The US Environmental Protection Agency has voided the emissions certificates for up to 200,000 Chinese-built off-road motorcycles and ATVs
. The federal agency, which is tasked with enforcing strictures of the Clean Air Act, suspects the tailpipe emissions information of four Chinese manufacturers was “either incomplete or falsified.”
The EPA has set its sights on the certification firm MotorScience Enterprise' claiming the California-based firm has falsified data for the certification applications of four Chinese-based manufacturers in 2006 and 2007.
The affected certificates were issued in 2006 and 2007 to the California-based companies Hensim USA, Loncin USA, and Seaseng, as well as Georgia-based Peace Industry Group. The four firms are the US counterparts of Chinese manufacturers Chongqing Hensim Group Co., Chongqing Longting Power Equipment Co., Zhejiang Chisheng Industry and Trading Co. and Zhejiang Peace Industry and Trade Co.
The manufacturers face severe potential fines, but the company at the heart of the allegations is MotorScience Enterprise. Located in City of Industry, California, MotorScience specializes in assisting manufacturers with the EPA and CARB certification process, claiming to represent “more than 100 international automobile, motorcycle, and recreational vehicle manufacturers.”
The EPA levels serious accusations at the certification company, claming “MotorScience Enterprise intentionally submitted false or incomplete emissions information.” The EPA press release elaborates further:
“All vehicles imported or manufactured in the United States are required to have certificates of conformity, which are issued by EPA. To obtain a certificate, a manufacturer or importer must submit an application that describes the vehicle and its emission control system, and provide emissions data that demonstrates that the vehicle will meet federal emission standards for certain pollutants, including nitrogen oxides (NOx) and total hydrocarbons. EPA alleges that this information was falsified.”
For its part, MotorScience denied the EPA’s accusations with an announcement released on its website
and dated June 30, 2010 which states:
“In light of the recent claims made by EPA regarding certain MY2006 and MY2007 certifications, MotorScience irrevocably denies EPA’s claim that we intentionally submitted false or incomplete emissions information for certifications. MotorScience has consistently followed the guidelines, regulations and requirements set forth by EPA, and MotorScience continues to meet the stringent certification and testing requirements. We are confident that as these claims are resolved, the facts will show that MotorScience made every effort to be in compliance with the guidance and regulations provided by EPA.”
The good news, at least for consumers who already own the vehicles, is that no action will be required on their part, with the EPA press release stating: “Today’s action impacts the companies that manufactured and imported these vehicles. A consumer who owns a model that was covered by these voided certificates is not responsible for these companies’ wrongdoing and can continue to use the vehicle.”
The California Air Resources Board, which issues its own, often stricter, emissions requirements for the Golden State, has also revoked its “executive orders” regarding the affected models.
Visit the EPA website for the list of the models with void certificates