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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 2008 final theft data.

SUMMARY:

This document publishes the final data on thefts of model year (MY) 2008 passenger motor vehicles that occurred in calendar year (CY) 2008. The final 2008 theft data indicated a Start Printed Page 2599decrease in the vehicle theft rate experienced in CY/MY 2008. The final theft rate for MY 2008 passenger vehicles stolen in calendar year 2008 is 1.69 thefts per thousand vehicles, a decrease of 8.65 percent from the rate of 1.85 thefts per thousand in 2007. 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:

Effective date: January 14, 2011.

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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 timely 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 section 33104(b)(4) mandate, this document reports the final 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 used in calculating the MY 2007 theft rates. (For 2007 theft data calculations, see 75 FR 47720, August 9, 2010). 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 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).

The final 2008 theft data show a decrease in the vehicle theft rate when compared to the theft rate experienced in CY/MY 2007. The final 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 241 vehicle lines, 17 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 17 vehicle lines with a theft rate higher than 3.5826, 14 are passenger car lines, three are multipurpose passenger vehicle lines, and none are light-duty truck lines.

A historical review of the 5-, 10- and 15-year theft trends show a substantial decrease in the vehicle theft rate when comparing the 2008 theft rate (1.69 thefts per thousand vehicles) to MY/CY's 1993, 1998 and 2003 theft rates. The 2008 rate is 57.54 percent lower than the CY/MY 1993 rate (3.98 thefts per thousand vehicles), 33.46 percent lower than the CY/MY 1998 rate (2.54 thefts per thousand vehicles) and 8.15 percent below the CY/MY 2003 rate (1.84 thefts per thousand vehicles). Overall as indicated by Figure 1, theft rates have continued to indicate a decreasing trend since CY/MY 1993, with periods of very moderate increases from one year to the next.

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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 Tuesday, August 17, 2010, NHTSA published the preliminary theft rates for CY 2008 passenger motor vehicles in the Federal Register (75 FR 5073). The agency tentatively ranked each of the MY 2008 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 August 2010 notice. The agency received written comments from Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VW) and Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan).

Volkswagen informed the agency that the terms “Quattro” and “Avant” should be deleted from the Volkswagen and Audi vehicle line nomenclature. The Quattro and Avant nomenclature are used in EPA data to identify the 4-wheel drive system as the Quattro or the station wagon model as the Avant. VW stated that the Quattro and Avant are not part of the vehicle line name and therefore, are not relevant to the theft data listing. As a result of this comment, Quattro and Avant have been deleted from the vehicle line nomenclature for the Volkswagen and Audi vehicle lines. Therefore, the entry for the Audi A6/A6 Quattro/S6/S6 Avant has been changed to the Audi A6 and the Audi S6. The Audi A8/A8 Quattro entry is now listed as the Audi A8, the Audi S8/S8 Quattro entry is now listed as the Audi S8, the Audi A3/A3 Quattro entry is now listed as the Audi A3, the Audi A6/A6 Quattro/S6/S6 Avant entry is now listed as the Audi A6 and the Audi S6, and the Audi A4/A5//A4/A5 Quattro//S4/S4 Avant entry is now listed as the Audi A4/A5 and the Audi S4/S5. The final theft list has been revised to reflect these changes. Additionally, Volkswagen requested that its performance-related vehicle models be listed separately from its base model vehicle lines.

