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California has one of the toughest laws on pollution in the nation. The reasoning was to cut down on harmful emissions. Earlier cars had a "smog pump" that only put more drag on the engine and reduced MPG figures. A faulty Cat Converter will also cause performance problems.

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Q: Why is a catalytic converter required in every car in California?
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