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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 2009 final theft data.

SUMMARY:

This document publishes the final data on thefts of model year (MY) 2009 passenger motor vehicles that occurred in calendar year (CY) 2009. The final 2009 theft data indicated a decrease in the vehicle theft rate experienced in CY/MY 2009. The final theft rate for MY 2009 passenger vehicles stolen in calendar year 2009 is 1.33 thefts per thousand vehicles, a decrease of 21.3 percent from the rate of 1.69 thefts per thousand in 2008. 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: October 24, 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) 366-4139. 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 § 33104(b)(4) mandate, this document reports the final theft data for CY 2009, the most recent calendar year for which data are available.

In calculating the 2009 theft rates, NHTSA followed the same procedures it used in calculating the MY 2008 theft rates. (For 2008 theft data calculations, see 76 FR 2598, January 14, 2011). 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 2009 theft rate for each vehicle line was calculated by dividing the number of reported thefts of MY 2009 vehicles of that line stolen during calendar year 2009 by the total number of vehicles in that line manufactured for MY 2009, as reported to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The final 2009 theft data show a decrease in the vehicle theft rate when compared to the theft rate experienced in CY/MY 2008. The final theft rate for MY 2009 passenger vehicles stolen in calendar year 2009 decreased to 1.33 thefts per thousand vehicles produced, a decrease of 21.3 percent from the rate of 1.69 thefts per thousand vehicles experienced by MY 2008 vehicles in CY 2008. A similar decreasing trend in vehicle thefts was reported in the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) 2009 Uniform Crime Report showing a 17% reduction in motor vehicle thefts (automobiles, trucks, buses and other vehicles) from 2008 to 2009.

For MY 2009 vehicles, out of a total of 239 vehicle lines, 11 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 11 vehicle lines with a theft rate higher than 3.5826, 11 are passenger car lines, none are multipurpose passenger vehicle lines, and none are light-duty truck lines.

NHTSA's data show that the MY 2009 theft rate reduction is consistent with the general decreasing trend of theft rates over the past 16 years as indicated by Figure 1. The agency attributes this theft rate reduction to the effectiveness of combined measures used by federal agencies, law enforcement, vehicle manufacturers and the insurance industry to help combat vehicle theft.

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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 Wednesday, June 22, 2011, NHTSA published the preliminary theft rates for CY 2009 passenger motor vehicles in the Federal Register (76 FR 36486). The agency tentatively ranked each of the MY 2009 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 2011 notice. The agency received written comments from Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VW) and Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC (Mercedes-Benz).

In its comments, VW informed the agency that the production volume for the Volkswagen Eos is incorrect. In response to this comment, the production volume for the Volkswagen Eos has been corrected and the final theft data has been revised accordingly. As a result of the correction, the Volkswagen Eos previously ranked No. 154 with a theft rate of 0.5230 is now ranked No. 155 with a theft rate of 0.5229.

In its comments, Mercedes-Benz informed the agency that the production volume for the Mercedes-Benz CL-Class was incorrect. The production volume for the Mercedes-Benz CL-Class has been corrected and the final theft data has been revised accordingly. As a result of this correction, the Mercedes-Benz CL-Class previously ranked No. 41 with a theft rate of 1.9589 is now ranked No. 10 with a theft rate of 3.9124.

Mercedes-Benz also informed the agency that its CLS-Class vehicle line was not listed in the agency's June 2011 publication of preliminary data. NHTSA is correcting the final theft data to include the thefts and production volume for the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class. As a result of this correction, the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, previously not listed, is ranked No. 76 with a theft rate of 1.3065.

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 2009 erroneously reported that there were 10 passenger cars, no 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 11 passenger car lines, no multipurpose passenger vehicle lines, and no light truck lines had a theft rate higher than 3.5826.

