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Determination That Nonconforming 1991 Mercedes-Benz 500E Passenger Cars Are Eligible for Importation

American Government Special Collections Reference Desk

American Government Topics:  Mercedes-Benz 500E, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Determination That Nonconforming 1991 Mercedes-Benz 500E Passenger Cars Are Eligible for Importation

William A. Boehly
Federal Register
March 25, 1994

[Federal Register: March 25, 1994]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
[Docket No. 93-88; Notice 2]

 
Determination That Nonconforming 1991 Mercedes-Benz 500E 
Passenger Cars Are Eligible for Importation

AGENCY: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of determination by NHTSA that nonconforming 1991 
Mercedes-Benz 500E passenger cars are eligible for importation.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces the determination by NHTSA that 1991 
Mercedes-Benz 500E passenger cars 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 a vehicle originally manufactured for importation into and 
sale in the United States and certified by its manufacturer as 
complying with the safety standards (the 1991 Mercedes-Benz 300E), and 
they are capable of being readily modified to conform to the standards.

DATES: The determination is effective March 25, 1994.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Ted Bayler, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance, NHTSA (202-366-5306).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    Under section 108(c)(3)(A)(i) of the National Traffic and Motor 
Vehicle Safety Act (the Act), 15 U.S.C. 1397(c)(3)(A)(i), a motor 
vehicle that was not originally manufactured to conform to all 
applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards must be refused 
admission into the United States on and after January 31, 1990, unless 
NHTSA has determined that the motor vehicle is substantially similar to 
a motor vehicle originally manufactured for importation into and sale 
in the United States, certified under section 114 of the Act, and of 
the same model year as the model of the motor vehicle to be compared, 
and is capable of being readily modified to conform to all applicable 
Federal motor vehicle safety standards.
    Petitions for eligibility determinations 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 determines, 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 determination 
in the Federal Register.
    G&K Automotive Conversion, Inc. of Santa Ana, California 
(Registered Importer R-90-007) petitioned NHTSA to determine whether 
1991 Mercedes-Benz 500E passenger cars are eligible for importation 
into the United States. NHTSA published notice of the petition on 
December 22, 1993 (58 FR 67903) 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. Based on its review of the information submitted by the 
petitioner, NHTSA has determined to grant the petition.

Vehicle Eligibility Number for Subject Vehicles

    The importer of a vehicle admissible under any final determination 
must indicate on the form HS-7 accompanying entry the appropriate 
vehicle eligibility number indicating that the vehicle is eligible for 
entry. VSP 56 is the vehicle eligibility number assigned to vehicles 
admissible under this notice of final determination.

Final Determination

    Accordingly, on the basis of the foregoing, NHTSA hereby determines 
that a 1991 Mercedes-Benz 500E (Model ID 124.036) is substantially 
similar to a 1991 Mercedes-Benz 300E originally manufactured for 
importation into and sale in the United States and certified under 
section 114 of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act, and 
is capable of being readily modified to conform to all applicable 
Federal motor vehicle safety standards.

    Authority: 15 U.S.C. 1397(c)(3)(A)(i)(I) and (C)(ii); 49 CFR 
593.8; delegations of authority at 49 CFR 1.50 and 501.8.

    Issued on: March 21, 1994.
William A. Boehly,
Associate Administrator for Enforcement.
[FR Doc. 94-7004 Filed 3-24-94; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4910-59-M

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