WHO'S REPONSIBLE FOR EMISSIONS AFTER 50,000 MILES?

The government suggests that major changes may be required in the Federal Motor Vehicle Control Program if health-related air quality problems occur due to emissions from post-50,000-mile automobiles. Among the changes are: Inclusion of one or more catalyst replacements in the car's original price. Regulation of the price of unleaded gasoline to make it comparable with that of leaded. Enforcement of antitampering prohibitions at commercial repair facilities. Inspection Maintenance (I/M) is the only compliance technique which may assure that in-use vehicles are properly maintained throughout their lifetimes. By requiring that cars pass a retest, I/M can directly affect the quantity and quality of maintenance they receive. Since I/M failures trigger warranty claims and excessive I/M failures could precipitate recall investigations, the existence of such programs could encourage further design changes by manufacturers I/M is probably the most effective antitampering program because of the built-in surveillance.

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 32-35
  • Serial:
    • Automotive Engineering
    • Volume: 86
    • Issue Number: 7
    • Publisher: Society of Automotive Engineers
    • ISSN: 0098-2571

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00183283
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 29 1978 12:00AM