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AGENCY:

Federal Trade Commission.

ACTION:

Notice and request for comment.

SUMMARY:

In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, the FTC is seeking public comments on its request to OMB for a three-year extension of the current PRA clearance for the information collection requirements contained in the Rule Governing Pre-Sale Availability of Written Warranty Terms. That clearance expires on February 28, 2014.

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DATES:

Comments must be received by March 13, 2014.

ADDRESSES:

Interested parties may file a comment online or on paper, by following the instructions in the Request for Comment part of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Requests for additional information or copies of the proposed information requirements should be addressed to Svetlana Gans, Attorney, Division of Marketing Practices, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission, Room H-286, 600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20580, (202) 326-3708.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Title: Pre-Sale Availability of Written Warranty Terms (Pre-Sale Availability Rule or Rule), 16 CFR 702.

OMB Control Number: 3084-0112.

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Abstract: The Pre-Sale Availability Rule is one of three rules [1] that the FTC implemented pursuant to requirements of the Magnuson Moss Warranty Act, 15 U.S.C. 2301 et seq. (Warranty Act or Act).[2] The Pre-Sale Availability Rule requires sellers and warrantors to make the text of any written warranty on a consumer product costing more than $15 available to the consumer before sale. Among other things, the Rule requires sellers to make the text of the warranty readily available either by (1) displaying it in close proximity to the product or (2) furnishing it on request and posting signs in prominent locations advising consumers that the warranty is available. The Rule requires warrantors to provide materials to enable sellers to comply with the Rule's requirements and also sets out the methods by which warranty information can be made available before the sale if the product is sold through catalogs, online sales, mail order, or door to door.

On November 14, 2013, the Commission sought comment on the Rule's information collection requirements.[3] The Commission did not receive any comments.

As required by OMB regulations, 5 CFR 1320, the FTC is providing this second opportunity for public comment.

Likely Respondents: Manufacturers and retailers of consumer products.

Estimated Annual Hours Burden: 2,446,610 hours (131,002 hours for manufacturers + 2,315,608 hours for retailers).

  • Manufacturers account for approximately 131,002 hours ((581 large manufacturers × 33.6 hours) + (13,935 small manufacturers × 8 hours)).
  • Retailers account for approximately 2,315,608 hours ((6,892 large retailers × 20.8 burden hours) + (452,553 small retailers × 4.8 burden hours)).

Estimated Annual Cost Burden: $51,379,000 (rounded to nearest thousand) (which is derived from $29,359,320 for sales associates + $22,019,490 for clerical workers).[4]

  • Sales Associates: (0.5) (2,446,610 hours) ($24/hour) = $29,359,320.
  • Clerical Workers: (0.5) (2,446,610 hours) ($18/hour) = $22,019,490.

Total Annual Capital or Other Non-labor Costs: De minimis.

Request for Comment: You can file a comment online or on paper. For the Commission to consider your comment, we must receive it on or before March 13, 2014. Write “Pre-Sale Availability Rule: Paperwork Comment, FTC File No. P044403” on your comment. Your comment—including your name and your state—will be placed on the public record of this proceeding, including, to the extent practicable, on the public Commission Web site, at http://www.ftc.gov/​os/​publiccomments.shtm. As a matter of discretion, the Commission tries to remove individuals' home contact information from comments before placing them on the Commission Web site.

Because your comment will be made public, you are solely responsible for making sure that your comment does not include any sensitive personal information, such as anyone's Social Security number, date of birth, driver's license number or other state identification number or foreign country equivalent, passport number, financial account number, or credit or debit card number. You are also solely responsible for making sure that your comment does not include any sensitive health information, like medical records or other individually identifiable health information. In addition, do not include any “[t]rade secret or any commercial or financial information which is . . . privileged or confidential,” as discussed in Section 6(f) of the FTC Act, 15 U.S.C. 46(f), and FTC Rule 4.10(a)(2), 16 CFR 4.10(a)(2). In particular, do not include competitively sensitive information such as costs, sales statistics, inventories, formulas, patterns, devices, manufacturing processes, or customer names.

If you want the Commission to give your comment confidential treatment, you must file it in paper form, with a request for confidential treatment, and you are required to follow the procedure explained in FTC Rule 4.9(c), 16 CFR 4.9(c). Your comment will be kept confidential only if the FTC General Counsel grants your request in accordance with the law and the public interest.

Postal mail addressed to the Commission is subject to delay due to heightened security screening. As a result, we encourage you to submit your comment online, or to send it to the Commission by courier or overnight service. To make sure that the Commission considers your online comment, you must file it at https://ftcpublic.commentworks.com/​ftc/​presaleavailabilitypra2, by following the instructions on the web-based form. If this Notice appears at http://www.regulations.gov, you also may file a comment through that Web site.

If you file your comment on paper, write “Pre-Sale Availability Rule: Paperwork Comment, FTC File No. P044403” on your comment and on the envelope, and mail or deliver it to the following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, Room H-113 (Annex J), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20580. If possible, submit your paper comment to the Commission by courier or overnight service.

The FTC Act and other laws that the Commission administers permit the collection of public comments to consider and use in this proceeding as appropriate. The Commission will consider all timely and responsive public comments that it receives on or before March 13, 2014. You can find more information, including routine uses permitted by the Privacy Act, in the Commission's privacy policy, at http://www.ftc.gov/​ftc/​privacy.shtm.

Comments on the information collection requirements subject to review under the PRA should also be submitted to OMB. If sent by U.S. mail, address comments to: Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Attention: Desk Officer for the Federal Trade Commission, New Executive Office Building, Docket Library, Room 10102, 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503. Comments sent to OMB by U.S. postal mail, however, are subject to delays due to heightened security precautions. Thus, comments Start Printed Page 8187instead should be sent by facsimile to (202) 395-5167.

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David C. Shonka,

Principal Deputy General Counsel.

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Footnotes

1.  The other two rules relate to the information that must appear in a written warranty on a consumer product costing more than $15 if a warranty is offered and minimum standards for informal dispute settlement mechanisms that are incorporated into a written warranty.

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2.  40 FR 60168 (Dec. 31, 1975).

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3.  See 78 FR 68446 (60-Day Federal Register Notice).

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4.  The wage rates used in this Notice reflect recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages (May 2012), available at http://www.bls.gov/​news.release/​pdf/​ocwage.pdf.

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[FR Doc. 2014-02895 Filed 2-10-14; 8:45 am]

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