Cheating On The Emissions Tests?

Posted on September 29, 2011

The U.S. Dept. of Justice has filed a civil complaint on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) against a California engine certification services consulting firm and its owner for allegedly causing the importation of more than 24,000 uncertified vehicles that do not comply with Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements, the EPA announced.

The complaint, filed in a U.S. district court for the Central District of California, alleges that MotorScience Enterprise used false or incomplete information to obtain CAA certificates of conformity for four of its clients. The certificates allowed the importation and sale of more than 24,000 recreational vehicles in the United States.

EPA previously voided 12 certificates submitted by MotorScience on behalf of the four clients. The complaint alleges that vehicles imported under these voided certificates violate the Clean Air Act. The complaint further alleges that MotorScience caused its clients to fail to create and maintain records, which its clients were required to keep under the CAA.

The issue dates back to mid-2010, when the EPA withdrew approval of the import and sale of up to 200,000 gas-powered off-road motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles. EPA had issued certificates of conformity in 2006 and 2007 to the U.S. counterparts of four of China’s largest manufacturers of those types of vehicles - Hensim USA (City of Industry, Calif.), Loncin USA (Hayward, Calif.), Peace Industry Group (Norcross, Ga.), and Seaseng (Pomona, Calif.).

The certificates were issued based on applications compiled by MotorScience, EPA said. The complaint seeks civil penalties and actions by the company to remedy the violations and mitigate any excess pollutant emissions caused by the violations.