CSK Auto, Inc. Case Settles for $240,000

This page last reviewed April 8, 2010

The Air Resources Board fined Orange County-based CSK Auto Inc. of Phoenix $240,000 for selling gasoline-powered blenders using illegal uncertified small off-road engines to California businesses and residents.  Sales of these unauthorized blenders, popular for mixing beverages at tail-gate parties and other outdoor events, occurred in 2007. They feature "two-stroke" engines similar in size to those that power small chain saws, and require that oil be mixed in with the gas. These types of illegal uncertified engines can produce emissions 10 times as high as those of compliant certified engines approved for use in California.  CSK Auto Inc. which originally imported about 3,000 of these blenders, have been ordered to stop selling goods with non-certified small off-road engines, and to make payments to the California Air Pollution Control Fund, which supports projects and research to prevent air pollution.  Non-certified gasoline engines can produce excess smog-forming emissions that can cause difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, coughs, heightened asthma rates, cardiopulmonary ailments and premature deaths. CSK Auto, Inc. owns and operates more than 1,300 retail auto parts stores in multiple states under the brand names Checker Auto Parts, Schuck's Auto Supply, and Murray's Discount Auto Stores. The company operates "Kragen Auto Parts" stores in California. CSK bills itself as the largest specialty auto parts and accessories retailer in the western U.S.