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New Report: Government Selling Vehicles with Unrepaired Defects

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.