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NHTSA Looks To Accelerate Repairs For Takata Recalls

On October 22, 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) held a public information meeting on the recalls of Takata air bag inflators and the Coordinated Remedy Program Proceeding. During the meeting, NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind and representatives from NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Division updated the public on the safety risks associated with certain Takata air bag inflators, steps the federal government and the auto industry are taking to address those risks, challenges to repairing vehicles quickly and measures the public can take to protect themselves.

Mike Swift Is New ARA President

Professional automotive recycler Mike Swift of Swift’s Trails End Auto Recycling, in Des Moines, Iowa, gave his inaugural speech as President of the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) at the 72nd Annual ARA Convention & Exposition held October 7 - 10 in Charlotte, N.C. 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.

Nordstrom’s Completes Part Of $4 Million Renovation

Nordstrom’s Automotive, Inc. recently held a ribbon “smashing” ceremony at its Garretson, S.D. location. The ceremony was held on Oct. 20 to celebrate the opening of the business’ new paved road. The event featured a parade with the company’s founders, employees and local dignitaries.

ARA Outraged Over Ford Parts Video

The Automotive Recycling Association (ARA) is considering taking action against Ford Motor Company for its campaign against the use of recycled auto parts. Ford has released a video on its website,, that implies using recycled auto parts in repairs could be dangerous. The video compares fixing a plane with recycled or “junkyard” parts, to the horror of its passengers, to fixing a vehicle with recycled parts. According to a letter written by ARA President Ricky Young, the association is outraged and plans to respond.

Cold Weather Driving Hazards To Avoid

It’s November and whether you want to admit it or not, winter will soon be here. While icy and snow-packed roads get the most attention as temperatures drop, Farmers Insurance warns that drivers should also be on the lookout for less conventional but equally dangerous hazards.
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