Environmental E-sale Error: eBay could owe $1.9 billion for allowing sales of emissions defeat devices

Toronto, Ontario – The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently sued eBay for allowing the sale of 343,011 aftermarket emissions defeat devices and other products that violate the Clean Air Pact. 

Under the parameters of the lawsuit, eBay could face up to $5,580 for each violation against the Clean Air Pact resulting in a total of $1.9 total charges related to the sale of ECU tuners, aftermarket exhausts and other parts that tamper with factory emissions systems. 

Last year, eBay banned the sale of aftermarket parts that tamper with emissions, but has failed to keep up with moderation of all sellers on the site. 

According to Reuters, the DOJ also alleges that eBay sold $5,614 paint and coating removal products that contain removal products that contain methylene chloride–a fatal cancer causing additive. 

“eBay has the power, the authority, and the resources to stop the sale of illegal, harmful products on its website,” claimed the complaint filed by the DOJ. “It has chosen not to; instead, it has chosen to engage in these illegal transactions,” they further said. 

eBay responded to the allegations, calling the lawsuit “entirely unprecedented.” The company maintains that it is “a safe and trusted marketplace.” 

Since receiving the lawsuit, eBay has claimed that it will block “more than 99.9 percent of the listings cited by the DOJ” as being in violation of the Clean Air Pact and other environmental laws. 


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