AutoZone Inc. Settlement 2009
$90,000 in Fines Paid by AutoZone Inc.
In March 2009, the ARB reached a settlement with AutoZone Inc. (AutoZone) that included a $90,000 to the California Air Pollution Fund for selling and offering for sale aftermarket catalytic converters without an ARB Executive Order. An investigation by the ARB showed that AutoZone sold catalytic converters that were no longer legal for sale in California due to new ARB aftermarket catalyst regulations that became effective January 1, 2009. As part of an industry wide investigation, the ARB documented the sales of these illegal catalytic converters by AutoZone stores throughout California. To settle the case, AutoZone agreed to the $90,000 penalty and to comply with the Aftermarket Catalytic Converter Regulation and other ARB programs.