Notice of Receipt of Petition for Decision That Nonconforming 2003-2006 Mercedes Benz C-Class (W203 Chassis) Passenger Cars Manufactured Before September 1, 2006 Are Eligible for Importation, 42734-42736 [E9-20262]

Download as PDF 42734 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 162 / Monday, August 24, 2009 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SUMMARY: The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of a meeting of RTCA Special Committee 219: Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS). DATES: The meeting will be held September 22–24, 2009 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at RTCA, Inc., 1828 L Street, NW., Suite 805, Washington, DC 20036. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: RTCA Secretariat, 1828 L Street, NW., Suite 805, Washington, DC 20036; telephone (202) 833–9339; fax (202) 833–9434; Web site http://www.rtca.org. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92– 463, 5 U.S.C., Appendix 2), notice is hereby given for a Special Committee 219: Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS) meeting. The agenda will include: • Welcome/Introductions/ Administrative Remarks. • Agenda overview. • Review/Approve second meeting summary, RTCA Paper No. 034–09/ SC219–004, for the 3–5 February 2009 meeting. • Review group document preparation options, and adopt a method if appropriate. • Working Group (WG) reports. • WG–1—Performance & Testing Requirements. • WG–2—Environmental Requirements. • WG–3—Installation Requirements. • New assignments. • Working group sessions. • Establish dates, location and agenda for next two meetings. • Other business. • Review minutes from the current meeting. erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with NOTICES ACTION: Notice of RTCA Special Committee 219 meeting; Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS) 10th Meeting: RTCA Special Committee 216/Aeronautical Systems Security (Joint Meeting With EUROCAE WG–72) Federal Aviation Administration Attendance is open to the interested public but limited to space availability. With the approval of the chairmen, members of the public may present oral statements at the meeting. Persons wishing to present statements or obtain information should contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section. Members of the public may present a written statement to the committee at any time. Issued in Washington, DC, on August 17, 2009. Meredith Gibbs, Staff Specialist, RTCA Advisory Committee. [FR Doc. E9–20276 Filed 8–21–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P VerDate Nov<24>2008 15:04 Aug 21, 2009 Jkt 217001 AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of RTCA Special Committee 216 meeting; Aeronautical Systems Security (Joint meeting with EUROCAE WG–72). SUMMARY: The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of a meeting of RTCA Special Committee 216: Aeronautical Systems Security (Joint meeting with EUROCAE WG–72). DATES: The meeting will be held September 15–17, 2009. September 15th from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., September 16– 17, 2009 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at RTCA, Inc., 1828 L Street, NW., Suite 805, Washington, DC 20036. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: RTCA Secretariat, 1828 L Street, NW., Suite 805, Washington, DC 20036; telephone (202) 833–9339; fax (202) 833–9434; Web site http://www.rtca.org. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92– 463, 5 U.S.C., Appendix 2), notice is hereby given for a Special Committee 216/Aeronautical Systems Security (Joint meeting with EUROCAE WG–72) meeting. The agenda will include: • SC–216 Specific Approval of the Summary of the 9th meeting held May 19–21, 2009, RTCA Paper No. 144–09/ SC216–019, and Action Item Reports (Brief). • Welcome/Introductions/ Administrative Remarks. • Agenda Overview. • WG72 and SC216 Reports. • Common Items/Issues Discussion. • WG72/SC216 Subgroup Reports and Status Reviews. • Subgroup Meetings/Break-outs. • WG72 part 3 with SC216 SG2. • WG72 parts 4/5 with SC216 SG3. • Joint Meeting Continued. • Establish Dates, Location, and Agenda for Next Meeting(s). • Any Other Business. • Subgroup Meetings/Break-outs (To 5 p.m. Thursday). Attendance is open to the interested public but limited to space availability. With the approval of the chairmen, members of the public may present oral statements at the meeting. Persons wishing to present statements or obtain PO 00000 Frm 00091 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 information should contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section. Members of the public may present a written statement to the committee at any time. Issued in Washington, DC, on August 17, 2009. Meredith Gibbs, Staff Specialist, RTCA Advisory Committee. [FR Doc. E9–20275 Filed 8–21–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [Docket No. NHTSA–2009–0148] Notice of Receipt of Petition for Decision That Nonconforming 2003– 2006 Mercedes Benz C-Class (W203 Chassis) Passenger Cars Manufactured Before September 1, 2006 Are Eligible for Importation AGENCY: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, DOT. ACTION: Notice of receipt of petition for decision that nonconforming 2003–2006 Mercedes Benz C-Class (W203 chassis) passenger cars manufactured before September 1, 2006 are eligible for importation. SUMMARY: This document announces receipt by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of a petition for a decision that 2003–2006 Mercedes Benz C-Class (W203 chassis) passenger cars 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 (1) they are substantially similar to vehicles that were originally manufactured for sale in the United States and that were certified by their manufacturer as complying with the safety standards (the U.S.