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EPA Withdraws Import Approvals Due to Falsified Certifications

Friday, April 05, 2013
By Shawn McCausland
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Environmental Protection Agency has withdrawn its approval of the import and sale of up to 74,000 gas-powered on- and off-road motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles from China on the belief that it received either incomplete or falsified certification information. The EPA notes that consumers who own any of the affected models are not responsible for the importers’ wrongdoing and can continue to use those vehicles.

All vehicles imported into or manufactured in the United States are required to have certificates of conformity. Manufacturers or importers must submit to the EPA an application that describes each such vehicle and its emission control system. They must also provide emissions data demonstrating that the vehicle will meet federal emission standards for certain pollutants, including oxides of nitrogen, carbon monoxide and total hydrocarbons.

In this case, the EPA believes the manufacturers failed to accurately test the emissions from their own products, all of which were imported from China. The applications for certificates of conformity of these products thus contained misleading information and are being voided.

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