NHTSA Accepting Comments on Trailer Importation Petition

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is receiving comments on a petition for a decision that 2009 AL Spaw EMA Mobile Stage trailers 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 petition is March 29. (Docket No. NHTSA-2010-0014; Notice 1. 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.

Red Top Auto Sales of Fort Myers, Florida, has petitioned NHTSA to decide whether 2009 AL Spaw EMA Mobile Stage trailers that were not originally manufactured to conform to all applicable FMVSS are eligible for importation into the United States. Red Top contends that these vehicles are eligible for importation under 49 U.S.C. 30141(a)(1)(B) because they have safety features that comply with, or are capable of being altered to comply with, all applicable FMVSS.

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