Car-Part.com Not Displaying Listings for
Recalled Takata Airbags
At this point, you are probably well aware of the Takata airbag recall. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has called it "the largest and most complex safety recall in U.S. history." It is expected that the recall will impact between 65 and 70 million airbags in the U.S., and there have been over 5 million airbags recalled in Canada. To date, there have been 11 deaths and approximately 180 injuries in the U.S. attributed to defective Takata airbags.
Many of the defective airbags end up in recycler inventories. Selling recalled airbags is illegal throughout the U.S. and within some provinces of Canada. Identifying and remedying defective airbags in recycler inventories is key to NHTSA's goal of achieving a 100% recall completion rate for recalled Takata airbags. Car-Part.com has been working with NHTSA, Transport Canada, Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA), and various vehicle manufacturers as part of a collective effort to ensure that recalled Takata airbags are remedied in a manner that includes auto recyclers as part of the solution. The safety implications and the potential impact of this issue on the auto recycling industry are too important to ignore.
In an effort to help protect the integrity of the auto recycling industry and Car-Part.com's marketplaces, we made the decision not to display airbag listings from models with recalled Takata airbags in Car-Part.com's marketplaces. The airbag listings that we currently filter from our marketplaces represent approximately 20% of the airbag listings uploaded to our database. In meetings, NHTSA expressed its appreciation to Car-Part.com for not displaying listings of the recalled Takata airbags. We have placed notice of this decision on our websites, described it an article in ARA's Automotive Recycling Magazine, announced it during presentations at numerous recycler trade association meetings, and discussed it directly with many recyclers. We have recently learned that some of our recycling customers were not aware of our actions, and so we are reaching out to provide our perspective.