Tue. Nov 29th, 2022

A car and truck dealership in Missouri was fined by the Environmental Protection Agency for installing “defeat devices.” These aftermarket parts bypass factory emission controls in the name of additional performance, but end up emitting more legally permitted pollution.

Midwest Motors of Eureka, Mo., will be fined $ 15,000 for what the EPA says are 21 manipulation device installations. It looks like they were put on diesel pickups. Models have not been specified, but the company appears to be dealing with both passenger cars and commercial work trucks. The inventory lists Ford Power Stroke and Ram Cummins trucks for sale.

According to the agency, the illegal modifications include replacing sections of the exhaust system and handheld programmers that allow users to tune the truck’s onboard computer. The manufacturer of the portable programmers claims that the device can be used to adjust settings for greater power, fuel economy or towing, and can be used on both gas and diesel Ford and GM trucks.

The EPA says the devices have affected several emission control systems, disabling them or bypassing them to render them inoperable. Systems affected included the EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) system, Diesel Particulate Filters, Catalytic Converter and SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) system.

The fine is a civil penalty, but Midwest Motors also had to certify that it would not sell such devices in the future. Last month, the EPA fined stores in Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska for similar violations. Fines ranged from $ 46,316 to $ 95,371.

The EPA says that without properly functioning emission control devices, vehicles emit “significantly higher releases of nitrogen oxides and particulates, both of which contribute to serious public health problems in the United States.”

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