We're pleased to see that many auto-parts recyclers are cooperating with Honda's efforts to recover potentially deadly Takata airbags from America's salvage yards before they find their way into other vehicles.
We wish we could say the same for their trade group, the Automotive Recyclers Association, and its response to the Honda buyback program.
The defective airbags in question have killed and injured people. If they're not purged from the salvage-yard inventory fast, they are likely to hurt more people.
But rather than issuing a swift call to action for the sake of consumer safety, the association has been screaming "class action" and generally mucking up the already complex task of recovering the recalled airbags.
Given the potential danger to the driving public, it's hard to see anything but callousness in the group's effort to forestall Honda's buyback while it presses a financial claim against Takata and automakers for allegedly shortchanging recyclers on the value of junked cars. Consider the association's lament, in an email to Automotive News, that Honda was offering recyclers less than "fair parts value" for the airbags. What exactly is the fair value of a part that has no business being on the market?
Honda needs and deserves full cooperation with its efforts -- including from those reckless operators that are still listing recalled airbags for sale online. And the recyclers deserve a more principled advocate.