Because recalls are so prevalent with an estimated 100 million recalls in the last year and a half, ARA is putting a lot of research and effort into acquiring recall data, OEM data and bulk VIN data. Swift noted, "These are the keys that all automotive recyclers need in order to identify recalled parts in their inventories. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants 100% remedy rates with recalls since all recalls are related to safety, but NHTSA cannot achieve this goal without the help of professional automotive recyclers."
The association will also be monitoring airbag litigation in 2016. "With the Takata airbag recalls, we as auto recyclers can help with the remedy rate and make sure that these bags don't get back into the repair steam, but if our inventories are diminished, who is going to compensate us for our loss? All automotive recyclers want to do the right thing, but even that comes at a cost.
Swift is also overseeing efforts to update ARA's website set to launch early in 2016, and in so doing, he hopes to build on the association's presence on social media. In 2016, ARA will also be adding more members to its committees so that "ARA is covering all that needs to be covered to become a better association and create better automotive recyclers around the country," Swift stated.