It's Not Just GM. California Bill Would Get Unsafe, Used Cars off California Roads

May 13, 2014

SACRAMENTO, CA – As the problems at General Motors shine a national spotlight on consumer car safety, a bill pending in the state Legislature would put California at the national forefront by establishing consumer protections against unsafe, used cars that are under a federal safety recall yet are still being sold to consumers.

Senate Bill 686 by State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) would prohibit car dealers from selling, leasing, renting, or loaning used cars that are under a federal safety recall until they’ve been fixed.  Current, long-standing federal law already prohibits car dealers from selling unfixed, new cars when they are under a federal safety recall. This bill would extend the same prohibition to dealers’ sale of recalled, used cars.

On Tuesday, Jackson will hold a call open to the media only that will include testimony from Californians who have unknowingly purchased unsafe, used cars under an open safety recall or lost loved ones in accidents involving recalled cars.

SB 686 is expected to be heard in the Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee in June. The bill is facing stiff opposition from the California New Car Dealers Association.

WHAT:  Media Call on SB 686 (Jackson)

WHEN: 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 13

WHO: State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara);

Rosemary Shahan, president of Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety;

Cally Houck, of Ojai, CA, the mother of two daughters who were killed in 2004 by a 2004 PT Cruiser under a federal safety recall;

Damien Snow of Beverly Hills, CA, who purchased a 2004 PT Cruiser after the Houck accident that was also under the same recall. Despite the Houck tragedy, it was owned by multiple dealerships but the recall defect was never fixed;

David Clayton of Fresno, CA, who purchased a "certified" used Dodge Ram in 2013 that was under a federal safety recall that was not fixed prior to sale. Clayton’s car fell apart on the road last fall.

RSVP: The call is open to the media only. Please RSVP to lisa.gardiner@sen.ca.gov<mailto:lisa.gardiner@sen.ca.gov> or (916) 651-4019

VISUALS: Damien Snow’s PT Cruiser and David Clayton’s Dodge Ram will be parked outside the State Capitol on the traffic circle between 9th and 10th streets on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.