Harley pays £9m in Super Tuner row
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has fined HarleyDavidson $12M (£9.12M) over the firm’s Screaming Eagle Super Tuner device, an official plug-in module that allows owners of certain models to modify engine parameters, altering performance and potentially increasing emissions.
Available for sale through Harley Dealerships since 2008, Harley has been ordered to stop selling the tuner in the USA by August 23 and buy back and destroy all unsold units in dealers. Harley must also deny warranty claims if owners continue to use the devices. It’s believed that 340,000 of the Super Tuners have been sold.
The EPA also claims Harley-davidson sold more than 12,000 motorcycles from model years 2006, 2007 and 2008 in the USA that were not covered by an EPA certificate of conformity.
Bizarrely, along with the substantial fine, Harley will also have to spend $3m on a government environmental initiative to replace conventional woodburning stoves with clean burning stoves in local communities.
Harley did not admit liability, and said in a statement it disagrees with the government’s position arguing that the devices were designed and sold to be used in “competition only.”
‘It is believed that over 340,000 of the Super Tuners have been sold’