ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY: U.S. EPA settles with three California auto parts companies over Clean Air Act violations

By Press release submission | Mar 11, 2019

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the following announcement on March 7.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced settlements with three automotive parts manufacturers, headquartered in California, for violations of the Clean Air Act. The companies allegedly manufactured or sold aftermarket auto parts that bypass or disable required emissions control systems, otherwise known as defeat devices. The three companies will pay more than $890,000 in penalties.

“One of my top priorities at EPA is preventing manufacturers from selling devices that circumvent emissions controls on cars and trucks,” said EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Mike Stoker. “We will continue to investigate and bring companies into compliance. These important actions will help reduce pollution and protect public health, particularly in parts of the Pacific Southwest that struggle with poor air quality.”

Cars and trucks manufactured emit far less pollution than older vehicles. This occurs through careful engine calibrations and emissions controls in exhaust systems such as catalytic converters and diesel oxidation catalysts. Aftermarket defeat devices bypass these controls and cause higher emissions. EPA testing has shown that these devices can increase vehicle emissions substantially.

The announcement highlights three separate administrative settlement agreements:

Car Sound Exhaust System, Inc., dba as MagnaFlow manufactured and sold 5,674 aftermarket exhaust systems intended for model years 2001-2007 diesel trucks that enabled removal of diesel oxidation catalysts. The company, headquartered in Oceanside, Calif., will pay a penalty of $612,849.

Flowmaster, Inc. sold 446 aftermarket exhaust system parts for motor vehicles that enabled the removal of catalytic converters on light-duty gasoline vehicles. The Nevada company, headquartered in Santa Rosa, Calif., will pay a $270,000 penalty.

Weistec Engineering, Inc. manufactured or sold 110 aftermarket exhaust components for light-duty gasoline vehicles that enabled the removal of catalytic converters. The company also developed and sold 13 custom files which allowed for the removal of catalytic converters by disabling certain emission-related trouble codes. The company, headquartered in Anaheim, Calif., will pay a penalty of $8,500.

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