National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, DOT.
Notice of receipt of petitions for decision that nonconforming 2006 Mercedes Benz Type 463 Short Wheel Base Gelaendewagen multipurpose passenger vehicles manufactured before September 1, 2006 are eligible for importation.
This document announces receipt by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of a petition for a decision that 2006 Mercedes Benz Type 463 Short Wheel Base (SWB) Gelaendewagen Multipurpose Passenger Vehicles (MPVs) manufactured before September 1, 2006 that were not originally manufactured to comply with all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSS) are eligible for importation into the United States because they have safety features that comply with, or are capable of being altered to comply with, all such standards.
The closing date for comments on the petitions is July 17, 2006.
Comments should refer to the docket number and notice number, and be submitted to: Docket Management, Room PL-401, 400 Seventh St., SW., Washington, DC 20590. [Docket hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.]. Anyone is able to search the electronic form of all comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review DOT's complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 70; Pages 19477-78) or you may visit http://dms.dot.gov.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Coleman Sachs, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance, NHTSA (202-366-3151).End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Under 49 U.S.C. 30141(a)(1)(B), a motor vehicle that was not originally manufactured to conform to all applicable FMVSS, and has no substantially similar U.S.-certified counterpart, shall be refused admission into the United States unless NHTSA has decided that the motor vehicle has safety features that comply with, or are capable of being altered to comply with, all applicable FMVSS based on destructive test data or such other evidence as NHTSA decides to be adequate.
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.
J.K. Technologies, L.L.C., of Baltimore, Maryland (J.K.) (Registered Importer 09-006) petitioned NHTSA to decide whether 2006 Mercedes Benz Type 463 SWB Gelaendewagen MPVs manufactured before September 1, 2006 are eligible for importation into the United States. J.K. believes that these vehicles can be made to conform to all applicable FMVSS.
In its petition, J.K. noted that NHTSA has granted import eligibility to the 2004 Mercedes Benz 463 SWB Gelaendewagen MPV (covered by vehicle eligibility number VCP-28), which it claims is identical to the 2006 Mercedes Benz Type 463 SWB Gelaendewagen MPV manufactured before September 1, 2006. Because the 2004 model year vehicles that have been deemed eligible for importation under vehicle eligibility number VCP-28 include both the Cabriolet and the Three Door versions of the Mercedes Benz 463 SWB Gelaendewagen MPV, the agency regards the instant petition as pertaining to those versions as well. In the petition for the 2004 model, the petitioner observed that over a period of ten years, NHTSA has granted import eligibility to a number of Mercedes Benz Gelaendewagen 463 vehicles. These include the 1990-1994 SWB version of the vehicle (assigned vehicle eligibility number VCP-14) and the 1996 through 2001 long wheel base (LWB) version of the vehicle (assigned vehicle eligibility numbers VCP-11, VCP-15, VCP-16, VCP-18, and VCP-21). These eligibility decisions were based on petitions submitted by J.K. and another register importer, Europa International, Inc., of Santa Fe, New Mexico (Registered Importer 91-206), claiming that the vehicles are capable of being altered to comply with all applicable FMVSS. Because those vehicles were not manufactured for importation into and sale in the United States, and were not certified by their original manufacturer (Daimler Benz), as conforming to all applicable FMVSS, they cannot be categorized as “substantially similar” to the 2006 Mercedes Benz Type 463 SWB Gelaendewagen MPV for the purpose of establishing import eligibility under 49 U.S.C. 30141(a)(1)(A). In addition, while there are some similarities between the SWB and LWB versions, NHTSA has decided that the 2002 through 2004 LWB versions of the vehicle that Mercedes Benz has manufactured for importation into and sale in the United States cannot be categorized as substantially similar to the SWB versions for the purpose of establishing import eligibility under section 30141(a)(1)(A). Therefore, J.K.'s petition is being processed pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 30141(a)(1)(B) alone.
J.K. submitted information with its petition intended to demonstrate that 2006 Mercedes Benz Type 463 SWB Gelaendewagen MPVs manufactured before September 1, 2006, as originally manufactured, comply with many applicable FMVSS and are capable of being modified to comply with all other applicable standards to which they were not originally manufactured to conform.
Specifically, the petitioner claims that 2006 Mercedes Benz Type 463 SWB Gelaendewagen MPVs manufactured before September 1, 2006 have safety features that comply with Standard Nos. 102 Transmission Shift Lever Sequence, Starter Interlock, and Transmission Braking Effect, 103 Windshield Defrosting and Defogging Systems, 104 Windshield Wiping and Washing Systems, 106 Brake Hoses, 113 Hood Latch System, 116 Motor Vehicle Brake Fluid, 119 New Pneumatic Tires for Vehicles Other than Passenger Cars, 124 Accelerator Control Systems, 135 Passenger Car Brake Systems, 201 Occupant Protection in Interior Impact, 202 Head Restraints, 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, 212 Windshield Mounting, 214 Side Impact Protection, 216 Roof Crush Resistance, 219 Windshield Zone Start Printed Page 34995Intrusion, and 302 Flammability of Interior Materials.
The petitioner also contends that the vehicles are capable of being altered to comply with the following standards, in the manner indicated:
Standard No. 101 Controls and Displays: (a) Substitution of a lens marked “Brake” for a lens with a noncomplying symbol on the brake failure indicator lamp; (b) replacement of the speedometer to read in miles per hour; (c) replacement of the instrument cluster with a U.S.-model component; and (d) reprogramming and initialization of the vehicle control system to integrate the new instrument cluster and activate required warning systems.
Standard No. 108 Lamps, Reflective Devices and Associated Equipment: (a) Installation of U.S.-model taillamp assemblies; (b) installation of U.S.-model headlamps; and (c) installation of front and rear U.S.-model sidemarker lamps.
Standard No. 110 Tire selection and Rims for Motor Vehicles With a GVWR of 4,536 Kilograms (10,000 pounds) or Less: installation of a tire information placard and tire inflation pressure labeling.
Standard No. 111 Rearview Mirrors: replacement of the passenger side rearview mirror with a U.S.-model component or inscription of the required warning statement on the mirror's surface.
Standard No. 114 Theft Protection: reprogramming of the vehicle control systems to comply with the standard.
Standard No. 118 Power-Operated Window, Partition, and Roof Panel Systems: reprogramming of the vehicle control systems to comply with the standard.
Standard No. 208 Occupant Crash Protection: programming of the vehicle control systems to activate the required seat belt warning system. The petitioner states that the vehicles are equipped with driver's and passenger's air bags and knee bolsters, and with combination lap and shoulder belts that are self-tensioning and that release by means of a single red push button at the front and rear outboard seating positions.
Standard No. 225 Child Restraint Anchorage Systems: installation of U.S.-model child seat anchorage components.
Standard No. 301 Fuel System Integrity: The petitioner states that the vehicle's fuel system must be modified with U.S.-model parts to meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements.
The petitioner also states that a vehicle identification plate must be affixed to the vehicle near the left windshield post and a reference and certification label must be affixed in the area of the left front door post to meet the requirements of 49 CFR Part 565.
Interested persons are invited to submit comments on the petitions described above. Comments should refer to the docket number and be submitted to: Docket Management, Room PL-401, 400 Seventh St., SW., Washington, DC 20590. [Docket hours are from 9 am to 5 pm]. 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.Start Signature
Claude H. Harris,
Director Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance.
[FR Doc. E6-9399 Filed 6-15-06; 8:45 am]
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