Vance & Hines said it will be providing more instructive information through its advertisements, catalogs and website. The company is publishing detailed fitment charts to make clear for distributors, dealers and customers which parts can be installed on which models of motorcycles in which years, whether they are considered a replacement part or are covered under an Executive Order.
Vance & Hines’ $500,000 penalty is the largest for an aftermarket company since ARB fined DynoJet $1 million in 2007 for selling Power Commander III fuel management systems.
OEMs also have been paying fines recently. Yamaha, for example, settled with California in December 2012 for a $2 million penalty related to the improper importation of 2007 off-road vehicles. Suzuki settled in June of that year for a $3 million penalty, also related to off-road vehicles. About the same time, BMW got hit for $92,000 for accidentally selling about two dozen streetbikes that hadn’t been approved yet.
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