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Decision That Certain Nonconforming Motor Vehicles Are Eligible for Importation

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AGENCY:

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), DOT.

ACTION:

Notice of decision by NHTSA that certain nonconforming motor vehicles are eligible for importation.

SUMMARY:

This document announces decisions by NHTSA that certain motor vehicles 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 vehicles originally manufactured for importation into and/or sale in the United States and certified by their manufacturers as complying with the safety standards, and they are capable of being readily altered to conform to the standards.

DATES:

These decisions are effective as of the date of their publication in the Federal Register.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

George Entwistle, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance, NHTSA (202-366-5306).

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

Under 49 U.S.C. 30141(a)(1)(A), 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. 30115, 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. Start Printed Page 32871

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.

NHTSA received petitions from registered importers to decide whether the vehicles listed in Annex A to this notice are eligible for importation into the United States. To afford an opportunity for public comment, NHTSA published notice of these petitions as specified in Annex A. The reader is referred to those notices for a thorough description of the petitions. No comments were received in response to these notices. Based on its review of the information submitted by the petitioners, NHTSA has decided to grant the petitions.

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. Vehicle eligibility numbers assigned to vehicles admissible under this decision are specified in Annex A.

Final Decision

Accordingly, on the basis of the foregoing, NHTSA hereby decides that each motor vehicle listed in Annex A to this notice, which was not originally manufactured to comply with all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards, is substantially similar to a motor vehicle manufactured for importation into and/or sale in the United States, and certified under 49 U.S.C. 30115, as specified in Annex A, and is capable of being readily altered to conform to all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards.

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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.

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Issued on: June 13, 2001.

Marilynne Jacobs,

Director, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance.

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ANNEX A—Nonconforming Motor Vehicles Decided To Be Eligible for Importation

1. Docket No. NHTSA-2000-7964

Nonconforming Vehicle: 2000 BMW 3 Series passenger cars

Substantially similar U.S.- certified vehicle: 2000 BMW 3 Series passenger cars

Notice of Petition Published at: 65 FR 63911 (October 25, 2000)

Vehicle Eligibility Number: VSP-356

2. Docket No. NHTSA-2000-7963

Nonconforming Vehicles: 1998 Mercedes-Benz CLK320 passenger cars

Substantially similar U.S.- certified vehicles: 1998 Mercedes-Benz CLK320 passenger cars

Notice of Petition Published at: 65 FR 63910 (October 25, 2000)

Vehicle Eligibility Number: VSP-357

3. Docket No. NHTSA-2000-7966

Nonconforming Vehicles: 1996 Plymouth Voyager multi-purpose passenger vehicles

Substantially similar U.S.- certified vehicles: 1996 Plymouth Voyager multi-purpose passenger vehicles

Notice of Petition Published at: 65 FR 63909 (October 25, 2000)

Vehicle Eligibility Number: VSP-353

4. Docket No. NHTSA-2000-8242

Nonconforming Vehicles: 1994-2000 Honda VFR 400 and RVF 400 motorcycles

Substantially similar U.S.- certified vehicles: 1994-2000 Honda CBR 600 motorcycles

Notice of Petition Published at: 65 FR 77690 (December 12, 2000)

Vehicle Eligibility Number: VSP-358

5. Docket No. NHTSA-2000-8241

Nonconforming Vehicles: 1991-1995 BMW 8 Series passenger cars

Substantially similar U.S.- certified vehicles: 1991-1995 BMW 8 Series passenger cars

Notice of Petition Published at: 65 FR 69989 (November 21, 2000)

Vehicle Eligibility Number: VSP-361

6. Docket No. NHTSA-2000-8294

Nonconforming Vehicle: 1998-2001 BMW R1200C motorcycles

Substantially similar U.S.- certified vehicle: 1998-2001 BMW R1200C motorcycles

Notice of Petition Published at: 65 FR 77691 (December 12, 2000)

Vehicle Eligibility Number: VSP-359

7. Docket No. NHTSA-2000-8281

Nonconforming Vehicles: 2000 Yamaha R1 motorcycles

Substantially similar U.S.- certified vehicles: 2000 Yamaha R1 motorcycles

Notice of Petition Published at: 65 FR 77692 (December 12, 2000)

Vehicle Eligibility Number: VSP-360

8. Docket No. NHTSA-2000-8699

Nonconforming Vehicles: 2001 Harley Davidson FX, FL and XL motorcycles

Substantially similar U.S.- certified vehicles: 2001 Harley Davidson FX, FL and XL motorcycles

Notice of Petition Published at: 66 FR 7841 (January 25, 2001)

Vehicle Eligibility Number: VSP-362

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