Honda improperly 'disabled' misfire monitoring devices on
1.6 million vehicles, creating potential for excessive hydrocarbon emissions. Affected vehicles: 1995 Accord V-6, Acura NSX, Acura 2.5 TL; all 1996-97 Hondas and Acuras, except Acura Integra Type R and Isuzu-built Acura and Honda Passport.
Ford illegally set emissions equipment to improve fuel economy, while increasing nitrogen oxide emissions at highway speeds on 60,000 1997 Econoline vans.
Ford improperly reported emissions equipment settings on 1997 Econoline vans, 1991-95 Escorts.
American Honda Motor Co.:
$10.1 million fine to U.S. government
$1 million for federal environmental projects
$2.5 million fine to California
$3.5 million for California environmental projects
Extend warranty on emissions equipment to 14 years/150,000 miles
Inspect and repair emissions equipment at 50,000-75,000 miles
Do free tuneup and oil change while inspecting emissions equipment at 75,000-150,000 miles
Ford Motor Co.:
Recall and reprogram 1997 Econoline vans, $1.3 million estimated cost
$2.5 million fine to U.S. government
$2.5 million to buy and retire pollution credits
$1.5 million to provide natural gas vans and fueling stations