LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two California consulting firms will pay more than $3.5 million to settle allegations they falsely certified that more than 24,000 recreational vehicles imported from China met U.S. air emissions standards required under federal law.
The U.S Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that it entered into the settlement with MotorScience Inc., MotorScience Enterprise Inc. and the firms' owner, Chi Zheng. The agency and the state of California both sued in 2011.
MotorScience was an engine certification consultant that helped overseas vehicle manufacturers get EPA certificates stating their engines met clean air standards and could be sold in the U.S.
An EPA investigation found the company secured the certificates for many vehicles without doing testing, resulting in the illegal import of 24,478 all-terrain recreational vehicles.
A number for MotorScience Enterprise was disconnected.
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