"Monster Garage" reality show host Jesse James has agreed to pay $271,250 for violating California's air quality laws by selling motorcycles that did not meet the state's strict emissions standards, authorities said.
His Long Beach motorcycle building shop, West Coast Choppers, sold more than 50 new or custom-built motorcycles between 1998 and 2005 that were not certified by the Air Resources Board, the agency said in a statement Friday.
As part of a settlement, the shop is building motorcycles that comply with emission standards, the board said.
In a statement released Saturday, James said he had offered to make all of his noncompliant motorcycles meet federal standards, but the state agency only was "interested in the cash settlement."
"We hope that paying this money will bring to light that California has a flawed system when it comes to its clean air agencies and the policies and practices they use," James said.
James is married to actress Sandra Bullock. His Discovery Channel series about customized vehicles aired for five seasons.