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Old 11-18-2015, 03:12 PM   #1
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Importing car to US - Air bag Question

So my friend has a US buyer for his car. Problem is it doesn't conform to US requirements apparently.

This is the message that was sent to the buyer from GM

"Please note that this vehicle does not comply with the labeling requirements of FMVSS No. 208

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Occupant Crash Protection. The vehicle can only be imported as a conforming motor vehicle under Box 2B if the importer furnishes Customs with an invoice from a franchised dealer or other commercial entity showing that the required Passenger Airbag Status Indicator display or labelling has been applied to the vehicle."

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I know the car has airbag labels on the visors, and the airbag status indicator in the mirror, so we're not sure what else is required.

The one thing I know for sure is that the indicator in the mirror is an image of the airbag whereas the US model has text that says 'Passenger Airbag'. Would that make a difference?

Anyone run into something like this?
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Speak with a Canadian GM dealer and a US GM dealer. The service department on one end may know what steps are needed to get around this issue. All sorts of vehicles are going to the US now so it can't be that much of a road block.

What vehicle is it?
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Speak with a Canadian GM dealer and a US GM dealer. The service department on one end may know what steps are needed to get around this issue. All sorts of vehicles are going to the US now so it can't be that much of a road block.

What vehicle is it?
It's a Pontiac G8 (which means clubberfuck)

I can only assume the US dealer would at least know what the US spec car should have and we can just compare it with our CDN car.

Assuming they know what the car is...
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It definitely sounds like the fix would be at the dealer level. Just not sure if it would be done here or in the US.
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It definitely sounds like the fix would be at the dealer level. Just not sure if it would be done here or in the US.
My inclination was right. CDM cars use the airbag icon embedded within the mirror. USDM use full text, instead.

I know 2 other G8s that went down south without issue but this one gets pegged? I wonder if rules changed?

US Spec mirror is $600!!
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