-certified version of the 2003–2006 Mercedes Benz C-Class (W203 chassis) passenger cars manufactured before September 1, 2006), and (2) they are capable of being readily altered to conform to the standards. DATES: The closing date for comments on the petition is September 23, 2009. ADDRESSES: Comments should refer to the docket and notice numbers above and be submitted by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. E:\FR\FM\24AUN1.SGM 24AUN1 erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 162 / Monday, August 24, 2009 / Notices • 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. Instructions: Comments must be written in the English language, and be no greater than 15 pages in length, although there is no limit to the length of necessary attachments to the comments. If comments are submitted in hard copy form, please ensure that two copies are provided. If you wish to receive confirmation that your comments were received, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard with the comments. Note that all comments received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. Please see the Privacy Act heading below. Privacy Act: 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 (65 FR 19477–78). How To Read Comments Submitted to the Docket: You may read the comments received by Docket Management at the address and times given above. You may also see the comments on the Internet. To read the comments on the Internet, take the following steps: (1) Go to the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Web page http://www.regulations.gov. (2) On that page, click on ‘‘Advanced Docket Search.’’ (3) On the next page select ‘‘NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’’ from the drop-down menu in the Agency field and enter the Docket ID number shown at the heading of this document. (4) After entering that information, click on ‘‘submit.’’ (5) The next page contains docket summary information for the docket you selected. Click on the comments you wish to see. You may download the comments. Please note that even after the comment closing date, we will continue to file relevant information in the Docket as it becomes available. Further, some people may submit late comments. Accordingly, we recommend VerDate Nov<24>2008 15:04 Aug 21, 2009 Jkt 217001 that you periodically search the Docket for new material. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Coleman Sachs, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance, NHTSA (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 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. US SPECS, LLC (‘‘US SPECS’’), of Havre de Grace, Maryland (Registered Importer 03–321) has petitioned NHTSA to decide whether nonconforming 2003– 2006 Mercedes Benz C-Class (W203 chassis) passenger cars manufactured before September 1, 2006 are eligible for importation into the United States. The vehicles which U.S. SPECS believes are substantially similar are 2003–2006 Mercedes Benz C-Class (W203 chassis) passenger cars manufactured before September 1, 2006 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 2003–2006 Mercedes Benz C-Class (W203 chassis) passenger cars manufactured before September 1, 2006 to their U.S.-certified counterparts, and found the vehicles to be substantially similar with respect to compliance with most FMVSS. US SPECS submitted information with its petition intended to demonstrate that non-U.S. certified 2003–2006 Mercedes Benz C-Class PO 00000 Frm 00092 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 42735 (W203 chassis) passenger cars manufactured before September 1, 2006, 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 2003–2006 Mercedes Benz C-Class (W203 chassis) passenger cars manufactured before September 1, 2006 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, 106 Brake Hoses, 109 New Pneumatic Tires, 113 Hood Latch System, 116 Motor Vehicle Brake Fluids, 124 Accelerator Control Systems, 135 Passenger Car Brake Systems, 202 Head Restraints, 204 Steering Control Rearward Displacement, 205 Glazing Materials, 207 Seating Systems, 210 Seat Belt Assembly Anchorages, 212 Windshield Mounting, 214 Side Impact Protection, 216 Roof Crush Resistance, 219 Windshield Zone Intrusion, and 302 Flammability of Interior Materials. In addition, the petitioner claims that the vehicles comply with the Bumper Standard found in 49 CFR part 581. 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) Inscription of the word ‘‘brake’’ on the dash in place of the international ECE warning symbol; (b) replacement of the speedometer with a unit reading in miles per hour, or modification of the existing speedometer so that it reads in miles per hour; and (c) installation of a U.S.model cruise control lever. Standard No. 108 Lamps, Reflective Devices and Associated Equipment: installation of the following components on vehicles that are not already so equipped: (a) U.S.-model front sidemarker lamps; (b) U.S.-model headlamps; (c) U.S.-model tail lamps with integral rear side marker lamps; (d) U.S.-model high-mounted stop lamp; and (e) front and rear side-mounted reflex reflectors. Standard no. 110 Tire Selection and Rims: installation of a tire information placard. Standard No. 111 Rearview Mirrors: installation of a U.S.-model passenger side rearview mirror, or inscription of the required warning statement on the face of that mirror. Standard No. 114 Theft Protection: installation of a supplemental key E:\FR\FM\24AUN1.SGM 24AUN1 erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with NOTICES 42736 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 162 / Monday, August 24, 2009 / Notices warning buzzer, or installation or activation of U.S.