Chinese manufacturer CFMoto has reached a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency for the alleged illegal import of more than 12,000 vehicles and insufficient control of gasoline vapors in approximately 1,000 vehicles.
CFMoto and its U.S. distributor, CFMoto Powersports, agreed to pay a combined civil penalty of $725,000 for allegedly importing more than 12,000 motorcycles and off-road vehicles between 2007 and 2013 without certification from the EPA. Of those vehicles, 993 units had uncertified fuel tanks that the EPA says do not properly contain gasoline vapors and approximately 1,400 vehicles were imported without emission control information labels.
Under the terms of the settlement, CFMoto agreed to recall the 993 units and replace their fuel tanks with new, certified tanks that meet the legal standard for gasoline vapors. CFMoto will also provide emission control labels on the 340 units still within the company’s possession that did not have them.
“Enforcing emission standards is a critical way we protect clean air for all Americans,” says Cynthia Giles, Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. “The upgrades and changes required by today’s settlement will help reduce harmful air pollution that can cause respiratory illnesses, aggravate asthma and lead to smog.”