The California Air Resources Board (ARB) said Husqvarna Professional Products agreed to a fine of $1,038,000 for violations of air quality laws related to the California sale of uncertified engines used in hand-held consumer products like line trimmers, leaf blowers, and chain saws.
In announcing the settlement, ARB enforcement Chief James Ryden said: “Husqvarna promptly conducted an internal investigation and fully cooperated in the resolution of this matter.” He added, however, that “violations of the basic elements of California’s anti-pollution requirements, especially certification of engines prior to sale in our state, have serious consequences.”
ARB said its investigation found that, over three model years, spanning 2011 - 2013, Husqvarna Professional Products staff failed to obtain certification for nine different small off-road engine families prior to their sale in California.
ARB said Husqvarna fully cooperated with the agency in the investigation and its resolution. Based on information learned in its internal investigation, ARB said Husqvarna implemented new administration procedures related to emissions certification and improved management oversight of the process. These actions help ensure that future engines are fully compliant before being offered for sale in California.
ARB said California law requires manufacturers to certify compliance of all new products prior to sale because engines that do not meet emissions standards pose a real health danger to California residents. Such engines create higher amounts of smog-forming pollutants, which can exacerbate respiratory ailments and negatively affect other health conditions.
Funds collected will be paid to the California Air Pollution Control Fund, established to decrease air pollution through education and the advancement and use of cleaner technologies.
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