An AP investigation has found that the United States has used centrifugal oil pumps on more than 100,000 vehicles since 1989, many of which were not properly tested.
The AP has learned from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) that the agency issued nearly 4 million centrifugal-pump certificates in 2017 alone.
In 2017 alone, the agency awarded over $400 million in certificates.
But the AP found that only about half of those certificates have been tested, and only about 15% of those have been inspected by federal authorities.
The AP obtained FMCSA documents from the agency that detail how much the U.S. pumps to vehicles.
In one case, the FMCCA issued a certificate for the engine that is not even tested.
The FMCAC also issued a Certificate of Safety (COS) for the generator.
The company that is using the generator is a division of a multinational company that manufactures fuel pumps.
But, the AP also obtained a list of about 300,000 certificates that have not been inspected.
A separate document shows that the FSMSA issued more than 30,000 certificate of safety certificates for the engines and generators for the 2017 calendar year.
As for testing, the report found that more than one-third of the certificates were not tested at all.
And, the certificates issued for vehicles that were never tested, were often invalid, said Peter Reis, FMCCCs inspector general.
The AP found the FMIAs handling of certificates is riddled with errors and inefficiency.
For example, the company that provides the certificates to the FMSA, Cignal, did not report on how much fuel was used in its vehicles for the years from 2014 to 2017.
The companies that issue the certificates do not report fuel use in their vehicles, said Reis.
The FMCACA issued the certificates without checking the certificates themselves, he said.
The agency also did not properly check whether the certificates had been tested for contaminants and leaks.
In a statement, the office of FMCMCSA Administrator Mark L. Smith said the agency has a strict inspection process.
But in a separate statement, FMSAA Administrator David B. O’Brien said the FMA is investigating the issues raised in the AP report.
He said the report “fails to recognize the many failures that have plagued the FMDSA certificate issuance process for decades.
These issues are systemic issues and are not isolated to FMSSA,” O’Briens statement said.”
In addition, the inability to properly report fuel-use data, or the failure by FMSAs to make sure that the certificates are accurate, are critical concerns.
These issues are systemic issues and are not isolated to FMSSA,” O’Briens statement said.
As for the FMMSA, it is working on reforms, including requiring FMCAs to test certificates for contaminants, according to a statement from the FPMA.
The agency is also taking steps to increase testing to improve the performance of FMA certified vehicles, including developing a testing plan, said the statement.
FMCAs are expected to meet in mid-July to discuss the report, the statement said, and FMA officials have been asked to provide their recommendations for improvement.