In its comments, VW informed the agency that the production volumes for the Audi S8, Audi A6, Audi S6, Audi A8, Volkswagen R32, Volkswagen Jetta/GLI, the Volkswagen Passat and the Audi TT are incorrect. In response to this comment, the production volume for the Audi S8, Audi A6, Audi S6, Audi A8, Volkswagen R32, Volkswagen Jetta/GLI, the Volkswagen Passat and the Audi TT have been corrected and the final theft list has been revised accordingly. As a result of the correction, the Audi S8 previously ranked No. 40 with a theft rate of 2.5974 remains ranked No. 40 with a theft rate of 2.5907, the Audi A6 previously ranked No. 86 with a theft rate of 1.4414 is now ranked No. No. 92 with a theft rate of 1.3990, the Audi S6 previously ranked No. 86 with a theft rate of 1.4414 is now ranked No. 48 with a theft rate of 1.3990, the Audi A8 previously ranked No. 141 with a theft rate of 0.8478 is now ranked No. 92 with a theft rate of 1.3990, the Volkswagen R32 previously ranked No. 60 with a theft rate of 1.8004 is now ranked No. 61 with a theft rate of 1.7996, the Volksgwagen Jetta/GLI previously ranked No. 75 with a theft rate of 1.5822 is now ranked No. 76 with a theft rate of 1.5821, the Volkswagen Passat previously ranked No. 144 with a theft rate of 0.8198 is now ranked No. 147 with a theft rate of 0.8197, and the Audi TT previously ranked No. 186 with a theft rate of 0.5048 is now ranked No. 188 with a theft rate of 2.5907.

In its comments, Nissan requested that the agency confirm the number of thefts for the Nissan Pathfinder. Reanalysis of the preliminary theft data provided for the Nissan Pathfinder revealed an error in the production volume for the line. Therefore, the agency has corrected the production volume reported for the Nissan Pathfinder. As a result of the reanalysis, the Nissan Pathfinder previously ranked No. 13 with a theft rate of 4.5523 is now Start Printed Page 2601ranked No. 30 with a theft rate of 3.0085.

Further reanalysis of the theft rate data revealed that the August 17, 2010 publication of preliminary theft data did not include the Toyota Matrix. NHTSA is correcting the final theft data to include the thefts and production volumes for the Toyota Matrix. As a result of this correction, the Toyota Matrix, previously not listed, is ranked No. 79 with a theft rate of 1.5487.

As a result of changes in the theft ranking, reanalysis of the theft rate data revealed that the number of vehicle lines reported with a theft rate higher than 3.5826 was incorrect. The publication of preliminary theft data for CY 2008 erroneously reported that there were 14 passenger cars, four multipurpose passenger vehicle lines and no light-duty truck lines with theft rates higher than 3.5826. NHTSA is correcting the final theft data to reflect that 14 passenger car lines, three multipurpose passenger vehicle lines, and no light truck lines with a theft rate higher than 3.5826.

The following list represents NHTSA's final calculation of theft rates for all 2008 passenger motor vehicle lines. This list is intended to inform the public of calendar year 2008 motor vehicle thefts of model year 2008 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 2008 Passenger Motor Vehicles Stolen in Calendar Year 2008