-version software to meet the requirements of this standard. Standard No. 118 Power-Operated Window, Partition, and Roof Panel Systems: installation or activation of U.S.-version software in the vehicle’s computer system to meet the requirements of this standard on vehicles in which this software is not already installed or activated. Standard No. 201 Occupant Protection in Interior Impact: replacement of non U.S.-model upper interior components with U.S.-model components to meet the requirements of this standard on vehicles that are not already so equipped. Standard No. 206 Door Locks and Door Retention Components: replacement of non U.S.-model door lock components with U.S.-model components on vehicles that are not already so equipped. Standard No. 208 Occupant Crash Protection: inspection of all vehicles and replacement of any non U.S.-model seat belts, air bag control units, air bags, and sensors with U.S.-model components on vehicles that are not already so equipped; and (b) installation or activation of U.S.-version software to ensure that the seat belt warning system meets the requirements of this standard. The petitioner states that the crash protection system used in these vehicles consists of dual front airbags and combination lap and shoulder belts at the front outboard seating positions as well as the rear seating positions. The seat belt systems are described as selftensioning and capable of being released by means of a single red push-button. Standard No. 209 Seat Belt Assemblies: inspection of all vehicles and replacement of any non U.S.certified model seat belts with U.S.model components. Standard No. 225 Child Restraint Anchorage Systems: inspection of all vehicles and installation of non U.S.model child restraint anchorage system components on vehicles not already so equipped. Standard No. 301 Fuel System Integrity: inspection of all vehicles and replacement of any non U.S.-model fuel system components with U.S.-model components. Standard No. 401 Interior Trunk Release: inspection of all vehicles and installation of U.S.-model components on vehicles not already so equipped. The petitioner additionally states that a vehicle identification plate must be affixed to the vehicles near the left windshield post to meet the requirements of 49 CFR part 565. VerDate Nov<24>2008 15:04 Aug 21, 2009 Jkt 217001 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. 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. Issued on: August 18, 2009. Claude H. Harris, Director, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance. [FR Doc. E9–20262 Filed 8–21–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–59–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Maritime Administration [Docket No. MARAD–2009–0079] Requested Administrative Waiver of the Coastwise Trade Laws AGENCY: Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation. ACTION: Invitation for public comments on a requested administrative waiver of the Coastwise Trade Laws for the vessel GAME BOAT. As authorized by 46 U.S.C. 12121, the Secretary of Transportation, as represented by the Maritime Administration (MARAD), is authorized to grant waivers of the U.S.-build requirement of the coastwise laws under certain circumstances. A request for such a waiver has been received by MARAD. The vessel, and a brief description of the proposed service, is listed below. The complete application is given in DOT docket MARAD–2009– 0079 at http://www.regulations.gov. Interested parties may comment on the effect this action may have on U.S. vessel builders or businesses in the U.S. that use U.S.-flag vessels. If MARAD determines, in accordance with 46 U.S.C. 12121 and MARAD’s regulations at 46 CFR part 388 (68 FR 23084; April 30, 2003), that the issuance of the waiver will have an unduly adverse effect on a U.S.-vessel builder or a business that uses U.S.-flag vessels in that business, a waiver will not be granted. Comments should refer to the docket number of this notice and the vessel name in order for MARAD to properly consider the comments. Comments should also state the commenter’s interest in the waiver SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00093 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 application, and address the waiver criteria given in § 388.4 of MARAD’s regulations at 46 CFR part 388. DATES: Submit comments on or before September 23, 2009. ADDRESSES: Comments should refer to docket number MARAD–2009–0079. Written comments may be submitted by hand or by mail to the Docket Clerk, U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590. You may also send comments electronically via the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov. All comments will become part of this docket and will be available for inspection and copying at the above address between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., E.T., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. An electronic version of this document and all documents entered into this docket is available on the World Wide Web at http:// www.regulations.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joann Spittle, U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Room W21–203, Washington, DC 20590. Telephone 202– 366–5979. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: As described by the applicant the intended service of the vessel GAME BOAT is: Intended Use: ‘‘USCG Coastwise designation, charter sport fishing, tournament fishing.’’ Geographic Region: ‘‘State of Hawaii’’. Privacy Act 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). Dated: August 13, 2009. By Order of the Maritime Administrator. Christine Gurland, Acting Secretary, Maritime Administration. [FR Doc. E9–20268 Filed 8–21–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–81–P E:\FR\FM\24AUN1.SGM 24AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

