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State Issues

he summer months are typically quiet for many state legislatures. A handful of states will remain in session through the rest of the year, but many of those have recessed until the fall.

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ARA submitted a letter to a member of the NEW JERSEY state legislature in opposition to the introduction of legislation that could negatively impact professional automotive recycling businesses in the state. Assembly Bill 3896 seeks to prohibit the sale of “unsafe” used tires and while ARA supports the intent of the legislation to promote public safety, it is at the point of installation of a used tire on a motor vehicle that any determination regarding safety, fit or general roadworthiness should take place.

In its letter to New Jersey Assemblywoman Shavonda E. Sumter, ARA referenced the over 500,000 OEM recy- cled parts sold daily in the United States and the impor- tant economic role that used tires have in the marketplace. The letter also explained that professional automotive recyclers resell used tires for many purposes and the ultimate use of those tires in unknown to the seller at the point of purchase. ARA described the robust product assurance and quality control procedures that its member businesses have in place to identify parts that do not meet industry accepted standards, and explained why only professional tire installers have the necessary training and experience to identify an unsafe used tire as described in the legislation. ARA staff will continue to work with its affiliated state chapter, the Auto Recyclers of New Jersey, and other stakeholders to monitor any developments. In CALIFORNIA, legislation continues to move forward that would establish an Unlicensed Automobile Dismant- ling Task Force to investigate occurrences of under- ground, unlicensed vehicle dismantling, and the impact on tax evasion and environmental damage. ARA is on record supporting Assembly Bill 1858, which is also sup- ported by a growing coalition of industry, environmental organizations, law enforcement and local government. The bill has been sent to the governor’s office for signa- ture.

Legislation prohibiting the intentional sale, installa- tion, manufacture, or import of counterfeit airbags has also been sent to the governor’s office. Assembly Bill 2387 defines airbag as “a motor vehicle inflatable occupant line restraint system device that is part of a supplemental restraint line system” and separate form a vehicle's supple- mental restraint system.

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