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Notice of Receipt of Petition for Decision That Nonconforming 1992 Alfa Romeo Spyder Passenger Cars Are Eligible for Importation

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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, DOT.


Notice of receipt of petition for decision that nonconforming 1992 Alfa Romeo Spyder passenger cars are eligible for importation.


This document announces receipt by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of a petition for a decision that 1992 Alfa Romeo Spyder passenger cars 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 (1) they are substantially similar to vehicles that were originally manufactured for sale in the United Start Printed Page 65834States and that were certified by their manufacturer as complying with the safety standards, and (2) they are capable of being readily altered to conform to the standards.


The closing date for comments on the petition is December 24, 2007.


Comments should refer to the docket and notice numbers above and be submitted by any of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
  • Mail: Docket Management Facility: U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
  • Hand Delivery or Courier: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
  • Fax: 202-493-2251.

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Coleman Sachs, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance, NHTSA (202-366-3151).

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Under 49 U.S.C. 30141(a)(1)(A), a motor vehicle that was not originally manufactured to conform to all applicable FMVSS 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 FMVSS.

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. (WETL) of Houston, TX (Registered Importer 90-005) has petitioned NHTSA to decide whether nonconforming 1992 Alfa Romeo Spyder passenger cars are eligible for importation into the United States. The vehicles which WETL believes are substantially similar are 1992 Alfa Romeo Spyder passenger cars that were manufactured for sale in the United States and certified by their manufacturer as conforming to all applicable FMVSS.

The petitioner claims that it compared non-U.S.-certified 1992 Alfa Romeo Spyder passenger cars to their U.S.-certified counterparts, and found the vehicles to be substantially similar with respect to compliance with most FMVSS.

WETL submitted information with its petition intended to demonstrate that non-U.S.-certified 1992 Alfa Romeo Spyder passenger cars, as originally manufactured, conform to many FMVSS in the same manner as their U.S.-certified counterparts, or are capable of being readily altered to conform to those standards.

Specifically, the petitioner claims that non-U.S.-certified 1992 Alfa Romeo Spyder passenger cars are identical to their U.S. certified counterparts with respect to compliance 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, 105 Hydraulic Brake Systems, 106 Brake Hoses, 107 Reflecting Surfaces, 109 New Pneumatic Tires, 110 Tire Selection and Rims, 111 Rearview Mirrors, 112 HeadLamp Concealment Devices, 113 Hood Latch System, 116 Motor Vehicle Brake Fluids, 118 Power-Operated Window, Partition, and Roof Panel Systems, 124 Accelerator Control 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, 211 Wheel Nuts, Wheel Discs and Hub Caps, 212 Windshield Mounting, 216 Roof Crush Resistance, 219 Windshield Zone Intrusion, and 302 Flammability of Interior Materials.

The petitioner also contends that the vehicles are capable of being readily altered to meet the following standards, in the manner indicated:

Standard No. 101 Controls and Displays: (a) Installation of an indicator lamp lens cover inscribed with the word “brake” in the instrument cluster in place of one inscribed with the international ECE warning symbol; and Start Printed Page 65835(b) replacement or conversion of the speedometer to read in miles per hour.

Standard No. 108 Lamps, Reflective Devices and Associated Equipment: Installation of U.S.-model: (a) Headlamps; (b) taillamps; (c) rear side marker lamps; and (d) rear high mounted stop lamp and associated wiring.

Standard No. 114 Theft Protection: Installation of a supplemental key warning buzzer to meet the requirements of this standard.

Standard No. 115 Vehicle Identification: Installation of a vehicle identification plate near the left windshield post to meet the requirements of this standard.

Standard No. 208 Occupant Crash Protection: Installation of: (a) A seat belt warning buzzer; (b) U.S.-model driver's side air bag system; and (c) knee bolsters.

Petitioner states that the vehicle's restraint system includes Type II seat belts at the front outboard designated seating positions.

Standard No. 214 Side Impact Protection: Installation of U.S.-model door reinforcement beams.

Standard No. 301 Fuel System Integrity: Installation of a rollover valve in the fuel tank vent line between the fuel tank and the evaporative emissions collection canister to comply with the requirements of this standard.

The petitioner states that U.S.-model bumper support structure components must be installed to ensure compliance with the requirements of the Bumper Standard found in 49 CFR part 581.

The petitioner further states that all vehicles will be inspected for compliance with the parts marking requirements of the Theft Prevention Standard at 49 CFR part 541 and that U.S.-model antitheft devices will be installed on vehicles not already so equipped prior to importation.

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 addresses 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.

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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: November 16, 2007.

Claude H. Harris,

Director, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance.

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[FR Doc. E7-22861 Filed 11-21-07; 8:45 am]