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newsrel -- SK Innovation Co. Ltd. fined $790,000 for selling uncertified diesel particulate filters

Posted: 19 Mar 2014 13:04:34
Please consider the following news release from the California
Air Resources Board:

March 19, 2014


Franceska Ramos
(916) 322-2990

SK Innovation Co. Ltd. fined $790,000 for selling uncertified
diesel particulate filters 

Sacramento - The California Air Resources Board (ARB) announced
that SK Innovation Co. Ltd. (SKI) was fined $790,000 for selling
diesel particulate filter systems in a non-verified
configuration. These filter systems, featuring a metal substrate,
are designed to trap diesel particulate matter contained in
diesel engine exhaust.

An ARB investigation revealed that the units sold were produced
with non-conforming warning systems that were not approved by
ARB. ARB requires that all filter-based diesel emission control
systems be installed with a backpressure monitor to notify the
operator when the specified high pressure limit is approached.
The notification must occur and be clearly visible to the
operator while the vehicle or equipment is in use. Specifically,
the “Peak Pressure of the Exhaust” (PPE) values were not the same
as those originally approved by ARB. 

In announcing the settlement, ARB enforcement Chief James Ryden
stated, “SKI fully cooperated with ARB’s investigation and the
resolution of this matter. However, violations of established
California regulations relating to the control of diesel
emissions have serious consequences in our state.”

As part of the settlement agreement, SKI agreed to pay a penalty
which is consistent with penalties ARB has imposed in similar
cases. SKI also agreed to a nationwide recall campaign that
started on Jan. 3, 2014, with a deadline of June 30, 2014. SKI is
contacting affected filter owners and will reimburse those owners
up to the original purchase price for a replacement filter, as
well as assist with scheduling the replacement of the filters.

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