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NHTSA issues Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) to implement laws from Congress. These regulations allow us to fulfill our mission to prevent and reduce vehicle crashes.



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49 CFR Part 573, 574, 576, 579

Reporting of Information and Documents About Potential Defects; Retention of Records That Could Indicate Defects

49 CFR Part 563

Event Data Recorders

EDRs in Vehicles

Draft Environmental Assessment

The draft environmental assessment evaluates the potential environmental impacts associated with NHTSA’s proposed action to set Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards for model year 2008-2011 light trucks. This document describes the environment and resources that might be affected by the proposed light truck CAFE standards for model years 2008-2011, and assesses estimated impacts of alternative actions.

49 CFR Part 571,596

Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Child Restraint Systems; Child Restraint Anchorage Systems
NHTSA: 49 CFR Parts 531, 533, and 537; EPA: 40 CFR Parts 86 and 600 Establish Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards and CAFE Standards

EPA and NHTSA are issuing this joint proposal to establish a National Program consisting of new standards for light-duty vehicles that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve fuel economy. EPA is proposing greenhouse gas emissions standards under the Clean Air Act, and NHTSA is proposing Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended. These standards apply to passenger cars, light-duty trucks, and medium-duty passenger vehicles, covering model years 2012 through 2016, and represent a harmonized and consistent National Program. Under the National Program, automobile manufacturers would be able to build a single light-duty national fleet that satisfies all requirements under both programs while ensuring that consumers still have a full range of vehicle choices.

49 CFR Part 575 Stars on Cars: New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) Safety Labeling

A provision of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) requires new passenger vehicles to be labeled with safety rating information published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration under its New Car Assessment Program. NHTSA is required to issue regulations to ensure that the labeling requirements “are implemented by September 1, 2007.” This final rule is issued to fulfill that mandate.

49 CFR Part 563 Event Data Recorders -- Final Rule; response to petitions for reconsideration

NOTE: In Table III of this document, the accuracy specification for the "Frontal air bag deployment, time to deploy/first stage, driver" should read +/- 2 ms. We have determined that the missing number is a typographical error that is not present in the originally signed notice. A correction notice to fix this error will soon be published in the Federal Register.

49 CFR Part 571

Child Restraint Systems; Child Restraint Anchorage Systems
Nissan North America, Inc. Petition for Exemption from Two-Fleet Rule Affecting Compliance with Passenger Automobile Fuel Economy Standards

Nissan filed a petition requesting exemption from the two fleet rule for the 2006-2010 model years. The two fleet rule, which is contained in the CAFE statute, requires that a manufacturer divide its passenger automobiles into two fleets, a domestically-manufactured fleet and a non-domestically manufactured fleet, and ensure that each fleet separately meets the CAFE standards for passenger automobiles. The CAFE statute requires NHTSA to grant such a petition unless it finds that doing so would result in reduced employment in the U.S. related to motor vehicle manufacturing. NHTSA’s analysis does not support a finding that granting the petition would reduce automotive manufacturing employment in the United States. Accordingly, in this notice, NHTSA is granting Nissan’s petition.

49 CFR Part 571 Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention

49 CFR Part 571 School Bus Pedestrian Safety Devices

49 CFR Part 571

Child Restraint Anchorage Systems
49 CFR Part 575 Tire Fuel Efficiency Consumer Information Program

Proposes a broad new consumer information program for replacement tires to inform consumers about the effect of tires on fuel efficiency, safety, and durability. This consumer information program would implement a national tire fuel efficiency rating system for replacement tires, with the information provided to consumers at the point of sale and online. Fuel efficiency ratings are expected to inform consumers so that they will be better informed about replacement tire performance. This consumer information program seeks to enhance energy security and reduce costs by improving fuel economy. Information would also be provided about safety and durability.

Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act of 2009 (CARS Program)

The Act establishes a new program under which the government will provide $3,500 or $4,500 to help consumers purchase or lease a new, more fuel efficient car, van, sport utility vehicle or pickup truck from a participating dealer when they trade in an old, less fuel efficient vehicle.

49 CFR Parts 523, 531, 533, 534, 536 and 537 Average Fuel Economy Standards, Passenger Cars and Light Trucks, Model Year 2011

NHTSA estimates that the MY 2011 standards will raise the industry-wide combined average to 27.3 mpg, save 887 million gallons of fuel over the lifetime of the MY 2011 cars and light trucks, and reduce CO2 emissions by 8.3 million metric tons during that period.

NHTSA on the Federal Register

View notices, proposed rules and final rules NHTSA administers. Also respond to requests for comment.