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NHTSA Approves 90-Day Crushing Extension Vehicles

"NHTSA Approves 90 Day Crushing Extension — a Win-Win for Consumers"
The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued its final ruling which allows automotive recyclers an additional 90 days, for a total of 270 days, to crush or shred vehicles traded in under the Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save (CARS) program.  The final rule amends regulations implementing the CARS program - also known as “Cash for Clunkers” - initially published on July 29, 2009.
ARA Executive Vice President Michael E. Wilson comments, “The additional processing time allows the Cash for Clunkers program stimulus effects to continue.  By providing the consumer increased access to economical ‘green’ recycled automotive parts harvested from vehicles that were traded in under the program, consumers will benefit along with the businesses that sell those parts.” Without this extension, some cars with quality parts might have been crushed in order to meet the original deadline.”

The NHTSA final rule states that “the additional time will allow the public to benefit from the availability of lower cost used vehicle parts from vehicles traded in under the CARS program and will provide disposal facilities with an opportunity to derive more revenue from those vehicles prior to crushing or shredding.”  Wilson adds, “We are appreciative of the Agency’s understanding and acknowledgement of the many consumer benefits that the professional automotive recycling industry provides.”

NHTSA initiated an official agency proposed rulemaking on November 27, 2009, that lasted 20 days to allow for public comments.  The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA), along with many ARA members, offered the Agency overwhelming support for the extension.  NHTSA’s actions are a direct result of these concerted efforts seeking to alleviate the challenges that were created by the extension of the original program to the consumer without addressing the backend vehicle processing time allowances.

By extending the consumer program, three times as many cars were traded in than were expected, almost 700,000 in all, but the disposal period remained the same.  This ruling now offers automotive recyclers more time to process the cars, which in turn keeps more recycled parts available to the consumer, as well.  The NHTSA final rule states that “the additional time will allow the public to benefit from the availability of lower cost used vehicle parts from vehicles traded in under the CARS program and will provide disposal facilities with an opportunity to derive more revenue from those vehicles prior to crushing or shredding.” Wilson adds, “We are very pleased with NHTSA’s final ruling, and their willingness to consider our position in this matter.”

For a complete copy of the NHTSA final rule, click here.

CARS Disposal Facility Numbers
To access the current list of entities to which dealers may transfer eligible trade-in vehicles for disposal, please CLICK HERE! You may also access the official CARS Disposal Site Certification Form.

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