The following list represents NHTSA's final calculation of theft rates for all 2009 passenger motor vehicle lines. This list is intended to inform the public of calendar year 2009 motor vehicle thefts of model year 2009 vehicles and does not have any effect on the obligations of regulated parties under 49 U.S.C. Chapter 331, Theft Prevention.Start Printed Page 65612

Final Report of Theft Rates for Model Year 2009 Passenger Motor Vehicles Stolen in Calendar Year 2009

ManufacturerMake/model (line)Thefts 2009Production (Mfr's) 20092009 Theft rate (per 1,000 vehicles produced)
1AUDIAUDI S822278.8106
2FORD MOTOR COSHELBY GT55818.6059
3BMWM522647.5758
4CHRYSLERDODGE CHARGER43266,8566.4616
5HONDAS200023575.6022
6MITSUBISHIGALANT15229,7165.1151
7CHRYSLER30014331,2874.5706
8NISSANINFINITI M35/M45276,2434.3248
9GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC STS317,2394.2824
10MERCEDES-BENZCL-CLASS51,2783.9124
11CHRYSLERSEBRING CONVERTIBLE184,8273.7290
12CHRYSLERDODGE AVENGER10731,6673.3789
13CHRYSLERSEBRING6519,5883.3184
14AUDIAUDI A861,8103.3149
15VOLVOV7039963.0120
16GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC G56020,6232.9094
17GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC G628199,2262.8319
18CHRYSLERDODGE CALIBER12544,5542.8056
19CHRYSLERPT CRUISER6924,8762.7738
20GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET IMPALA499183,7692.7154
21NISSANINFINITI FX353513,3752.6168
22CHRYSLERDODGE CHALLENGER5320,5262.5821
23NISSANPATHFINDER135,0762.5611
24BMWM613972.5189
25CHRYSLERDODGE NITRO2610,5392.4670
26NISSANMAXIMA14158,2782.4194
27KIARONDO4217,5732.3900
28MAZDA55322,2482.3822
29GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET MALIBU413176,8132.3358
30KIASPECTRA13560,2962.2390
31GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET COBALT312141,5882.2036
32GENERAL MOTORSSATURN AURA7835,4722.1989
33MERCEDES-BENZS-CLASS2210,1892.1592
34GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET HHR17280,7812.1292
35TOYOTASCION TC5727,1792.0972
36JAGUAR LAND ROVERXF2712,9532.0845
37MAZDA39947,5692.0812
38FORD MOTOR COLINCOLN TOWN CAR2411,5962.0697
39TOYOTAAVALON4522,0302.0427
40NISSAN350Z15031.9881
41VOLVOC7084,0271.9866
42FORD MOTOR COMUSTANG8141,3541.9587
43GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC DTS3216,5661.9317
44MAZDA67639,5041.9239
45MITSUBISHIECLIPSE2412,7601.8809
46NISSANALTIMA410228,1011.7974
47FORD MOTOR COMERCURY SABLE116,1461.7898
48GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC CTS9150,9261.7869
49VOLVOS60126,8371.7552
50TOYOTACAMRY/SOLARA781447,8821.7438
51TOYOTACOROLLA632363,5151.7386
52HYUNDAISONATA270159,7751.6899
53GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER2213,0221.6894
54TOYOTA4RUNNER137,8031.6660
55BMW642,4201.6529
56GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET AVEO9458,4391.6085
57NISSANSENTRA10465,0961.5976
58FORD MOTOR COFOCUS235148,2441.5852
59HYUNDAIACCENT9259,7091.5408
60NISSANVERSA159104,6581.5192
61MAZDAB SERIES PICKUP16601.5152
62CHRYSLERDODGE JOURNEY12482,3311.5061
63KIARIO6141,0361.4865
64MERCEDES-BENZC-CLASS8657,8721.4860
65GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET CORVETTE2315,6471.4699
