Harley-Davidson Actually Sold Emission Defeat Devices

2017 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight

2017 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight | Harley-Davidson

It seems Volkswagen isn’t the only vehicle manufacturer that has tried to circumvent emissions regulations.

Harley-Davidson sold customers illegal “defeat devices” that allowed motorcycles to produce higher levels of emissions than indicated in Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifications, according to the U.S. Justice Department.

The motorcycle company settled with the government last week, agreeing to stop selling the devices and to pay a fine of $12 million.

2017 Harley-Davidson Street 750

2017 Harley-Davidson Street 750 | Harley-Davidson

At issue are roughly 340,000 “super tuners” that were sold by Harley for motorcycles built since 2008.

These devices enhanced performance, but the government believes they also allowed motorcycles to exceed legal levels of pollutants, according to Reuters.

Harley did not admit any liability, claiming the devices were sold for use in “competition only” in events held off public roads.