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newsrel -- Mike’s Foreign Auto Parts fined $50,000 for air violations

Posted: 13 Mar 2012 13:00:58
Wilmington company sold illegal catalytic converters

Release #:12-10

ARB PIO: (916) 322-2990

Karen Caesar

Mike’s Foreign Auto Parts fined $50,000 for air violations

Wilmington company sold illegal catalytic converters

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board penalized Mike’s
Foreign Auto Parts $50,000 for selling illegal catalytic
converters for use on passenger vehicles.

An ARB investigation revealed that between January 1, 2010 and
September 30, 2011, the company sold 100 catalytic converters not
permitted for sale or use in California.

“Since their widespread adoption in the 1970s, catalytic
converters have drastically reduced smog-forming emissions,” said
ARB Enforcement Chief James Ryden. “They are a vital weapon in
the fight for clean air, and they must meet California’s strict

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.

Enforcement of these regulations not only protects the
environment and public health, but also guards against unfair
business practices. Faulty catalytic converters may result in
smog check failures, which lead to expensive repairs for
customers, and can jeopardize registration with the Department of
Motor Vehicles.

The settlement will be paid in monthly installments to the
California Air Pollution Control Fund, which supports projects
and research to improve the state's air quality.

Smog is a combination of smoke and other particulates, ozone,
hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides and other chemically reactive
compounds which, under certain conditions of weather and
sunlight, may result in a murky brown haze. The primary source of
smog in California is motor vehicles. These emissions may
exacerbate respiratory ailments and negatively affect other
serious health conditions.

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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