News USA: EPA Halts Chinese ATV Imports

USA: EPA Halts Chinese ATV Imports

EPA China ATV Ban

Chinese off-road motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle (ATV) manufacturers hit a big pothole in July as the Environmental Protection Agency withdrew permission to import and sell up to 200,000 such vehicles in the USA because they may pollute more than had been claimed.

After a lengthy investigation, the American agency said it had found that certifications of compliance with US air-quality rules submitted in 2006 and 2007 actually “contained false or incomplete information” about pollution levels from the motorcycles and ATVs.

This is the first time the agency has ever voided certificates that had already been issued. The certificates had been issued to the US subsidiaries of four of China’s largest ATV manufacturers: Hensim USA (City of Industry, Calif.); Loncin USA (Hayward, Calif.); Peace Industry Group (Norcross, Ga.); and Seaseng (Pomona, Calif.).

The certificates were issued, based on applications compiled by MotorScience Enterprise, a consultant to the companies, the agency said in a statement. The EPA also said it believes “MotorScience Enterprise intentionally submitted false or incomplete emissions information.”

EPA said it is considering enforcement action that “could lead to significant financial penalties against the businesses that manufactured or imported these types of recreational vehicles.

” While the move affects manufacturers and retailers, it does not affect consumers who have already purchased the models involved, the agency said.

“A consumer who owns a model that was covered by these voided certificates is not responsible for these companies’ wrongdoing and can continue to use the vehicle,” Cathy Milbourn, an EPA spokeswoman.

The EPA is considering enforcement actions under the Clean Air Act, “which could lead to significant financial penalties against the businesses that manufactured or imported these types of recreational vehicles.”

Since, according to EPA, the information contained in the conformity of production certificates was falsified, the documentation has been voided and the permission to import these vehicles withdrawn.

Recreational vehicles can emit substantially more volatile organic compounds, nitrogen oxides, and other pollutants than permitted under EPA standards unless they have proper controls, the agency noted.

MotorScience: Models Covered by Void Certificates

Manufacturer: Loncin
Certificate: 7LGGX.110AM3-001
Models: Action110, Action90, BA110, BA90, BMS90, Cyber110, Cyber90, Cypress110, Cypress90, Jackel110, Jackel90, Kmax110, Kmax90, LS110, LS90, Lightning110, Lightning90, MCR110, MCR90, Madami110, Madami90, Motomojo110, Motomojo90, ODES110, ODES90, Shinama110, Shinima90, Xrider110, Xrider90, Yanoto110, Yanoto90, ZJ110, ZJ90.

Manufacturer: Loncin
Certificate: LGGX-150AA1-002
Models: Action 125, Action150, BA125, BA150, BMS150, Cyber125, Cyber150, Cypress125, Cypress150, Jackel125, Jackel150, Kmax125, Kmax150, LS125, LS150, Lightning125, Lightning150, MCR125, MCR150, Madami125, Madami150, Motomojo125, Motomojo150, ODES125, ODES150, Shinima125, Shinima150, Xrider125, Xrider150, Yanoto125, Yanoto150, ZJ125, ZJ150.

Manufacturer: Loncin
Certificate: 7LGGX.250AM5-003
Models: Action 200, Action250, Avalanche250, BA200, BMS200, BMS250, Cyber200, Cyber250, Cypress200, Cypress250, Jackel200, Jackel250, Kmax200, Kmax250, LS200, LS250, Lightning200, MCR200, MCR250, Madami200, Madami250, Motomojo200, Motomojo250, ODES200, ODES250, Shinima200, Shinima250, Xrider200, Xrider250, Yanoto200, Yanoto250, ZJ200, ZJ250.

Manufacturer: Peace
Certificate: 6PCGX.150-APX-002
Models: ZPI125, ZPI150.

Manufacturer: Peace
Certificate: 7PCGX.150AA1-001
Models: TPATV125, TPATV125A, TPATV125B, TPATV150, TPATV150A, TPATV150B, TPATV150C, TPATV150D.

Manufacturer: Peace
Certificate: 6PCGX.110APX-001
Models: ZPI110, ZPI90.

Manufacturer: Peace
Certificate: 7PCGX.110AM3-002
Models: TPATV110, TPATV110A, TPATV110B, TPATV110C, TPATV110D, TPATV125A, TPATV125B, TPATV125C, TPATV125C, TPATV125D, TPATV90. TPATV90A, TPATV90B, TPATV90C, TPATV90D.

Manufacturer: Peace
Certificate: 7PCGX.250AM5-003
Models: TPATV200, TPATV200A, TPATV200B, TPATV200C, TPATV200D, TPATV250, TPATV250A, TPATV250B, TPATV250C, TPATV250D.

Manufacturer: Seaseng
Certificate: 6SSGX.125ACH-001
Models: SEA110ATV, SEA125ATV, SEA90ATV.

Manufacturer: Seaseng
Certificate: 7SSGX.125AM3-001
Models: OZ110ATV, OZ125ATV, OZ90ATV, SEA110ATV, SEA125ATV, SEA90ATV, SVX110ATV, SVX125ATV, SVX90ATV, XT110ATV, XT125ATV, XT90ATV, ZX110ATV, ZX125ATV, ZX90ATV.

Manufacturer: Hensim
Certificate: 7CGQX.110AA1-004
Models: HS110ST, HS90ST.

Manufacturer: Hensim
Certificate: 7CGQX.200DM5-004
Models: DR200, HS200DB, WR200.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

2019 Aragon MotoGP Preview: Leader Marquez to Start 200th Race

Sunday's 23-lap Aragon MotoGP will also be a historic one for Honda's Marc Marquez as the points leader starts his 200th GP race.

The BMW Story: Second Edition by Ian Fallon: Rider’s Library (Review)

In the second edition of The BMW Story shares what Ian Falloon has learned as he tracked the BMW motorcycle line since the book’s first printing in 2003.

2020 Indian Scout Bobber Twenty + Scout 100th Anniversary First Ride Review (10 Fast...

2020 Indian Scout Bobber Twenty and Scout 100th Anniversary First Ride Review Indian Motorcycle has been on a tear lately, and the Minnesota-based company doesn’t...

2020 Kawasaki KLX300R Review: Off-Road Motorcycle (9 Fast Facts)

2020 Kawasaki KLX300R Review: Single-track to Jeep-trail Tested After a 12-year break following a 14-year run, the Kawasaki KLX300R is back to fill a void in...

2019 Honda CB1100 RS 5Four First Look: 50th Anniversary

2019 Honda CB1100 RS 5Four First Look The 50th anniversary of the iconic Honda CB750 is an important event around the world. To commemorate it...

2020 Yamaha YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M Review (23 Fast Facts)

We head to Jerez to test the updated and more refined 2020 Yamaha YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M superbikes. Here's our first ride review.