The California Air Resources Board said Monday that Yamaha Motor Corp. USA and Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd. of Japan have agreed to a court-approved settlement of more than $2.2 million to resolve allegations of illegal importation and sale of uncertified off-highway vehicles.
The settlements stems from an alleged failure of 2007 Yamaha "Rhino" off-road models to meet the state's anti-smog certification requirements.
The settlement stipulates that both the ARB and Yamaha will stop further legal actions related to sales of the vehicles, and Yamaha has agreed that future vehicle sales will fully comply with California law.
ARB said funds collected under the settlement will be paid to the California Air Pollution Control Fund, created to support clean air research.
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