ManufacturerMake/model (line)Thefts 2008Production (Mfr's) 20082008 Theft rate (per 1,000 vehicles produced)
 1 CHRYSLERDODGE MAGNUM20815,31913.5779
 2 GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC GRAND PRIX43664,2686.7841
 3 CHRYSLERDODGE CHARGER728110,8956.5648
 4 MITSUBISHIGALANT7711,9866.4242
 5 CHRYSLER30048376,2956.3307
 6 HYUNDAIAZERA6211,4625.4092
 7 CHRYSLERSEBRING26051,0965.0885
 8 CHRYSLERPACIFICA8316,3845.0659
 9 CHRYSLERPT CRUISER CONVERTIBLE91,8304.9180
10 HYUNDAISONATA42987,4564.9053
11 GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC STS8217,5174.6812
12 CHRYSLERDODGE AVENGER641137,5434.6604
13 CHRYSLERDODGE CALIBER38791,2884.2393
14 MAZDA618244,1144.1257
15 CHRYSLERPT CRUISER25465,4853.8788
16 CHRYSLERSEBRING CONVERTIBLE17745,9303.8537
17 HONDAS2000102,6063.8373
18 GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC G6549154,3173.5576
19 LAMBORGHINIMURCIELAGO12883.4722
20 NISSANINFINITI FX355215,1793.4258
21 NISSANMAXIMA13138,6023.3936
22 ISUZUI SERIES PICKUP102,9773.3591
23 MITSUBISHIECLIPSE7021,0463.3260
24 NISSAN350Z4112,3733.3137
25 BMWM651,5473.2321
26 SUZUKIXL77824,5553.1765
27 ASTON MARTINDB913233.0960
28 FORD MOTOR COMUSTANG28794,4763.0378
29 GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET COBALT535176,4563.0319
30 NISSANPATHFINDER7625,2623.0085
31 KIASPECTRA18160,2533.0040
32 GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET IMPALA923320,1162.8833
33 SUZUKIFORENZA6121,3582.8561
34 ISUZUASCENDER31,0632.8222
35 VOLVOS403311,7532.8078
36 BMW73813,5992.7943
37 CHRYSLERDODGE NITRO13548,3772.7906
38 GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET MALIBU423155,4332.7214
39 KIARIO9235,0142.6275
40 AUDIAUDI S813862.5907
41 GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC G55220,1852.5762
42 GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET AVEO13956,0702.4790
43 KIAOPTIMA11347,1982.3942
44 GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC DTS9740,8092.3769
45 VOLVOS603213,5922.3543
46 GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET HHR21999,1762.2082
47 TOYOTACOROLLA374170,3602.1954
48 AUDIAUDI S629282.1552
49 GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER215100,8052.1328
50 TOYOTASCION TC11454,8352.0790
51 SUZUKIRENO104,8402.0661
52 MERCEDES-BENZCL-CLASS2210,6792.0601
53 KIARONDO4723,4412.0050
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54 CHRYSLERJEEP GRAND CHEROKEE12362,6541.9632
55 JAGUAR LAND ROVERXK31,5421.9455
56 NISSANSENTRA230119,9321.9178
57 FORD MOTOR COFUSION259137,7911.8797
58 TOYOTA4RUNNER11059,5631.8468
59 TOYOTASCION XB11160,5531.8331
60 GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC G82212,0351.8280
61 VOLKSWAGENR3295,0011.7996
62 MITSUBISHIENDEAVOR179,5831.7740
63 NISSANXTERRA6336,0351.7483
64 TOYOTAAVALON10761,8511.7300
65 FORD MOTOR COCROWN VICTORIA169,2991.7206
66 GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET CORVETTE5632,8821.7031
67 JAGUAR LAND ROVERS-TYPE31,7791.6863
68 NISSANALTIMA506304,1321.6638
69 GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC TORRENT4728,3701.6567
70 MAZDA52716,3891.6474
71 BENTLEY MOTORSCONTINENTAL53,0691.6292
72 CHRYSLERJEEP PATRIOT9961,4951.6099
73 MITSUBISHILANCER7043,6681.6030
