Release 08-65
July 15, 2008

    Dimitri Stanich
Baja Motorsports fined $14,000 for missing emission labels
Mini bikes sold at Kragen Auto Parts did not display California certification

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board last month penalized Baja Motorsports, an importer of off-road recreational vehicles from China, based in Tempe, Ariz., $14,000 for improperly labeling their Blitz mini-bikes without California emission certification labels.

ARB enforcement officers discovered the mini-bikes were missing California engine emission certification labels on bikes sold at Kragen Auto Parts stores statewide.

Although the bikes are within California emission standards, they were improperly labeled as being only federally certified. In California, it is necessary for vehicles to display additional certification compliance statements to ensure that the state's clean emission standards are also met.

"It's very important that manufacturers affix California's air 'seal of approval' so consumers can know what machines pass our strict emission standards and which don't," said ARB Chairman Mary Nichols. "Baja Motorsports had done the hard part by meeting our standards but failed to let the buyers know, which is just as important."

All new vehicles sold in the state must possess a California emissions label, in addition to a federal emissions label. The fine for not displaying the certification is $50 per vehicle, but for large retailers the penalty can add up quickly due to their large inventories. All vehicles must display this certification, including off-road recreational vehicles like the 2.8 horsepower Blitz mini-bike.

Baja Motorsports has since corrected the problem and ordered and applied labels to the mini-bikes in question.

Per the terms of the settlement, the company will pay $14,000 in penalties; all of it will go to the California Air Pollution Control Fund, which provides funding for projects and research to improve California's air quality.

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