The Need for Speed When we introduced our Mobile YAPP (Yard Airbag App), we wanted to allow multiple ways to scan VIN Barcodes. It has always been our goal to give our customers OPTIONS! First, you can manually type in the VIN, second, you can use the built-in VIN Barcode Scanner, and last, you can … Read more Take a Bite Out of Time — Upgraded Scanner Built Into RAS App
FAQ – Are you still paying a bounty on Honda airbags? I’m not getting as many hits on my Honda’s. Since the RAS Airbag Recovery program began, the Automakers have frequently added and redacted VIN’s from our database. The primary reason for redactions is that the vehicle has been repaired so the automaker is able … Read more Summer 2020 Takata Airbag Round Up
CREATING NEW HABITS WHILE SHEDDING OLD HABITS IS CRITICAL TO BUSINESS AND TAKATA AIRBAGS Creatures of Habit We all know about Bad Habits because we tell ourselves that we will change some of them in our New Year Resolutions. Some of us are successful at stopping bad habits but it usually doesn’t happen without starting … Read more Heard About the 21/90 Rule?
History When the Takata Airbag Recovery Program launched in 2015, our IT Department swung into action to create software for recyclers to process airbags. However, they recognized that there were customers enrolled in CorePro submitting cores and airbags, and recyclers who only wanted to process their airbags. So two logins were put on the same … Read more Bye Bye Guest Login — Hello CorePro for Recalls
With the surge of online-virtual meetings comes a need to review our communication skills. When the novelty of the first live virtual meeting is over, most of us would agree that while helpful, it might not have been the most productive time spent. This technology is not going away anytime soon, so it is best … Read more Productive Communication Skills for Virtual Meetings
The COVID-19 Pandemic will surely go down as the biggest crisis in our lifetime. We all remember the housing crisis in 2008 and 911 in 2001. Most people are not aware, but we had a banking crisis in Rhode Island during the early 90s where the Governor closed forty-five credit unions and banks creating runs … Read more Crisis and Opportunity: Your Time to Shine — Leadership in Good & Bad Times
The good news for our Auto Scrap and Shredder customers is that they are not encumbered with “parts inventory” issues. Vehicles arrive at your facility and trigger a very systematic process to minimize labor while maximizing profit on the vehicles journey to the baler or shredder. Our Takata Airbag Recovery Program fits best at the … Read more Be a Lifesaver
NEW “RECALL CART” SIMILAR TO COREPRO WITHOUT CORES Our Technology Department here at RAS deserves a lot of credit for the success of the Recall Program. Kudos to Dave, Don, Tom, Deb, and Michael for all that they do. You don’t see their faces at the trade shows, but their knowledge and expertise are visible … Read more Maximizing Bounty for Full Service Recyclers
The Takata Airbag Recall has presented challenges and opportunities to Auto Recyclers. In the beginning, most Recyclers were not eager to jump in. Anytime you introduce a new concept, it takes time to formulate procedures, educate people, and identify the “Why” of the program. The “Why” is different for everyone. Many Recyclers see the opportunity … Read more VIN Expansion
Holidays are indeed a time of reflection and gratitude. Here at RAS, we are humbled by the efforts of the industry to rally behind #YANKTHATBAG and produce our best results ever! We are all blessed to be part of such a great industry where our competitors are also partners. Relationships stand the test of time, … Read more 2019 Air Bag Recall Wrap-Up
After 22 months of saying #yankthatbag, we finally have a reason to say, “Don’t Yank These Bags”. Of course, we are referring to Deployed Airbags. Maybe you haven’t heard?? Shortly after we released our YAPP (Yard Airbag App) for removing Takata airbags from vehicles, we pursued the idea of using our YAPP to process Deployed … Read more Don’t Yank These Bags
We have reached a milestone in the recovery of Defective Takata Airbags; The successful recovery and destruction of 500K airbags. We don’t know how many of that amount could have resulted in death or serious injury. More importantly, it recognizes the efforts our industry has put forth to ensure the driving public that Auto Recyclers … Read more Auto Recyclers Save Lives
Throughout Paul’s amazing 29 years in the automotive recycling industry, he has never seen issues concerning labor become as prominent as today. During our travels, we are constantly hearing the same mantra “It’s hard to attract and retain good employees.” This shortage of labor not only affects larger recyclers, but also the Mom & Pop … Read more Boost Airbag Bounty Revenue with External Labor
YMM System based on Year, Make Model — Focus on BMW, Dodge/Chrysler, VW/Audi The RAS Bounty program for defective Takata Airbags is based on VIN verification of vehicles by the Recycler. We provide the tools and software to verify those VIN’s against our recall buyback database. The industry is to be applauded for a significant … Read more Announcement: Non-Bounty NHTSA Alerts
In the 1960’s song “Summertime Blues”, a son laments about all the things he wants to do over the Summer like going on a date, taking out the family car for a Sunday ride, or taking a fun vacation. Each time he is chastised for either not working hard enough, being too young to vote, … Read more Ain’t no Cure for the Summertime Blues
I have attended many Trade Shows, User Conferences, Association Meetings, Conventions, and Auto Recycling gatherings since my entry into the industry in 1990. I’m not sure how much it has cost me in time and my company in dollars and cents. I will be the first person to tell you that they didn’t cost me … Read more $100,000* Given Away at Recycler Trade Shows! Did You Get any?
Ford is the 1st Automaker to Pay for Deployed/Missing Airbags Top 5 Reasons to Switch to our Mobile Yard Airbag App (YAPP): No more VIN barcode printouts Allows for Mobile Scanning of VIN’s at check in or intake Allows for complete airbag recovery and validation at the vehicle Allows recyclers to invoice from the cart … Read more Major Announcement — Recyclers Get Paid For Deployed and Missing Airbags
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 more Crushing 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 more Newsflash: 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 more Let’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 more Let’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 more Let’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 more Let’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 more Let’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 more Let’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 more Let’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 more Let’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 more Let’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 more Let’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 more Let’s Talk Recalls