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Thursday, September 26, 2013
California Legislative Alerts:On this page, Consumer Action highlights important California legislation and other state issues relating to automobiles.
NEW: SB 686 Gets Dealers to Fix Recalled Vehicles
Most car buyers would not expect that a car they bought through a dealership could still have an unrepaired safety recall lurking. Yet this is the case for some used car buyers. Incredibly, a used car dealer is allowed to even sell a car as a "certified" used car if it has an open safety recall. SB 686 would prohibit dealers from ignoring these vital safety issues and require safety recalls to be repaired prior to the vehicle's sale or lease.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "All safety recalls resulting from defects present an unreasonable risk to safety and we believe it is inappropriate to suggest that some defects are not risky enough to require repair. For the safety of the motoring public, all recalled vehicles should be fixed promptly."
Sadly, some dealerships do not contact the manufacturer to fix safety recalls. This is either because they prefer not to bother with the unprofitable activity of checking safety recall information, or, in extreme cases, because they choose to ignore this information. In either case, a car buyer should never be sent them down the road in a vehicle which, unbeknownst to him, presents a danger to himself and his passengers.
Consumers' safety is needless placed in jeopardy when auto dealers sell vehicles with unrepaired safety defects. In some documented cases, vehicles caught fire. Another had an axle that broke and caused the vehicle to flip over.
Conscientious auto dealerships already check to verify that safety recalls have been repaired; the very modest burden SB 686 would impose would fall chiefly on less-scrupulous dealers, which would serve to level the playing field for those dealerships who place a greater value on the safety of their customers.
Consumer Action urges you to write to write to your lawmaker to support SB 686: Click here to use our California Action Tools.
Update: The bill stalled in the Assembly, and is now a two-year bill. Check back in 2014 when it will have another chance!
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