Settlements were for selling non-exempted aftermarket parts that altered the performance of vehicles’ emissions control systems
Sacramento, Calif.—The California Air Resources Board (CARB) recently reached settlement agreements with several companies for violations of the Aftermarket Parts Regulation as part of its ongoing enforcement efforts to uphold California’s air quality rules.
The cases included a settlement agreement with Meyer Distributing Inc. of Jasper, Ind. for $564,250.
CARB investigators discovered in 2020 that Meyer was selling and distributing emissions-related aftermarket performance parts in California that were not exempted from the regulations. The parts involved in the settlement did not have CARB approval at the time of sale. Aftermarket performance parts typically require an exemption from the regulatory requirements to be legally advertised, offered for sale, sold, installed, and/or used in California.
Meyer’s settlement includes a $282,125 civil penalty and $282,125 in funding for two Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEP).
CARB also recently reached settlement agreements with California-based Evasive Motorsports Inc. of Cerritos for $295,000 and Throtl Inc. of San Diego for $175,000. Both of the settlements were for violating the Aftermarket Parts Regulation by selling non-exempted aftermarket parts that altered the performance of vehicles’ emissions control systems in California.
Aftermarket parts offered for sale in California must undergo a CARB engineering evaluation to ensure the part does not increase vehicle emissions. If the part is approved, it is granted an exemption called an “Executive Order,” which allows the part to be installed on specific emissions-controlled vehicles.