The General Services Administration (GSA) regularly sells vehicles at public
auctions without repairing safety defects. As a result, the federal agency
could be putting the public at risk.
As we have previously discussed on this San Diego Injury Blog, the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently launched a public
safety campaign intended to boost recall repair rates. The concern is
that defective vehicles that have not been fixed pose a danger to everyone
on the road.
According to a
recent study, the GSA does not seem to have received the message. Circa found that
hundreds of the 35,000 to 40,000 vehicles that the agency puts up for
auction every year are subject to open recalls. Circa examined a sample
of 2,037 government vehicles sold at public auction. More than 20 percent
of the cars were subject to open recalls.
Even more concerning, many of the vehicles had disturbing and potentially
deadly defects. They included recalls for steering problems that could
make drivers lose control and crash, as well as airbag defects that could
shoot metal fragments at vehicle occupants.
"I'm shocked, absolutely shocked. These are government cars. They
should have been fixed before they even went to auctions to be sold,”
Clarence Ditlow, Center for Auto Safety, stated. "Here they're
doing themselves what they say others shouldn't do," Ditlow added.
"That's just hypocrisy."
As we have previously discussed on this San Diego Injury Blog, federal
law does not currently prohibit the sale of used cars with open recalls.
However, it is still concerning that a government agency does not fix
defective vehicles before offering them for sale to the public.
If you or someone you care about has suffered serious harm due to a defective
vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation. For more information, please contact
a San Diego product liability attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage
for a free consultation.