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CARB hits Vance & Hines with $500K penalty
Publish Date: Feb 11, 2013
SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. - Vance & Hines settled in January with the California Air Resource Board to pay a penalty of $500,000 for selling, prior to Jan. 1, 2013, emissions-related parts not approved by the board. The exhaust maker has taken actions to ensure no further enforcement related to the parts befalls dealers or customers.

According to the notice posted on the ARB website, the board applied the penalty to about 2,000 units at about $250 per unit.

“V&H promptly and fully cooperated with ARB during the investigation, and as a result, has already implemented a compliance plan to inform its distributors, dealers and customers about the types of motorcycle exhaust systems that are legal for sale in the state,” said the CARB notice. “In addition, V&H is actively working with ARB’s Aftermarket Parts Section to ensure that all of its aftermarket critical emission control parts that are sold, offered for sale, or advertised in California obtain the necessary exemptions from ARB.”

Vance & Hines has issued its own news release in which company president Paul Langley said: “We are pleased to have resolved this matter with ARB, and to have worked out an approach that should avoid future misunderstandings about the proper use of our exhaust systems and emissions-related parts. … We are committed to ensuring that our parts fully comply with applicable air quality standards in California, and that our customers and business partners understand the appropriate fitment and uses.”

Vance & Hines said the settlement protects its distributors, dealers and customers from further claims or liability with respect to covered part sales occurring prior to Jan. 1, 2013.

The history of CARB approval for emission-related aftermarket goes back about half a decade. In 2009, at the request of the motorcycle industry, ARB adopted a process for the exemption of aftermarket “critical emission control parts” on motorcycles ridden on streets. Manufacturers of such parts (like aftermarket catalytic exhausts and oxygen sensors) must apply for and receive ARB Executive Orders that exempt the parts from California’s anti-tampering laws.

ARB has posted on its website a list of motorcycle aftermarket critical emission control parts that have received an exemption, including a couple of Vance & Hine Harley applications.

CARB also deems some products “replacement parts” that don’t require an Executive Order because they don’t affect emissions. Examples are exhaust systems for motorcycles that were certified without catalytic converters or sensors. Vance & Hines said the majority of its exhaust systems have some applications in which they can be sold and used as replacement parts.

Vance & Hines said it will be providing more instructive information through its advertisements, catalogs and website. The company is publishing detailed fitment charts to make clear for distributors, dealers and customers which parts can be installed on which models of motorcycles in which years, whether they are considered a replacement part or are covered under an Executive Order.

Vance & Hines’ $500,000 penalty is the largest for an aftermarket company since ARB fined DynoJet $1 million in 2007 for selling Power Commander III fuel management systems.

OEMs also have been paying fines recently. Yamaha, for example, settled with California in December 2012 for a $2 million penalty related to the improper importation of 2007 off-road vehicles. Suzuki settled in June of that year for a $3 million penalty, also related to off-road vehicles. About the same time, BMW got hit for $92,000 for accidentally selling about two dozen streetbikes that hadn’t been approved yet.

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meh, this really isnt anything new. its just CARB flexing its muscles to show manufacturers that they have fangs still. when they start requiring motorcycles to get smog checks, thats when we are all screwed.
 

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Be careful California, you're supposed to be the crazy state. Pretty soon they'll be limiting you to these.
 

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California, the Segway State.
 

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i think people overreact when they hear about california.

i have a modified car
i own more than a few rifles that our government would adorn as "assault" rifles.
i burn wood
i recycle, but only when its convenient

if you look at the track record of states and their anti gun and anti internal combustion legislation, new york is way worse than california.
 

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SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. - Vance & Hines settled in January with the California Air Resource Board to pay a penalty of $500,000 for selling, prior to Jan. 1, 2013, emissions-related parts not approved by the board.

Really it's no big deal, they got caught NOT playing by the rules.
 

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Be careful California, you're supposed to be the crazy state. Pretty soon they'll be limiting you to these.
Eddie Izzard. Best stand up comic ever.
 

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i think people overreact when they hear about california.

i have a modified car
i own more than a few rifles that our government would adorn as "assault" rifles.
i burn wood
i recycle, but only when its convenient

if you look at the track record of states and their anti gun and anti internal combustion legislation, new york is way worse than california.
Agreed.
 

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new york is way worse than california.

That's of very little solace to those of us living in the "fly over" states that don't understand the mindsets of either state.


That's kinda like me claiming I'm way better looking than Janet Reno......:stickpoke
 

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That's kinda like me claiming I'm way better looking than Janet Reno......:stickpoke
And you ARE !!!! But then again, I can't think of many people that aren't. :tongue:

On a side note, my rationale for posting this news article was to point out that CARB is starting to pay more and more attention to motorcycles in California.

