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U.S. Klobuchar, Wyden introduce Preventing Auto Recycling Theft Act to crackdown on catalytic converter theft

Through the Preventing Auto Recycling Theft (PART) Act (S. 5024) introduced into the Senate this week, U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) want to add traceable identification numbers to catalytic converters to fight back against a rise in their theft.

Catalytic converters are used to tamp down on the toxic emissions produced by internal combustion engines and are required on vehicles under the Clean Air Act. According to a report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, their theft rose by more than 325 percent between 2019 and 2020.

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