[Docket No. NHTSA-2009-0148]


Notice of Receipt of Petition for Decision That Nonconforming 
2003-2006 Mercedes Benz C-Class (W203 Chassis) Passenger Cars 
Manufactured Before September 1, 2006 Are Eligible for Importation

AGENCY: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, DOT.

ACTION: Notice of receipt of petition for decision that nonconforming 
2003-2006 Mercedes Benz C-Class (W203 chassis) passenger cars 
manufactured before September 1, 2006 are eligible for importation.

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SUMMARY: This document announces receipt by the National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of a petition for a decision that 
2003-2006 Mercedes Benz C-Class (W203 chassis) passenger cars 
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 (1) they are substantially similar to vehicles that were 
originally manufactured for sale in the United States and that were 
certified by their manufacturer as complying with the safety standards 
(the U.S.-certified version of the 2003-2006 Mercedes Benz C-Class 
(W203 chassis) passenger cars manufactured before September 1, 2006), 
and (2) they are capable of being readily altered to conform to the 
standards.

DATES: The closing date for comments on the petition is September 23, 
2009.

ADDRESSES: Comments should refer to the docket and notice numbers above 
and be submitted by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting 
comments.

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     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.
    Instructions: Comments must be written in the English language, and 
be no greater than 15 pages in length, although there is no limit to 
the length of necessary attachments to the comments. If comments are 
submitted in hard copy form, please ensure that two copies are 
provided. If you wish to receive confirmation that your comments were 
received, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard with the 
comments. Note that all comments received will be posted without change 
to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information 
provided. Please see the Privacy Act heading below.
    Privacy Act: 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 (65 FR 19477-78).
    How To Read Comments Submitted to the Docket: You may read the 
comments received by Docket Management at the address and times given 
above. You may also see the comments on the Internet. To read the 
comments on the Internet, take the following steps:
    (1) Go to the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Web page 
http://www.regulations.gov.
    (2) On that page, click on ``Advanced Docket Search.''
    (3) On the next page select ``NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY 
ADMINISTRATION'' from the drop-down menu in the Agency field and enter 
the Docket ID number shown at the heading of this document.
    (4) After entering that information, click on ``submit.''
    (5) The next page contains docket summary information for the 
docket you selected. Click on the comments you wish to see. You may 
download the comments. Please note that even after the comment closing 
date, we will continue to file relevant information in the Docket as it 
becomes available. Further, some people may submit late comments. 
Accordingly, we recommend that you periodically search the Docket for 
new material.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Coleman Sachs, Office of Vehicle 
Safety Compliance, NHTSA (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 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.
    US SPECS, LLC (``US SPECS''), of Havre de Grace, Maryland 
(Registered Importer 03-321) has petitioned NHTSA to decide whether 
nonconforming 2003-2006 Mercedes Benz C-Class (W203 chassis) passenger 
cars manufactured before September 1, 2006 are eligible for importation 
into the United States. The vehicles which U.S. SPECS believes are 
substantially similar are 2003-2006 Mercedes Benz C-Class (W203 
chassis) passenger cars manufactured before September 1, 2006 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 2003-2006 
Mercedes Benz C-Class (W203 chassis) passenger cars manufactured before 
September 1, 2006 to their U.S.-certified counterparts, and found the 
vehicles to be substantially similar with respect to compliance with 
most FMVSS.
    US SPECS submitted information with its petition intended to 
demonstrate that non-U.S. certified 2003-2006 Mercedes Benz C-Class 
(W203 chassis) passenger cars manufactured before September 1, 2006, 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 2003-
