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EPA Voids Approval Of Vehicles Imported From China

Posted on April 3, 2013

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it is withdrawing approval of the import and sale of up to 74,000 gasoline-powered on- and off-road motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles from China. The agency believes that it received either incomplete or falsified certification information.

EPA issued the vehicle certificates from 2006 to 2012 to two companies which operate as Snyder Technology, Inc. and Snyder Computer Systems, Inc. (doing business as Wildfire Motors Corp.). As a result of a lengthy investigation, the agency believes that the applications for the certificates contained misleading information and must be voided.

All vehicles imported into or manufactured in the United States are required to have certificates of conformity that describes and verifies the vehicle and its emissions control system will meet federal emission standards. In the cases of Snyder and Wildfire, EPA believes the manufacturers failed to accurately test the emissions from their products, all of which were imported from China.

EPA’s action impacts the companies that manufactured and imported these vehicles. A consumer who owns a model that was covered by these voided certificates is not responsible for these companies’ wrongdoing and can continue to use the vehicle.