The legislation also requires recovery companies to keep records. Every 60 days, these companies must report the number of catalysts received, otherwise they could be fined up to twice the amount produced and confiscated of the allegedly stolen converter components. “We appreciate the governor`s support in addressing this growing problem. State Policing is working fully with our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners and is committed to providing the resources necessary to eliminate the criminal organizations responsible for the increase in auto and catalytic converter theft,” added Steven A. Nigrelli, First Deputy Superintendent of the New York State Police Department. The installer confirmed the need for a replacement catalytic converter. If the OEM drive is still present, a diagnostic is required for it not to function properly. The governor also signed a bill to combat catalytic converter theft, which restricts the purchase, sale and possession of catalytic converters by vehicle dismantling companies and scrap metal transformers. Be labeled or labeled with an Executive Order (EO) CARB number indicating that the converter meets California requirements for aftermarket transformers. In New York City, the NYPD initially reported that catalytic converter thefts nearly quadrupled by 2022. As of August 14, there have been 5,548 catalyst thefts in the city, compared to 1,505 thefts during the same period in 2021. The catalytic converter is installed “one-to-one” (a new converter is installed for each original converter replaced).
It is forbidden to decrease or increase the number of catalytic converters (compared to the OE configuration). “We have worked diligently on several fronts to solve this catalytic converter theft problem. We work closely with our law enforcement partners and the dealer industry to combat these thefts through the distribution of gum kits. We have held and will continue to hold press conferences throughout New York State to educate consumers on how to protect their vehicles from these thefts,” said Mark J.F. Schroeder, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. The vehicle is specifically included in the catalytic converter application list and the converter is legal for use in California. “It`s applied with acid and it burns and it`s in the catalysts,” Hochul said. The governor signed a bill amending the Vehicle and Traffic Act to add catalytic converters as a primary component of the vehicle, requiring vehicle dismantling equipment to keep records of them. Every 60 days, these companies must report the number of catalysts received during this period. Failure to keep or produce these records upon request is a category A administrative offence and may result in fines of up to twice the amount for ingesting allegedly stolen converter components.
In addition, new motor vehicle dealers and other qualified dealers must have catalytic converter engraving kits in stock to affix a unique serial number to components so that they can be traced in the event of theft. These kits are not provided at the highest cost of the kit itself. Some states now require the use of alternative CARB-compliant converters in certain circumstances. It is important to know your state requirements to determine the right converter for your application and location. The states listed below currently have their own regulations for the sale and installation of aftermarket converters. All OBD applications in the Walker® CalCat® CARB compliant catalog refer to an EFN. Be sure to check your EFN to avoid incorrect application of the replacement catalytic converter. If the label is missing, it is necessary to contact the original dealer to obtain the information or order a new emission control information label.
“If you have the courage to steal a catalyst, they`ll just open the skin, take the metals and throw them in the trash,” Meng said. Catalytic converter flights in New York City nearly quadrupled in 2022 compared to 2021. Now, the state has passed laws designed to reduce these thefts. The EFN, also known as the engine family number, emission family number or test group number, is prominently displayed on the vehicle`s emission control information label along with other key emissions specifications. This information is important when searching for parts in the application catalog to ensure proper fit and when navigating government-mandated replacement regulations for replacement converters.