Archive | May, 2013

New York Aftermarket Catalytic Converter Standards

After receiving the response from NY DEC I want to point out a few of the Facts that need to be stressed to the installers and the distribution in and around the New York area.
Fact:  June 1, 2013 is the cutoff date for the new regulation on catalytic converters in New York.

“6 NYCRR Section 218-7.2(c)(1) currently requires that any new aftermarket catalytic converters installed, sold, offered for sale or advertised in New York State meet the requirements of California Code of Regulation, title 13, Section 2222 beginning June 1, 2013.”  (New York Fact Sheet)
Fact: NY DEC will not enforce the provisions of Section 218-7.2(c)(1) until after January 1, 2014.

“(NY) DEC will not enforce the provisions of Section 218-7.2(c)(1) until after January 1, 2014. However, DEC expects all regulated parties to use best efforts to comply with the provisions of 6 NYCRR Section 218-7.2(c)(1) during the pendency of this exercise of enforcement discretion” (New York Fact Sheet)
Fact: If you replace your converter between June 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013 with a Federal Converter when there is a CARB certified unit, when you go for inspection after January 1, 2014 you can still receive a fine for incorrect installation.

Q: As a vehicle owner, what are my options if my vehicle’s catalytic converter needs to be replaced after June 1, 2013?

A: For the subject model year CARB and EPA 50 state certified vehicles, all catalytic converter replacements should be either an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) replacement part or a CARB certified new aftermarket catalytic converter. Federally certified new aftermarket catalytic converters may still be used on vehicles .with a federal only certification. Used, salvaged, or recycled catalytic converters cannot be installed after June 1, 2013 on any vehicle.
(New York Fact Sheet)
To be clear I will give an example. If a consumer purchases a Federal converter in August of 2013, they go an entire year or 2 until their next inspection. When they have the inspection done they will be told that the converter they have is not a legal converter. They will tell the story of when they put it on and the date of June 1, 2013 is and will always be the date that the law changes. The enforcement will start later but when it begins they will not allow a converter to pass when it is not a CARB compliant converter and a fine will be issued to the responsible party or multiple parties. This exact example happened in California and there were multiple fines issued.
DEC is committed to providing you the proper LEGAL part the first time. We will continue to have a separate NY catalog and provide our distributors with the MOST California and New York legal direct fit coverage available. Please if you have any questions about this you can contact Tim Ratcliff at D.E.C. as we are in constant communication with NY DEC as well as CARB.
For more details click here.

New DEC Web Catalog

DEC has you covered from applications to geography. If you are in North America we have a legal direct fit converter for you.
Wondering why we had to make the Change? June 1, 2013 New York adopted the same emission regulations that California has been following from the beginning of the 21’st century. For more information please see the New York information page
DEC is Pleased to be the first to offer a full catalog to all of North America. Please click on your location to view your catalog.

Select Federal Catalog, California Catalog, New York Catalog or Canadian Catalog.

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Why Are We Legal?

Customers all over the country, and now specifically in New York are aware of the fact that DEC offers the most complete line of C.A.R.B. exempt, direct fit catalytic converters in the industry, yet they are wondering why they cannot find DEC listed on the CARB website.

DEC has been the pioneer of many things. We were the first to make Direct Fit Catalytic Converters and keeping with our tradition of being first, we are the first and only to have a Cross-Marketing Agreement accepted by C.A.R.B.

Below is a section of our cross marketing agreement with Magnaflow / Car Sound which shows the accepted arrangement.

DEC continues to build strong relationships with all manufactures of converters in the state of California due to our unique position. If an application is found on the ARB website then DEC can make the part. This puts DEC in a very unique position and through cross-marketing agreements with each manufacturer and allows us to purchase C.A.R.B. exempt products from many manufacturers and then turn them into the finest direct fit pieces anywhere in the industry.

DEC does not make universal catalytic converters, we only manufacture direct fit catalytic converters, so there is no welding involved, just a simple bolt-on application as if you ordered from the dealer.


New York Customers, is your Converter Legal?

Breaking news on New York’s environmental controls click here for full details.

“Beginning June 1, 2013 for the subject model year vehicles, all catalytic converter replacements shall be either an original equipment replacement part or a California certified new aftermarket catalytic converter. Used, salvaged, or recycled catalytic converters cannot be installed after June 1, 2013 on any vehicle.”

Also, “Use of an EPA certified new aftermarket catalytic converter is still permitted on federally certified (not CARB or 50 state) and pre-1993 model year vehicles. Distribution centers located in New York State may continue to supply EPA certified aftermarket catalytic converters for sale outside of New York State.”

For More info please go to for full details or Call 888-OBD-2-CAT for assistance.

Maine is also planning similar regulations, with a June 1, 2013 effective date. The link to their fact sheet is attached below:


Direct Fit – V – Universal Catalytic Converters

Not quite sure if you should buy a direct fit or universal catalytic converter?
DEC specializes in making direct fit catalytic converters and here are some reasons why:

• When you purchase a direct fit catalytic converter, any mechanic can install it. It is a simple bolt on replacement, as opposed to a weld on part.

• DEC’s “Vehicle Specific Loading” means just that. While a universal converter may fit hundreds of applications, our direct fit replacement converters are engineered to work on the specific vehicle they are built for. That assurance cannot be obtained when using a universal converter.

• DEC’s direct fit catalytic converters are completely new, legal aftermarket parts that are built specifically for the vehicle you are installing it on, and because they mimic the original equipment part, they are easily installed.

• Due to the fact we know what vehicles the part is being installed in, DEC is the only company in the industry that offers TSB’s and Tech Notes that apply to your specific vehicle.


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