESCAPE239249,3220.9586
128ASTON MARTINVANTAGE11,0470.9551
129HONDAACURA 3.2 TL5456,7200.9520
130TOYOTALEXUS IS5457,9310.9321
131HONDAELEMENT3537,9800.9215
132TOYOTARAV4150164,3310.9128
133GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET EQUINOX8290,0330.9108
134TOYOTALEXUS GS1820,0300.8987
135HONDAACURA RDX1921,2710.8932
136VOLKSWAGENNEW BEETLE2528,0030.8928
137SUBARUFORESTER2730,4060.8880
138FORD MOTOR CO.TAURUS X3742,1010.8788
139TOYOTALEXUS LS2528,8750.8658
140HONDAACURA TSX1921,9960.8638
141AUDIAUDI A8/A8 QUATTRO22,3590.8478
142SUBARULEGACY2226,2880.8369
143MASERATIQUATTROPORTE11,1960.8361
144VOLKSWAGENPASSAT2935,3760.8198
145PORSCHECAYMAN44,9010.8162
146MERCEDES-BENZC-CLASS6478,7470.8127
147TOYOTAFJ CRUISER3441,9310.8109
148MERCEDES-BENZSL-CLASS33,7080.8091
149PORSCHE91189,9410.8047
150JAGUAR LAND ROVERXKR11,2650.7905
151HONDAACURA 3.5 RL45,1320.7794
152VOLVOV7033,8620.7768
153GENERAL MOTORSSATURN VUE84108,6820.7729
154VOLVOXC902330,0040.7666
155TOYOTALEXUS RX88115,5270.7617
156JAGUAR LAND ROVERLAND ROVER LR21114,6590.7504
157BMW391121,3560.7499
158AUDIAUDI S5/S5 QUATTRO11,3400.7463
159FORD MOTOR CO.RANGER PICKUP6385,0520.7407
160FORD MOTOR CO.MERCURY MARINER3952,9310.7368
161VOLKSWAGENEOS1013,8150.7239
162CHRYSLERDODGE VIPER11,3820.7236
163GENERAL MOTORSGMC CANYON PICKUP1318,0490.7203
164HYUNDAITUCSON1622,4880.7115
165NISSANINFINITI G353956,1550.6945
166VOLVOC7057,2200.6925
167GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET COLORADO PICKUP4666,6770.6899
168BMWZ4/M45,8800.6803
169NISSANROGUE5278,0790.6660
170BMW646,0520.6609
171TOYOTASIENNA VAN85129,2080.6579
172BMW55279,3950.6550
173JAGUAR LAND ROVERVANDEN PLAS/SUPER V811,5330.6523
174SUBARUIMPREZA3859,3400.6404
175BMWM357,8540.6366
176MERCEDES-BENZE-CLASS2742,9510.6286
177HONDAPILOT5588,7130.6200
178CHRYSLERCROSSFIRE11,6480.6068
179HONDAFIT4574,4860.6041
180HYUNDAIVERACRUZ813,2640.6031
181FORD MOTOR CO.LINCOLN MKX2236,8840.5965
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182FORD MOTOR CO.LINCOLN MKZ1932,4570.5854
183MAZDACX-92036,0330.5550
184VOLVOV5011,8750.5333
185VOLVOC3035,8650.5115
186AUDIAUDI TT47,9240.5048
187TOYOTAPRIUS84171,7620.4890
188HYUNDAIENTOURAGE VAN48,2170.4868
189SUBARUB9 TRIBECA918,8050.4786
190BMWX31021,0330.4754
191MAZDARX-812,1060.4748
192MERCEDES-BENZSLK-CLASS24,3790.4567
193HONDAACURA MDX2657,3800.4531
194SUBARUOUTBACK2863,7410.4393
195VOLVOS80511,4330.4373
196SAAB9-3818,3640.4356
197MITSUBISHIOUTLANDER614,4450.4154
198HONDACR-V82228,3150.3592
199TOYOTALEXUS ES2779,5850.3393
200KIAAMANTI13,3980.2943
201BMWMINI COOPER1140,9500.2686
202NISSANINFINITI EX35415,2020.2631
203MAZDAMX-5 MIATA416,0440.2493
204VOLVOXC70312,7930.2345
205HONDAODYSSEY VAN28135,6220.2065
206MERCEDES-BENZSMART FORTWO421,6270.1850
207GENERAL MOTORSSATURN ASTRA317,9120.1675
208CHRYSLERDODGE CHALLENGER16,4110.1560
209BMW1111,8870.0841
210ALFA ROMEO8C0840.0000
211AUDIAUDI R805720.0000
212AUDIAUDI RS401,1720.0000
213BENTLEY MOTORSARNAGE0630.0000
214BENTLEY MOTORSAZURE01270.0000
215BMWB702320.0000
216BUGATTIVEYRON0180.0000
217FERRARI14103240.0000
218FERRARI43001,0320.0000
219FERRARI612 SCAGLIETTI0940.0000
220FORD MOTOR CO.SHELBY GT03,2440.0000
221GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC FUNERAL COACH/HEARSE09670.0000
222GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC LIMOUSINE06640.0000
223JAGUAR LAND ROVERXJR01140.0000
224JAGUAR LAND ROVERX-TYPE08070.0000
225LAMBORGHINIGALLARDO07920.0000
226LOTUSELISE01290.0000
227LOTUSEXIGE01230.0000
228MASERATIGRANTURISMO01,4650.0000
229MAZDAB SERIES PICKUP01,8840.0000
230MERCEDES-BENZMAYBACH 570760.0000
231MERCEDES-BENZMAYBACH 620670.0000
232MERCEDES-BENZSLR-CLASS01050.0000
233NISSANINFINITI FX4503950.0000
234PORSCHEBOXSTER04,0670.0000
235ROLLS ROYCEPHANTOM03780.0000
236ROUSH PERFORMANCERPP MUSTANG01,4910.0000
237SAAB9-503,3360.0000
238SALEENS281/H30203700.0000
239SPYKERC8060.0000
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Issued on: August 12, 2010.

Joseph S. Carra,

Acting Associate Administrator for Rulemaking.

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