Dealers are legally prohibited from selling recalled vehicles until repairs have been completed, however the same regulations do not apply to sales of used cars with known defects.
“The standard needs to be that every time a rental car agency or a used car dealer hands the keys to a consumer, that car is free of safety defects. Every time,” NHTSA administrator Mark Rosekind said at the World Traffic Safety Symposium, as quoted by The Detroit News.
The agency suggests the rental-car industry has supported legislation requiring fixes for rental cars, but such provisions for used cars have not received universal support. The National Automobile Dealers Association has called for the government to distinguish between serious and minor recalls, to avoid ‘grounding’ rentals or used cars that are affected by relatively benign compliance issues.
“The more proactive we all are, the more lives we can save,” Rosekind added. “Industry can work to solve issues like these before they require action by NHTSA or Congress.”