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harley-davidson hit by emissions payout

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Justice have forced Harley-Davidson to pay out £9.1m and support an anti-pollution project  with an additional £2.3m for selling remapping devices which circumvent exhaust emissions requirements.

Harley has sold more than 340,000 Screamin’ Eagle Street Performance Tuner plug-in kits since 2008. It claimed these power-upgrade devices known as “super tuners” were only for off-road or competition use but the EPA rejected this excuse and threatened prosecution unless the company made a voluntary settlement.

In addition to a pay-out totalling £11.4m, which Harley described as a “good faith compromise”, it has agreed immediately to withdraw such products from sale and destroy any remaining stock in dealerships — potentially at far greater cost.

Commenting on the settlement, US Department of Justice assistant attorney general John Cruden said: “Given Harley-Davidson’s prominence in the industry, this is a very significant step toward our goal of stopping the sale of illegal aftermarket defeat devices that cause harmful pollution on our roads and in our communities.”

The US Environmental Protection Agency has been cracking down on companies believed to be violating the federal Clean Air Act.

There has been increased scrutiny on emissions and the use of “defeat devices” after car-maker Volkswagen admitted to using illegal software to bypass US regulations.



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