Re: Ordering an engine kit living in california!!!
As best as I can tell, it is illegal to sell non-CARB compliant gas equipment in California. But that is the only enforcement mechanism. It doesn’t matter if it is a weed eater, lawnmower, or motorized bicycle. Unlike motor vehicles, which have regular inspections as a condition of getting a yearly registration, there is no pollution enforcement mechanism to stop someone from using a non-CARB weed eater, lawnmower, or motorbike that they already have.
There may be some gray areas when we are talking about an selling an incomplete product, kit, or replacement parts. Most of the small engines that are made CARB compliant are self contained units, including an attached fuel tank. I know that a lot of the CARB efforts have been targeted at evaporative emissions, so it would be difficult to classify/regulate something that does not have an attached fuel system.