A public meeting is planned to provide a forum for all interested persons to present information and views on the susceptibility of catalytic converters to significant overheating problems and possible fires. The need for rulemaking or other action will also be examined. Most automobiles manufactured during model years 1975 and 1976 are equipped with catalytic converters which are designed to reduce harmful exhaust pollutants in accordance with EPA regulations. The converters speed up the combustion of carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons, thereby burning up potentially harmful pollutants. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received letters from car owners describing incidents where converters significantly overheated and in some instances caused fires.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00134647
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NHTSA-29-76(HP)
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 23 1976 12:00AM