Saleen was recently reached a $700,000 settlement with the Air Resources Board for selling vehicles not certified to California regulations.
During ARB’s investigation, their staff found three Ford vehicle models that were modified by Saleen without ARB certification. The cars included the 2004 and 2005 N2O, based on the Ford Focus; the 2004 and 2005 S121, also based on the Ford Focus; and the 2005 S281, based on the Ford Mustang. More than 100 vehicles were found to be affected.
Saleem is required to recall and reconfigure the cars to a certified condition. The recall is currently underway.
“We hope that this case will serve as a deterrent to others who may be planning to profit by selling uncertified vehicles,” said Lynn Terry, ARB acting executive officer. “California vehicles are designed to be the cleanest in the nation. Tampering with emission control systems to enhance speed and performance can increase smog-forming emissions, which is especially harmful in areas such as Southern California where smog continues to exceed state and federal air quality standards.”
Source: MustangEvolution (via AutoBlog)\
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