EPA Fines Companies for Illegal Import of Vehicles That Fail to Meet Pollution Standards
The Environmental Protection Agency announced March 4 that a Chinese power sports company and its related U.S. distributor have agreed to pay a combined civil penalty of $725,000 in connection with the illegal import of over 12,000 recreational vehicles and highway motorcycles that were manufactured in China and imported without the required certification indicating that their emissions would meet federal standards. The EPA found that 993 vehicles had fuel tanks that did not operate properly to control evaporative emissions and that approximately 1,400 were imported without proper emission control information labels. The settlement agreement also requires the companies to (a) institute a recall and replace all uncertified fuel tanks with certified ones and (b) correct the emission control information labels for those vehicles that are still within the control of the companies.
The EPA states that it discovered the alleged violations through joint inspections conducted with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and through a review of importation documents and other information provided by the companies.