Har­ley pays up on pol­lut­ing tuners

The Witness - Wheels - - BIKING -

WASH­ING­TON — It is not just Volkswagen that is in trou­ble for pol­lut­ing the air in the U.S.

Har­ley-David­son has set­tled the case brought by U.S. au­thor­i­ties, who the mo­tor­cy­cle gi­ant ac­cused the com­pany of mak­ing and sell­ing il­le­gal de­vices that in­creased air pol­lu­tion from its bikes.

But while Volkswagen reached a $14,7 bil­lion (R213,6 bil­lion) set­tle­ment, Har­ley David­son got off light with only $15 mil­lion.

The iconic Amer­i­can man­u­fac­turer of large and loud mo­tor­cy­cles, agreed to buy back and cease sell­ing so-called “su­per tuners”, which im­proved per­for­mance, but in­creased hy­dro­car­bon and ni­tro­gen ox­ide emis­sions.

Sell­ing pro­hib­ited de­vices

The com­pany has pro­duced and sold about 340 000 of the de­vices, which are pro­hib­ited un­der the U.S. Clean Air Act, the Jus­tice Depart­ment said.

The an­nounce­ment comes as the Ger­man au­tomaker Volkswagen faces con­tin­u­ing le­gal woes af­ter ad­mit­ting that it had in­stalled emis­sions cheat­ing de­vices on 11 mil­lion diesel-pow­ered au­to­mo­biles world­wide. In 2015 Har­ley-David­son sold about 265 000 mo­tor­cy­cles world­wide and 168 000 in the U.S.

As­sis­tant At­tor­ney Gen­eral John Cru­den, head of the Jus­tice Depart­ment’s en­vi­ron­ment and nat­u­ral re­sources di­vi­sion, said that other man­u­fac­tur­ers should con­sider them­selves warned.

“Any­one else who man­u­fac­tures, sells or in­stalls th­ese types of il­le­gal prod­ucts should take heed of Har­ley-David­son’s cor­rec­tive ac­tions and im­me­di­ately stop vi­o­lat­ing the law.”

The set­tle­ment in­volves both the Jus­tice Depart­ment and the U.S. En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency.

Un­der its terms, Har­ley will pay a $12 mil­lion civil penalty and de­vote an­other $3 mil­lion to a project to re­place con­ven­tional wood­stoves with cleaner-burn­ing stoves in lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment.

‘Su­per tuners’ im­proved per­for­mance, but in­creased hy­dro­car­bon and ni­tro­gen ox­ide emis­sions.

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