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CPSC Extends Comment Period for Proposed ROV Rule Changes

CFR Citation: 16 CFR Part 1422

Standard for Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles

DATES: Written comments in response to this document must be received by the Commission no later than March 15, 2010.

The Commission is extending its comment period to receive information regarding the advance notice of proposed rulemaking concerning Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROVs). The Commission received two letters requesting an extension of the comment period, one from three manufacturers and distributors of MultiPurpose Off-Highway Utility Vehicles, and the other from a trade association. The letters each requested that the comment period be extended 60 days from the date certain information was received by the companies or became publicly available. The Commission has decided to extend the comment period 75 days after the original comment period of December 28, 2009.

On October 28, 2009, the Commission published an ANPR in the Federal Register concerning ROVs. 74 FR 55495. The ANPR was issued under the authority of the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA). The ANPR provided for a 60day comment period to end December 28, 2009. Three companies that manufacture and/or distribute MultiPurpose Off-Highway Utility Vehicles (American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Deere & Company and Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.) and a trade association (Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association) have requested that the Commission extend the comment period 60 days after the companies receive certain information or that information becomes publicly available. A portion of this information was publicly released on November 20, 2009. The remainder, which was posted for a period of five days on the Commission’s Web site in draft form, was finalized on December 15, 2009, and is now publicly available.1 Because this information was only recently released, the Commission has decided to extend the comment period to 75 days from the date of the original comment period deadline, or March 15, 2010.

For information about submitting comments, call or write to Rockelle Hammond, Office of the Secretary, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Bethesda, MD 20814; telephone (301) 5046833.

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