* Consumers can check directly with automakers or search the safety administration’s website * Consumers can check if there is a pending recall for a model and the model year * Since the government website does not allow searches by a VIN number 注射器扎幼儿屁股 变魔术街头袭胸

Automobiles More than 35 million used cars were sold in 2009, including 11 million sold by used car dealers. Defective used cars on US roads pose a risk to owners, passengers and others on the road if they are in the list of recalls. This situation could pose a significant risk to the safety of millions of used car drivers and may have a negative impact on recall completion rates. According to the used car dealers, part of the problem is that there is no database they can access using a vehicle identification number (VIN) of cars and trucks. This situation does not allow checking if there are recall-related repairs which are not completed. Used car dealers may be selling cars and trucks which were recalled but not repaired and this situation could pose a significant safety risk to millions of used car buyers and others on the road. According to a study by a government agency, manufacturers do not follow the practice of sending the used car dealers the same recall notifications they send to franchised dealers. The Government Accountability Office highlights as to how automobile recalls frequently fizzle out before all the defective vehicles are repaired. According the Government Accountability Office study: * Even if used car dealers or franchised dealers know of a recall, it is not warranted that they tell their prospective buyers * It is not even mandatory for them to make the repairs before a sale * Worse, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which oversees auto safety, has no powers to order dealers to make the repairs or to warn buyers * The NHTSA lacks the authority to make automakers inform used car dealers of recalls * Despite recalls being more prevalent in 2010, with more vehicles than any other year a large percentage of those vehicles never get fixed * The NHTSA has failed to take basic steps to ensure compliance * The NHTSA itself was not trying to conduct similar analyses to spot serious problems with recall completions * The agency was not trying to identify which manufacturers were the worst performers Only about 70% of vehicles subject to a recall are fixed within the 18-month period during which manufacturers provide recall data to the NHTSA. Investigators claim that the average of recall repairs varies substantially from year to year as seen from the average of recall repairs from 2000 to 2008 which was 65 percent. The NHTSA’s records going back to 2000 showed that completion rates dipped as low as 55% in some years. The average for recall repairs also varies depending on the manufacturer. Some manufacturers finish more than 90 percent of recall related repairs, while other may average anywhere between 23 to 53 percent. The National Automobile Dealers Association wants to have 100 percent of recalled vehicles repaired. It advises the used car owners to seek the help of a franchise dealer. They can search the manufacturer’s database to see if all recall repairs are made. According to a spokesman for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers: * Consumers can check directly with automakers or search the safety administration’s website * Consumers can check if there is a pending recall for a model and the model year * Since the government website does not allow searches by a VIN number, there is no way of knowing if a recalled used car is repaired for safety defects The safety administration should allow searches for vehicle recall database by VIN number and Congress should give the NHTSA greater authority to ensure notification for used cars so that the buyers may know of a defect the vehicle has. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: