Standing at 6’5”, one could be easily intimidated. With the look of a linebacker, Andrew Chuckran is as intense about the auto recycling business as you can get. What really sets him apart is his dedication to the art of “squeezing”, so to speak, the last buck from the thousands of vehicles that are purchased … Read moreCrushing it on Takata Airbag Bounty — Andrew Chuckran, Next Generation Auto Recycler
There are still some Auto Recyclers who have ignored the Takata airbag recall thinking it would blow over. What we know is that Congress and NHTSA have put renewed pressure on the Automakers to improve their repair and recovery rates since there are still millions of Takata inflators in the marketplace. If you have been … Read moreNewsflash: Recalled Takata Airbag Crisis is Not Going Away Soon
When our family first took over Bill’s Auto Parts, we always seemed to find ourselves doing work-arounds to get things done. I called it “Fire, Ready, Aim.” It was like a game of Chinese Checkers where we needed to take steps backward in order to move forward. The old school nature of the operation (founded … Read moreLet’s Talk Recalls: What is Your Process?
The “Let’s Talk” Series is designed to help recyclers understand defective Takata Airbag Recalls and make good business decisions. We are constantly working on tools to help Recyclers be compliant with Recall-related laws, while also maximizing Bounty revenue. We are unleashing a simple to use App to help recyclers streamline their airbag process. What would … Read moreLet’s Talk Recalls: Introduction of Yard App for Airbag Recovery
It’s hard to look forward to 2019 without a quick review of 2018. Thanks to Auto Recyclers across North America, tens of thousands of defective Takata airbags have been removed from the Auto Recycling Industry in 2018. As an industry, we have stepped up our game to remove defective Takata airbags from resale inventory thereby … Read moreLet’s Talk Recalls: 2019 – Year of the Bounty Hunter
It has come to our attention that there is a misunderstanding regarding defective Takata airbags. The issue revolves around a perception that the OE Buyback program run by RAS is essentially the only program a recycler needs to be aware of and act on. Our focus in this article is to clarify the role and … Read moreLet’s Talk Recalls: Defective Takata Airbags – Buyback vs. Non-Buyback
We have written extensively about the importance of Auto Recyclers recognizing their corporate responsibility regarding recalls. As small business owners, we often feel like we are immune to the outside world due to our size with thoughts like “We’ll skirt this” or “If we ignore it, it will go away.” That couldn’t be further from … Read moreLet’s Talk Recalls: Corporate Responsibility and You
It is critical that Recyclers establish an Early Warning System to detect defective Takata airbags in their inventory. A recycler would want to do this for several reasons. First, it sends a message to your employees that you are serious about playing a part in the removal of defective Takata airbags. Second, it gives the … Read moreLet’s Talk Recalls: Do you have an Early Warning System for Defective Takata Airbags?
What do Shredders, Self Service and Scrap Yards have as an advantage in the removal of defective Takata airbags? VOLUME Large Volume Auto Recycling Operations could have an intake of 3,000 to 30,000 whole “end-of-life” vehicles per year. That volume of vehicles translates into opportunity when it comes to the defective Takata airbags … Read moreLet’s Talk Recalls: Shredders, Self Service, & Scrap Auto Recyclers in the Spotlight
#yankthatbag is a Call-to-Action for the Auto Recycling Industry to “be a LIFESAVER” by removing faulty recalled parts from inventory because this recall is like no other. Experts are predicting upwards of 100 million defective Takata airbags will be on recall by 2020. This is not just a problem in the good old USA. This … Read moreLet’s Talk Recalls: What is…Be a Lifesaver #yankthatbag?
Best Practices – The 4x VIN Check The “Let’s Talk” Series is designed to help recyclers understand defective Takata Airbag Recalls and make good business decisions. Are You Selling Airbags to Customers? No worries but let’s be clear on one thing; it is Illegal to sell parts that are Recalled. The 4X VIN Check provides … Read moreLet’s Talk Recalls
Facts: It is Illegal to sell Recalled Auto Parts Recalled Parts have $0 parts value Recalled Part prices are fixed and not negotiable Vehicles with Recalls should be flagged as they arrive at your facility Recalled Parts should not be listed in your inventory Recalled Airbags require adherence to proper HazMat handling and paperwork This … Read moreLet’s Talk Recalls – Recalls Are Not Cores
Legal Questions Q Is there a penalty or fine if I sell a recalled part? A It is illegal to sell a known/documented recalled part. Fines can run up to $21,000 per violation. More importantly, sales of airbags could result in injury or death. Materials and Shipping Related Questions Q Is there a fee … Read moreLet’s Talk Recalls