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BAR charges nine Southern Californian smog check stations with fraud

Smog check stations caught using ‘clean gassing’ to issue fraudulent certificates

Sacramento, Calif.–The Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) has filed, for prosecution by the attorney general’s (AG) office, accusations against nine smog check stations because investigations showed them to be issuing fraudulent certificates.

Through analysis of Smog Check Program data, BAR investigators detected the smog check stations to be engaged in the practice of “clean gassing.” “Clean gassing” is the act of introducing a surrogate gas into a test vehicle’s exhaust emissions sample to fool the inspection system into passing that vehicle. The fraudulent activity undermines the integrity of the Smog Check Program and threatens the air quality for all Californians, the AG’s office stated.

The accusations allege numerous violations of the Automotive Repair Act, including fraud, false and misleading statements, and violations of the Motor Vehicle Inspection Program.

The smog stations accused of alleged fraud are as follows:

El Nene Test Only — Fontana

El Toro Test Only — Mira Loma

Hermanos Test Only — Highland

Los Paisanos Test Only — Riverside

Mario Test Only — Ontario

One Stop Test Only — Rialto

Pro Stop Test Only — San Bernardino

Riverview Smog Check — Riverside

Sierra Madre Test Only — Bloomington

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