LeMans Corporation, the parent company of Drag Specialties and Parts Unlimited, recently agreed to a settlement with the California Air Resources Board regarding the sale of emissions regulated products to California dealers. This settlement resolves CARB’s alleged claims without litigation, protects LeMans’ California dealers regarding sales of the listed parts LeMans sold to them through October 1, 2015 and allows LeMans to move forward with its revised compliance plan.
Mike Collins, the VP of Purchasing for LeMans explained that, “CARB views the scope of its authority broadly. CARB sought enforcement as to numerous product categories, including exhaust products, catalytic converters, oxygen sensors, fuel and air controller modules, carburetor parts (such as jet kits that modify the air/fuel flow), cam modifications, O2 eliminators and air cleaner/filter kits.” Collins went on to explain that CARB believes that including a disclaimer in an advertisement does not provide protection from CARB enforcement as to the sale of emission related parts in California. Collins also said that, “Other than for use on racing vehicles on closed courses with documentation satisfactory to CARB, California dealers that continue to sell these products for use in California face potential CARB enforcement action, unless according to CARB it can be demonstrated with test results that the use does not alter the performance of OEM emission related devices (i.e. it constitutes a ‘Replacement Part’ under the CARB regulations) or unless CARB has issued an executive order.” The VP of Purchasing for LeMans additionally said, “LeMans is working with our suppliers to identify products that do meet the emission requirements of CARB and also meet the needs of the motorcycling customers in California.”