WASHINGTON (Sept. 6, 2012) — Suzuki Motor Corp. and its American subsidiary, American Suzuki Motor Corp., will pay $885,000 as part of a settlement agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the agency said.
Suzuki allegedly imported and sold in the U.S. 25,458 uncertified all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles. Uncertified ATVs and motorcycles, the EPA said, may not have proper emissions controls and could emit excess hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxide in violation of the Clean Air Act.
The vehicles were manufactured with an undisclosed electronic emission control configuration that would allow their being modified for increased horsepower, the agency said. Design features that may affect emissions must be disclosed in certificate applications, it said.
In addition to paying the fine, Suzuki must implement three emission mitigation projects to reduce hydrocarbon emissions by 210 tons or more, the EPA said. These projects include replacing older, unregulated gasoline cans with cans that meet current evaporative emission requirements; discontinuing the sale of high-permeability fuel line hoses; and installing evaporative emission control devices on certain models of motorcycles it sells in the U.S.