Ford has agreed to pay nearly $3 million in fines for violating air-quality laws. According to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) this penalty relates to the sale of vehicles in the Golden State with non-compliant on-board diagnostics (OBD) systems .
This computerized vehicle technology monitors how the engine and emissions-control system functions in a car. If something goes awry the “check engine” light illuminates. The reason Ford has been hit with a fine is that certain 2011 and 2012 Fiesta models were found to have non-compliant OBD data-link connectors.
The Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker has totally cooperated with this ongoing investigation. Ford has worked to resolve these non-compliance issues toot sweet.
What does all of this mean to you? Probably nothing. Of the total fine some $740,000 will go to the California Pollution Control Financing Authority (CPCFA), which helps reduce pollution and encourages the use of renewable energy sources. The remaining money, approximately $2.2 million will go to the California Air Pollution Control Fund.
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[Source: Green Car Congress]