The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has requested public comment on 13 existing rules as part of its 2012 economic regulatory assessment to “identify rules that may have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.” The regulations under review at this time include those pertaining to controls and displays; windshield defrosting and defogging systems; hydraulic and electric brake systems; lamps, reflective devices and associated equipment; light vehicle brake systems; tire pressure monitoring systems; and new pneumatic radial tires for light vehicles.

Specifically requested are comments from small entities such as small businesses, not-for-profit organizations and governmental jurisdictions with populations less than 50,000. They are asked to “explain how and to what degree these rules affect you, the extent of the economic impact on your business or organization, and why you believe the economic impact is significant.” If NHTSA determines that the rules have a significant economic impact on small entities, “it will ask for comment in a subsequent notice during the Review Year on how these impacts could be reduced without reducing safety.” Comments must be submitted by January 22, 2013. See Federal Register, November 20, 2012.