Harley-Davidson agrees to $12 million fine over Motorcycle Emissions

Harley-Davidson agrees to $12 million fine over Motorcycle Emissions

Harley-Davidson has agreed to resolve motorcycle emissions issue by agreeing to pay a civil fine of $12 million. The company has also agreed to stop sales of after-market devices that lead to high pollution than the norms. The issue was mainly caused by ‘super tuners’ sold by Harley-Davidson since 2008.

Harley-Davidson has sold nearly 340,000 ‘super tuners’ since 2008. The after-market device causes more pollution that permitted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. As per reports, ‘super tuner’ improved performance and power of Harley-Davidson bikes and was resulting in higher emissions of nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbons.

Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson has also resolved the issue related to 12,600 Harley-Davidson motorcycles that were not covered under the federal Clean Air Act.

John Cruden, head of the Justice Department’s environmental and natural resources division said, “Given Harley-Davidson’s prominence in the industry, this is a very significant step toward our goal of stopping the sale of illegal after-market defeat devices that cause harmful pollution on our roads and in our communities.”

Under the deal, the company will have to stop selling ‘super tuners’ August 23 onwards. Harley-Davidson will also recall all the stock of ‘super-tuners’ from its dealerships and destroy it.

According to the Clean Air Act, motor vehicle manufacturers have to certify that their vehicles meet the federal regulations on emissions. Every vehicle sold in the United States should follow the emission guidelines as per the EPA-issued certificate of conformity.


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