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newsrel -- Vance & Hines fined $500,000 for sales of illegal aftermarket motorcycle exhaust systems in California

Posted: 05 Jun 2013 15:03:00
Please consider the following news release from the California
Air Resources Board:




June 5, 2013


John Swanton
(626) 575-6965

Vance & Hines fined $500,000 for sales of illegal aftermarket
motorcycle exhaust systems in California

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board (ARB) today
announced that Vance & Hines Performance LLC has been fined
$500,000 for violations of air quality laws related to the sale
of illegal aftermarket motorcycle exhaust systems in California.

In late 2012, an ARB investigation discovered that Vance & Hines
sold, advertised and offered for sale motorcycle exhaust systems
that replaced original emissions-critical components, such as
catalytic converters. California anti-tampering laws prohibit the
sale, distribution and installation of parts that modify the
emissions control systems of vehicles unless the modifications
are proven to neither reduce the effectiveness of those systems
nor cause excess emissions.

At the time of the investigation, ARB found that Vance & Hines
had not taken advantage of an industry-requested regulation
adopted in early 2009. The regulation allows aftermarket
motorcycle exhaust manufacturers to legally sell their products
once they undergo an engineering evaluation to ensure they are
durable and meet applicable emission standards. Parts
successfully completing this process receive an Executive Order
exemption that allows their sale and installation on
pollution-controlled motorcycles.

Vance & Hines fully cooperated with ARB in the investigation and
has implemented a compliance plan for its aftermarket exhaust
systems. Vance & Hines is actively working with ARB to ensure
that all of its exhaust systems do not reduce the effectiveness
of the factory installed emissions control systems and that they
have the required Executive Order exemptions prior to being
offered for sale in California.

Funds collected will be paid to the California Air Pollution
Control Fund, established to decrease air pollution through
education and the advancement and use of cleaner technologies.

Modified vehicles that no longer meet California's emission
requirements pose a real danger to California residents. They
create higher amounts of smog-forming pollutants, which can then
exacerbate respiratory ailments and negatively affect other
health conditions.

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