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newsrel -- Sears fined $285,000 for offering uncertified gas-powered stand-up scooters for sale in California

Posted: 10 May 2013 15:48:52
Please consider the following news release from the California
Air Resources Board:


May 10, 2013


John Swanton
(626) 575-6965

Sears fined $285,000 for offering uncertified gas-powered
stand-up scooters for sale in California

SACRAMENTO- The California Air Resources Board today announced
that Sears Holdings Management Corporation has agreed to a
settlement of $285,200 to resolve air quality violations by
offering for sale uncertified small off-road engines.

In November 2011, ARB discovered that the Sears “Black Friday”
advertisements in California offered Motovox brand ‘stand-up’
scooters for sale. These scooters were, at the time, powered by
uncertified engines that were not legal for sale, delivery, or
distribution to California under the state’s air quality laws. 
Sears disclosed to ARB that 713 units were delivered for sale in
California and the company’s management took immediate action to
remove all units before any units had been sold. 

In announcing this settlement, ARB compliance Chief James Ryden
said that ARB  “recognized the prompt actions taken by Sears
management to prevent the sale of these high polluting vehicles
in California,” but went on to add that “ this situation serves
as an important reminder that compliance with our state’s
pollution standards begins long before the products reach the
sales floor. Had the ‘door-buster’ advertisement not come to the
attention of our investigators, it is likely that these scooters
would have all been sold on the busiest shopping day of the year,
leaving little chance to remove these vehicles-- and their excess
emissions-- from California.” Sears officials have fully
cooperated with ARB in the resolution of this matter.
Funds collected under the settlement will be paid to the
California Air Pollution Control Fund, established to help reduce
air pollution through education and the advancement and use of
cleaner technologies.

Products utilizing engines that do not meet California's emission
requirements pose a real danger to California residents. They
produce high amounts of smog-forming pollutants, which can
exacerbate respiratory ailments and cause other health conditions
such as shortness of breath, headaches, birth defects, cancer and
damage to internal organs.

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