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U.S. Federal Trade Commission Warns Automakers About Part Use Statements

The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) stated that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) staff sent warning letters to six major companies including Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) that market and sell automobiles, cellular devices and video gaming systems in the United States.

Trade Groups Concerned Over Tariffs

The Auto Care Association joined with more than 100 trade groups to express concern to Congress regarding the potential impact of the Trump Administration’s decision to use tariffs to address China’s unfair trade practices. In the letter addressed to the Chair and ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee, the trade groups stated their agreement that China’s “ongoing intellectual property rights violations, forced technology transfers and state intervention harm U.S. companies, workers, consumer and our competitiveness.”

Rhode Island Legislation Would Expand Restrictions On Non-OEM Parts

Legislation introduced in the Rhode Island Senate would expand the time frame and extend restriction on the use of non-OEM parts to any part damaged in a collision, not just body parts. The bill also seeks to prohibit insurers from requiring a repairer to use a collision repair procedure not recommended by vehicle manufacturers. The bill would also remove language in current law specifying that the restriction only applies to first-party claims.

Built To Dismantle

Sure, you could dismantle four to five cars a day by hand. Or, you could process up to 70 a day with the raw power and delicate precision of the KOBELCO SK210D. That’s what Texas Auto Salvage of San Antonio is doing. The company purchased its first SK210D in October 2017 and quickly ordered a second unit one month later.
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