Donaldson Company, Inc. Case Settles for $103,000

This page last reviewed December 29, 2011

Donaldson Company, Inc. paid $103,000 in penalties ($77,250 went to the California Air Pollution Control Fund and $25,750 to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District for the school bus retrofit Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP). This settlement was reached in December 2011.

An investigation by the Air Resources Board (ARB) showed that Donaldson Company, Inc. failed to comply with the California Vehicle Code (VC) Section 27156, the Aftermarket Parts Regulations, the applicable Executive Orders (EOs) and the Verification Procedure by selling non-compliant DFM Diesel Multi-Stage Filter Systems in California. The executive order issued by ARB for the DFM Diesel Multi-Stage Filter System specified a backpressure monitor. Donaldson sold 103 DFM systems in California without a backpressure monitor. This violation of the executive order rendered the DFM an illegal, non-exempt add-on part. VC 27156 (c) prohibits the advertisement or sale of non-exempt aftermarket parts. To settle the case, Donaldson Company, Inc. agreed to the $103,000 penalty and to comply with the VC Section 27156, the Aftermarket Parts Regulations, the Verification Procedure and the applicable EOs. As a corrective measure, Donaldson engaged in a service campaign to upgrade the applicable DFM systems in California with a back pressure monitor and other modifications Donaldson represents are necessary to ensure proper operation of the DFM system.