If you’re in the market for a new used car, you probably aren’t aware that in many states, used car dealers do not have to fix open recalls. They simply must make you aware that there is an open recall somewhere in the mountain of paperwork you get when you purchase the car. While that may not seem fair, there is a certain attitude of buyer beware in the used car marketplace. However, if you are getting into a taxicab to take you to the airport or after a night on the town, you’d expect the taxi to have addressed all recalls. As CBS News Reports, many cities in the United States do not require taxi companies to fix their vehicles.
The Center for Auto Safety is calling for changes to the regulations that many taxi companies follow. Currently, only San Francisco requires that cab companies fix vehicles and screen them for recalls. The Center for Auto Safety wants all taxi fleets to be required to address recall issues before being allowed to carry passengers.
A review conducted by the center found that more than 35,000 taxis licensed in 9 of the 10 U.S. cities with the most taxis are not required to get safety recalls fixed. Recalls are never done for cosmetic issues. Recalls almost always center around safety reasons, defects, or violations of standards.
Last year, it was discovered that 1 in 6 cabs in Washington, D.C. had open safety recalls. These recalls included the one for the deadly defective Takata airbag. The defective airbag has killed 24 people worldwide and injured hundreds more.
The main reason that calls for changes are being made is because a passenger is often unaware that they are getting into a vehicle that may be under a safety recall.
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