74 NISSANVERSA12276,2231.6006
75 MAZDATRIBUTE3823,8341.5944
76 VOLKSWAGENJETTA/GLI13887,2251.5821
77 FORD MOTOR COFOCUS284180,2491.5756
78 NISSANINFINITI M35/M452616,5221.5737
79 TOYOTAMATRIX3723,8911.5487
80 MAZDA3199129,0611.5419
81 GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC VIBE3120,3171.5258
82 TOYOTACAMRY/SOLARA390257,6381.5138
83 FORD MOTOR COMERCURY GRAND MARQUIS6644,0711.4976
84 AUDIAUDI A385,3781.4875
85 NISSANFRONTIER PICKUP7047,2151.4826
86 HYUNDAIACCENT7651,5621.4740
87 HYUNDAIELANTRA160109,4981.4612
88 KIASPORTAGE5840,6691.4261
89 TOYOTALEXUS SC42,8071.4250
90 GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC SOLSTICE2014,0801.4205
91 GENERAL MOTORSSATURN AURA8560,7151.4000
92 AUDIAUDI A62215,7261.3990
93 HYUNDAISANTA FE10776,7651.3939
94 CHRYSLERJEEP COMPASS3626,1471.3768
95 GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC XLR21,4681.3624
96 MAZDACX-74533,1341.3581
97 NISSANINFINITI G373929,1821.3364
98 FORD MOTOR COEDGE170128,6071.3219
99 FORD MOTOR COTAURUS10781,0951.3194
100 VOLKSWAGENGOLF/RABBIT/GTI4735,6961.3167
101 GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET UPLANDER VAN9373,0841.2725
102 GENERAL MOTORSBUICK LACROSSE/ALLURE5341,9611.2631
103 FORD MOTOR COMERCURY MILAN4132,6081.2574
104 FORD MOTOR COMERCURY SABLE3326,3921.2504
105 MERCEDES-BENZS-CLASS3326,4361.2483
106 TOYOTAYARIS147120,8411.2165
107 SUZUKISX45142,5221.1994
108 AUDIAUDI S4/S532,5141.1933
109 TOYOTASCION XD3932,7371.1913
110 JAGUAR LAND ROVERXJ8/XJ8L32,5561.1737
111 KIASEDONA VAN3731,8001.1635
112 GENERAL MOTORSGMC ENVOY3630,9561.1629
113 GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC CTS7362,9431.1598
114 FORD MOTOR COLINCOLN TOWN CAR1412,3001.1382
115 MERCEDES-BENZCLK-CLASS2219,4201.1329
116 AUDIAUDI A4/A55145,0631.1317
117 BMWM532,6661.1253
118 CHRYSLERJEEP LIBERTY9990,5301.0936
119 GENERAL MOTORSBUICK LUCERNE7266,1171.0890
120 TOYOTATACOMA PICKUP156146,3121.0662
121 KIASORENTO4239,6791.0585
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122 SUZUKIVITARA/GRAND VITARA1917,9961.0558
123 HONDAACCORD401384,2571.0436
124 HONDACIVIC368355,4431.0353
125 TOYOTAHIGHLANDER139137,6681.0097
126 GENERAL MOTORSSATURN SKY1312,9791.0016
127 NISSANQUEST VAN2121,3480.9837
128 CHRYSLERJEEP WRANGLER118120,7100.9775
129 HYUNDAITIBURON1010,3150.9695
130 FORD MOTOR COESCAPE239249,3220.9586
131 ASTON MARTINVANTAGE11,0470.9551
132 HONDAACURA 3.2 TL5456,7200.9520
133 TOYOTALEXUS IS5457,9310.9321
134 HONDAELEMENT3537,9800.9215
135 TOYOTARAV4150164,3310.9128
136 GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET EQUINOX8290,0330.9108
137 TOYOTALEXUS GS1820,0300.8987
138 HONDAACURA RDX1921,2710.8932
139 VOLKSWAGENNEW BEETLE2528,0030.8928
140 SUBARUFORESTER2730,4060.8880
141 FORD MOTOR COTAURUS X3742,1010.8788
142 TOYOTALEXUS LS2528,8750.8658
143 HONDAACURA TSX1921,9960.8638
144 AUDIAUDI A822,3600.8475
145 SUBARULEGACY2226,2880.8369
146 MASERATIQUATTROPORTE11,1960.8361
147 VOLKSWAGENPASSAT2935,3800.8197
148 PORSCHECAYMAN44,9010.8162
149 MERCEDES-BENZC-CLASS6478,7470.8127
150 TOYOTAFJ CRUISER3441,9310.8109
151 MERCEDES-BENZSL-CLASS33,7080.8091
152 PORSCHE91189,9410.8047
153 JAGUAR LAND ROVERXKR11,2650.7905
154 HONDAACURA 3.5 RL45,1320.7794
155 VOLVOV7033,8620.7768
