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consprod -- Subject: Windshield Washer Fluid Use in Freezing Weather

Posted: 20 Jan 2012 15:02:11
ARB staff is providing guidance on the use of automotive
windshield washer fluids (AWWF) in California areas that
occasionally experience freezing temperatures but are not
classified as Type A areas, and for people travelling from warmer
to potentially-freezing areas.  For this information please visit
the ARB webpage here:
http://www.arb.ca.gov/consprod/regact/awwf/awwf.htm .
For the complete Consumer Products Regulation go to:

General information about the Consumer Products Program is
available at the following address: 

Background:  ARB’s Consumer Products Program is an important part
of efforts to reduce the emissions of smog-forming volatile
organic compounds (VOC), toxic air contaminants, and greenhouse
gases from chemically formulated consumer products.  

In warm weather VOCs can lead to the formation of ozone; and
historically AWWFs had unnecessarily high concentrations that
made them substantial contributors to ground level ozone..  
To reduce these VOCs emissions, AWWFs are now regulated according
to the regions of California where they are sold:  “Type A” and
Non-Type A areas.  “Type A” areas are regions of the State which
typically experience freezing temperatures and require higher VOC
content to prevent the fluid from freezing in the reservoir or
when applied to the windshield.  The current limits are 25% VOC
for Type A areas and 1% VOC for all other areas. 
If you have any questions or comments regarding the materials
posted, please contact 
Mr. Femi Olaluwoye at (916) 327-1503 or by email at

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