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[FR Doc No: 94-9919]


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[Federal Register: April 25, 1994]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
[Docket No. 94-28; Notice 1]

 

Receipt of Petition for Determination That Nonconforming 1992 
Porsche 911 Carrera 2/4 Passenger Cars Are Eligible for Importation

AGENCY: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, DOT.

ACTION: Notice of receipt of petition for determination that 
nonconforming 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 2/4 passenger cars are eligible 
for importation.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces receipt by the National Highway Traffic 
Safety Administration (NHTSA) of a petition for a determination that a 
1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 2/4 that was not originally manufactured to 
comply with all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards is 
eligible for importation into the United States because (1) it is 
substantially similar to a vehicle that was originally manufactured for 
importation into and sale in the United States and that was certified 
by its manufacturer as complying with the safety standards, and (2) it 
is capable of being readily modified to conform to the standards.

DATES: The closing date for comments on the petition is May 25, 1994.

ADDRESSES: Comments should refer to the docket number and notice 
number, and be submitted to: Docket Section, room 5109, National 
Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street, SW., 
Washington, DC 20590. [Docket hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.]

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ted Bayler, Office of Vehicle Safety 
Compliance, NHTSA (202-366-5306).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    Under section 108(c)(3)(A)(i) of the National Traffic and Motor 
Vehicle Safety Act (the Act), 15 U.S.C. 1397(c)(3)(A)(i), a motor 
vehicle that was not originally manufactured to conform to all 
applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards shall be refused 
admission into the United States on and after January 31, 1990, unless 
NHTSA has determined that the motor vehicle is substantially similar to 
a motor vehicle originally manufactured for importation into and sale 
in the United States, certified under section 114 of the Act, and of 
the same model year as the model of the motor vehicle to be compared, 
and is capable of being readily modified to conform to all applicable 
Federal motor vehicle safety standards.
    Petitions for eligibility determinations may be submitted by either 
manufacturers or importers who have registered with NHTSA pursuant to 
49 CFR part 592. As specified in 49 CFR 593.7, NHTSA publishes notice 
in the Federal Register of each petition that it receives, and affords 
interested persons an opportunity to comment on the petition. At the 
close of the comment period, NHTSA determines, on the basis of the 
petition and any comments that it has received, whether the vehicle is 
eligible for importation. The agency then publishes this determination 
in the Federal Register.
    Liphardt & Associates, Inc. of Ronkonkoma, New York (Registered 
Importer No. R-90-004) has petitioned NHTSA to determine whether 1992 
Porsche 911 Carrera 2/4 passenger cars are eligible for importation 
into the United States. The vehicle which Liphardt believes is 
substantially similar is the 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 2/4 that was 
manufactured for importation into and sale in the United States and 
certified by its manufacturer, F. Porsche A.G., as conforming to all 
applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards.
    The petitioner states that it carefully compared the non-U.S. 
certified 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 2/4 to its U.S. certified 
counterpart, and found the two vehicles to be substantially similar 
with respect to compliance with most applicable Federal motor vehicle 
safety standards.
    Liphardt submitted information with its petition intended to 
demonstrate that the non-U.S. certified 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 2/4, 
as originally manufactured, conforms to many Federal motor vehicle 
safety standards in the same manner as its U.S. certified counterpart, 
or is capable of being readily modified to conform to those standards.
    Specifically, the petitioner claims that the non-U.S. certified 
1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 2/4 is identical to its U.S. certified 
counterpart with respect to compliance with Standard Nos. 102 
Transmission Shift Lever Sequence.* * *, 103 Defrosting and Defogging 
Systems, 104 Windshield Wiping and Washing Systems, 105 Hydraulic Brake 
Systems, 106 Brake Hoses, 107 Reflecting Surfaces, 109 New Pneumatic 
Tires, 111 Rearview Mirrors, 113 Hood Latch Systems, 116 Brake Fluid, 
124 Accelerator Control Systems, 201 Occupant Protection in Interior 
Impact, 202 Head Restraints, 203 Impact Protection for the Driver From 
the Steering Control System, 204 Steering Control Rearward 
Displacement, 205 Glazing Materials, 206 Door Locks and Door Retention 
Components, 207 Seating Systems, 209 Seat Belt Assemblies, 210 Seat 
Belt Assembly Anchorages, 211 Wheel Nuts, Wheel Discs and Hubcaps, 212 
Windshield Retention, 216 Roof Crush Resistance, 219 Windshield Zone 
Intrusion, 301 Fuel System Integrity, and 302 Flammability of Interior 
Materials.
    Petitioner also contends that the 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 2/4 is 
capable of being readily modified to meet the following standards, in 
the manner indicated:
    Standard No. 101 Controls and Displays: (a) Substitution of a lens 
marked ``Brake'' for a lens with an ECE symbol on the brake failure 
indicator lamp; (b) recalibration of the speedometer/odometer from 
kilometers to miles per hour.
    Standard No. 108 Lamps, Reflective Devices and Associated 
Equipment: (a) Installation of U.S.--model headlamp assemblies which 
incorporate sealed beam headlamps and front sidemarkers; (b) 
installation of sidemarkers in the taillamp assemblies; (c) 
installation of a high mounted stop lamp.
    Standard No. 110 Tire Selection and Rims: Installation of a tire 
information placard.
    Standard No. 114 Theft Protection: Installation of a buzzer relay 
and a warning buzzer in the steering lock electrical assembly.
    Standard No. 115 Vehicle Identification Number: Installation of a 
VIN plate that can be read from outside the left windshield pillar, and 
a VIN reference label on the edge of the door or latch post nearest the 
driver.
    Standard No. 118 Power-Operated Window Systems: Rewiring of the 
power window system so that the window transport is inoperative when 
the ignition is switched off.
    Standard No. 208 Occupant Crash Protection: Installation of a seat 
belt warning buzzer. The petitioner claims that the 1992 Porsche 911 
Carrera 2/4 is equipped with a passive restraint system consisting of 
an airbag and knee bolster that complies with the standard.
    Standard No. 214 Side Door Strength: Installation of reinforcement 
tubes.
    Additionally, the petitioner states that the bumpers on the 1992 
Porsche 911 Carrera 2/4 must be equipped with energy absorbers to 
comply with the Bumper Standard found in 49 CFR Part 581.
    Interested persons are invited to submit comments on the petition 
described above. Comments should refer to the docket number and be 
submitted to: Docket Section, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, room 5109, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 
20590. It is requested but not required that 10 copies be submitted.
    All comments received before the close of business on the closing 
date indicated above will be considered, and will be available for 
examination in the docket at the above address both before and after 
that date. To the extent possible, comments filed after the closing 
date will also be considered. Notice of final action on the petition 
will be published in the Federal Register pursuant to the authority 
indicated below.

    Authority: 15 U.S.C. 1397(c)(3)(A)(i)(I) and (C)(ii); 49 CFR 
593.8; delegations of authority at 49 CFR 1.50 and 501.8.

    Issued on: April 18, 1994.
William A. Boehly,
Associate Administrator for Enforcement.
[FR Doc. 94-9919 Filed 4-22-94; 8:45 am]
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