Massive recalls ongoing, but you could still be driving a time bomb
Forbes Magazine reported in March 2017 that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is letting General Motors and two auto dealers sell “used cars that were recalled and never repaired,” labeling them “safe” or “certified,” although they must tell buyers they haven’t been fixed.
Safety experts quoted in the article say dealers can now put “death traps” on the road. Before the FTC ruling, all major auto manufacturers forbade dealers to sell “unfixed cars.” Now, dealers are selling them again. Forbes’ article is headlined: “Is Your Used Vehicle a Timebomb?”
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Wayne Wright knows corporate greed is evident in automakers’ practices
Using parts “across various model lines” (that could turn out to be defective) is an auto industry standard. It saves money and lifts profits. As the Harvard Business Review notes in this example – “Using the same braking system in all models” can cut costs. If they malfunction, millions are affected. In 2017, one in 4 vehicles on U.S. roads has been recalled, but isn’t fixed.
Some automakers hide problems for years, delaying recalls
The GM ignition switch recall is a prime example. The Congressional Research Service says it’s “one of the most significant cases” in U.S. history, not only because of the tragic toll of deaths and injuries, but because of the unprecedented steps the manufacturer took to conceal a deadly defect.” Takata airbags and sticking Toyota accelerators are other examples of corporate denial and concealment.
Why don’t recalled cars get fixed?
There’s no federal law to get “unfixed cars” off the road. The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) has no power to order that. Additionally, some owners ignore recalls. Some dealers run out of parts to fix cars. Some owners don’t get recalls if a car has been sold and resold and dealers can’t locate the new owner. Whatever the cause, Wayne Wright knows auto makers are responsible for the cars they manufacture and their victims have rights. Calls to the firm are free. There are no fees unless Wayne Wright wins your case.
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