The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is currently facing a lawsuit from three separate consumer organizations because of its failure to protect buyers in the automotive marketplace. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group, the Center for Auto Safety and Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety filed a joint lawsuit against the FTC for its recent decisions that allow car dealers to sell vehicles with unrepaired safety recalls. For those who have been involved in an accident that may be related to these issues, working with a reputable Houston car crash attorney can often provide added help in achieving fair compensation for losses and injuries sustained in these events.
Certified Cars May Still Have Outstanding Recalls
In 2016, the FTC came to an agreement with General Motors, Jim Koons Management and Lithia Motors Inc. that allowed these companies to continue to claim that vehicles they sold with unrepaired recalls were safe. These vehicles were often advertised as certified by the dealer and as inspected for safety. In many cases, the buyers were not informed of the unrepaired safety recalls. While dealers are now required to inform buyers about any safety recalls that have not yet been repaired prior to the time of sale, the FTC ruling allows car manufacturers and dealers to continue to advertise these vehicles as certified even though they can be a threat to public safety.
Buyers Must Perform Due Diligence
In 2009, CARFAX estimated that approximately 1.4 million vehicles were offered for sale with open and unrepaired recalls on their records. That adds up to 3 percent of all used vehicles for sale during that year. Information about recalls is available from a variety of online sources, including the FTC website, CARFAX and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. After a crash has occurred that may be attributable to a fault caused by an unrepaired recall, consulting with a Houston auto accident attorney can also provide added help in determining whether these issues could have played a contributing role in the incident.
At DeSimone Law Office, we specialize in handling Houston auto accident lawsuit claims and protecting the rights of our clients both in and out of the courtroom setting. If you or someone you know has purchased a vehicle with unrepaired safety recalls and has been involved in an accident as a result, we can help with the most aggressive and effective strategies to protect your rights and to ensure that you receive fair treatment by insurance companies and the legal system. We work with you at every step of the process to help you deal with these issues. Call us today at 713-526-0900. At DeSimone Law Office, we want to be your attorneys for life.