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DOT/NHTSA RIN: 2127-AK39 Publication ID: Spring 2010 
Title: +FMVSS No. 202a Head Restraint Response to Petitions for Reconsideration  
Abstract: On May 4, 2007, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a final rule responding to petitions for reconsideration of the FMVSS No. 202, "Head restraints" upgrade. In response, manufacturers requested relief with regard to rear seat non-use positions, phase-in schedules for small volume manufacturers, and other technical clarifications. We are denying most of the requests due to the lack of supporting data. We are granting one technical clarification on the test procedure. In addition, the agency received new petitions for rulemaking related to a "Discomfort Metric" and other alternative rear seat non-use options and an "effective backset" requirement. We are denying the effective backset requirement since it will not result in increased benefits, and we are reserving final judgment on the alternative rear seat non-use options since the Discomfort Metric has recently been accepted as part of the Global Technical Regulation (GTR) for head restraints. While the Discomfort Metric is not being proposed in this notice responding to petitions, it will be addressed by NHTSA as part of the required rulemaking action that will address the GTR. 
Agency: Department of Transportation(DOT)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 49 CFR 571.202   
Legal Authority: 49 USC 30117    49 USC 30111    49 USC 30115    49 USC 30166    49 USC 322    delegation of authority at 49 CFR 1.50   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Final Rule  06/00/2010    
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 
Related RINs: Related to 2127-AJ96 
Agency Contact:
Louis Molino
Safety Standards Engineer
Department of Transportation
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Office of Crashworthiness Standards, NVS-112, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE,
Washington, DC 20590
Phone:202 366-1833
Fax:202 366-4329