Harley-Davidson has made a deal with the Environmental Protection Agency that sees the company ending up with a $12 million US fine.
Harley-Davidson ran afoul of the EPA for the sale of its Screamin’ Eagle Street Performance Tuner Kit, which allows dealers or customers to fine-tune their motorcycle’s engine management electronics and EFI system — a handy capability, if you plan on adding aftermarket exhausts, like most cruiser riders.
The EPA’s main argument was that these kits were mostly modifying street-legal motorcycles, not competition/closed-course machines, and therefore they were illegal. Harley-Davidson disagreed with their interpretation of the law, but ended up settling the case (the Feds also said Harley-Davidson sold more than 12,600 motorcycles that didn’t meet emissions standards).
As a result, Harley-Davidson not only ended up with the $12 million fine, but must recall all the Tuner Kits, and deny any warranty claims by customers if they continue to use them. The Motor Company must also pay a $3 million US fine towards projects that alleviate the effects of pollution. Add those numbers all together (they’ve manufactured 340,000 of those tuners), and this is a very expensive day for the company.
Of course, Harley-Davidson is still allowed to sell the devices for use in other countries, so it probably won’t take long for enterprising businessmen to start shipping them back to the States anyway …