The California Air Resources Board fined San Francisco-based Bajaj USA
in January $4,350
for selling imported motor scooters with incorrect emissions labels.
The violations were discovered by ARB
who noticed the improper engine emissions certification labels on the
are as responsible as the manufacturers of
vehicles for assuring that the products they sell meet California’s
tough air pollution
requirements,” said ARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols. “We are seeing
numbers of scooters being sold as an inexpensive alternative to cars,
as for recreational use. On a mile per mile basis, they actually create
smog than passenger cars.”
March 2005, Bajaj USA
ordered a shipment of the Chetak model scooters from the factory in India.
The vehicles arrived in 2006, labeled with 2006 emission labels. The
were certified for sale and use for the 2005 model year but not 2006,
and as a
result, they were improperly labeled and in violation of California
law. Improper labeling a vehicle can
mislead consumers, who may think they are buying a vehicle from a
model year or that the vehicle is California
certified, when in reality it is not.
new vehicles sold in the state must possess an accurate California
label, in addition to a federal emissions label. The fine is $50 per
but for large retailers the penalty can add up quickly due to their
inventories. Improperly labeled vehicles affect both the consumer and
part of the settlement, Bajaj USA
has 60 days to send out the
correct labels to the owners of all the affected scooters, and provide
stamped letter or postcard for the customer to sign and return once
affixed the new label. Within one week after the 60-day period, Bajaj
provide a written report to ARB with the number of labels affixed, and
number that have not been affixed and the reason for the delay.
must also pay $4,350 to the California Pollution Control Fund, which
funding for projects and research to improve California's
air quality and reduce
also known as urban smog, is one of the harmful
byproducts of vehicle emissions. It
affect human health in many ways including: itchy, watery eyes,
throat, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, cough,
asthma rates, and increased cardiopulmonary cases and premature deaths.
The Air Resources
Board is a department of the
California Environmental Protection Agency.
ARB’s mission is to promote and protect public health,
ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants
recognizing and considering effects on the economy.
The ARB oversees all air pollution control
efforts in California
to attain and maintain health based air quality standards.