Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed a new state law that according to consumer watch groups gives car dealers more incentive to sell unrepaired, defective cares to unsuspecting costumers. But state lawmakers and car dealers claim the bill protects consumers because it requires dealers to inform buys about recalls on their cars. The mandates that dealers must provide a formal disclosure about recalls and conditions that the vehicle manufacturer will correct free of charge.
But car safety groups claim that formal disclosure is a fancy way of saying read the fine print. And that formal disclosure doesn’t mean clear and concise. They also claim the only reason why dealers are willing to back a formal disclosure deal is that it provides them with a safety net for liability if they sell a defective car. The law will give car dealers in Pennsylvania a safe haven for selling dangerous recalled used cars. Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety, The Consumer Federation of America and several other car safety groups also wrote to the governor urging him to veto the bill.
This whole bill stems from the issues with the Takata airbags. There are hundreds of thousands of cars with recalled airbags that have not been fixed. Dealers want to be able to sell these cars with the faulty airbags and this law allows them to do so as long as the buyer is aware that the airbags might explode in their face. The liability is no longer on the dealer or the manufacturer as the buyer is aware of the risk.