Lawnmower Maker Husqvarna Settles Charge on Emissions

(CN) – Just as interested in lawnmower engines as they are in Volkswagen diesels, federal regulators reached a $2.85 million settlement Tuesday under the Clean Air Act with Swedish company Husqvarna AB and its U.S. affiliate.

As alleged in a complaint filed simultaneously with the settlement in Washington, Husqvarna failed to fully provide emissions-testing information to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency related to engines used in handheld lawn, garden and forestry equipment manufactured between 2011 and 2013.

As part of the settlement, Husqvarna voluntarily raised its family emissions limits for affected engine families and relinquished emissions credits. Those relinquished emissions credits represent nearly 1,700 tons of nitrous oxides plus hydrocarbons.

Husqvarna also voluntarily instituted new, corporate-wide quality control procedures. The EPA said Husqvarna did not finish securing a certificate of conformity for a single family of chainsaws, but no injunctive relief is needed because it could have secured the certificate without modifying the tested prototype.

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