Monday, 24 August 2020 19:13

Feds May Stop Selling Unrepaired Recalled Cars

Written by David A. Wood, CarComplaints.com


The Center for Auto Safety is congratulating the U.S. House of Representatives for trying to put a stop to sales of government vehicles that have been recalled but never repaired.

According to the Center, the General Services Administration (GSA) has been knowingly selling dangerous recalled vehicles to the public for years.


However, as part of the passage of H.R. 7617, the House of Representatives added a provision which stops GSA from selling vehicles with unrepaired (open) recalls at auctions.


The Center says it is literally taking an act of Congress to force the government to follow its own requirements. Safety advocates specifically applaud Reps. Raja Krishnamoorthi, Jan Schakowsky and Mike Quigley, who "prioritized consumer safety while the Executive Branch continue to prioritize profits."


The GSA has sold more than 30,000 vehicles to the public every year, but allegedly as many as 20% of those vehicles were never repaired before they were sold even though they were recalled for safety defects.


This means about 6,000 defective vehicles are on the roads unless buyers check for past recalls and bring the vehicles to dealerships for recall repairs.


Safety recalls are ordered for problems that federal regulators and automakers deem dangerous to the public. Cosmetic problems may be a nuisance and high cost to vehicle owners, but safety recalls are issued because the defects could cause injuries or deaths.

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