Blue Wrecked SUVNon-deployed OEM airbag modules are used by many companies because they are economical and safe. They are nice alternatives for drivers who cannot afford airbag repairs for their cars and trucks, and they help to recycle cars and bring new life to used parts. According to a study that was conducted by the ARA, the performance of recycled OEM airbags and new OEM supplied airbag modules is the same when they are used during professional repair tasks.

“Supplement Inflatable Restraint”

To determine if a vehicle is equipped with an airbag, you must look for a label that has the words “Supplement Inflatable Restraint”. There may also be initials on the steering wheel hub or near the glove box that read “SIR” or “SRS”. You can also check the VIN number or the area next to the sun visor. Unsuspecting consumers may be caught in a scam if the automotive industry does not put a protocol for airbag handling in place. Without an protocol, fraudulent automotive technicians may fill a steering wheel with random trash. They may also place an inefficient airbag back into a steering wheel. The number of replacement airbags is growing, but most Americans are not happy. According to Carfax, most airbags that are replaced on cars in the United States are substandard or bogus. To prevent fraud, a standard industry protocol that monitors data after sales is required. The protocol should also cover correct airbag inspection procedures.  These procedures also help to regulate used parts, in general, such as a used front drive shaft.

Automotive Recyclers Association Protocol

ARA has designed an airbag protocol that features industry guidelines, which involve the use of OEM Non-Deployed Airbags. The document covers practices for removing an Original Equipment Non-Deployed Airbag from a junk car so that it can be installed in another car. The guidelines can be used by all businesses in the automotive industry. A new and exclusive software tool is available at The software lets ARA members track and inspect their OEM airbags quickly and efficiently at their business locations. There are two software applications that businesses can use. One appliance tackles airbag inspection, and the other appliance covers airbag training. Both appliances offer a safeguard to consumers who need to save cash on their vehicle repairs without risking their safety. The airbag inspection tools help technicians inspect data that is needed to comply with the industry’s protocol. The software is designed to provide fast data entry that is thorough and consistent. Before a technician can use the inspection software, proper certification is required. The ATC application gives technicians plenty of information about certification in an easy module. The module is a multiple choice test that prepares technicians for the actual test. Once a technician is certified, the certification remains valid for 12 months. Consumers should visit the Standards and Codes page on the ARA website to learn more about the Airbag Protocol and other industry standards.