SACRAMENTO – The California Air Resources Board (CARB) reached a settlement agreement with Dynojet Research, Inc. (also doing business as Dynatek Ignitions, Inc.) of North Las Vegas, Nevada for $2.1 million for violations of CARB’s air quality regulations.
This is the second enforcement action against Dynojet. In 2007, CARB settled with the company for $1 million for selling non-exempt aftermarket vehicle parts in California that violated the state’s air quality regulations.
The latest violations were discovered in part thanks to CARB’s relationship with the U.S. EPA. Investigators there expressed concerns about Dynojet’s aftermarket device, the Power Commander, that is intended to alter emissions control technologies on vehicles and motorcycles by reprogramming the original equipment manufacturer’s software calibrations. While Dynojet received approval for exemptions of several add-on or modified parts from their product lines, the company also offered products such as the Power Commander and Dynatek Ignition System that have not received exemptions from CARB and failed to meet California’s regulations.
“This case demonstrates that flagrant disregard for California’s air quality regulations will not be tolerated and will be discovered through CARB’s thorough investigative work,” said CARB Executive Officer Richard W. Corey. “CARB appreciates the cooperative efforts of the California Attorney General’s Office and the U.S. EPA for their help bringing this case to light and stopping the company from selling aftermarket parts that are designed to undo the benefits of emissions control devices and compromise the quality of the air we breathe.”
CARB’s settlement was the result of a collaborative effort with the California Attorney General’s Office. CARB referred the case to the Attorney General’s Office for resolution assistance after being unable to directly negotiate a settlement with Dynojet. This resulted in a formal complaint by the Attorney General culminating in a stipulated judgment by the County of Los Angeles Superior Court.
The $2.1 million settlement amount will go to CARB’s Air Pollution Control Fund, which provides funding for projects and research to improve California's air quality.
CARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy. CARB is the lead agency for climate change programs and oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health-based air quality standards.