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EPA penalizes Tennessee seller of automobile ‘defeat devices’

Full Force Diesel Performance sold at least 1,719 aftermarket defeat devices over a two-year period and paid $525,438 in civil penalties

Nashville, Tenn.—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has fined an automotive aftermarket parts distributor based in Murfreesboro, Tenn., for allegedly selling illegal “defeat devices” designed to render automobile emission controls inoperative, in violation of the federal Clean Air Act.

Full Force Diesel Performance, Inc. (FFDP), paid $525,438 in civil penalties to settle the claims brought by the EPA. Over a period of two years, FFDP sold at least 1,719 aftermarket defeat devices, including 406 exhaust emission control delete hardware kits, 337 exhaust gas recirculation delete kits, 21 throttle valve delete hardware kits, and 955 tuning products.

As part of the settlement, FFDP agreed to certify that they have stopped selling devices that disable vehicle emission controls and removed from their webpages and social media accounts all advertisements, photos, videos, and information that relates to performing tampering and/or selling, offering to sell, and/or installing defeat devices.

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