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Federal officials void approval of 70,000 imported ATVa and motorcycles

July 02, 2013

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has withdrawn approval of the import and sale of up to 74,000 gas-powered ATVs and on- and off-road motorcycles from China.

The agency believes that it received either incomplete or falsified certification information for those machines.

The EPA issued the vehicle certificates from 2006 to 2012 to two companies that operate as Snyder Technology, Inc. and Snyder Computer Systems, Inc., doing business as Wildfire Motors Corporation. As a result of a lengthy investigation, the agency believes that the applications for the certificates contained misleading information and must be voided.

All vehicles imported into, or manufactured in, the United States are required to have certificates of conformity. Manufacturers or importers must submit an application to the EPA that describes the vehicle and its emission control system. It must also provide emissions data demonstrating that the vehicle will meet federal emission standards for certain pollutants, including oxides of nitrogen, carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons—all of which can harm public health and the environment.

In the cases of Snyder and Wildfire, the EPA believes the manufacturers failed to accurately test the emissions from their own products, all of which were imported from China. Without proper emission controls, these vehicles can emit substantially more pollution than allowed under the U.S. Clean Air Act.

Voiding the certificate impacts the companies that manufactured and imported the vehicles. A consumer who owns a model that was covered by these voided certificates isn’t responsible for these companies’ wrongdoing and can continue to use the vehicle.

More information is available at http://epa.gov/otaq/recveh.htm.

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