Adrian Steel Petitions for Inconsequential Noncompliance

Adrian Steel Company, on behalf of Commercial Truck and Van Equipment Inc. (CTV), has petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for an exemption from the notification and remedy requirements of 49 U.S.C. 30118 and 30120 on the basis that this noncompliance is inconsequential to motor vehicle safety.

Adrian Steel Company determined that certain Model Year 2006- 2008 incomplete vehicles that CTV completed as trucks did not fully comply with paragraphs S4.3(a), S4.3(c) and S4.3(d) of 49 CFR 571.110, Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 110, Tire Selection and Rims for Motor Vehicles with a GVWR of 4,536 Kilograms (10,000 pounds) or Less.

NHTSA published a notice of receipt of the petition, with a 30- day public comment period, on December 10, 2008, in the Federal Register, 73 FR 75171. In response to the petition, NHTSA did not receive any comments.

Among other things, FMVSS No. 110 requires certain information to be specified on the tire and loading information placard. The required information includes the vehicle capacity weight expressed as ``The combined weight of occupants and cargo should never exceed XXX kilograms or XXX pounds'', the vehicle manufacturer's recommended cold tire inflation pressure for front, rear, and spare tires, and the tire size designation, including spare tires.     Affected are approximately 7,761 Model Years 2006-2008 General Motors Chevrolet Cargo Uplander GMT201 platform incomplete vehicles that CTV, as the final stage manufacturer, completed as trucks. CTV completed these vehicles during the period September 1, 2005 through June 4, 2008. 

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