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Final Decision That Certain Canadian-Certified Vehicles Are Eligible for Importation

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Final decision that certain nonconforming vehicles are eligible for importation.

SUMMARY:

This document announces a final decision by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that certain vehicles that do not comply with all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSS), but that are certified by their original manufacturer as complying with all applicable Canadian motor vehicle safety standards (CMVSS), are nevertheless eligible for importation into the United States. The vehicles in question either (1) are substantially similar to vehicles that were certified by their manufacturers as complying with the U.S. safety standards and are capable of being readily altered to conform to those standards, or (2) have safety features that comply with, or are capable of being altered to comply with, all U.S. safety standards.

DATES:

This decision is effective on November 26, 2012.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Mr. Coleman Sachs, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. Telephone: (202) 366-3151.

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 FMVSS shall be refused admission into the United States unless NHTSA has decided, either pursuant to a petition from the manufacturer or registered importer or on its own initiative, (1) that the nonconforming motor vehicle is substantially similar to a motor vehicle of the same model year that was originally manufactured for importation into and sale in the United States and certified by its manufacturer as complying with all applicable FMVSS, and (2) that the nonconforming motor vehicle is capable of being readily altered to conform to all applicable FMVSS. Where there is no substantially similar U.S.-certified motor vehicle, 49 U.S.C. 30141(a)(1)(B) permits a nonconforming motor vehicle to be admitted into the United States if NHTSA decides that its safety features 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.

Tentative Decision

On September 18, 2012, NHTSA published a notice in the Federal Register announcing that it had made a tentative decision that certain motor vehicles that are not certified by their original manufacturer as complying with all applicable FMVSS, but that are certified as complying with all applicable CMVSS are eligible for importation into the United States (77 FR 57641). The notice identified these vehicles as:

(a) All passenger cars manufactured on or after September 1, 2012 and before September 1, 2017 that, as originally manufactured, comply with FMVSS Nos. 138, 201, 206, 208, 213, 214, and 225; and

(b) All multipurpose passenger vehicles, trucks, and buses with a GVWR of 4,536 kg (10,000 lb) or less manufactured on or after September 1, 2012 and before September 1, 2017, that, as originally manufactured, comply with FMVSS Nos. 201, 206, 208, 213, 214, and 216, and insofar as they are applicable, with FMVSS Nos. 138, 222, and 225.

The notice stated that the agency also tentatively decided to revise its prior import eligibility decisions to eliminate references to the following standards that have been harmonized to their Canadian counterparts for the vehicles identified below:

  • FMVSS No. 110 for all passenger cars and all multipurpose passenger vehicles, trucks, and buses with a GVWR of 4,536 kg (10,000 lb) or less manufactured on or after September 1, 2009;
  • FMVSS No. 118 for all passenger cars and all multipurpose passenger vehicles, trucks, and buses with a GVWR of 4,536 kg (10,000 lb) or less manufactured on or after September 1, 2011;
  • FMVSS No. 126 for all passenger cars and all multipurpose passenger vehicles, trucks, and buses with a GVWR of 4,536 kg (10,000 lb) or less manufactured on or after September 1, 2011; and
  • FMVSS No. 401 for all passenger cars manufactured on or after September 1, 2010.

The reader is referred to the September 18 notice for a full discussion of the factors leading to the tentative decision. The notice of tentative decision included tables that summarize the current state of harmonization between the CMVSS and the FMVSS. For the convenience of the reader, those tables are set out below. Table 1 is a list of all FMVSS that are harmonized to the CMVSS, or for which the differences are such that compliance with the U.S. standard can be readily achieved. Table 2 is a list of all FMVSS which are not harmonized. Table 3 is a list of FMVSS that have been adopted and are not yet effective, but will be in the future. Table 2 has been revised from the version provided in the notice of tentative decision to show that FMVSS 225 Child Restraint Anchorage Systems has two Canadian equivalents, CMVSS 210.1 Tether Anchorage and CMVSS 210.2 Lower Anchorage.

