Vance & Hines, Piaggio and Yamaha have each been issued fines by the California Air Resources Board.
Vance & Hines has been fined $500,000 for selling, advertising and offering for sale motorcycle exhaust systems that replaced original emissions-critical components, such as the catalytic converters, which is prohibited by California anti-tampering laws. Vance & Hines cooperated on the investigation and resolution of the violations.
Piaggio Group Americas, Inc. was fined $175,000 for selling a number of Aprilia motorcycles without first receiving official certification from the state, and for manufacturing various Aprilia models with easily adjustable calibrations not disclosed during the certification process. Piaggio cooperated with the CARB in the investigation and resolution of the violation.
Yamaha Motor Corporation was levied a $44,625 fine for unintentionally importing and selling 23 portable generators that weren’t in compliance for small off-road engines, and for mislabeling manufacture dates and models years on 96 ATVs. Yamaha disclosed both violations to the CARB.
“We commend Yamaha’s efforts in taking responsibility for their actions,” CARB enforcement chief Jim Ryden said. “Companies are becoming more aware of the impact they have on the environment, and are taking the necessary steps to comply with air quality laws, including the need to accurately label engines.”
Fines levied to all three companies will be paid directly to the California Air Pollution Control Fund, which decreases air pollution through education and the advancement and use of cleaner technologies.