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Re: Air Bags and Sodium Azide

Hi Becky.  Check out the following resources:

Product Stewardship Initiative for the Automotive Industry (Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance and Five Winds International): http://www.moea.state.mn.us/publications/autoPSreport.pdf

Automobile Recyclers Association: http://www.autorecyc.org/  (This organization might be able to provide the information you're looking for.)

"Life-Saving Air Bags Pack Deadly Chemical" (ENN news story, 4/4/00): http://www.enn.com/news/enn-stories/2000/04/04042000/azide_11675.asp.  (The researcher mentioned in the article may be a good source of information.)

U.S. EPA Vehicle Product Stewardship pages: http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/non-hw/reduce/epr/products/vehicles.html

You might also try contacting Pam O'Rourke (317-232-4464) or Jennifer Fuller (317-233-2370) of IDEM.  I have them listed as contacts for automobile salvage, and they may be of assistance.  You could also contact Mark Harings of the Wisconsin DNR (715-831-3263).  WDNR has an auto and scrap recycling sector initiative--see http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/caer/cea/assistance/scrap/

I hope this helps.  If you find more information on specific models and manufacturers, could you share that with me?  GLRPPR is finalizing a topic hub for automobile salvage yards, and this would be useful information to include.


At 01:31 PM 7/8/2004 -0500, you wrote:
I'm looking for data on the use of sodium azide in automobile air bags.
I've found that Honda discontinued its use in 1998 but I can't find
information on any other auto manufacturers. 

Does anyone know where I can get the information? 


Becky Lockart
Pollution Prevention Specialist
Office of Pollution Prevention
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
1021 North Grand Avenue East
P.O. Box 19276
Springfield, IL  62794-9276
217/524-9642 (voice)
217/557-2125 (fax)

Joy Scrogum
Information Specialist
Illinois Waste Management and Research Center
Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable
Greening Schools