March 18, 2019 / 11:56 AM / 6 months ago

U.S. seeks to add civil sanctions to criminal fine on Hyundai heavy equipment engines

Hyundai’s construction equipment division should face hefty civil fines for “stockpiling” engines before a change in emission standards took effect in 2012 and using them in machines it sold later, the U.S. Justice Department said in a civil lawsuit filed Friday in federal court in Washington, D.C.

Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas and its former parent company, Seoul-based Hyundai Heavy Industries, admitted the scheme last November as part of a plea agreement with the government in a criminal case. Those admissions are incorporated into the civil complaint.

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