Talks Held in the Senate on Requiring Used-Car Recall Repairs

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Intensive talks were held late last month on a proposal to require recalled used cars to be repaired before they can be sold. If the proposal is adopted it would be one of the largest automobile safety reforms in years, and could be difficult for used car dealers to implement. Currently, dealers are required to repair only new recalled vehicles before selling them. Dealers and private individuals are not required to complete recall repairs or to disclose pending recalls to prospective buyers. 

In March, two Senators introduced legislation that would require the repairs be performed before used vehicles are sold. Another bill introduced would not prohibit dealers from selling unrepaired recalled used cars, but would require that potential buyers be notified of the recalls. Either of these bills would likely require rental car companies to repair a vehicle that had been recalled before it was rented. The bills are opposed by automobile trade groups, which claim the proposals would do more harm than good.

These bills are in response to very dangerous vehicle defects that have prompted recalls in the last few years. GM’s defective ignition switches have caused over 100 deaths and many more injuries, and Takata airbags have caused multiple deaths and serious personal injuries.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident because of a defective vehicle, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. You can also visit our firm’s Google Plus page. Call us today to schedule a free consultation. 

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