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ROW ERUPTS OVER CATALYST TYPE APPROVAL

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ROW ERUPTS OVER CATALYST TYPE APPROVAL


Four catalytic converter suppliers have issued a statement regarding the legality of fitting certain products supplied by UK manufacturer Klarius.

The statement, from BM Cats, EEC, TP Cats and Euroflo, follows from Klarius’ admission on  23 December that it had inadvertently incorporated ‘incorporated the wrong monolith into manufactured parts‘.

The statement from the four reads: “It is our belief that these parts are in effect not Type Approved Catalytic Converters and therefore cannot be sold as a Type Approved product under the The Motor Vehicles (Replacement of Catalytic Converters and Pollution Control Devices) Regulations 2009.  Anyone doing so may be subject to a fine of up to £5,000 per parts seeks their own legal advice before doing so”. The companies had previously issued a more detailed statement about what constitutes Type Approval.

Klarius says that “Immediately on discovering (the wrong monoliths) we have entered into discussions with the relevant authorities to seek a solution”. The firm’s statement adds that it has been’a long standing campaigner for stringent application of Type Approval’. An update on the situation will be issued on 9 January.

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Announcement from Klarius: Catalytic converter supply

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Announcement from Klarius: Catalytic converter supply


Klarius-logo-blackAs a result of discovering some administrative anomalies we have immediately suspended all production and deliveries of Type Approved converters while we implement the appropriate corrective actions.

Having closely reviewed our production and disassembled some of our stock we are disappointed to report we have discovered anomalies where we have incorporated the wrong monolith into manufactured parts.

Please note the monoliths incorrectly incorporated are fully functioning and correctly loaded with the appropriate metals. The error has been an internal issue.

Immediately on discovering this we have entered into discussions with the relevant authorities to seek a solution.

We apologise unreservedly to our customers and the independent aftermarket as a whole for this error.

We will communicate individually with you as over the next 48 hours as more information and solutions become available, and we thank you for your support and understanding through this short period.

Klarius is recognised in the market as a premium product which has the lowest quality returns rate in the market. We have not benefited financially or commercially from this error and the distributors and end users have not knowingly been supplied the wrong component. As a long standing campaigner for more stringent application of Type Approval we are keen to implement corrective actions as soon as possible.

Please note that our exhaust, DPF, CAT front pipe, and our non-approved Catalytic Converter supply remains absolutely unaffected.

It is hoped we can implement all corrective actions over the Seasons holiday period. We will of course keep you fully updated.

Immediately on discovering this we have entered into discussions with the relevant authorities to seek a solution.

Details of the type approval requirements and the consequences for non-conformity can be found by CLICKING HERE .

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Clarification on catalytic converter homologation

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Clarification on catalytic converter homologation


36317carFollowing recent developments surrounding the homologation of catalytic converters produced by a UK-based manufacturer, four emissions-based manufacturers have issued the following joint press release to clarify a number of key points.

Homologation independently as a direct fit manufacturer

Manufacturers of direct fit catalytic converters are able to obtain approvals for their own parts using their own R&D and choice of approval houses at significant costs. This process means that the manufacturer has complete ownership of the certificates. The homologation number allocated is unique to that manufacturer and can only be used by that producer. It is not possible to transfer those numbers to other part numbers/manufacturers without an application to the issuing body. The manufacturer is the owner of the certificate.

Homologation through extensions

Manufacturers who own their own approvals (as per point 1) are able to extend these certificates for additional brands for a small fee. The extension is made by the owner of the certificate applying to the issuing body for the additional brand to be added to the approval. Once accepted by the issuing body, a new homologation number and certificate is created and the certificate owner is able to manufacture and supply the applicable references noted on the documentation. The brand name does not have any control or ownership of the certificates.

Production Requirements

In both types of homologation, the requirement is on the owner of the certificate to use the correct raw materials and production methods to ensure performance is in accordance with the original tests conducted to achieve the certification.

If under an extension a manufacturer has only supplied a universal cat, allowing a brand to finish production, then the brand can only use these parts for the approval number to be valid. The brand cannot produce parts bearing the approval number using universal cats not supplied by the certificate owner.  If a brand does manufacture without the correct universal cat then the parts would, in effect, have no approval.

If a certificate is withdrawn, no further products can be produced and parts in the market may be subject to a restriction of sale depending on the reason for withdrawal.

Consequences for Non Conformity in the UK

The supply of non-approved catalysts (for vehicles first registered on or after 1/3/01), or catalysts without a valid homologation number, is currently up to £5,000 per offence.

Links to Legislations

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2009/1899/pdfs/uksi_20091899_en.pdf
http://www.unece.org/trans/main/wp29/wp29regs101-120.html

We, the undersigned, all agree with the above statement and operate within the above framework

BM Catalysts, EuroFlo, European Exhausts & Catalysts and TP Cats

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