156 GENERAL MOTORSSATURN VUE84108,6820.7729
157 VOLVOXC902330,0040.7666
158 TOYOTALEXUS RX88115,5270.7617
159 JAGUAR LAND ROVERLAND ROVER LR21114,6590.7504
160 BMW391121,3560.7499
161 FORD MOTOR CORANGER PICKUP6385,0520.7407
162 FORD MOTOR COMERCURY MARINER3952,9310.7368
163 VOLKSWAGENEOS1013,8150.7239
164 CHRYSLERDODGE VIPER11,3820.7236
165 GENERAL MOTORSGMC CANYON PICKUP1318,0490.7203
166 HYUNDAITUCSON1622,4880.7115
167 NISSANINFINITI G353956,1550.6945
168 VOLVOC7057,2200.6925
169 GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET COLORADO PICKUP4666,6770.6899
170 BMWZ4/M45,8800.6803
171 NISSANROGUE5278,0790.6660
172 BMW646,0520.6609
173 TOYOTASIENNA VAN85129,2080.6579
174 BMW55279,3950.6550
175 JAGUAR LAND ROVERVANDEN PLAS/SUPER V811,5330.6523
176 SUBARUIMPREZA3859,3400.6404
177 BMWM357,8540.6366
178 MERCEDES-BENZE-CLASS2742,9510.6286
179 HONDAPILOT5588,7130.6200
180 CHRYSLERCROSSFIRE11,6480.6068
181 HONDAFIT4574,4860.6041
182 HYUNDAIVERACRUZ813,2640.6031
183 FORD MOTOR COLINCOLN MKX2236,8840.5965
184 FORD MOTOR COLINCOLN MKZ1932,4570.5854
185 MAZDACX-92036,0330.5550
186 VOLVOV5011,8750.5333
187 VOLVOC3035,8650.5115
188 AUDIAUDI TT47,9250.5047
189 TOYOTAPRIUS84171,7620.4890
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190 HYUNDAIENTOURAGE VAN48,2170.4868
191 SUBARUB9 TRIBECA918,8050.4786
192 BMWX31021,0330.4754
193 MAZDARX-812,1060.4748
194 MERCEDES-BENZSLK-CLASS24,3790.4567
195 HONDAACURA MDX2657,3800.4531
196 SUBARUOUTBACK2863,7410.4393
197 VOLVOS80511,4330.4373
198 SAAB9-3818,3640.4356
199 MITSUBISHIOUTLANDER614,4450.4154
200 HONDACR-V82228,3150.3592
201 TOYOTALEXUS ES2779,5850.3393
202 KIAAMANTI13,3980.2943
203 BMWMINI COOPER1140,9500.2686
204 NISSANINFINITI EX35415,2020.2631
205 MAZDAMX-5 MIATA416,0440.2493
206 VOLVOXC70312,7930.2345
207 HONDAODYSSEY VAN28135,6220.2065
208 MERCEDES-BENZSMART FORTWO421,6270.1850
209 GENERAL MOTORSSATURN ASTRA317,9120.1675
210 CHRYSLERDODGE CHALLENGER16,4110.1560
211 BMW1111,8870.0841
212 ALFA ROMEO8C0840.0000
213 AUDIAUDI R805720.0000
214 AUDIAUDI RS401,1720.0000
215 BENTLEY MOTORSARNAGE0630.0000
216 BENTLEY MOTORSAZURE01270.0000
217 BMWB702320.0000
218 BUGATTIVEYRON0180.0000
219 FERRARI14103240.0000
220 FERRARI43001,0320.0000
221 FERRARI612 SCAGLIETTI0940.0000
222 FORD MOTOR CO.SHELBY GT03,2440.0000
223 GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC FUNERAL COACH/HEARSE09670.0000
224 GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC LIMOUSINE06640.0000
225 JAGUAR LAND ROVERXJR01140.0000
226 JAGUAR LAND ROVERX-TYPE08070.0000
227 LAMBORGHINIGALLARDO07920.0000
228 LOTUSELISE01290.0000
229 LOTUSEXIGE01230.0000
230 MASERATIGRANTURISMO01,4650.0000
231 MAZDAB SERIES PICKUP01,8840.0000
232 MERCEDES-BENZMAYBACH 570760.0000
233 MERCEDES-BENZMAYBACH 620670.0000
234 MERCEDES-BENZSLR-CLASS01050.0000
235 NISSANINFINITI FX4503950.0000
236 PORSCHEBOXSTER04,0670.0000
237 ROLLS ROYCEPHANTOM03780.0000
238 ROUSH PERFORMANCERPP MUSTANG01,4910.0000
239 SAAB9-503,3360.0000
240 SALEENS281/H30203700.0000
241 SPYKERC8060.0000
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Issued on: December 16, 2010.

Joseph S. Carra,

Acting Associate Administrator for Rulemaking.

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