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newsrel -- U.S. Auto Parts pays $233,000 for air quality infractions

Posted: 11 Jan 2012 12:18:20
Company sold illegal catalytic converters

Release #:12-02

ARB PIO: (916) 322-2990

Karen Caesar

U.S. Auto Parts pays $233,000 for air quality infractions

Company sold illegal catalytic converters

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board penalized U.S.
Auto Parts $233,000 for selling illegal catalytic converters for
use on passenger vehicles.

ARB investigators documented the sales of 932 illegal catalytic
converters by the company, which is based in Carson, California.

“Catalytic converters are integral to reducing smog-forming
emissions from motor vehicles,” said ARB Enforcement Chief James
Ryden. “When the equipment doesn’t comply with California
standards, the health of the public is compromised.”

Aftermarket catalytic converters for on- and off-road vehicles
must be approved by ARB to be advertised, sold, offered for sale
or installed in California.

Faulty catalytic converters may result in vehicles failing smog
checks, incurring expensive repairs for customers, and
jeopardizing vehicle registration with the Department of Motor
Vehicles.  Enforcement of these regulations not only protects the
environment and public health, but also protects against unfair
business practices.

The settlement will go to the California Air Pollution Control
Fund to support projects and research to improve the state's air

California's air quality measures are in place to safeguard
public health.  Excess automobile emissions can lead to smog,
which in turn can cause shortness of breath, headaches, birth
defects, cancer or damage to internal organs.

ARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare,
and ecological resources through effective reduction of air
pollutants while 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

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