The Environmental Protection Agency says tampering with vehicle emissions control devices is illegal and punishable.
So what are we making, then, from the Environmental Protection Agency The last discovery That the owners and operators of nearly half a million diesel pickup trucks in the US are intentionally breaking the law?
And what are we going to do from the fact that an entire cottage industry manufactures hawk devices – which are illegal, according to the Environmental Protection Agency – that “defeat” the emission controls required in vehicles?
If that sounds familiar, it is because the same problem arose in 2015 with the disclosure that Volkswagen had installed “defeat devices” on approximately 580,000 diesel cars from Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche sold in the United States. Actual levels of nitrogen oxide that the engines were producing.
After the Environmental Protection Agency launched a lawsuit against Volkswagen that year, the company’s president, Hans Dieter Putsch, I acknowledge The automaker did so because it could not find a technical solution within the company’s “timeframe and budget” to meet US emissions standards. And it wasn’t just that the company had to spend $ 14.7 billion to settle claims, But she also had to pay A. $ 2.8 billion criminal fine.
Many manufacturers and sellers
In this case, the EPA and the courts had one goal – Volkswagen – that facilitated the regulatory and legal task.
But now, with the revelations of fraud rife between diesel pick-up owners and the parts companies serving them, the challenge is becoming more and more difficult because so many companies do.
In fact, knowledge of this practice is nothing new. The EPA has been aware of the problem for several years, which is why the agency formally targeted for the first time to “discontinue aftermarket defeat devices for vehicles and engines” in June 2019. It is also for this reason that the Environmental Protection Agency began to study the extent of illegality.
In addition to counting 550,000 diesel pickups that illegally altered emissions control systems in the past decade, the Environmental Protection Agency has also measured the number of companies manufacturing these devices. The agency counted 28 of them making at least 45 different products, either hardware or software.
The Environmental Protection Agency says the environmental impact has been enormous. Illegal devices allow diesel pickups to emit 10 times more nitrogen oxide than Volkswagen cars.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has resolved more than 60 cases against companies that manufacture or distribute defeat devices since 2017, and the task is often not difficult. Florida auto parts distributor, Freedom Peformance, LLC, Literally declare the illegal nature of the product On his website: Referring to a specific emission control system, he said that while “certainly noble in his intent, it actually puts your engine in hell. … the best solution is deletion.”
In February, the Environmental Protection Agency said Freedom Performance would pay $ 7 million for thousands of violations.
Manufacturers and distributors of defeat devices claim to increase mileage, improve engine performance, and extend vehicle life. The Specialty Equipment Market Association, a trade group that represents the “aftermarket” car, calls the EPA emissions rules “confusing and harsh.”
Meanwhile, at the individual level
It is quite clear that the EPA target is not individual pickup owners; It is the industry that manufactures and sells these products. While individuals may be encouraged by this knowledge, the EPA seems totally intent on making these products more difficult to find.
The Environmental Protection Agency has other people in mind – those who might be concerned about air quality. The agency created an information line, saying, “If you suspect someone is manufacturing, selling, or installing illegal defeat devices, or tampering with emission controls, tell the EPA by writing to email@example.com.