July 14, 2020

Comoto Holdings Fined Nearly $2 Million By CARB

SACRAMENTO – The parent company of RevZilla, Cycle Gear and J&P Cycles has agreed to pay nearly $2 million to settle a dispute with the California Air Resources Board and “resolve alleged violations related to the sale of non-exempted add-on or modified motorcycle parts in California.”

The settlement between Comoto Holdings and CARB was announced Tuesday. Comoto will pay a total of $1,937,500.

“We take the sale of uncertified parts seriously as it can lead to significantly higher emissions that impact the health of California residents,” said CARB Executive Officer Richard Corey. “It is also unfair to the vast majority of manufacturers who comply with clean air requirements.”

In a press release, CARB said that it “found that Comoto’s subsidiaries advertised, sold, and offered for sale, add-on or modified motorcycle parts without legal exemptions to California’s anti-tampering laws.

“CARB also rejected the assertion – often made by parts manufacturers and retailers – that all the subject parts were sold for ‘race use’ and therefore exempt from anti-tampering laws.”

The website “Asphalt & Rubber” reported that the subsidiaries involved were RevZilla and Cycle Gear and that they “advertised, sold, and offered for sale roughly 7,750 motorcycle parts that did not have legal exemptions to California’s anti-tampering laws for emission controls.”

CARB said that under California law, “Retailers and distributors must ensure the parts they sell have been evaluated by CARB prior to sale and proven not to reduce the effectiveness of the emission control system.

“Such parts replace or modify vital original equipment emissions components and manufacturer-designed engine-operating conditions. Modifications to the engine and emissions control systems of motorcycles can lead to significantly higher smog-forming emissions and adversely affect public health.”

According to “Asphalt & Rubber,” COMOTO got off easy and is only paying $250 per offending sale. The sales took place between October 2015 and December 2018. Under state statute, the maximum fine per offense was $500 prior to 2017 and $37,500 per offense from 2017 forward, meaning CARB’s penalty could have been as much as $180 million.

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