The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has requested public comments on the burdens of collecting information used to support the establishment and enforcement of motor-vehicle safety regulations to reduce the severity of injury and property damage caused by automobile accidents. The request relates to the extension of a currently approved method of information collection that allows the agency to use National Automotive Sampling System (NASS) Crashworthiness Data System (CDS) data to investigate high-severity motor-vehicle crashes in the United States. The agency estimates that nearly 9,500 passenger motor-vehicle operators will spend more than 5,500 hours annually providing interview data to investigators.
According to NHTSA, when a crash has been selected for investigation, "researchers locate, visit, measure, and photograph the crash scene; locate, inspect, and photograph vehicles; conduct a telephone or personal interview with the involved individuals or surrogate; and obtain and record injury information received from various medical data sources. NASS CDS data are used to describe and analyze circumstances, mechanisms, and consequences of high severity motor vehicle crashes in the United States. The collection of interview data aids in this effort." Comments will be accepted until November 15, 2013. See Federal Register, September 16, 2013.