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Mack Trucks Inc., Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance

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AGENCY:

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation (DOT).

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ACTION:

Receipt of petition.

SUMMARY:

Mack Trucks Inc. (Mack Trucks) has determined that certain model year (MY) 2016 2020 Mack heavy duty motor vehicles do not fully comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 101, Controls and Displays. Mack Trucks filed a noncompliance report dated October 9, 2019, and later amended the report on May 29, 2020. Mack Trucks subsequently petitioned NHTSA for a decision that the subject noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety on November 2, 2019, and later amended this petition on May 29, 2020, and July 9, 2020. This notice announces receipt of Mack Trucks' petition as amended.

DATES:

Send comments on or before October 19, 2020.

ADDRESSES:

Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments on this petition. Comments must refer to the docket and notice number cited in the title of this notice and submitted by any of the following methods:

  • Mail: Send comments by mail addressed to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590.
  • Hand Delivery: Deliver comments by hand to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. The Docket Section is open on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for Federal holidays.
  • Electronically: Submit comments electronically by logging onto the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) website at https://www.regulations.gov/​. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
  • Comments may also be faxed to (202) 493-2251.

Comments must be written in the English language, and be no greater than 15 pages in length, although there is no limit to the length of necessary attachments to the comments. If comments are submitted in hard copy form, please ensure that two copies are provided. If you wish to receive confirmation that comments you have submitted by mail were received, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard with the comments. Note that all comments received will be posted without change to https://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.

All comments and supporting materials received before the close of business on the closing date indicated above will be filed in the docket and will be considered. All comments and supporting materials received after the closing date will also be filed and will be considered to the fullest extent possible.

When the petition is granted or denied, notice of the decision will also be published in the Federal Register pursuant to the authority indicated at the end of this notice.

All comments, background documentation, and supporting materials submitted to the docket may be viewed by anyone at the address and times given above. The documents may also be viewed on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov by following the online instructions for accessing the docket. The docket ID number for this petition is shown in the heading of this notice.

DOT's complete Privacy Act Statement is available for review in a Federal Register notice published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477-78).

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Overview: Mack Trucks determined that certain MY 2016 2020 Mack heavy duty motor vehicles do not fully comply with the requirements of paragraph S5.2.1 of FMVSS No. 101, Controls and Displays (49 CFR 571.101). Mack Trucks filed a noncompliance report dated October 9, 2019, and later amended the report on May 29, 2020, pursuant to 49 CFR part 573, Defect and Noncompliance Responsibility and Reports. Mack Trucks subsequently petitioned NHTSA on November 2, 2019, and later amended the petition on May 29, 2020, and July 9, 2020, for an exemption from the notification and remedy requirements of 49 U.S.C. Chapter 301 on the basis that this noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety, pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 30118(d) and 30120(h) and 49 CFR part 556, Exemption for Inconsequential Defect or Noncompliance.

This notice of receipt of Mack Trucks' petition is published under 49 U.S.C. 30118 and 30120 and does not represent any Agency decision or other exercise of judgment concerning the merits of the petition.

II. Vehicles Involved: Approximately 47,742 MY 2019-2020 Anthem, Pinnacle, and Granite model vehicles and MY 2016-2020 LR model vehicles manufactured between July 12, 2015, and October 3, 2019, are potentially involved.

III. Noncompliance: Mack Trucks explains that the noncompliance is that the subject vehicles are equipped with certain controls that are not properly labeled with the appropriate symbols or words as required by paragraph S5.2.1, Table 1 of FMVSS No. 101. Specifically, in the Anthem, Pinnacle, Granite, and LR vehicles there is no identifier for the heating and air conditioning fan control and the incorrect identifier was used for the position side marker control. In the LR vehicles the master lighting switch control is not identified with the required symbol.

IV. Rule Requirements: Paragraph S5.2.1 of FMVSS No. 101 includes the requirements relevant to this petition. Except for the Low Tire Pressure Telltale, each control, telltale, and indicator that is listed in column 1 of Table 1 or Table 2 must be identified by the symbol specified for it in column 2 or the word or abbreviation specified for it in column 3 of Table 1 or Table 2.

V. Summary of Mack Trucks' Petition: The following views and arguments presented in this section, V. Summary of Mack Trucks' Petition, are the views and arguments provided by Mack Trucks. They have not been evaluated by the Agency and do not reflect the views of the Agency. Mack Trucks described the subject noncompliance and stated their belief that the noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety.

In support of its petition, Mack Trucks submitted the following reasoning:

1. For the heating and air conditioning fan control, the requirement specified that the control must be labeled with the fan symbol or the word “fan.” The required symbol or the word “fan” is not on the control. The rotary control has numbers 0 to 4 and is located on the HVAC panel; therefore, it is obvious to the driver that the control is for the fan speed. The owner's manual shows the control and informs that the control is the fan speed. Operation of the vehicles requires a Commercial Driver's License (CDL); therefore, the driver will be a licensed professional driver.

2. For the position side marker, end-outline marker, or identification or clearance lamps control, the control must be labeled with the required symbol or the words “Marker Lamps” or “MK Lps.” The control uses a different symbol to identify the marker. The rotary control has a symbol that indicates that the position is for the parking lights. The position in the sequence makes it discernible to the driver. The owner's manual shows the control and informs that the pictured symbol is for the marker lamps. Operation of the vehicle requires a CDL; Start Printed Page 58425therefore, the driver will be a licensed professional.

3. For the Master Lighting Control, the control must be labeled with the identified symbol or the word “lights.” The control is not identified with the symbol or the word. The control is a three-position toggle switch and includes the low beam headlight symbol and the parking light symbol and, therefore, is discernible to the driver. The owner's manual includes information on the control and its purpose. Operation of the vehicles requires a CDL; therefore, the driver will be a licensed professional driver.

4. Mack Trucks views these noncompliances as inconsequential to the safe operation of the vehicle. Mack Trucks states that there are no customer complaints, field reports, warranty claims, or accidents associated with these noncompliances.

5. Class 7 & 8 vehicles require that the driver have CDL to operate the vehicle.

Mack Trucks concluded by expressing its belief that the subject noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety and that its petition be exempted from providing notification of the noncompliance, as required by 49 U.S.C. 30118, and a remedy for the noncompliance, as required by 49 U.S.C. 30120, should be granted.

NHTSA notes that the statutory provisions (49 U.S.C. 30118(d) and 30120(h)) that permit manufacturers to file petitions for a determination of inconsequentiality allow NHTSA to exempt manufacturers only from the duties found in sections 30118 and 30120, respectively, to notify owners, purchasers, and dealers of a defect or noncompliance and to remedy the defect or noncompliance. Therefore, any decision on this petition only applies to the subject vehicles that Mack Trucks no longer controlled at the time it determined that the noncompliance existed. However, any decision on this petition does not relieve vehicle distributors and dealers of the prohibitions on the sale, offer for sale, or introduction or delivery for introduction into interstate commerce of the noncompliant vehicles under their control after Mack Trucks notified them that the subject noncompliance existed.

(Authority: 49 U.S.C. 30118, 30120: delegations of authority at 49 CFR 1.95 and 501.8).

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Otto G. Matheke III,

Director, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance.

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[FR Doc. 2020-20660 Filed 9-17-20; 8:45 am]

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