Yesterday, at a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee oversight hearing of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Rep. Adam Kinzinger raised the need for NHTSA’s leadership to convene a high-level recall summit between automakers and professional automotive recyclers. After inquiring about the status of his FAST Act recall provision signed into law 26 months ago, Rep. Kinzinger asked this question to NHTSA Deputy Administrator Heidi King, “Several automakers in past hearings have assured me and other members that they are going to work with the auto recyclers to produce an effective outcome to this situation but I haven’t heard anything of that yet. Will you consider if there are future issues having NHTSA host a high-level Recall Safety Summit of affected stakeholders to more effectively address any of these outstanding issues if it is a problem?”
(Click here to see complete exchange between Rep. Kinzinger and Deputy Administrator King.)
The Automotive Recyclers Association’s (ARA) leadership and staff stand ready to provide technical assistance on the complexities of parts identification in the recycled parts supply chain. Specific data requirements need to be addressed to ensure that the new law has the positive and effective outcomes as intended. Throughout the hearing, there were a number of statements, question/answer segments and dialogue that helped to flush out persistent recall procedural challenges as well as NHTSA’s disappointing response and lack of implementation of the OEM-mandated recall data rule. During full House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden’s (R-OR) opening statement, Walden commented “Looking at the recall issue on a broader scale, I am also very interested hearing about efforts to improve secondary market players’ ability to identify and remove recalled parts from the supply chain. I recently meet with some folks in Oregon that are very involved in this effort. They are very frustrated about how the current system works and believe there must be a simpler way were you could scan the VIN number and be told whether there are parts on this car that should not be put into the supply chain or if they are taken out. So I know you have had discussions about the ability for stakeholders to search multiple VINs at once or batch searches. So any updates you can provide the Committee on NHTSA lead or industry led efforts on this front will be greatly appreciated because it is critical that we improve this recall process at every level of the supply chain.”
(Click here to view Chairman Walden’s statement.)
It is only through comprehensive access to both original equipment part numbers of recalled parts, tied to specific VINs and other OE parts identification information that automotive manufacturers and professional automotive recyclers can come together to
- Enhance overall motor vehicle safety;
- Help improve recall remedy rates; and
- Seek to effectively address the federal recall remedy requirements for used equipment enacted 15 years ago in the TREAD Act.
We are grateful for the Congressional attention and oversight of this critical safety issue. The ARA, as representative of 4,500 professional automotive recyclers, respectfully requests a swift and productive implementation process, and is committed to working together with NHTSA and the automotive manufactures, to that end.