66NISSAN370Z1611,0241.4514
67NISSANXTERRA1913,1061.4497
68JAGUAR LAND ROVERXKR16961.4368
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69FORD MOTOR COMERCURY GRAND MARQUIS3021,1021.4217
70GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC TORRENT139,4031.3825
71FORD MOTOR COTAURUS3425,0941.3549
72CHRYSLERJEEP COMPASS1410,3461.3532
73NISSANFRONTIER PICKUP3123,0301.3461
74VOLVOS4096,7431.3347
75AUDIAUDI A353,7611.3294
76MERCEDES-BENZCLS-CLASS53,8271.3065
77FORD MOTOR COEDGE5844,7441.2963
78GENERAL MOTORSBUICK LACROSSE/ALLURE2418,5321.2951
79TOYOTAYARIS9372,8261.2770
80GENERAL MOTORSGMC ENVOY75,6611.2365
81MASERATIQUATTROPORTE18171.2240
82KIAOPTIMA4335,6101.2075
83NISSANGT-R32,5051.1976
84GENERAL MOTORSSATURN VUE4739,3421.1947
85TOYOTALEXUS LS119,4181.1680
86CHRYSLERJEEP LIBERTY3631,2721.1512
87GENERAL MOTORSBUICK LUCERNE3631,7511.1338
88KIASEDONA VAN2118,6841.1240
89KIAAMANTI19311.0741
90TOYOTALEXUS IS3431,8751.0667
91TOYOTASCION XB3937,0391.0529
92FORD MOTOR COFLEX4442,1001.0451
93GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC VIBE5956,7301.0400
94MAZDARX-833,0001.0000
95VOLKSWAGENGOLF/RABBIT/GTI1919,0050.9997
96AUDIAUDI R811,0220.9785
97KIASORENTO1212,4350.9650
98AUDIAUDI S4/S533,1120.9640
99MITSUBISHILANCER3738,6550.9572
100TOYOTASIENNA VAN6163,7970.9562
101KIASPORTAGE3435,8920.9473
102HONDAACCORD297315,2050.9422
103GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC G82425,5560.9391
104HONDAACURA TSX3537,3060.9382
105FORD MOTOR COFUSION96103,2680.9296
106TOYOTAMATRIX5458,2400.9272
107SUZUKISX42324,8590.9252
108GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET EQUINOX3032,5550.9215
109MERCEDES-BENZE-CLASS1718,8030.9041
110MASERATIGRANTURISMO11,1230.8905
111NISSANMURANO96108,1880.8873
112CHRYSLERJEEP WRANGLER5867,1220.8641
113VOLKSWAGENJETTA/GLI97112,5060.8622
114NISSANQUEST VAN78,2320.8503
115FORD MOTOR COLINCOLN MKS2226,1530.8412
116NISSANINFINITI G374250,5240.8313
117BMWM333,6420.8237
118VOLVOC3033,6930.8123
119SUBARULEGACY2126,2780.7991
120SUBARUIMPREZA3442,5510.7990
121HYUNDAIELANTRA6176,6370.7960
122MERCEDES-BENZSL-CLASS67,5590.7938
123TOYOTATACOMA PICKUP92116,0590.7927
124HONDACIVIC218278,4260.7830
125HYUNDAIGENESIS1519,5040.7691
126AUDIAUDI Q556,5310.7656
127FORD MOTOR COESCAPE113148,8600.7591
128MERCEDES-BENZSLK-CLASS33,9870.7524
129HYUNDAISANTA FE5777,8570.7321
130MAZDACX-91014,0240.7131
131GENERAL MOTORSCHEVROLET COLORADO PICKUP2028,2860.7071
132CHRYSLERJEEP PATRIOT2332,6110.7053
133HONDAACURA RDX68,6900.6904
134FORD MOTOR COLINCOLN MKX811,6260.6881
135PORSCHEBOXSTER11,4600.6849
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136VOLVOS8057,4090.6749
137AUDIAUDI TT22,9890.6691
138NISSANINFINITI FX5011,5100.6623
139TOYOTARAV479119,3810.6617
140BMW757,6130.6568
141TOYOTALEXUS RX4264,2660.6535
142NISSANROGUE4773,8770.6362
143VOLKSWAGENTIGUAN1219,0760.6291
144PORSCHECAYMAN11,5910.6285
145TOYOTAFJ CRUISER23,1850.6279
146MAZDACX-7812,9060.6199
147SUZUKIVITARA/GRAND VITARA46,4760.6177
148AUDIAUDI A4/A52744,9500.6007
149HONDAACURA 3.2 TL2033,6900.5936
150TOYOTAHIGHLANDER3357,1660.5773
151FORD MOTOR COTAURUS X35,2090.5759
152TOYOTASCION XD1017,5870.5686
153MERCEDES-BENZSMART FORTWO814,1690.5646