Table 1—Harmonized Standards

FMVSSCanadian equivalentDate harmonized since last determination
102—Transmission Shift Position Sequence, Starter Interlock, and Transmission Braking EffectCMVSS 102—Transmission Control Functions
103—Windshield Defrosting and Defogging SystemsCMVSS 103—Windshield Defrost and Defog
104—Windshield Wiping and Washing SystemsCMVSS 104—Windshield Wiping and Wash
105—Hydraulic and Electric Brake SystemsCMVSS 105—Hydraulic and Electric Brakes; TSD 105
106—Brake HosesCMVSS 106—Brake Hoses; TSD 106
108—Lamps, Reflective Devices and Associated EquipmentCMVSS 108—Lighting Systems and Retroreflective Devices; TSD 108
110—Tire Selection and Rims for Motor Vehicles with a GVWR of 4,536 kg (10,000) lb) or LessCMVSS 110—Tire Selection and Rims; TSD 110September 1, 2009.
111—Rearview MirrorsCMVSS 111—Mirrors
113—Hood Latch SystemsCMVSS 113—Hood Latch System
114—Theft Protection and Rollaway PreventionCMVSS 114—Locking and Immobilization; TSD 114
116—Motor Vehicle Brake FluidsCMVSS 116—Hydraulic Brake Fluids; TSD 116
118—Power-Operated Window, Partition, and Roof Panel SystemsCMVSS 118—Power-operated Windows; TSD 118September 1, 2011.
120—Tire Selection and Rims and Motor Home/Recreation Vehicle Trailer Load Carrying Capacity Information for Motor Vehicles with a GVWR of More Than 4,536 Kilograms (10,000 pounds)CMVSS 120—Tire Selection and Rims for Vehicles Other Than Passenger Cars; TSD 120
121—Air Brake SystemsCMVSS 121—Air Brakes for Trucks; TSD 121
122—Motorcycle Brake SystemsCMVSS 122—Motorcycle Brake Systems; TSD 122
123—Motorcycle Controls and DisplaysCMVSS 123—Motorcycle Control & Displays; TSD 123
124—Accelerator Control SystemsCMVSS 124—Accelerator Control Systems; TSD 124
126—Electronic Stability Control SystemsCMVSS 126—Electronic Stability Control; TSD 126September 1, 2011.
131—School Bus Pedestrian Safety DevicesCMVSS 131—School Bus Pedestrian Safety Devices; TSD 131
135—Light Vehicle Brake SystemsCMVSS 135—Light Vehicle Brake Systems; TSD 135
202—Head Restraints; Applicable unless a vehicle is certified to § 571.202aCMVSS 202—Head Restraints; TSD 202
202a—Head RestraintsCMVSS 202—Head Restraints; TSD 202September 1, 2012.
203—Impact protection for the driver from the steering control systemCMVSS 203—Driver Impact Protection
204—Steering control rearward displacementCMVSS 204—Steering Column Rearward Displacement
205—Glazing materialsCMVSS 205—Glazing Materials
205a—Glazing materials before September 1, 2006 and glazing materials used in vehicles manufactured before November 1, 2006CMVSS 205—Glazing Materials
207—Seating systemsCMVSS 207—Anchorage of Seats
210—Seat belt assembly anchoragesCMVSS 210—Seat Belt Assembly Anchorages
212—Windshield mountingCMVSS 212—Windshield Mounting
216—Roof crush resistance; Applicable unless a vehicle is certified to § 571.216aCMVSS 216—Roof Intrusion Protection; TSD 216
216a—Roof crush resistance; Upgraded standardCMVSS 216—Roof Intrusion Protection; TSD 216
217—Bus emergency exits and window retention and releaseCMVSS 217—Bus Window Retention and Emergency Exits
219—Windshield zone intrusionCMVSS 219—Windshield Zone Intrusion
220—School bus rollover protectionCMVSS 220—Rollover Protection; TSD 220
221—School bus body joint strengthCMVSS 221—School Bus Body Joint Strength
224—Rear impact protectionCMVSS 223—Rear Impact Guards
301—Fuel system integrityCMVSS 301—Fuel System Integrity; TSD 301
302—Flammability of interior materialsCMVSS 302—Flammability; TSD 302
303—Fuel system integrity of compressed natural gas vehiclesCMVSS 301.2—CNG Fuel System Integrity
304—Compressed natural gas fuel container integrityCMVSS 301.2—CNG Fuel System Integrity
305—Electric-powered vehicles: electrolyte spillage and electrical shock protectionCMVSS 305—Electrolyte Spillage and Electrical Shock Protection; TSD 305
401—Internal trunk releaseCMVSS 401—Interior Trunk Release; TSD 401September 1, 2010
500—Low-speed vehiclesCMVSS 500—Low-speed Vehicles; TSD 500

