[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 31 (Thursday, February 14, 2013)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 10573-10574]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-03341]



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FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION

16 CFR Part 455


Used Motor Vehicle Trade Regulation Rule

AGENCY: Federal Trade Commission.

ACTION: Extension of time period within which to submit comments.

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SUMMARY: On December 17, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or 
``Commission'') published a Federal Register notice soliciting public 
comments in connection with its issuance of a Notice of Proposed 
Rulemaking (``NPR'') concerning proposed changes to the Used Motor 
Vehicle Trade Regulation Rule (``Used Car Rule'' or ``Rule''). The 
notice stated that comments must be received on or before February 11, 
2013. In response to several requests to extend the comment period, the 
Commission has decided to extend the comment period until March 13, 
2013.

DATES: Comments addressing the Used Car Rule must be received on or 
before March 13, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Interested parties are invited to submit written comments 
electronically or in paper form. For important information concerning 
the comments you file, please review the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION 
section below. Comments in electronic form should be filed at the 
following electronic address: https://ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/usedcarrulenprm by following the instructions on the web-based form. 
Comments in paper form should be mailed or delivered to the following 
address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, Room H-113 
(Annex T), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20580, in the 
manner detailed in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John C. Hallerud, (312) 960-5634, 
Attorney, Midwest Region, Federal Trade Commission, 55 West Monroe 
Street, Suite 1825, Chicago, IL 60603.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Commission's December 17, 2012, Federal 
Register notice seeks comments on proposed changes to the Rule 
described in the NPR.\1\ The NPR addresses the comments received during 
its review and invites public comment on the following four proposed 
changes to the Buyers Guide: Adding boxes to the back of the Buyers 
Guide where dealers would have the option to indicate manufacturers' 
and other third-party warranties; adding a statement to the Buyers 
Guide encouraging consumers to seek vehicle history information and 
directing consumers to an FTC Web site for more information about 
vehicle histories; adding catalytic converters and airbags to the List 
of Systems on the back of the Buyers Guide; and adding a statement in 
Spanish to the English Buyers Guide directing consumers who cannot read 
the Buyers Guide in English to ask for a copy of it in Spanish.
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    \1\ 77 FR 7476 (Dec. 17, 2012).
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    The Commission has received letters from the Chair of the 
Automobiles Working Group of the National Association of Attorneys 
General, Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety, the National 
Association of Consumer Advocates, the Katharine & George Alexander 
Community Law Center, Santa Clara University School of Law, and 
National Vehicle Service requesting that the comment period be 
extended.\2\ Among other reasons supporting the request, these 
organizations cite their need to coordinate their efforts in 
researching and developing comments to address issues raised by the 
NPR.
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    \2\ The letters are available on the Commission's Web site at: 
http://ftc.gov/os/comments/usedcarrulenprm/index.shtm.
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    Based on the arguments raised in these requests, the Commission 
believes that an extension of the initial sixty-day comment period 
until March 13, 2013, is reasonable. Accordingly, the Commission has 
decided to extend the comment period set forth in the December 17, 
2012, Federal Register notice until March 13, 2013.
    Interested parties are invited to submit written comments 
electronically or in paper form. Comments should refer to ``Used Car 
Rule Regulatory Review, Project No. P087604'' to facilitate the 
organization of comments. Please note that your comment--including your 
name and your state--will be placed on the public record of this 
proceeding, including on the publicly accessible FTC Web site, at 
http://www.ftc.gov/os/publiccomments.shtm.
    Because comments will be made public, they should not include any 
sensitive personal information, such as any individual's Social 
Security Number; date of birth; driver's license number or other state 
identification number, or foreign country equivalent; passport number; 
financial account number; or credit or debit card number. Comments also 
should not include any sensitive health information, such as medical 
records or other individually identifiable health information. In 
addition, comments should not include ``[t]rade secret or any 
commercial or financial information which is obtained from any person 
and which is privileged or confidential'' as provided in Sec.  6(f) of 
the Federal Trade Commission Act (``FTC Act''), 15 U.S.C. 46(f), and 
FTC Rule 4.10(a)(2), 16 CFR 4.10(a)(2). Comments containing matter for 
which confidential treatment is requested must be filed in paper form, 
must be clearly labeled ``Confidential,'' and must comply with FTC Rule 
4.9(c).\3\
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    \3\ The comment must be accompanied by an explicit request for 
confidential treatment, including the factual and legal basis for 
the request, and must identify the specific portions of the comment 
to be withheld from the public record. The request will be granted 
or denied by the Commission's General Counsel, consistent with 
applicable law and the public interest. See FTC Rule 4.9(c), 16 CFR 
4.9(c).
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    Because paper mail addressed to the FTC is subject to delay due to 
heightened security screening, please consider submitting your comments 
in electronic form. Comments filed in electronic form should be 
submitted by using the following weblink: https://ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/usedcarrulenprm and following the 
instructions on the web-based form. To ensure that the Commission 
considers an electronic comment, you must file it on the web-based form 
at the weblink https://ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/usedcarrulenprm. 
If this Notice appears at http://www.regulations.gov/#!home;tab=search, 
you may also file an electronic comment through that Web site. The 
Commission will consider all comments that regulations.gov forwards to 
it. You may also visit the FTC Web site at http://www.ftc.gov to read 
the Notice and the news release describing it.
    A comment filed in paper form should include the ``Used Car Rule 
Regulatory Review, Project No. P087604'' reference both in the text and 
on the envelope, and should be mailed or delivered to the following 
address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, Room H-113 
(Annex T), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20580. The FTC 
requests that any comment filed in paper form be sent by courier or 
overnight service, if possible, to avoid security related delays.
    The FTC Act and other laws that the Commission administers permit 
the collection of public comments to consider and use in this 
proceeding as appropriate. The Commission will consider all timely and 
responsive public comments that it receives, whether filed in paper or 
electronic form. Comments received will be available to the public on 
the FTC Web

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site, to the extent practicable, at http://www.ftc.gov/os/publiccomments.shtm. As a matter of discretion, the FTC makes every 
effort to remove home contact information for individuals from the 
public comments it receives before placing those comments on the FTC 
Web site. More information, including routine uses permitted by the 
Privacy Act, may be found in the FTC's privacy policy, at http://www.ftc.gov/ftc/privacy.htm.
    Comments on the proposed disclosure amendments, which are subject 
to review under the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501-3521, 
additionally should be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget 
(``OMB''). If sent by U.S. mail, they should be addressed to Office of 
Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 
Attention: Desk Officer for the Federal Trade Commission, New Executive 
Office Building, Docket Library, Room 10102, 725 17th Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20503. Comments sent to OMB by U.S. mail, however, are 
subject to delays due to heightened security precautions. Thus, 
comments instead should be sent by facsimile to: (202) 395-5167.

    By direction of the Commission.
Donald S. Clark,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2013-03341 Filed 2-13-13; 8:45 am]
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