SANTA FE SPRINGS, California, February 11, 2013 – Vance & Hines has entered into a settlement agreement with the California Air Resources Board (ARB) to resolve allegations related to the sale of certain exhaust systems and emissions control parts prior to January 1, 2013 that were not authorized for on-highway motorcycle installation pursuant to California law and accompanying regulations. The settlement reflects that Vance & Hines “promptly and fully cooperated with ARB throughout its investigation,” and Vance & Hines “has initiated a compliance plan to ensure that its distributors, dealers, and customers understand which aftermarket parts are legal or illegal for specific applications.”
“We are pleased to have resolved this matter with ARB, and to have worked out an approach that should avoid future misunderstandings about the proper use of our exhaust systems and emissions related parts,” said Vance & Hines president Paul Langley. “Vance & Hines has a long history of producing superior high performance motorcycle parts that meet the most rigorous standards in the industry. We are committed to ensuring that our parts fully comply with applicable air quality standards in California, and that our customers and business partners understand the appropriate fitment and uses.”
Vance & Hines is committed to sell and advertise covered emissions parts in compliance with applicable California law. In recognition of the company’s compliance efforts and the payment of a stipulated settlement amount, the settlement will protect Vance & Hines’ distributors, dealers and customers from further claims or liability with respect to covered part sales occurring prior to January 1, 2013.