Homeowner power products maker agrees to $1 million California air board fine

Published: Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 - 11:29 am

Husqvarna Professional Products has agreed to pay a fine of $1,038,000 for violations of air quality laws related to the sale of uncertified small engines in California, according to the state Air Resources Board.

Husqvarna is an international company whose outdoor products include chain saws, lawn mowers, trimmers, blowers, brush cutters and snow blowers.

James Ryden, ARB’s enforcement chief, noted that “Husqvarna promptly conducted an internal investigation and fully cooperated in the resolution of this matter.”

ARB said an investigation found that, from 2011 to 2013, Husqvarna Professional Products failed to obtain certification for nine different “engine families” prior to their sale in California. The engines powered thousands of hand-held consumer power products such as line trimmers, leaf blowers and chain saws.

ARB said Husqvarna has implemented new administration procedures related to emissions certification and has improved management oversight of the process.

Monies from the fine will be paid to the California Air Pollution Control Fund.

Call The Bee’s Mark Glover, (916) 321-1184.

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