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ARA Response Letter to WTAE (Pittsburgh) Regarding Recent Broadcast Segment Entitled "Body Shops Say Insurance Companies Force Them To Use Recycled Parts"

 

March 12, 2015
 
Mr. Paul Van Osdol 
WTAE-TV 
400 Ardmore Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15221
 
Via Email: pvanosdol@hearst.com
 
 
Dear Paul:
 
The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) represents over 4,500 professional automotive recyclers across the United States and in 14 countries internationally.  It is on their behalf that I express disappointment at the flawed reporting and gross mischaracterizations contained in a March 4, 2015 broadcast regarding the utilization of genuine, recycled original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts.  
 
ARA believes collision repairers should use their professional training and judgment to make repair decisions based on the individual circumstances surrounding the damaged vehicles, and that all stakeholders involved in the collision repair marketplace should recognize the genuine value, safety and benefits that each repair part option (recycled, new, aftermarket, remanufactured, reconditioned) may provide in a given repair.  Your segment repeatedly mixed references, using the terms aftermarket, recycled, remanufactured, and reconditioned interchangeably without informing viewers about important part distinctions. This irresponsible reporting only serves to further confuse the public about the viability of important repair options.
 

Automotive Recyclers Association Warns Consumers About Growing Danger of Counterfeit Automotive Parts in the Marketplace








CONTACT: Michael E. Wilson            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Revised 
(571) 208-0428                                                         Date: March 10, 2015

 

Automotive Recyclers Association Warns Consumers About Growing Danger of Counterfeit Automotive Parts in the Marketplace
 

MANASSAS, VA - Today, the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) is warning consumers about the growing danger of counterfeit automotive parts in the marketplace and urging them to utilize quality, recycled original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts supplied by professional automotive recyclers.
 

ARA Letter to The Honorable Richard Blumenthal

 
9113 Church Street :: Manassas, Virginia 20110-5456  ::  USA
Telephone:  (571) 208-0428    Telefax:  (571) 208-0430
Washington Office:  300 New Jersey Ave., NW, Suite 945, Washington, DC 20002


February 23, 2015

The Honorable Richard Blumenthal
United States Senate
724 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Blumenthal: The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) represents over 4,500 professional automotive recyclers across the United States and in 14 countries internationally. It is on their behalf that I express serious concern that your recent comments regarding the professional automotive recycling industry during a recent CNN Anderson Cooper 360 broadcast, along with your February 13, 2015 letter to Attorney General Eric Holder regarding automotive insurers, could be taken out of context.

ARA Letter to The Honorable Eric Holder, Attorney General of the United States

 

 




9113 Church Street *  Manassas, Virginia 20110-5456 *  USA
Telephone:  (571) 208-0428   Telefax:  (571) 208-0430
Washington Office:  300 New Jersey Ave., NW, Suite 945, Washington, DC 20002

 

February 23, 2015

The Honorable Eric Holder
Attorney General of the United States
Robert F. Kennedy Building
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530

Dear Attorney General Holder:

The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) represents over 4,500 professional automotive recyclers across the United States and in 14 countries internationally. It is on their behalf that I feel compelled to comment on a February 13, 2015 letter addressed to your office from Senator Richard Blumenthal regarding a recent CNN
Anderson Cooper 360 segment on automotive insurers and insurer-preferred repair shops. ARA has responded to both CNN and Senator Blumenthal expressing grave concern over their mischaracterizations of recycled, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts sold by professional automotive recycling facilities.

Automotive Recyclers Association Responds to CNN Report and Mischaracterizations of Recycled Parts

 
9113 Church Street  ::  Manassas, Virginia 20110-5456 :: USA
Telephone: (571) 208-0428 Telefax: (571) 208-0430
Washington Office: 300 New Jersey Ave., NW, Suite 945, Washington, DC 20002


February 13, 2015

CNN's Anderson Cooper 360
Anderson Cooper, Host
Drew Griffin, Investigative Reporter
Scott Bronstein, Investigative Reporter
CNN 1 Time Warner Center
4th Floor
New York, NY 10019

Sent via electronic mail to 360@CNN.com

Dear Anderson, Drew and Scott:

The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) represents over 4,500 professional automotive recyclers across the United States and in 14 countries internationally. It is on their behalf that I express extreme disappointment and frankly surprise at the erroneous reporting displayed in the one-sided segment on insurance repairs that aired February 11, 2015 on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 broadcast.  During the piece, it immediately became painfully obvious that CNN's research team is unaware of both the robust automotive parts supply chain that supports an increasing global market and the critical role that recycled original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts play in that market.  ARA requests that CNN retract the factually incorrect and misleading statements made about recycled OEM parts in this broadcast. 

