The industry’s most ecological process for the safe destruction of recalled airbag inflators

We couldn’t watch the largest worldwide automotive recall in history continue to unfold and not step in to support the industry and public safety. Our proprietary, patent-pending system provides an innovative, environmentally friendly solution to safely dispose of previously installed, recalled airbag inflators and help dealers and OEM’s navigate the complexity of proper management.


What airbag waste handlers need to know:

  • All used, recalled airbag inflators containing ammonium nitrate are now classified as hazardous waste, which affects the transportation, storage, handling, disposal and reporting of inflators.
  • In November 2018, the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) published an interim final rule to support automotive dealerships, salvage yards and other airbag waste handlers by exempting the collection of airbag waste from hazardous waste requirements as long as certain conditions are met.
  • Handlers are required to send recalled inflators to a RCRA designated facility for proper disposal in a timely manner if the inflators have been in service.
  • CWE holds the required Class 3 modification to our RCRA Facility Part B permit in Dayton to add the necessary reactive waste code to accept inflators.

What the public needs to know:

  • The defective airbag inflator and propellant devices that may improperly deploy during a crash, even a minor one, could shoot metal fragments at the occupants, which has resulted in hundreds of injuries and some deaths to date.
  • Over 100 million airbag inflators in vehicles manufactured between 2006 and 2016, making this the largest automotive recall in history.
  • It has been reported that some recalled inflator devices have been reinstalled into vehicles, causing them to be recalled multiple times, driving the recall to potentially 150 million units.
  • Because the recalled inflators cannot be re-used or safely deployed once removed from the vehicles, inflators have been declared a danger to public health and safety by the USEPA and must be disposed of as hazardous waste.


To learn more, read our press release or contact Mitch George, Sales and Marketing Manager.

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