Auto manufacturers issue recalls for numerous different reasons, not all of them inherently dangerous. However, some recent recalls have made the news because of the dangers they pose to drivers. The Takata airbag recall is one of these, where airbags can deploy with too much force, sending deadly shrapnel flying through the vehicle. Another recent recall involved cars whose engines can catch fire. A few years ago, Toyota recalled thousands of vehicles for an ‘unintended acceleration’ defect. Most dealers make sure that recalls are fixed before the cars are sold, but some used car dealerships aren’t making the repairs.
Share Blue reports on a GOP Congressman whose used car dealership was selling cars with open recalls. An investigation led by a media outlet in Pennsylvania revealed that Congressman Mike Kelly (R-PA), was attempting to sell 17 vehicles with open recalls across two dealerships.
One of the vehicles that had an open recall was equipped with the deadly Takata airbag, which has killed 24 people worldwide and injured hundreds of others. What Kelly is doing is not against Pennsylvania law. By law, dealers do not have to verbally disclose the recall so long as it is mentioned in the paperwork a buyer fills out when they purchase the car. However, one local mechanic said that some of the cars that Kelly was trying to sell had critical safety defects.
In Congress, Kelly spoke out about allowing car rental companies to rent out vehicles with recall notices on them.
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