CARB fines Navistar $281,500 in two separate cases

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In two separate cases, the California Air Resources Board has fined Illinois-based Navistar Inc. more than $281,000 for clean-air violations. CARB says Navistar violated California’s clean vehicle laws by failing to implement required emissions controls and to properly label and document installed emissions controls.

“California’s motor vehicle regulations are the most progressive in the world,” says CARB Chairman Mary Nichols. “Our auditors make sure engine manufacturers comply with our stringent requirements in order to ensure air quality and public health goals are met.”

The first case involved certification of Navistar’s onboard diagnostic system for 2005-07 Ford E-series diesel medium-duty vans. CARB reviewed Navistar’s application to certify 2007 engines and found inconsistencies with the previous model year documentation for the same engine design. According to CARB, a staff audit found that Navistar failed to fully disclose, document and implement onboard diagnostic system requirements for the coolant temperature sensor.

Per the terms of the settlement of this case, Navistar Inc. will pay a total of $250,000: $187,500 to the California Air Pollution Control Fund and $62,500 to the Education and Environment Initiative to help fund environmental outreach and education programs for K-12 students.

In the second case, Navistar failed to provide purchasers of retrofit emissions devices with proper labeling as required by state law. Per the terms of this settlement, Navistar will pay a total of $31,500: $23,625 to the California Air Pollution Control Fund and $7,875 to the California Pollution Control Financing Authority.