Table 2—Standards That Have Not Been Harmonized

U.S. StandardCanadian standardPassenger carsMultipurpose passenger vehicles, trucks, and buses with a GVWR of 4,536 kg (10,000 lb) or less
FMVSS 101—Controls and DisplaysCMVSS 101—Controls and DisplaysXX
FMVSS 138—Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemsXX
FMVSS 201—Occupant Protection in Interior ImpactCMVSS 201—Occupant ProtectionXX
206—Door locks and door retention componentsCMVSS 206—Door Locks and Door Retention ComponentsXX
FMVSS 208—Occupant Crash ProtectionCMVSS 208—Occupant Restraint Frontal ImpactXX
FMVSS 213—Child Restraint SystemsCMVSS 213.4—Built-in Child Restraint SystemsXX
FMVSS 214—Side Impact ProtectionCMVSS 214—Side Door StrengthXX
FMVSS 222—School Bus Passenger Seating And Crash ProtectionCMVSS 222—School Bus Passenger Seating and Crash ProtectionSchool buses only
FMVSS 225—Child restraint anchorage systemsCMVSS 210.1 Tether Anchorage and 210.2 Lower AnchorageXX

Table 3—FMVSS That Have Been Adopted But Are Not Yet Effective

FMVSSFederal Register NoticeDescriptionEffective date
226—Ejection Mitigation76 FR 3212; 1/19/2011New standard to mitigate occupant ejection from side windows in rollovers and side impacts.9/1/17, except for altered and multistage vehicles 9/1/18.

In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 30141(b), the September 18 notice solicited public comments on the tentative decision. No comments were submitted in response to the notice. Accordingly, we are adopting the tentative decision as a final decision.

Final Decision

In consideration of the foregoing, NHTSA hereby decides that—

(a) All passenger cars manufactured on or after September 1, 2009 and before September 1, 2010 that, as originally manufactured, comply with FMVSS Nos. 118, 138, 201, 202a, 206, 208, 213, 214, 225, and 401;

(b) All passenger cars manufactured on or after September 1, 2010 and before September 1, 2011 that, as originally manufactured, comply with FMVSS Nos. 118, 138, 201, 202a, 206, 208, 213, 214, and 225;

(c) All passenger cars manufactured on or after September 1, 2011 and before September 1, 2017 that, as originally manufactured, comply with FMVSS Nos. 138, 201, 206, 208, 213, 214, and 225;

(d) All multipurpose passenger vehicles, trucks, and buses with a GVWR of 4,536 kg (10,000 lb) or less manufactured on or after September 1, 2011 and before September 1, 2012, that, as originally manufactured, comply with FMVSS Nos. 201, 202a, 206, 208, 213, 214, and 216, and insofar as they are applicable, with FMVSS Nos. 138 and 225; and

(e) All multipurpose passenger vehicles, trucks, and buses with a GVWR of 4,536 kg (10,000 lb) or less manufactured on or after September 1, 2012 and before September 1, 2017, that, as originally manufactured, comply with FMVSS Nos. 201, 206, 208, 213, 214, and 216, and insofar as they are applicable, with FMVSS Nos. 138, 222, and 225;

that are certified by their original manufacturer as complying with all applicable Canadian motor vehicle safety standards, are eligible for importation into the United States on the basis that either:

1. They are substantially similar to vehicles of the same make, model, and model year originally manufactured for importation into and sale in the United States, or originally manufactured in the United States for sale therein, and certified as complying with all applicable FMVSS, and are capable of being readily altered to conform to all applicable FMVSS, or

2. They have safety features that comply with, or are capable of being altered to comply with, all applicable FMVSS.

Vehicle Eligibility Number

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 Number VSA-80 is currently assigned to Canadian-certified passenger cars and Vehicle Eligibility Number VSA-81 is currently assigned to Canadian-certified multipurpose passenger vehicles, trucks, and buses with a GVWR of 4,536 kg (10,000 lb) or less. All passenger cars admissible under this decision will be assigned vehicle eligibility number VSA-80, and all multipurpose passenger vehicles, trucks, and buses admissible under this decision will be assigned vehicle eligibility number VSA-81.

Authority: 49 U.S.C. 30141(a)(1)(A), (a)(1)(B), and (b)(1); 49 CFR 593.8; delegation of authority at 49 CFR 1.95.

Issued on: November 15, 2012.

Daniel C. Smith,

Senior Associate Administrator for Vehicle Safety.

[FR Doc. 2012-28626 Filed 11-23-12; 8:45 am]

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