NEW YORK – The US government on Monday sued automaker EZ Lynk for selling tens of thousands of “defeat devices” that made it possible dare and truck owners to turn off their vehicles’ computerized emissions controls with the push of a button.
In a complaint filed with federal court in Manhattan, the U.S. Department of Justice accused EZ Lynk of violating federal clean air law since 2016 by using its EZ Lynk aftermarket system for Ford, GMC, and Chrysler drivers, among others -Trucks sold.
The government said the system includes a device that plugs into the vehicles’ computers to install erasure software, a cloud platform that stores the software, and a P that drivers use to buy the software through their smartphones and install.
According to court records, the Cayman Islands-based company is actively “encouraging” drivers to use the EZ Lynk system, including through an online forum where drivers praise the product and some EZ Lynk representatives even offer technical support.
“Emissions control on dares and trucks protect the public from the harmful effects of air pollution, “said US attorney Audrey Strauss in a Manhattan statement.” EZ Lynk has endangered public health by manufacturing and selling devices designed to disable these emissions controls. “
Other defendants include EZ Lynk’s co-founders, Bradley Gintz and Thomas Wood, and a subsidiary, Prestige Worldwide. Neither EZ Lynk nor a lawyer for the defendants immediately responded to requests for comment.
The lawsuit imposes civil penalties, including daily fines, for violations of the Clean Air Act and an injunction against further sales and installations of EZ Lynk System.
Drivers can sometimes get faster acceleration and better fuel economy by using defeat devices.
The US government stepped up monitoring of vehicle emissions after Volkswagen AG admitted in 2015 that it was deliberately circumventing emissions regulations. The German automaker has since spent more than $ 30 billion in fines and costs.
The case is US v EZ Lynk SEZC et al., US District Court, Southern Borough of New York, No. 21-01986.