The California Air Resources Board announced it has fined a Texas company $500,000 for violations of state air quality laws related to sales of illegal aftermarket parts for motorcycles in California.
Ed Tucker Distributor Inc., based in Fort Worth, distributes motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle aftermarket parts, accessories and apparel.
The ARB said an investigation found that two Tucker companies Tucker Rocky Distributing and Biker's Choice sold, advertised and offered for sale aftermarket parts that replaced original "emissions-critical" components on highway motorcycles, such as catalytic converters. The actions occurred between 2009 and 2013. California laws prohibit emissions control systems that are not proven or certified under state standards.
ARB said the Tucker companies fully cooperated and implemented a compliance plan under a settlement. The $500,000 fine will be paid to the California Air Pollution Control Fund, which supports clean air research.
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