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Schumer urges FTC to crack down on used car dealers who can sell cars under safety recall

June 29, 2014
Observer Today

In a letter to the Federal Trade Commission, Senator Charles E. Schumer today called on the agency to immediately direct car dealers that sell used-cars to change any policy which may potentially allow the sale of recalled vehicles without first fixing safety defects, putting used-car buyers in harm's way. The letter comes in response to reports that used-car dealers are selling cars subject to recall for safety-related defects while at the same time, advertising the used vehicles as having passed rigorous safety inspections. Currently, the Motor Vehicle Safety Act prohibits new car dealers from selling recalled vehicles without first fixing the safety defects but does not hold dealers selling used-cars to the same standard. Schumer added that if the FTC does not act to prevent used car dealers from selling defective vehicles, he will take legislative action to address this issue.



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