The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that Premier Performance of Rexburg, Idaho, one of the US’ largest sellers of aftermarket automotive parts, has agreed to pay a $3-million penalty under the Clean Air Act for illegally selling emissions-control defeat devices to businesses and individuals throughout the US.
EPA alleges that from approximately January 2017 to February 2019, the company and three of its related companies—JB Automotive in Iowa, RallySportDirect in Utah, and Stage 3 Motorsports in Arizona—manufactured or sold at least 64,299 parts or components that bypass, defeat, or render inoperative the manufacturers’ technology and design necessary to reduce vehicle emissions to meet state and federal Clean Air Act standards.
EPA estimates that—in terms of NOx—the emissions impact of removing emission controls from just one pickup truck is equivalent to putting about 300 new pickup trucks on the road. EPA estimates this action will prevent the release of approximately 3.5 million pounds of air pollution per year.
In an agreement reached in February, the companies have agreed to stop manufacturing and selling all products that violate the CAA and have advised EPA that they have implemented work practice standards and procedural safeguards to prevent the sale of defeat devices.
The parts were designed and marketed for use on makes and models of diesel pickup trucks and engines manufactured by Cummins Inc., FCA US LLC, General Motors Company, and Ford Motor Company.