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ARA expresses disappointment at GM Ban on recycled bumpers

ARA bumpersThe Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) recently expressed their extreme disappointment with a position statement by General Motors (GM) stating that the automobile manufacturer does not approve of the use of aftermarket, reconditioned, or salvage Bumpers/Fascias on GM vehicles equipped with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). 


The position statement references the company’s commitment to safety and says that such parts might have “different material specifications than what was designed, tested and validated for use with ADAS.” 


“The fact is,” said ARA Interim CEO Sandy Blalock, “the genuine, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) recycled parts that ARA members sell are the very same parts manufactured by General Motors. They are genuine GM parts, designed by GM and built to meet their requirements for fit, finish, durability, reliability and safety.  For the company to effectively ban the reutilisation of their own parts speaks not to a commitment to safety, but rather a commitment to forcing lower-cost alternative parts out of the market.”

To ensure that the recycled OEM parts they provide meet customer expectations, ARA member facilities employ multi-step quality control precautions. The professional automotive recycling industry has become increasingly sophisticated in methods of processing, identifying, evaluating and inventorying parts and assemblies that are harvested from total loss vehicles. For example, at the typical professional automotive recycling facility, these processes may include: taking images of the vehicle and its component parts to track vehicle part record, review of a vehicle’s build codes, assessing the extent and type of any damage, and checking the vehicle identification number (VIN). 


“This is just another example of an auto manufacturer purposefully mischaracterizing recycled OEM parts to mislead consumers,” said Blalock. “ARA is very concerned that General Motors and other manufacturers are becoming more aggressive in their attacks on the use of recycled OEM parts. We continue to urge the Federal Trade Commission,

legislators, consumer groups, and other stakeholders to help hold auto manufacturers accountable for their attacks on recycled OEM parts utilisation.”

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Owain Griffiths

Owain Griffiths

Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars

Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

Turning into a circular business and the importance of vehicle reuse and recycling.

The presentation will cover the work Volvo Cars is doing to achieve 2025 but mainly focus on the transformational work towards 2040 and the business and value chain changes being considered. Attention will be paid to the way vehicles are being dealt with at the end of life and the complexities of closing material and component loops. Opportunities and challenges which Volvo Cars is facing will be presented including engagement with 3rd parties and increasing pressure from stakeholders.