Posted: January 25, 2013
EPA Comes Down Hard On Diesel Particulate Filter Removal kits
Aftermarket programmer manufacturer pays penalties for diesel particulate filter delete kitsBy TTM Staff
In 2007 light-duty diesel truck owners were looking for ways to bypass the new Diesel Particulate Filter systems on their vehicles. Diesel truck owners have enjoyed huge gains in horsepower from aftermarket programmers and thought the DPFs would hinder perforamnce. In response, several aftermarket programmer manufacturers sold DPF Delete Kits, which allowed for the removal of the filters without triggering an engine trouble code. The kits were extremely popular with diestl truck owners wanting maximum hoserpower for their vehicles.
But the EPA recently enforced its position against the sales of DPF kits with a recent suit against one aftarmarket programmer manufacturer. Edge Products, out of Ogden, Utah, sold more than 9,000 units from 2009 to 2011. The company now must pay a 500,000 fine and buy back the devices from their customers. The company must also spend more than $150K in implemtation of an emissions mitigation project to offset the particulate matter emissions the EPA claims the sales of these devices caused.