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Hawaii bill to ban most aftermarket exhaust systems dies

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(SEMA photo) Proposed legislation in Hawaii would have pitted noise levels of aftermarket exhausts vs. factory-installed systems.

HONOLULU, Hawaii (May 19, 2014) — Legislation governing the use of vehicle aftermarket exhaust systems died when the Hawaii state legislature adjourned for the year.

According to the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), the bill would have required official state inspection stations to test vehicles to determine if their exhaust systems “emit noise

noticeably greater than that emitted by the vehicle as equipped from the factory.” The bill had not been given committee consideration.

The bill “unfairly provided no objective standard by which vehicles could be tested,” SEMA said in its eNews newsletter, “and did not provide inspection stations with decibel readings on factory-installed exhaust systems.”

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