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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the CARB emissions rating for Suzuki Outboards?

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) requires manufacturers to apply environmental emission rating labels to all new outboard engines starting in model year 2001. The Emission label will keep consumers informed when making a purchase decision. California emission regulations are stricter than EPA regulations. They feature 3 levels of "clean" low emission product.

One Star-Low Emission

icon_low_emission.gifThe one-star label identifies engines that meet the CARB 2001 exhaust emissions standards. Engines meeting these standards have 75% lower emissions than conventional carbureted 2-stroke engines. These engines are equivalent to U.S. EPA's 2006 standards for marine engines.

Two Stars-Very Low Emission

icon_very_low_emission.gifThe two-star label identifies engines that meet CARB 2004 exhaust emission standards. Engines meeting these standards have 20% lower emissions than One Star-Low Emission engines.


Three Stars-Ultra Low Emission

icon_ultra_low_emission.gifThe three-star label identifies engines that meet CARB 2008 exhaust emission standards. Engines meeting these standards have 65% lower emissions than One Star-Low Emission engines.


Every Suzuki four-stroke outboard motor already meets applicable EPA emissions standards for the 2006 model year. Every Suzuki Outboard has earned the 2008 California Air Resource Board (CARB) 3 Star Ultra Low Emissions rating.