National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), DOT.
Notice of decision by NHTSA that nonconforming 1998 Chrysler Grand Voyager multi-purpose passenger vehicles (MPVs) are eligible for importation.
This notice announces the decision by NHTSA that 1998 Chrysler Grand Voyager MPVs 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 sale in the United States and certified by their manufacturer as complying with the safety standards (the U.S. certified version of the 1998 Chrysler Grand Voyager), and they are capable of being readily altered to conform to the standards.
This decision is effective as of February 25, 2002.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
George Entwistle, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance, NHTSA (202-366-5306).End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
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 Start Printed Page 8577capable 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.
Wallace Environmental Testing Laboratories, Inc. of Houston, Texas (“WETL”) (Registered Importer 90-005) petitioned NHTSA to decide whether 1998 Chrysler Grand Voyager MPVs originally manufactured for sale in the European market are eligible for importation into the United States. NHTSA published notice of the petition on November 19, 2001 (66 FR 58003) 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 of the petition. 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-373 is the vehicle eligibility number assigned to vehicles admissible under this notice of final decision.
Accordingly, on the basis of the foregoing, NHTSA hereby decides that 1998 Chrysler Grand Voyager MPVs that were not originally manufactured to comply with all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards are substantially similar to 1998 Chrysler Grand Voyager MPVs originally manufactured for sale in the United States and certified under 49 U.S.C. 30115, and are capable of being readily altered to conform to all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards.Start Signature
Issued on: February 20, 2002.
Director, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance.
[FR Doc. 02-4413 Filed 2-22-02; 8:45 am]
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