Cummins settles dispute through fine, recall


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Cummins recently paid nearly $1.1 million and agreed to recall 11,600 engines for allegedly violating its 1998 agreement with the California Air Resources Board to perform clean air projects and certify its engines to reduce smog-forming emissions, CARB announced.

"We are very pleased that Cummins is taking steps to reduce excess emissions from the heavy duty engines in question, and that they are cooperating by instituting recalls and retiring emissions credits," said Catherine Witherspoon, CARB executive officer.

Among the violations of the 1998 agreement alleged by CARB, Cummins obtained state certification for 11,600 heavy duty engines equipped with emissions control systems that did not meet emissions requirements, omitted 26,347 engines from eligibility for the chip reflash program, and failed to complete work on and to submit reports for agreed-upon emissions reduction projects in a timely manner, CARB said.

CARB investigated these alleged violations with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which entered parallel agreements to settle them.

In addition to paying the penalties, Cummins is required to recall the 11,600 engines nationwide that did not meet state emissions requirements, CARB announced.

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