Chrysler Group LLC Case Settles for $37,000

This page last reviewed April 8, 2010

An Investigation by the Air Resources (ARB) Mobile Source Enforcement Section (MSES) found that Chrysler failed to comply with ARB’s new regulations for after market catalytic converters that took affect January 1, 2009. The new regulation requires that all catalytic converters advertised, sold, offered for sale or installed in California must meet On-Board Diagnostic II (OBDII) requirements and must by certified by ARB.  Chrysler offers a line of converters called “Valueline” that are less expensive that the original equipment converters. These converters that are manufactured for Chrysler were not certified by ARB for use or sale in California.  When Chrysler was informed of this problem they fully cooperated with ARB in its investigation and set up a number of actions to correct for any future problems. Chrysler instituted several internal mechanisms to prevent the sale on non-California certified catalytic converters in California. They recalled and removed eight (8) of the converters that were still being offered for sale at their dealers and they set up a program to recall and replace all of the converters that were sold and installed on vehicles in California.  This case was settled in September 2009 and Chrysler Group LLC has paid $37,000 in penalties to the California Air Pollution Control, for violations of California Health and Safety Code section 436344(a) and Title 13. California Code of Regulations (CCR) section 2222(h)(3)