Harley-Davidson Reaches Settlement in EPA Suit

Aug 22, 2016 View Comments by

Harley Davidson logoHarley-Davidson has been in the news recently for racing tuners it manufactured that caused its motorcycles to emit illegal levels of air pollution.

According to the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the company has sold approximately 340,000 Screamin’ Eagle Pro Super Tuners since 2008, which allowed riders to modify their motorcycle’s emissions control system to boost performance. Harley-Davidson was also cited for selling more than 12,000 motorcycles that did not meet federal clean air standards.

While the motorcycle manufacturer maintains that the tuner was designed as a competition-only product, the EPA stated that, by selling it through its U.S. dealer network, it made it possible for customers to modify motorcycles used on public roads.

A settlement was reached last week. Harley-Davidson will discontinue its sale of the tuner in the U.S. and will also offer to buy back any that are currently for sale in dealerships. In turn, it will offer a different performance tuner for sale that meets state and federal emissions standards. The company will also pay a total of $15 million in fines.

“This settlement is not an admission of liability but instead represents a good faith compromise with the EPA on areas of law we interpret differently,” said Ed Moreland, Harley-Davidson’s government affairs director. “For more than two decades, we have sold this product under an accepted regulatory approach that permitted the sale of competition-only parts. In our view, it is and was legal to use in race conditions in the U.S.”


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