The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) and more than a dozen related trade groups are calling on Congress to crack down on stolen catalytic converters. Emission controls are loaded with precious metals, and if you’re skinny enough to get under a parked car and have a reciprocating saw handy, they’re relatively easy to steal, making them a prime target for cash-strapped criminals, especially Rise amid rising hardware prices.
Cities across the country have reported an increase in catalytic converter theft this year. While most police departments estimate year-over-year growth of less than 40 percent, some say their numbers are much higher. In March, the Las Vegas Police Department estimated an 87 percent increase in vehicles with hacked exhaust pipes by 2022. Philadelphia is even higher, reporting a staggering 172 percent increase in the exhaust system.
Dealers are angry because they are the easiest targets. Their lots are easily accessible, allowing thieves to raid multiple vehicles in minutes before delivering their goods to the dump.
according to car news, NADA and his friends have had enough.On Monday, the group sent a letter to Democratic and Republican leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committees asking for a hearing. Auto Recycling Theft Prevention Act (Partial).
“These thefts cost businesses and vehicle owners millions of dollars,” the groups wrote in a letter to representatives. Committee Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Republican-ranked Cathy McMorris Rogers (R-WA) members. “Furthermore, replacement of catalytic converters is expensive and often difficult due to surging demand for parts and supply chain shortages. »
since car news:
Other groups that signed the letter include the National Association of Independent Auto Dealers, the American Automobile Rental Association, the American Truck Dealers, the American Trucking Association, the National Insurance Crime Bureau and the National Association of RV Dealers.
Catalytic converters are being stolen more frequently in the United States because they contain expensive precious metals such as platinum, palladium and rhodium and are not easily traceable.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau said 14,433 catalytic converter thefts were reported in the U.S. in 2020 — data for last year is available — compared with 3,389 in 2019. In 2018, only 1,298 thefts were reported.
While they can sell for a few hundred dollars, a replacement vehicle usually costs thousands of dollars to the owner. So we’re starting to see repair shops offering protection services where they will surround the affected equipment with a loop of hard-to-cut steel cable. The theory here is that thieves ignore any catalytic converters that take more than a few minutes to shut down.
The PART Act was introduced in January by Rep. Jim Baird (R-IN) and would introduce new regulations through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) requiring all vehicles to have VIN stamped on converters. This information is then provided to “qualified entities,” which include auto dealers, law enforcement, service centers and unspecified nonprofits.
While the rule could theoretically make it easier for police to trace a stolen converter back to its source, criminals could simply scrape that number off when someone uses a firearm in a crime, as in the movie. A disassembly converter for the inner material is also not useful for a discarded case. The right to repair movement has previously raised concerns about DIY repairs and people sourcing spare parts. Although no formal objections to the bill have been filed.
Become a TTAC insider.Be the first to get the latest TTAC news, features, shots and all the truth about cars Subscribe to our news.