Dealers in California have already begun to refuse to install non-compliant (read "almost all") performance modifications, as they risk serious fines if CARB decides to go after them. Even the MV performace exhaust kits for the newer bikes come with an affidavit confirming the bike will only be used in closed course competition. I imagine this is true for the Ducati kits and other brands as well.

You can mostly thank the obnoxiously loud muffler bikes for this, as CARB really doesn't sweat pollution from motorcycles. They are getting driven by laws passed to eliminate loud bikes by mandating compliance to EPA standards.

Loud pipes save lives... yeah, right. idiots. :bandit:

OK...that's my rant for today. :cussing:

And Randy, you're still pretty unfortunately "not good looking"...but you are prettier than Janet. :stickpoke
 

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Ouch

No, nobody is intimidated, actually, everyone realizes that people who are so needy for attention they need to dress up and be as loud as possible are YOU guys and 16 year old girls. Just wanted to let you know you're f#*kin fags"
 

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It's a shame, really. Most of my bikes are loud...my choppers, my MV and my Ducati. My airhead sounds like a sewing machine so it doesn't count. However, I am very conscientious about when and where I ride my bikes. For example. No starting Saturday and Sunday morning unless I first walk my bike out to the street. This way I am not starting a loud motor right next to my neighbors window. When riding through town or populated areas, keep the RPMs down. Nothing is more obnoxious than somebody sitting at a light and revving their bike and winding up the motor. The folks sitting at the corner cafe next to the offensive "biker" probably wont be thrilled. Hell, I am biker and I wouldn't appreciate it. Granted some exhausts are too loud even by my liberal standards and they unfortunately hurt all motorcycle enthusiasts.

The short of it? Be considerate and enjoy the sound of your bike responsibly.

Sorry if I offended anybody
 

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No, nobody is intimidated, actually, everyone realizes that people who are so needy for attention they need to dress up and be as loud as possible are YOU guys and 16 year old girls. Just wanted to let you know you're f#*kin fags"

Love that episode of South Park....
 

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No, nobody is intimidated, actually, everyone realizes that people who are so needy for attention they need to dress up and be as loud as possible are YOU guys and 16 year old girls. Just wanted to let you know you're f#*kin fags"
Lol great post.
 

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Dealers in California have already begun to refuse to install non-compliant (read "almost all") performance modifications, as they risk serious fines if CARB decides to go after them. Even the MV performance exhaust kits for the newer bikes come with an affidavit confirming the bike will only be used in closed course competition. I imagine this is true for the Ducati kits and other brands as well.

You can mostly thank the obnoxiously loud muffler bikes for this, as CARB really doesn't sweat pollution from motorcycles. They are getting driven by laws passed to eliminate loud bikes by mandating compliance to EPA standards.
OEMs also have been paying fines recently. Yamaha, for example, settled with California in December 2012 for a $2 million penalty related to the improper importation of 2007 off-road vehicles. Suzuki settled in June of that year for a $3 million penalty, also related to off-road vehicles. About the same time, BMW got hit for $92,000 for accidentally selling about two dozen streetbikes that hadn’t been approved yet.

Vance and Hines got busted for selling non CARB approved pipes
Yamaha, Suzuki and BMW got busted for selling non approved bikes

DynoJet, they were busted for selling non approved devices that MODIFY a smogged bikes fueling

all CARB wants is the money......its a paperwork game

none of it was about being loud Ed, it was about not playing the paperwork game

my friend Bob's Harley pipes are approved and they aren't quiet......the ones that need 02 bungs have them

his ECUs use 02 sensors......he plays the game and does the paperwork

if they want to fuck with him......not a good idea, bring an approved stocker put it on his dyno.....
his modified one gets better mileage and produces less pollutants

newspapers love that shit, bureaucrats hate the exposure:jerkoff::jerkoff::jerkoff:

no smog station would touch my '65 built '66 El Camino.....
Edelbrock High Rise manifold
800CFM Q-Jet.....just find one of those
HEI
no AIR
stock timing +4deg, i'm at +15.5deg

went to the California State Referee......
"sir, everything you've done to your car is illegal......but i'm passing you, because you're producing 4.5% of what you are allowed, let me shake your hand"

the worktruck;
460cuin
~335HP ~535lb/ft
4 wheel discs
22.9MPG
monster sway bars....it needs better shocks.....i've blown them apart hitting speed bumps at 75mph......ripped the sway bar mounts out of the frame too
ask the Porsches and BMWs that tried me, and watched my rear license plate get smaller
or the 911SC owner that tried to stay with me crossing PCH on PV Blvd....i know the trick.....it won't work with a rear engine car
yes, my big steel front cross member scraped and pounded ......but he broke his crankcase:stickpoke

yes, smacked the motor on the concrete.....and the concrete won

too funny:drummer:
 
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