Company settles with feds over sale of emissions control defeat devices

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WASHINGTON – Derive Systems agreed to pay $ 6.25 million on Monday to improve internal compliance procedures and pay a civil fine of $ 300,000 to cover the costs of the 363,000 aftermarket emission reduction manipulation tools for cars. ; s and trucks sold, according to the EPA and the Ministry of Justice.

Derive from manufactured and sold software designed to open and transfer original vehicle manufacturer software for monitoring vehicles on board of emission limitation diagnostics to comply with the Clean Air Act. The products were sold under the brand names Bully Dog and SCT. With Derive software, users were able to remove emission-reducing components that reduce exhaust emissions, including catalysts, particulate filters, exhaust gas recirculation systems, on-board diagnostic systems and other certified components.

Under the scheme, Derive must stop selling incompatible tuners and retrofit existing tuners to comply with the law. It should also stop instructing consumers how to beat the emission control in their vehicles and train employees to comply with the law.

The EPA has made it clear in recent years that it will enforce laws that prohibit changes to the emission components of certified vehicles.