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Casper's Electronics

Washington, DC: (Jul-11-07) The US Environmental Protection Agency filed a lawsuit against Casper's Electronics, of Mundelein, IL, alleging that the company sold devices that allowed cars to release excess levels of pollution into the environment, in violation of the Clean Air Act. The electronic devices, known as oxygen sensor simulators or O2 Sim, have also been ordered to be recalled from distributors. An O2 Sim tricks an automobile engine's computer into sensing a properly functioning emission control system, even when the catalytic converter is missing or faulty. These after-market sensors are considered illegal defeat devices under the federal Clean Air Act. Casper's has sold approximately 44,000 defeat devices through retailers and from its Web site since 2001. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the resulting environmental damage is equivalent to the emissions produced by a half-million cars with fully operational emission control systems over their lifetimes. In a settlement reached, Casper's agreed to pay more than $74,000 in civil penalties to the United States. [WEB WIRE: O2 EMISSIONS]

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Published on Jul-12-07


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