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CA sues Honda over small engine emissions

Honda has agreed to pay $6.9 million dollars after it failed to meet certain emissions regulations on small engines.

California standard emissions were recently re-assessed and determined that Honda was not meeting the minimum requirements to fall into compliance. Specifically, Honda small engines such as lawn mowers, pressure washers and generators are the main culprits. According to the CA regulations, small engines can release as much CO2 as driving 300 miles if they are run for just one hour.

Honda’s small engines did not pass tests that measured how much fuel would evaporate from the powered-off engines in a 24 hour period. In more simple terms, more fuel evaporated from some of Honda’s small engines than is permitted in California.

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