July 13, 2024

September 1, 2020 NHTSA Published a Request for Comments on an Interim Final Rule Changing the Phase-In Schedule for FMVSS 141 (Minimum Sound Requirements for Electric and Hybrid Electric Vehicles) in Response to the COVID-19 Effects on the Auto Industry.

DATES: The amendments made in this rule are effective August 28, 2020. Comments should be submitted your comments early enough to ensure that the docket receives them by September 16, 2020.

SUMMARY: This interim final rule responds to an emergency petition submitted by the Alliance resulting from the COVID–19 public health emergency. After considering the issues raised in the Alliance petition, NHTSA agreed that the COVID-19 disruptions to automotive manufacturing made compliance with the phase-in schedule for FMVSS 141 impracticable and warranted appropriate regulatory relief. The Agency granted two of petitioner’s requests, in part, by deferring both the compliance dates for the phase-in schedule and date for full compliance by six months. The Agency declined to adopt petitioner’s third request for an alternative phase-in performance requirement. NHTSA is seeking comment on this interim final rule.