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DOT/NHTSA RIN: 2127-AL05 Publication ID: Spring 2014 
Title: Amend FMVSS No. 210 to Incorporate the Use of a New Force Application Device (RRR) 
Abstract: This rulemaking would amend Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 210, Seat belt assembly anchorages, to replace the existing body blocks for testing the strength of seat belts with a new Force Application Device and associated positioning procedure. Because the device is easier to use than the current body blocks, this rulemaking would simplify the compliance test of the standard and make NHTSA´s evaluation of seat belt anchorage strength more effective. We estimate the one-time cost of purchasing a set of these devices (approximately $40,000) would be offset by the continual labor cost savings in setting up the devices for testing. NHTSA´s testing has demonstrated that the proposed force application devices do not appear to affect the stringency of the standard. 
Agency: Department of Transportation(DOT)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 49 CFR 571.210   
Legal Authority: 49 USC 30102    49 USC 30111    49 USC 30115    49 USC 30117    49 USC 30166    49 USC 322    delegation of authority at 49 CFR 1.95   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  03/30/2012  77 FR 19155   
NPRM Comment Period End  05/29/2012 
Supplemental NPRM  05/00/2014 
Additional Information: SB: Y IC: N SLT: N We anticipate that this rule will reduce testing costs compared to current standard. This rule will also reduce NHTSA compliance costs and industry testing costs annually, starting with the effective date. We estimate the cost of each of the two sizes of the Force Application Device to be approximately $8,000 each. Assuming a vehicle manufacturer or testing facility purchases a set of two FAD1s and three FAD2s, the principal cost associated with this NPRM is the one-time purchase cost of the set, totaling $40,000. The FADs require significantly less effort, time, and personnel to install in the test vehicle. Thus, we believe there would be associated cost savings which could offset the purchase cost of the FADs.
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
International Impacts: This regulatory action will be likely to have international trade and investment effects, or otherwise be of international interest.
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Carla Rush
Safety Standards Engineer
Department of Transportation
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE,
Washington, DC 20590

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