[Federal Register Volume 60, Number 236 (Friday, December 8, 1995)]
[Notices]
[Page 63118]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 95-29902]



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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
[Docket No. 95-78; Notice 2]


Decision That Nonconforming 1990 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC Passenger 
Cars Are Eligible for Importation

AGENCY: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of decision by NHTSA that nonconforming 1,990 Mercedes-
Benz 560SEC passenger cars are eligible for importation.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces the decision by NHTSA that 1990 
Mercedes-Benz 560SEC passenger cars not originally manufactured to 
comply with all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards are 
eligible for importation into the United States because they are 
substantially similar to a vehicle originally manufactured for 
importation into and sale in the United States and certified by its 
manufacturer as complying with the safety standards (the U.S.-certified 
version of the 1990 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC), and they are capable of 
being readily altered to conform to the standards.

DATES: This decision is effective December 8, 1995.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    Under 49 U.S.C. Sec. 30141(a)(1)(A) (formerly section 
108(c)(3)(A)(i) of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act 
(the Act)), 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 unless NHTSA has decided 
that the motor vehicle is substantially similar to a motor vehicle 
originally manufactured for importation into and sale in the United 
States, certified under 49 U.S.C. Sec. 30115 (formerly 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 altered to conform to 
all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards.
    Petitions for eligibility decisions 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 decides, 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 decision in 
the Federal Register.
    Champagne Imports, Inc. of Lansdale, Pennsylvania (Registered 
Importer R-90-007) petitioned NHTSA to decide whether 1990 Mercedes-
Benz 560SEC passenger cars are eligible for importation into the United 
States. NHTSA published notice of the petition on September 26, 1995 
(60 FR 49663) to afford an opportunity for public comment. The reader 
is referred to that notice for a thorough description of the petition. 
No comments were received in response to the notice. Based on its 
review of the information submitted by the petitioner, NHTSA has 
decided to grant the petition.

Vehicle Eligibility Number for Subject Vehicles

    The importer of a vehicle admissible under any final decision must 
indicate on the form HS-7 accompanying entry the appropriate vehicle 
eligibility number indicating that the vehicle is eligible for entry. 
VSP-141 is the vehicle eligibility number assigned to vehicles 
admissible under this decision.

Final Decision

    Accordingly, on the basis of the foregoing, NHTSA hereby decides 
that a 1990 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC (Model ID 126.045) not originally 
manufactured to comply with all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety 
standards is substantially similar to a 1990 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC 
originally manufactured for importation into and sale in the United 
States and certified under 49 U.S.C. Sec. 30115, and is capable of 
being readily altered to conform to all applicable Federal motor 
vehicle safety standards.

    Authority: 49 U.S.C. 30141 (a)(1)(A) and (b)(1); 49 CFR 593.8; 
delegations of authority at 49 CFR 1.50 and 501.8.

    Issued on: December 4, 1995.
Marilynne Jacobs,
Director, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance.
[FR Doc. 95-29902 Filed 12-7-95; 8:45 am]
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