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Senate introduces bill to ban sales of used cars with open recalls for safety

*The new bill in the US Senate requires car dealers to repair any outstanding safety recalls in used cars prior to selling, leasing, or loaning them to consumers

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Though supporters of the bill say its introduction would not increase costs for used car dealers in the country, United States Senators Edward Markey (D-Mass.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) have co-sponsored the ‘Used Car Safety Recall Repair Act’ to help get dangerous vehicles off the road until they are repaired.

The four Senators argued that it’s high time the country implemented law that prevents the new car dealers from selling vehicles with open recalls to equally apply used car dealers who have no such prohibition at the moment.

US Senate chamber   Photo: AmazonAWS

ConsumerConnect gathered the bill requires car dealers to repair any outstanding safety recalls in used cars prior to selling, leasing, or loaning them to consumers.

The lawmakers cite data showing that there are currently 72 million cars on the road with open recalls, some of which could pose dangers.

Blumenthal said: “Americans deserve peace of mind that they are buying safe cars from car dealers, yet too many used cars today are sold or leased with known and unrepaired safety issues.

“This measure will close this unacceptable safety loophole, and protect drivers and the public from hazardous cars.”

Meanwhile, in connection with support from a key consumer group, the lawmakers’ measure has the backing of the Consumer Federation of America (CFA), which says the proposed legislation is especially important now because of the strong demand for used cars during the pandemic, report stated.

It was gathered the group stressed that the potential danger associated with open recalls increases with the age of the vehicle, with about 56 percent of recalled vehicles 5-10 years old having open recalls.

Seventy-one 71 percent of the recalls associated with vehicles over 10 years old are still uncorrected, said the CFA.

Jack Gillis, Executive Director of the group, stated: “Without major intervention by the Federal Government, consumers will increasingly be put at risk.”

Gillis says used car dealers are opposing the bill, even though it would cost the car’s manufacturer, not the dealer, to repair the vehicle.

Cars and trucks with open recalls can be easily identified using the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) online database.

On Takata airbags, the report added that some of the older cars on the road with open recalls are equipped with defective Takata airbags that have been linked to at least 18 deaths in the US.

ConsumerConnect had reported that earlier in the week, the fund compensating defective airbag victims paid out another $46 million to 161 affected claimants.

Safety officials have known about the flaw since 2008, and millions of vehicles have already been recalled and repaired.

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