Automotive Recyclers Association Announces Class Action Filed Against Takata Corporation Regarding Airbag Recall

 
CONTACT: Michael E. Wilson                                      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(571) 208-0428                                                        Date: February 9, 2015
 
Automotive Recyclers Association Announces Class Action Filed Against Takata Corporation Regarding Airbag Recall  
Seeking recovery for nationwide class of businesses burdened with defective inventory  

The Automotive Recyclers Association (“ARA”) announces that it has filed a class action lawsuit against Takata Corporation, its subsidiaries TK Holdings, Inc. and Highland Industries, Inc. (collectively “Takata”), and numerous automotive manufacturers (the “Auto Manufacturers”) relating to the massive recall of vehicles containing defective airbags manufactured by Takata.   
 

ARA Expands Insurance Program with Wells Fargo Insurance Services; Delivers Best Value Benefits to Member Companies

 
CONTACT: Michael E. Wilson                                          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(571) 208-0428                                                                Date: February 3, 2015
 
ARA Expands Insurance Program with Wells Fargo Insurance Services;
Delivers Best Value Benefits to Member Companies
 
MANASSAS, VA - The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) is pleased to announce additional company participants in the association’s insurance brokerage program with Wells Fargo Insurance Services. Since 2010, this exclusive member benefit has provided a comprehensive risk management program to members offering affordable, customized insurance solutions. ARA is proud to welcome the addition of several new carriers and the significant expansion of coverage through existing provider Allied, which operates under the Nationwide Insurance umbrella, ensuring that ARA member companies in all 50 states have access to competitive rates offered through the program.
 

ARA Applauds Dismissal of Lawsuit Against West Virginia Body Shop; Decisions Affirm the Utilization of Recycled OEM Parts

 
CONTACT: Michael E. Wilson                            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(571) 208-0428                                                Date: January 16, 2015
 

ARA Applauds Dismissal of Lawsuit Against West Virginia Body Shop; 
Decisions Affirm the Utilization of Recycled OEM Parts


MANASSAS, VA – The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) applauds the recent ruling by a West Virginia judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed in December 2011 by then-Attorney General Darrell McGraw that attacked a collision repair facility's utilization of recycled OEM parts. The ruling in Kanawha County follows the June 2014 ruling by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals that also affirmed the use of salvage/recycled OEM crash parts in vehicle repairs.
 

Automotive Recyclers Association Adds Key Industry Professional to the Organization

 
CONTACT:  Michael E. Wilson           FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                   
(571) 208-0428                                 Date:  November 4, 2014
 
Automotive Recyclers Association Adds Key Industry Professional to the Organization
Howard Brings Over 30 Years of Automotive Recycling Experience to the Association
 
MANASSAS, VA – The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA), representing an industry dedicated to the efficient removal and reuse of “green” automotive parts, is pleased to announce the selection of Dwight Howard to the positions of Director of Industry Relations for ARA and Consultant for ARA’s for-profit subsidiary, ARA Product Services.  

Ricky Young Becomes the President of the Automotive Recyclers Association

 
CONTACT:  Michael E. Wilson             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                
(571) 208-0428                     Date:  October 30, 2014
 
Ricky Young Becomes the President of the Automotive Recyclers Association
 
MANASSAS, VA – Professional Automotive Recycler Ricky Young, of Young’s Auto Center & Salvage in Benson, North Carolina, gave his inaugural speech as the President of the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) at the 71st Annual ARA Convention & Exposition held October 22-25 in Nashville, Tennessee. His tenure on the Executive Committee of the Association, where he has served as Secretary, Second Vice President, and First Vice President, continues in a leading role to help shape and guide the Association’s initiatives and directives. 
 

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