Yesterday, the California Legislature Senate Judiciary Committee voted 4-2 to pass first-in-the-nation legislation to bar used car dealers from selling, renting, leasing, loaning, or otherwise transferring ownership of used vehicles that have federal safety recall repairs pending, until they're fixed.
A single mom from Kansas testified about her horrific experience with a Ford Windstar that was being recalled because the axle was prone to breaking. The dealer who sold her the minivan kept assuring her it was safe. Then when she was driving with her boyfriend on the freeway, going about 65 mph, the axle broke, she lost steering, and it flipped. Seat belts saved them from serious injury.
The next day, she went online to Ford's website and entered the VIN and found out the van had two outstanding safety recalls --including for the axle breaking. She also confirmed the recall status by calling the local Ford dealer and obtaining a Carfax report. The dealer could have checked any of those sources, but failed to do so, putting her life, and her family's lives, and the lives of others on the roads, in jeopardy.
A Sacramento TV station has an video on the bill and witnesses who testified in support.