2/17/2012 1:30:00 PM
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Alleges 2009 Units Assembled in 2010
The Environmental Protection Agency is investigating whether Navistar Inc. completed assembly of 7,600 heavy-duty 2009 model truck engines in 2010, thereby making them noncompliant with current emission regulations.
EPA said in a â€œnotice of violationâ€� letter to Navistar that fines could run as high as $37,500 per violation, if any are found. The letter did not specify whether every improper engine found would count as an individual violation. If so, the companyâ€™s financial exposure could be as much as $285 million.
In EPAâ€™s letter, Phillip Brooks, air enforcement division director, wrote that the agency believes that Navistar violated provisions of the federal Clean Air Act prohibiting manufacturers from â€œselling, offering for sale, or introducing or delivering for introduction into commerceâ€� any new motor vehicle or engine unless it is certified as meeting emissions standards for the year it was made.
Navistar said earlier this month its 13-liter engine would meet EPA emissions standards.
EPA said Navistarâ€™s own data, requested by the agency in November, led it to conclude the engine maker completed the assembly of the 7,600 heavy-duty engines during 2010, yet claimed the engines were 2009 models.
â€œEngines produced after Dec. 31 of the calendar year for which the model year is named are not covered by the certificate of conformity for that model year,â€� Brooks wrote.
Navistar, Lisle, Ill., sold 35,928 trucks in the United States last year and had a 21% share of the U.S. heavy truck market.
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