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$560,000 in Penalties for Imports of Uncertified Off-Road Vehicles

Monday, April 13, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Four Texas-based recreational vehicle importers and an affiliated Chinese vehicle manufacturer will pay a total of $560,000 in civil penalties to settle charges regarding the import and sale of more than 4,000 uncertified off-road recreational vehicles, according to an April 7 press release from the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Clean Air Act requires all vehicles imported into and sold in the U.S. to meet federal emission standards to control air pollution. Companies that manufacture and sell vehicles must obtain an EPA-issued certificate of conformity to show their vehicles will meet emissions standards. Vehicle manufacturers must submit an application to the EPA that describes the engine or vehicle, its emission control system, and emissions data demonstrating compliance with emission standards.

According to the EPA, the vehicles addressed in the settlement were imported without the required certification. Some were missing emission control systems, were equipped with non-conforming catalysts and carburetors, and/or had been manufactured by a company different than the one listed in the certificate application. The companies also failed to maintain certain types of required information and incurred penalties for failure to timely respond to the EPA’s information requests.

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