154TOYOTALEXUS GS35,5370.5418
155VOLKSWAGENEOS59,5620.5229
156BMW34484,3500.5216
157VOLKSWAGENPASSAT1631,3100.5110
158GENERAL MOTORSSATURN SKY24,0780.4904
159FORD MOTOR COLINCOLN MKZ816,6760.4797
160AUDIAUDI A624,1930.4770
161GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC SOLSTICE24,2020.4760
162HONDAPILOT4084,0890.4757
163GENERAL MOTORSGMC CANYON PICKUP48,6140.4644
164HONDAACURA MDX1634,5400.4632
165HYUNDAITUCSON511,0320.4532
166VOLKSWAGENNEW BEETLE818,2840.4375
167MAZDATRIBUTE24,6700.4283
168BMW5921,9630.4098
169HONDAODYSSEY VAN3073,7770.4066
170BMW1410,1890.3926
171FORD MOTOR CORANGER PICKUP1949,4660.3841
172SUBARUFORESTER3488,7710.3830
173PORSCHE91137,9290.3784
174FORD MOTOR COMERCURY MILAN718,5560.3772
175HONDAACURA 3.5 RL12,6700.3745
176BMWX325,4480.3671
177HONDAELEMENT411,1140.3599
178MITSUBISHIOUTLANDER411,9040.3360
179TOYOTAPRIUS2782,6590.3266
180TOYOTALEXUS ES1342,8330.3035
181JAGUAR LAND ROVERLAND ROVER LR213,4430.2904
182BMWZ4/M13,6370.2750
183TOYOTAVENZA1558,8970.2547
184HONDAFIT2183,7650.2507
185SUBARUOUTBACK936,4100.2472
186HONDACR-V40171,9430.2326
187FORD MOTOR COCROWN VICTORIA836,1010.2216
188SAAB9-314,5930.2177
189NISSANCUBE628,2430.2124
190KIABORREGO3147140.2039
191MERCEDES-BENZCLK-CLASS315,6540.1916
192SUBARUB9 TRIBECA16,8060.1469
193BMWMINI COOPER651,9350.1155
194FORD MOTOR COMERCURY MARINER225,6820.0779
195ASTON MARTINDB907410.0000
196ASTON MARTINVANTAGE05820.0000
197AUDIAUDI S601000.0000
198BENTLEY MOTORSARNAGE0860.0000
199BENTLEY MOTORSAZURE0660.0000
200BENTLEY MOTORSBROOKLANDS0940.0000
201BENTLEY MOTORSCONTINENTAL09300.0000
202CHRYSLERDODGE VIPER05750.0000
203FERRARI14101090.0000
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204FERRARI43006050.0000
205FERRARI612 SCAGLIETTI0290.0000
206FERRARICALIFORNIA0530.0000
207GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC FUNERAL COACH/HEARSE07140.0000
208GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC LIMOUSINE03300.0000
209GENERAL MOTORSCADILLAC XLR08580.0000
210GENERAL MOTORSPONTIAC G306,2370.0000
211GENERAL MOTORSSATURN ASTRA08510.0000
212HYUNDAIAZERA05,0620.0000
213HYUNDAIVERACRUZ02,1880.0000
214JAGUAR LAND ROVERVANDEN PLAS/SUPER V803260.0000
215JAGUAR LAND ROVERXJ8/XJ8L03580.0000
216JAGUAR LAND ROVERXJR0110.0000
217JAGUAR LAND ROVERXK09030.0000
218LAMBORGHINIGALLARDO02810.0000
219LAMBORGHINIMURCIELAGO01100.0000
220LOTUSELISE01200.0000
221LOTUSEXIGE0270.0000
222MAZDAMX-5 MIATA04,2930.0000
223MERCEDES-BENZMAYBACH 570270.0000
224MERCEDES-BENZMAYBACH 620180.0000
225MERCEDES-BENZMAYBACH LANDAULET020.0000
226MERCEDES-BENZSLR-CLASS0690.0000
227MITSUBISHIENDEAVOR0500.0000
228NISSANINFINITI EX3502,1690.0000
229ROLLS ROYCEPHANTOM04090.0000
230ROUSH PERFORMANCERPP MUSTANG03950.0000
231SAAB9-507320.0000
232SPYKERC80180.0000
233SUZUKIEQUATOR PICKUP02,3800.0000
234SUZUKIXL701,2900.0000
235TESLAROADSTER09000.0000
236TOYOTALEXUS SC05110.0000
237VOLVOV5001,9130.0000
238VOLVOXC7004,6140.0000
239VOLVOXC9006,8060.0000
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Issued on: October 18, 2011.

Christopher J. Bonanti,

Associate Administrator for Rulemaking.

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