Although people in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan are not required to have environmental checks on their cars, hundreds of drivers volunteer every year to have gas caps on their passenger vehicles tested for leaks. An annual summer program provides free replacements for leaky gas caps.
In 2014, there were 23 testing events in Lucas and Wood counties and one in Lambertville, Michigan. One hundred forty-four of 910 tested gas caps (nearly 16 percent) failed the compression test and were replaced with new gas caps.
Better fitting caps prevented approximately 28,656 pounds of pollution from entering the atmosphere. The percent of leaky caps was higher than in previous years. Many drivers reported that indicator lights told them to have their caps checked.
TMACOG and the City of Toledo Division of Environmental Services partner on the project which has been ongoing since 2000. The goal is to share information and encourage actions that reduce auto emissions that can lead to smog.
Local partners included Krogers, Shell, Barney’s, and Circle K gas stations. These partners volunteered the use of their property for a few hours of testing and invited drivers in with signs and posters. Live radio events with giveaways, television announcements, and paid advertising also encouraged drivers to stop in.
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