Former employee accused of ‘violating the Clean Air Act’ with regards to motorcycle emissions on several 2012 models.
A former Suzuki Motor Corp. employee, Wayne Powell, who was a Government Relations Analyst for Suzuki at the time of the alleged offence, has been charged with violating the clean air act by the US government – a felony offence that involves altering various emission statistics on a series of 2012 Suzuki motorcycles.
The bikes under investigation are within four categories of 2012 class III motorcycles, all manufactured by Suzuki and imported, distributed and sold by the company within the US.
Whilst not immediately seeming to be on a similar, company wide scale as the recent emissions debacle from Volkswagen, the charges are similar to those made against the Volkswagen Audi Group with regards to their ‘diesel gate’ scandal, in as much as Powell is accused of ‘knowingly making false statement in reports required to regulate motorcycle emissions of hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides and other pollutants in accordance with federal law’.
It’s been alleged that the former Suzuki analyst made attempts to falsify reports in order to be able to declare that the motorcycles in question passed the necessary emission tests when, in fact, they actually exceeded the federal limits.
In his defence, Powell has claimed that there was a ‘computer software error’ and that any changes made with accounting emissions were when he ‘corrected some mistakes’.
Source: M Live