2006 Mercedes Benz C-Class (W203 chassis) passenger cars manufactured 
before September 1, 2006 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, 106 Brake Hoses, 109 New 
Pneumatic Tires, 113 Hood Latch System, 116 Motor Vehicle Brake Fluids, 
124 Accelerator Control Systems, 135 Passenger Car Brake Systems, 202 
Head Restraints, 204 Steering Control Rearward Displacement, 205 
Glazing Materials, 207 Seating Systems, 210 Seat Belt Assembly 
Anchorages, 212 Windshield Mounting, 214 Side Impact Protection, 216 
Roof Crush Resistance, 219 Windshield Zone Intrusion, and 302 
Flammability of Interior Materials.
    In addition, the petitioner claims that the vehicles comply with 
the Bumper Standard found in 49 CFR part 581.
    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) Inscription of the word 
``brake'' on the dash in place of the international ECE warning symbol; 
(b) replacement of the speedometer with a unit reading in miles per 
hour, or modification of the existing speedometer so that it reads in 
miles per hour; and (c) installation of a U.S.-model cruise control 
lever.
    Standard No. 108 Lamps, Reflective Devices and Associated 
Equipment: installation of the following components on vehicles that 
are not already so equipped: (a) U.S.-model front sidemarker lamps; (b) 
U.S.-model headlamps; (c) U.S.-model tail lamps with integral rear side 
marker lamps; (d) U.S.-model high-mounted stop lamp; and (e) front and 
rear side-mounted reflex reflectors.
    Standard no. 110 Tire Selection and Rims: installation of a tire 
information placard.
    Standard No. 111 Rearview Mirrors: installation of a U.S.-model 
passenger side rearview mirror, or inscription of the required warning 
statement on the face of that mirror.
    Standard No. 114 Theft Protection: installation of a supplemental 
key

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warning buzzer, or installation or activation of U.S.-version software 
to meet the requirements of this standard.
    Standard No. 118 Power-Operated Window, Partition, and Roof Panel 
Systems: installation or activation of U.S.-version software in the 
vehicle's computer system to meet the requirements of this standard on 
vehicles in which this software is not already installed or activated.
    Standard No. 201 Occupant Protection in Interior Impact: 
replacement of non U.S.-model upper interior components with U.S.-model 
components to meet the requirements of this standard on vehicles that 
are not already so equipped.
    Standard No. 206 Door Locks and Door Retention Components: 
replacement of non U.S.-model door lock components with U.S.-model 
components on vehicles that are not already so equipped.
    Standard No. 208 Occupant Crash Protection: inspection of all 
vehicles and replacement of any non U.S.-model seat belts, air bag 
control units, air bags, and sensors with U.S.-model components on 
vehicles that are not already so equipped; and (b) installation or 
activation of U.S.-version software to ensure that the seat belt 
warning system meets the requirements of this standard.
    The petitioner states that the crash protection system used in 
these vehicles consists of dual front airbags and combination lap and 
shoulder belts at the front outboard seating positions as well as the 
rear seating positions. The seat belt systems are described as self-
tensioning and capable of being released by means of a single red push-
button.
    Standard No. 209 Seat Belt Assemblies: inspection of all vehicles 
and replacement of any non U.S.-certified model seat belts with U.S.-
model components.
    Standard No. 225 Child Restraint Anchorage Systems: inspection of 
all vehicles and installation of non U.S.-model child restraint 
anchorage system components on vehicles not already so equipped.
    Standard No. 301 Fuel System Integrity: inspection of all vehicles 
and replacement of any non U.S.-model fuel system components with U.S.-
model components.
    Standard No. 401 Interior Trunk Release: inspection of all vehicles 
and installation of U.S.-model components on vehicles not already so 
equipped.
    The petitioner additionally states that a vehicle identification 
plate must be affixed to the vehicles near the left windshield post to 
meet the requirements of 49 CFR part 565.
    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.

    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.

    Issued on: August 18, 2009.
Claude H. Harris,
Director, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance.
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