Har­ley pays £9m in Su­per Tuner row

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Ped Baker

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’

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