Today I’d like to address an Auto Part that needs a little extra attention, Air Bags. As I’m sure you already know, air bags are those explosive devices that you see in the center of your steering wheel every day. If you’re driving a late model foreign car then your surrounded by them daily. You can find them in the steering wheel, dash, pillars, headliner, seats, and doors.
When installed in the vehicle, air bags are meant to protect you and save your life in case of impact. When removed from the vehicle however, air bags can pose a potential threat. Air Bags are explosive devices and any explosive device you hold in your hand should be handled with care.
One of the biggest misconceptions we hear is that air bags can just be thrown in a box and shipped. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Air Bags that are removed and packaged for shipment are regulated by DOT Hazmat safety standards. Which means shipping them in any old package is illegal. We see this so much in the online space, be it eBay, craigslist, for sale forums or social media sites. Consumers and businesses a like ship air bags just like any other Auto Part they buy or sell.
With all the national security risks in the last few years, improperly sending AND receiving explosive hazmat items puts you in a bad position if your package happens to get inspected. It’s important as a buyer or a seller that you know the risks and know how to handle sensitive material.
In order to ship Hazmat, you have to be Hazmat certified by your governing states DOT. If your working for a company that ships Hazmat, then you should have already been trained. If your in the salvage industry, you can get online training from A-R-A at their air bag resources site. The person packaging the air bag and the person delivering the air bag both have to be certified. This includes companies that use their own delivery drivers.