Release 04-10      
April 21, 2004


Jerry Martin 
Gennet Paauwe 
(916) 322-2990

Two Custom Chassis Companies Pay Settlements

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board announced today that it has accepted a $356,650 settlement payment from Workhorse Custom Chassis (Workhorse) and $16,000 from Union City Body for the sale of vehicles not certified to California regulations.

"The sale of non-compliant products in California impinges progress to clean healthful air," said ARB Executive Officer Catherine Witherspoon. "Every Californian is infringed when full cooperation by businesses is not achieved."

A one year investigation determined that Workhorse sold 86 non-certified vehicles in California, and 253 that were certified but incorrectly labeled. To mitigate these violations, Workhorse, in cooperation with ARB staff, modified all 86 vehicles to comply with regulations. Workhorse also implemented an ongoing recall program to install the correct emissions label on the 253 vehicles.

Union City Body, a company that has a business relationship with Workhorse, was found to have sold four new non-certified vehicles to Frito Lay for use in California. Frito Lay removed the vehicles from California service, and Union City Body settled with their payment of $16,000.

Money from the settlements was deposited in the California Air Pollution Control Fund (APCF). The APCF is used to mitigate various sources of pollution through education and the advancement and use of cleaner technology.

The Air Resources Board is a department of the California Environmental Protection Agency. ARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health based air quality standards.