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Catalytic converters face hazards in colder weather

Marc Iarrapino, of Iarrapino's Muffler & Brake Shop, works on a Honda Civic exhaust system on Saturday, Oct 8, 2022. Shane Potter/Butler Eagle
Devices prone to theft, corrosion

“If you don’t ask me to take off your catalytic converter, I won’t ask you to pay the $2,500 penalty,” a sign inside Iarrapino's Muffler & Brake Shop in Butler reads.

Catalytic converters reduce pollution caused by emissions by breaking the pollutants they release into less-toxic components. That helps motorists throughout much of Pennsylvania avoid fines for emission violations.

But in counties such as Butler, the only way to enforce laws for these violations requires a visual check, and these laws often are difficult or dangerous for police to enforce.

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