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Tenneco/Walker Offer Guidance On N.Y. Emissions Regs

Tenneco and its Walker emissions control brand have developed an educational outreach program to assist auto service businesses affected by new regulations covering many vehicle emissions repairs performed in New York. Effective June 1, 2013, it became illegal to install, sell, offer for sale or advertise a new aftermarket catalytic converter on certain vehicles in the state unless the converter complies with California Air Resources Board (CARB) requirements.

The regulation, which will be enforced beginning in January 2014, applies to all aftermarket converters for sale or use on 1993, 1994, 1996 and later model-year vehicles that were certified to California or U.S. EPA 50-state emissions standards.

The educational material available from Tenneco and Walker includes brochures, pamphlets, posters, counter mats and a technical video covering the new regulation, as well as quick processes for identifying a vehicle’s emissions certification. The Walker website also includes diagnostic and repair information designed specifically for businesses affected by the new regulation.

As a result of the new law, when a vehicle is brought into a New York shop for an emissions repair, the service provider needs to determine the vehicle’s model year and, if applicable, whether it is California or 50-state emissions-certified. The Walker training materials explain how to quickly find this information by locating the emissions control information label. Then, for vehicles requiring a CARB-compliant replacement converter, the materials detail the process for using the vehicle’s engine family number (EFN) to identify the correct Walker CalCat replacement converter.

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