Image source does not exist News Release: 2013-06-07 Akrapovic America fined $88,000 for offering illegally modified motorcycle exhaust system in California

Release #:13-30
Date:06/07/2013

ARB PIO: (916) 322-2990
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John Swanton
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Akrapovic America fined $88,000 for offering illegally modified motorcycle exhaust system in California



SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board (ARB) today announced that Akrapovic America LLC, was fined $88,000 for air quality violations related to the sale of illegal aftermarket motorcycle exhaust systems in California.

ARB investigators discovered that Akrapovic America 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 Akrapovic America had not taken advantage of an industry-requested regulation adopted in early 2009 that allows aftermarket motorcycle exhaust manufacturers to legally sell their products once they undergo an engineering evaluation to ensure that they are as durable as the emissions critical parts they replace, and meet the applicable emission standards. Parts successfully completing this process receive an Executive Order exemption that allows their sale and installation on pollution controlled motorcycles.

In announcing the settlement, ARB Enforcement Chief James Ryden notes that “California law provides a re