Aftermarket Defeat Devices Removed as EPA Enforcement Priority

Aftermarket Defeat Devices Removed as EPA Enforcement Priority

The EPA returned enforcement of aftermarket parts to a standard “core” priority as it had been until 2020.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final National Enforcement and Compliance Initiative (NECI) for 2024 through 2027, outlining the agency’s top enforcement priorities for the coming years. The EPA did not include “Stopping Aftermarket Defeat Device for Vehicles and Engines” on the NECI list. The agency returned enforcement of aftermarket parts to a standard “core” priority as it had been for many years until 2020.

“The EPA’s decision to remove enforcement against aftermarket products from the NECI and return it to a standard priority is a recognition of our industry’s commitment to emissions compliance and the progress we’ve made,” said SEMA President and CEO Mike Spagnola. “I am proud of the investments SEMA has made to ensure our member companies are able to sell high-performance, emissions-compliant products that millions of automotive enthusiasts demand. SEMA looks forward to working with the EPA to provide aftermarket businesses with clear and consistent guidance regarding the types of modifications that are legal, as well as an effective certification program that companies can rely on.”

The EPA proposed the NECI list of priorities in January for 2024 to 2027. Click here to read SEMA’s official comment submitted earlier this year supporting the EPA’s preliminary decision to remove “stopping aftermarket defeat devices for vehicles and engines” from the NECI. SEMA also worked with U.S. Representative Greg Pence (R-IN) and 12 bipartisan members of the U.S. House of Representatives who sent a letter to the EPA in support of the agency moving on from its enhanced enforcement against aftermarket parts.

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