Americans Deserve Proper Functioning Airbags in Their Vehicles
Recycled airbag modules are safe alternative when installed properly
The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA), the leading international trade association of professional automotive recyclers, strongly supports the reuse of non-deployed airbags which have met specific industry standards and that those evaluated recycled airbag components are a safe, economically-smart repair alternative to restore vehicles to their pre-accident condition. “The use of these evaluated components is a cost-effective option for a consumer,” said
Lacking any statistical information, some industry groups continue to push naive arguments regarding the use of recycled airbag modules. These groups continue to rely essentially on personal opinions rather than on any specific technical analysis. A look at comprehensive safety tests on non-deployed OEM air bags conducted by Garwood Laboratories, Inc.,
Based on this scientific data combined with years of real world experience, the ARA stands by the use of non-deployed, recycled OEM airbags as viable, economical, and safe alternatives to the use of new, more costly OEM airbags. In fact, recycled airbag modules are currently being used in insurance collision repairs in parts of
As a proactive measure to ensure safety standards are met, ARA launched ARAPro(TM) in 2006. The ARA’s Airbag Protocol was developed as a national standard to ensure best practices are applied to the process of extracting, handling, inspecting, and storing recycled airbags from salvaged vehicles. Using the Vehicle Identification Number as well as other interchange reference sources, ARAPro(TM) enables the repairer to accurately match the make, model, and year of the replacement component to the vehicle under repair.
ARAPro(TM) Airbags, the brand name that applies to recycled airbags complying with the Airbag Protocol, are supplied with a certificate that can ultimately be used by a state DMV’s to verify that a Protocol compliant airbag has been used in the repair. Returning vehicles to the roads without airbags is a serious problem as the NHTSA study underlines. ARAPro(TM) Airbags are an integral part of the solution to stop potential, unnecessary, tragedy on the roads.
Since 1943, the Automotive Recyclers Association (“ARA”) represents an industry dedicated to the efficient removal and reuse of “green” automotive parts, and the recycling of inoperable motor vehicles. ARA represents over 4,500 automotive recycling facilities through memberships in
To learn more about the Association, visit ARA’s home page at www.a-r-a.org or call (703) 385-1001.
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SOURCE Automotive Recyclers Association