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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Importavehicle.com Website Down

Sorry everyone. We are about 15 hours into our website being down.  This is what our host is telling us.

"The problem as we have determined it is that during an infrastructure migration project carried out early this morning, an important script that ties the various elements of Speed Digital’s applications to the hosting server was unexpectedly deleted. Due to a failed backup, it’s not possible for us to revert to a previous version of this script.
Our development team has been working throughout the day to recreate this script to bring Dealer Accelerate and dealer websites back online. We have taken the additional step of engaging an external firm with significant infrastructure expertise to engage in an effort parallel to our own to rebuild this vital part of the infrastructure.
We want to emphasize that no Dealer Accelerate data or website information has been deleted due to this failure. As soon as the script is rewritten, all Speed Digital provided software solutions and dealer websites will return to normal operation. As we continue to work on this, we will be putting up a generic maintenance page on your websites so that your site visitors understand that your sites are unavailable due to an IT issue and not due to an issue related to your businesses. "

So in the meanwhile we can be reached via phone, or email.  



Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Imported Vehicle Safety Compliance Act of 1988 : The 25 year law

Nissan Skyline GT-R that meet the Imported Vehicle Safety Compliance Act of 1988

The twenty five year rule, or 25 year old law is actually called the Imported Vehicle Safety Compliance Act of 1988 (IVSCA).  In October 1988, it amended the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966.

The IVSCA revised procedures under which certain vehicles that don't meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards(FMVSS) are allowed into the US.  The basics of that being they need to be brought into compliance by a Registered Importer. However several other temporary and permanent exemptions are mentioned in the IVSCA.

The important part for us being : "Exempts non-conforming foreign motor vehicles that are 25 years old or older ("classic or antique") from the restrictions imposed by this Act."

Even though many people are just becoming aware of this act, it has been around for more than 30 years. It was just as the 1989 Nissan Skyline GT-R turned 25 years old in 1989, that much more attention was focused on the Imported Vehicle Safety Compliance Act of 1988.

Summary HR2628 - 100th Congress (1987-1988)
Imported Vehicle Safety Compliance Act of 1988

A Mitsubishi Delica that meets the Imported Vehicle Safety Compliance Act of 1988

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Engine Changes : Japanese Engines : Electric Conversions : Exemptions California

A friend just asked a question about Japanese replacement engines for California vehicles, and since the last information we wrote up was 9 years ago, its a good time to go over some of the California and ARB requirements.

The ARB website has more information, but here are a few points to know and understand.  A replacement engine is identical to the original engine.  A Japanese replacement engine must be identified as functionally identical to the original engine.  Any engine that was not originally certified for the USA, are not legal for engine changes in accordance with California laws.

Replacement Engines

Entire engines can be replacement parts. As with any other replacement part, the engine must be identical to the original. If the replacement block or engine is obtained without emissions equipment, all the equipment from the original engine must be installed on the replacement block.

If the engine is not identical to the original then it is not a replacement part, instead it is considered an engine change.
Engine changes are a modification that must meet certain requirements to be legal (please see "Engine Changes").

Japanese Replacement Engines
Used engines imported from Japan can be used as replacement engines as long as the engine being used has been identified as functionally identical to the original engine. Please refer to the engine retailers or importers catalogue to determine if a replacement engine is legal for installation in your vehicle. 

Engines not specifically identified as functionally identical are not legal for installation in any pollution controlled motor vehicle. Please note that all non-USA engines are prohibited for engine changes. Please download the official engine change policy for more information.

Engine Changes
Engine changes are only legal if they are completed in compliance with the California Bureau of Automotive Repairs (BAR) engine change policy. Please review all information before purchasing any vehicle with an engine change or any parts for a vehicle project. If you require additional assistance, FAQ's are available or contact the BAR referee appointment line at: (800) 622-7733.

Conversion to a fully electric vehicle
Vehicles converted to 100% electric drive, with all power supplied by on-board batteries are considered in compliance with the BAR engine change policy. All fuel system components must be removed prior to inspection. If you require additional assistance or a referee inspection appointment, please contact the BAR at: (800) 622-7733.

