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CARB settles with Dynojet Research and Dynatek Ignitions for $2.1 million for aftermarket parts violations

Investigators expressed concerns about Dynojet’s aftermarket device, the Power Commander, intended to alter emissions control technologies

Sacramento, Calif.—The California Air Resources Board (CARB) reached a settlement agreement with Dynojet Research, Inc. (also doing business as Dynatek Ignitions, Inc.) of North Las Vegas, Nev., for $2.1 million for violations of CARB’s air quality regulations.

This is the second enforcement action against Dynojet. In 2007, CARB settled with the company for $1 million for selling non-exempt aftermarket vehicle parts in California that violated the state’s air quality regulations.

The latest violations were discovered in part to CARB’s relationship with the U.S. EPA. Investigators there expressed concerns about Dynojet’s aftermarket device, the Power Commander, that is intended to alter emissions control technologies on vehicles and motorcycles by reprogramming the original equipment manufacturer’s software calibrations. While Dynojet received approval for exemptions of several add-on or modified parts from their product lines, the company also offered products such as the Power Commander and Dynatek Ignition System that have not received exemptions from CARB and failed to meet California’s regulations, according to CARB.

CARB’s settlement was the result of a collaborative effort with the California Attorney General’s Office. CARB referred the case to the Attorney General’s Office for resolution assistance after being unable to directly negotiate a settlement with Dynojet. This resulted in a formal complaint by the Attorney General culminating in a stipulated judgment by the County of Los Angeles Superior Court.

The $2.1 million settlement amount will go to CARB’s Air Pollution Control Fund, which provides funding for projects and research to improve California’s air quality.

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