13 Jan '12, 7pm

Can You Recycle Car Airbags?

Can You Recycle Car Airbags?

Due to potentially hazardous chemicals like sodium azide, airbags are typically considered hazardous waste. Photo: Flickr/hectorir When you buy a new or used car from the dealership, you typically hand over your current car in return. But what happens to your old ride after you drive off in the new one? Usually, the car is re-sold or disassembled for materials recovery and recycling. But recycling some components of the car, like airbags and seatbelt pre-tensioners, present a bigger problem for dealerships. Both un-deployed airbags and seatbelt pre-tensioners contain potentially hazardous substances like sodium azide.The EPA left it up to each state to decide whether airbags and pre-tensioners are considered hazardous waste, and many states – including Oregon, Colorado and Wisconsin – were quick to say yes. Dealerships have to stay up-to-date on any relevant state laws and...

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