Please note that only electric or ZEV conversions certified to minimum performance and durability standards are eligible for incentives such as HOV stickers. View official list of qualifying vehicles.

All electric Chevrolet Camaro Conversion

Exemptions for Uncontrolled Vehicles 

Vehicles that were manufactured before emission control regulations took effect are called uncontrolled vehicles. Aftermarket parts regulations and anti-tampering laws do not apply to these vehicles. 

Uncontrolled vehicles may have any aftermarket add-on or modified part installed as long as the vehicle can still meet the tailpipe emission standards for the year of the vehicle. Uncontrolled vehicles must retain any original or retrofit crankcase control (PCV) devices and NOx device required for the year of the vehicle. 

The following vehicles are considered uncontrolled vehicles: 

  • 1965 and Older : U.S. Manufactured California Certified Vehicles 
  • 1967 and Older: U.S. Manufactured Federally Certified Vehicles 
  • 1967 and Older: Foreign Manufactured Vehicles

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Three companies pay $1.4 million for violating air quality rules for cleaning products

SACRAMENTO - Three companies paid $1,436,252 to the California Air Resources Board for failing to comply with the state’s consumer products clean air regulations.

The companies are Kraft Heinz Foods Co. of Chicago, Ill., Mothers Polishes, Waxes, Cleaners Inc. of Huntington Beach, and CRC Industries Inc. of Horsham Township, Pa. All three were selling cleaning products in California that violated air quality regulations.

“Many common household products, such as cleaners and metal polishes, contain compounds that contribute to unhealthy smog. It’s important that retailers only stock and sell products that adhere to CARB regulations limiting the amount of these compounds,” CARB Enforcement Division Chief Todd Sax said.

The violations were all discovered during routine inspections by CARB.  Enforcement staff regularly purchase samples of cleaning and other consumer products from retail shelves and test them in the CARB lab to determine if the products comply with air quality regulations.

Neither Kraft Heinz Foods, nor Mothers Polishes, has a history of past violations and CRC is considered a “good actor,” going above and beyond with corrective actions.

A toxic compound was found in the CRC products case, while the Kraft Heinz Foods and Mothers Polishes tests showed concentrations of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) exceeding the allowed limit for the product. VOCs combine with nitrogen oxide in sunlight to form smog.

Kraft Heinz Foods

Kraft Heinz Foods manufactured and distributed a general purpose cleaner sold as 'All Natural Cleaning Vinegar' that was not compliant with the volatile organic compound limit for that product, resulting in 75.2 tons of excess VOC emissions. The company paid $700,000 in penalties: $350,000 to the Air Pollution Control Fund for projects and research to improve air quality, and $350,000 to the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District to fund a Marine Vessel Speed Reduction Incentive Program. That program provides incentives to shipping companies to reduce ship speeds through the Channel Island region in order to reduce NOx and other air pollutants.


Three products sold or supplied by Mothers — Mothers Mag & Aluminum Polish, Mothers Billet Metal Polish and Mothers California Gold Metal Polish — caused 10.35 tons of excess VOC emissions. Mothers paid $111,242 in total: $56,252 to the state’s Air Pollution Control Fund and $55,000 to fund interns who host hands-on science activities for community members visiting the California Science Center Foundation. Those activities raise public awareness about risks associated with high carbon emissions generated by human activities.


CRC Industries sold, supplied and offered for sale in California two electrical parts cleaning products — CRC Lecta-Clean and CRC Lecta-Motive — which contained perchloroethylene, a toxic air contaminant prohibited for this category of product in California. Air toxics are pollutants that cause or may cause cancer or other serious health effects, such as birth defects. CRC paid $625,000 in penalties: $325,528 to the state’s Air Pollution Control Fund and $299,472 to El Sol Neighborhood Educational Center in Eastern Coachella Valley to fund outreach on respiratory health to local communities that targets low-income families and families with children. CRC modified the Lectra-Clean product to conform to the state’s regulation and agreed not to sell Lectra-Motive in California.

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