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ARA Affirms FTC Recognition of "Recycled" Claims


        CONTACT: Caryn Smith                                        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
        (571) 208-0428                                                     Date: February 3, 2012

ARA Affirms FTC Recognition of “Recycled” Claims

The Automotive Recyclers Association ("ARA") urges those in the collision repair industry who question the use of the term "recycled" to describe the commerce of used parts to review more closely the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's ("FTC") ruling of May 1, 1998 on this issue. Specifically, ARA's concerns are prompted by recent press accounts that allege that the use of the term "'recycled" to describe used auto parts is misleading. In 1998, the FTC in their Environmental Marketing Guides ("Green Guides") took into account consumer perceptions and determined that "recycled" is acceptable in promoting used automotive parts utilization. The revisions, published in the Federal Register on May, 1, 1998, state that with regard to the used automotive parts market that the "unqualified use of the word 'recycled'" is not deceptive.

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