Congress Contemplates Registration Ban on Recalled Autos

Product LiabilityFix it or forget it.

That is the message two Senators are preparing to deliver to the American people if a new bill regarding automobiles passes Congress. Edward Markey of Massachusetts and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut co-authored a bill that would require state motor vehicle departments to inform owners of defects in their vehicles and deny registration of the car until the repairs are made. As reported by, the law takes aim at some 50 million recalled vehicles still operating on the road as of 2014; some that have been sold and resold a number of times without being fixed.

The proposed legislation comes on the heels of one of the worst automotive safety years on record, with almost every make and model feeling the heat. The now infamous General Motors ignitions switch recall, accounted for over 30 million vehicles. Honda Motor Co., an outspoken supporter of the Senate initiative, was forced to recall millions following the Takata airbag scandal – an incident that still has the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and other automakers on edge. With dozens of smaller recalls still in the works, many see the proposed legislation as the only way to keep motorists safe from their own vehicles.

Details have yet to be confirmed about the legislation, but it is known that car owners would be granted a 60-day registration in which to get repairs made. Barring that, owners would not be able to register until the vehicle was considered “road ready.” This includes new and used cars still on the lot. Something Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx views as a serious issue. “There’s a big loophole,” claimed Mr. Foxx, “It’s still legal to sell a car that’s been recalled and not fixed.”

If you own a vehicle that was or currently is involved in a recall, do not delay. Contact your dealership or trusted mechanic to resolve the issue. Your life, as well as your family’s well-being, could be at stake. Additionally, if you, or a family member, have been involved in an accident that was due to a mechanical failure in your car, call Kahn Roven to discuss your options in a free consultation.

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