THE INDUSTRY’S ONLY TRULY ECOLOGICAL PROCESS FOR
THE SAFE DESTRUCTION AND DISPOSAL OF
RECALLED AIRBAG INFLATORS
One of the largest series of auto recalls in U.S. history involved defective airbag inflators and began in May 2016. Defective airbag inflators can explode when deployed, injuring or killing the vehicle occupants. Airbags in hot and humid climates are particularly vulnerable to failure. To date, at least 63 million inflators have been recalled in the U.S. alone, but as many as 16 million have not yet been replaced.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued the recalls in waves covering nearly two dozen auto manufacturers. You can read more about the history and timeline of the issue here. The latest NHTSA ruling was issued in late November 2020 and instructs GM to recall nearly 6 million SUVs and pickups with model years between 2007 and 2014.
How is CWE involved with airbags?
CWE entered the equation in 2018 with a solution to process recalled airbags. To date we’ve processed nearly 5 million units. We’re permitted to process up to 17 million units per year, including units which contain ammonium compounds and pressurized gas. We were a notable player during the original Takata recall and for 2021 have chosen to intentionally re-align our prowess at the retail level. If you’re an OEM or dealer who is removing inflators from vehicles, turn to us for a proven, trusted, economical disposal solution that is also the only completely green, environmentally friendly choice in the U.S.
During the destruction process we break down the inflators and recycle or re-use nearly 100% of the residuals produced: the ammonium nitrate is safely extracted and offered to the fertilizer industry; the metal is shipped to steel mills for use in appliances, auto parts and other devices; and the cardboard shipping containers in which the airbags arrive are recycled.
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Experience & Credibility:
We’ve been processing airbag inflators since the original Takata recalls. That translates to nearly two years of experience, 5 million airbags processed, dozens of happy customers, and a history of trust.
Efficiency & Affordability:
We realize you want these units out of your facility pronto. We’ll react to your inquiry quickly and provide an affordable quote within 24 hours.
We’re permitted to process 17 Million airbag inflators/year. We can handle orders of any size and we have immediate available capacity.
Our national transport partner was the chosen logistics company for the original Takata recall, so getting the units to our facility is a smooth and efficient process with an experienced transporter.
A Green Solution:
We’re the only U.S. company providing a safe, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly solution to processing these airbag inflators.
We’re a RCRA-designated facility and have all the necessary permits in place to receive your recalled inflators. Our capabilities extend far beyond airbag disposal should you require other services.
We help dealers and OEMs navigate the complex regulated process of managing the materials from their hands to ours. Airbags are logged and tracked throughout the shipment and destruction process. We provide material traceability, all necessary certificates, and prompt proof of disposal.
Read this document for important details on a conditional exclusion to hazardous waste rules, short-term storage options, and transportation considerations.