MTD Southwest Inc. Settlement
MTD Southwest Inc. Case Settles for $435,000
In October 2014, the Air Resources Board (ARB) reached a settlement with MTD Southwest, Inc. (MTDSW) that included a one-time payment of $435,000 in penalties for violating air quality regulations: $326,250 went to the California Air Pollution Control Fund, which provides funding for projects and research to improve California's air quality; $108,750 went to the Foundation for California Community Colleges to enhance and improve small engine maintenance/repair courses, with corresponding emission reduction benefit and emission education, conducted at nine California community college campuses, including two in the Sacramento area.
MTDSW made voluntary self-disclosures upon discovering concerning issues with some of its Small Off-Road Engines (SORE) sold in California. Each issue was the result of changes MTDSW made to its SOREs during product improvement. Those changes had unintentional, unexpected, unforeseen, and undesired impacts on the SORE certifications. MTDSW took immediate corrective action and fully cooperate with the investigation. To settle the case, MTD Southwest Inc. agreed to the $435,000.00 penalty and to comply with all SORE regulations and ARB certification requirements.