Top 10 of 2013: Cleaire forced out of business

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The No. 1 story from Truck Parts & Service this year came from late January when, following two major brush fires allegedly caused by its products and mounting product recalls forced San Leandro, Calif.-based Cleaire Advanced Emission Controls out of business.

Cleaire’s equipment has been proposed as the culprit of two major brush fires in the last two years.

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The Washington State Department of Natural Resources cited a spark from a DPF as the cause of a September 2011 wildfire that burned 3,600 acres, caused more than $5 million in damages and forced hundres of local Washington residents to flee their homes. That fire destroyed 29 homes and 71 buildings and took 11 days to extinguish.

An August 2012 brush fire spread across three acres of land and was blamed on the failure of a LongMile diesel particulate filter made by Cleaire.

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