After VW, Harley-Davidson Is Now Caught In An Emission Scandal

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Volkswagen did make headlines after it was caught in an emission scandal. Now, the latest automaker to be trapped is Harley-Davidson. The motorcycle manufacturer has now agreed to pay a fine of $15 million.

Harley-Davidson sold around 3,40,000 devices known as 'Super Tuners' under it's performance accessory brand, Screamin' Eagle. Although motorcycles saw improvement in performance, pollution levels also went high, beyond what the company certified with regulators.

Also, Harley-Davidson sold 13,000 motorcycles between 2006 and 2008, that did not meet the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) required emissions.

In terms of the earlier mentioned settlement, Harley-Davidson will pay $12 million as civil penalty and $3 million towards environmental efforts. Also, Harley-Davidson will stop selling the super tuner devices by August 23, and will buy back and destroy all the devices that are in stock.

The super tuner devices, according to Harley-Davidson were meant to be used on track bikes and were not meant to be used for the road. The motorcycle maker will continue to make aftermarket accessories, that will comply with emission norms.

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Story first published: Friday, August 19, 2016, 10:53 [IST]
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