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ARA Defends the Industry Amid Misleading Automaker “Consumer Awareness” Campaigns

ARA submitted a Letter to the Editor of FenderBender magazine in response to their coverage of a Hyundai consumer awareness” campaign. The Hyundai campaign seeks to dismiss the value of recycled original equipment manufactured (OEM) automotive parts by falsely portraying recycled, aftermarket and salvaged parts the same as counterfeit. ARA’s response stated that Hyundai’s campaign […]

ARA Members Head to Washington for Annual Hill Day

ARA members from nearly 30 states were in Washington, D.C. on April 18-19, 2016 to attend the 9th Annual State Legislative Summit and ARA Hill Day. Held at the popular W Hotel next to the White House, attendees spent the two days On Monday, April 18 ARA members focused on state legislative issues impacting the […]

ARA Testifies Before Congress on Implementation of New Law Requiring Automakers to Provide Recalled Parts Data

On April 14, 2016 Michael Wilson, ARA CEO, testified before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade on the subject of “Oversight of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)”. ARA’s testimony discussed critical issues that need to be incorporated in a final rule to make the provision requiring automobile manufacturers […]

Automotive Recyclers Association Joins Transportation Secretary in Calling on Automakers to Provide Access to OEM Parts Numbers to Promote Consumer Safety

Leaders of the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) join U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in calling on automakers to provide industry partners access to critical original equipment manufacturers (OEM) part information to identify manufacturers’ recalled parts in the automotive parts supply chain. Following a February 11, 2015 hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives […]

ARA Response to Automotive News Article

As you may know, the ARA is an international trade association of automotive recyclers. The ARA services over 1,000 direct member recyclers, as well as approximately 3,500 additional recyclers through affiliated organizations. The ARA does not control or direct the actions of the independent businesses who may be members, but among other things, the ARA […]

NHTSA “Retooling Recalls” Workshop Recommendations Affirm Professional Automotive Recyclers Need for Access to Bulk Recall Data, OEM Part Numbers and Build Sheet Data

The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) applauds the recommendations produced during the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)’s one-day workshop on April 28 during which ARA participated along with leading transportation officials, automotive industry representatives, safety advocates, and researchers to brainstorm ways to achieve a recall completion rate of 100 percent. During the NHSTA event, ARA […]

Automotive Recyclers Association Warns Consumers About Growing Danger of Counterfeit Automotive Parts in the Marketplace

Today, the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) is warning consumers about the growing danger of counterfeit automotive parts in the marketplace and urging them to utilize quality, recycled original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts supplied by professional automotive recyclers. “ARA has a long history of speaking out against counterfeit automotive parts and warning the automotive repair industry […]

ARA Letter to The Honorable Eric Holder, Attorney General of the United States

February 23, 2015 The Honorable Eric Holder Attorney General of the United States Robert F. Kennedy Building 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20530 Dear Attorney General Holder: The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) represents over 4,500 professional automotive recyclers across the United States and in 14 countries internationally. It is on their behalf that I […]

ARA Responds to Senator Richard Blumenthal and Mischaracterizations About Recycled Parts

February 23, 2015 The Honorable Richard Blumenthal United States Senate 724 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Dear Senator Blumenthal: The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) represents over 4,500 professional automotive recyclers across the United States and in 14 countries internationally. It is on their behalf that I express serious concern that your recent comments […]

National News Archive : February 2015

Automotive Recyclers Association Statement on Recent Media Coverage of Defective Takata Airbags

The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) represents over 4,500 professional automotive recyclers across the United States and in 17 countries internationally. The professional automotive recycling industry shares a common goal of safely and efficiently processing inoperable motor vehicles in an environmentally responsible manner. Over the past several weeks, local newscasts across the country have aired reports […]

ARA Statement Regarding April 19, 2017 Associated Press Story on Defective Takata Airbags

It is important for consumers to procure used vehicles and parts from reputable businesses licensed in their state. Professional automotive recyclers are aware of the dangers of defective Takata airbags and the federal requirement regarding automakers’ non-remedied recalled automotive parts. Many of these professional automotive recycling facilities are participating in Honda’s Takata buy-back program or […]

ARA Technical Advisory Committee Paper Presented at Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress

Andy Latham, chair of the ARA Technical Advisory Committee, recently presented at the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) World Congress on ‘The Safe Handling of High Voltage Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Components within the Global Vehicle Recycling Industry.” The presentation was based on a paper written by the Technical Advisory Committee. Sales of electric and […]

ARA Presents at 2017 International Automobile Recycling Congress

ARA CEO Michael Wilson presented today at the International Automotive Recycling Congress (IARC) in Berlin, Germany. Leading representatives of the international automobile recycling industry came together in Berlin for the annual international event. From March 22 to 24, approximately 200 attendees and 20 exhibitors from 22 different countries assembled in the German capital to participate […]

R.D. Hopper Becomes President of Automotive Recyclers Association

Professional Automotive Recycler R.D. Hopper, owner of Sonny’s Auto Salvage, Jacksonville, Arkansas, was welcomed as the new president of the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) tonight at the organization’s 73rd Annual Convention and Exposition in Baltimore, MD. Prior to his installment, Hopper had served as Secretary, Second Vice President and First Vice President of ARA and […]

Chad Counselman Selected for Secretary for Automotive Recyclers Association

The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) today announced that the Nominating Committee has selected Chad Counselman, owner of Counselman Automotive Recycling of Mobile, AL, as nominee for secretary for 2016-2017. Counselman brings years of experience in the industry to the Association’s Executive Committee and his stewardship of six locations in multiple states – both dismantling and […]

ARA Applauds Introduction of Pro-Consumer, Pro-Safety OEM Parts Identification Legislation

The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) today is commending Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) for introducing legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to help protect consumers, support small businesses, and improve vehicle safety by requiring automotive manufacturers to provide original equipment manufacturer (OEM) part data to professional automotive recyclers and other vehicle owners. H.R. 5967 would […]

Automotive Recyclers Admonish General Motors’ Circular Economy Detour

The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) today is admonishing General Motors (GM) and its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mary Barra for GM’s new anti-environmental position on the utilization of recycled GM parts.  GM’s revised position statement on recycled and salvage original equipment manufacturers’ (OEM) parts, found on the corporation’s updated “Genuine GM Parts” website, significantly backtracks […]

Automotive Plastics Recovery Project Conducts On-Site Demonstration at ARA Member Facility

Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) representatives gathered on July 14 at an ARA member facility in Binghamton, New York to examine the viability of collecting and recycling automotive plastics from end-of-life vehicles.  Together with the Plastics Industry Trade Association (SPI), the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA), and Scout Environmental, representatives of ARA’s Technical Advisory Committee and the […]