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AIRBAG RECALL UPDATE :  Through a Preservation Order the NHTSA has required Takata to collect, preserve, and test recalled airbags. As a result, airbags being removed during the recall should be shipped back to Takata.  While KPA is unaware of any current guidance on where to ship recalled airbags, Takata does have US testing and airbag facilities and our hope is that guidance on where to ship these will soon be issued.  In preparation for the eventual shipping of these airbags, KPA recommends that all Takata recalled airbags be placed in the original box the replacement airbag arrived in and tagged as a “Recalled Takata Airbag.”  You should also record the VIN of the vehicle the recalled airbag was removed from on that tag.  Keep in mind that you may need to use the original packaging for DOT shipping so any markings you make directly on the packaging should be discreet and a removable tag would be best.  At this point the recalled airbags are not waste, but instead are considered a product awaiting testing.  Unlike other airbags removed for cosmetic defects, they are not considered waste and you can store them indefinitely at your facility while waiting for guidance on how to return them to Takata.  

There are many questions surrounding the disposal of airbags and seat belt pre-tensioners, and searching through pages of regulatory documents to find the answers you need can be quite a task. Not only is it difficult to find the answers you need, but they can change from state to state. The good news is, KPA has compiled the information for you.

This page aims to lay out the different options you have, as well as their pros and cons, and possible vendors. For an overview of the disposal process, view the Airbag Disposal Flowchart. Also, see the State Specific Information Map below to find answers to frequently asked questions about airbag and seatbelt pre-tensioner recycling and disposal.


From an environmental and safety perspective, recycling is the best option. Since materials sent for recycling never enter the waste stream, your long-term environmental liability is greatly reduced. Secondly, since the deployment of the device is completed at an industrial facility your employees aren’t exposed to the safety risks of detonating explosive devices in your back lot. Unfortunately the options for recycling are still fairly limited and as a result you may need to ship your SRS components. As with shipment of any hazardous materials, this process comes with its own challenges. Use this SRS Recycling Checklist for help.

Pros Cons
Reduced RCRA Liability Requires shipping of hazardous materials
Reduced Safety Liability Permit required for bulk shipping
Environmentally Friendly Limited options
Generally less expensive than disposal Additional cost for shipping
Legal in all states  



Vendor Name Contact Information Additional Information
Quest Resource Management Group Rick Clark
Quest provides shipping boxes for SRS devices still in their original packaging. They will also accept drums for bulk shipments and components not in their original packaging. Additionally, Quest handles all billing and required documentation. Quest Resource Management Group Website
MKC Enterprises 800-457-6521
[email protected]
Located in Doraville, Georgia, servicing the Southeast United States. MKC supplies the drums and when full, will pick up at your location and fill out all required paperwork. MKC Enterprises Website
Spectrum Environmental Inc. Steve Lindsey
Cell 205-212-8735
Off 205-664-2000
Spectrum Website


Disposal as Hazardous Waste

Your current, licensed, waste hauler can likely dispose of your SRS components. While this option may be as easy as getting rid of your solid waste, or your used oil, it does come with some long-term liability. The “cradle to grave” nature of hazardous waste disposal means that your undeployed SRS components are a source of liability for your business forever. If your disposal facility pollutes the environment, you may be liable for cleanup costs even if the pollution is not a result of SRS disposal, just because your hazardous waste was disposed there. Additionally, as with any hazardous waste disposal, this option will likely be the most expensive.

Pros Cons
Vendor handles all aspects of operation Your waste forever (RCRA Liability)
Legal in all states Expensive
  Requires “Shipping” of hazardous materials



Vendor Name Contact Information
Safety Kleen 800-669-5740
Safety Kleen Contact Forms
Clean Harbors 800-444-4244
Clean Harbors Contact Form
Cycle Chem (Clean Venture) David P. Roesler
[email protected]
Clean Venture Website



This is still the most common method of getting rid of your unwanted SRS components. While this is certainly the most inexpensive method of disposal, recent EPA enforcement and the potential negative safety implications of deployment have called this method into question. The regulations around deploying your unwanted SRS components varies from state to state.

Pros Cons
Inexpensive Illegal as “treatment” in most states
Easy Increased safety liability
  Increased environmental liability

State Specific Information

For state specific information, choose your state from the map below to find answers to frequently asked questions about airbag and seatbelt pre-tensioner recycling and disposal

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