skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Monday, July 22, 2024

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Kamala Harris rapidly picks up Democratic support - including vast majority of state party leaders; National rent-cap proposal could benefit NY renters; Carter's adoption support: Empowering families, strengthening workplaces.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

President Joe Biden drops his 2024 re-election bid. He's endorsing Vice President Kamala Harris to take his spot on the ticket, and election experts say they see benefits to this decision.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

It's grass-cutting season and with it, rural lawn mower races, Montana's drive-thru blood project is easing shortages, rural Americans spend more on food when transportation costs are tallied, and a lack of good childcare is thwarting rural business owners.

CA Advocates Call for Crackdown on Sales of Defective Cars

play audio
Play

Thursday, September 14, 2023   

Car dealers regularly advertise cars with unrepaired safety recall defects in California, even though it is illegal for dealers to sell or even offer for sale vehicles that do not comply with one of the hundreds of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.

For example, a recent check of CarMax.com revealed a 2020 Lincoln Aviator for sale; a car under recall for intermittent failures of the backup camera which has no permanent fix.

Janette Fennell, president of the nonprofit advocacy group KidsandCars.org, is calling on the Department of Motor Vehicles, which licenses car dealers, to crack down.

"They can issue fines. They can suspend or revoke licenses. They could refer the cases to law enforcement agencies," Fennell outlined. "But the DMV has failed to exercise that authority. By allowing those blatant violations, they've endangered lives."

The rule on backup cameras came about after drivers unwittingly backed up and hit children. The DMV said it investigates credible allegations made via its online complaint form. CarMax, in a statement, said it shares "vehicle-specific open recall information in-store and online to ensure our customers know about open recalls prior to purchase" and said the current recall repair system is geared to require manufacturers pay for repairs at their dealerships.

CarMax guarantees its vehicles must pass a 125-point inspection.

Rosemary Shahan, president of Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety, urged people to enter the vehicle identification number into the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration database before they buy, to see if the car is under recall.

"Check the VIN, even if the company said that the vehicle passed an inspection, it may have a lethal safety defect that has been killing people," Shahan stressed. "And always insist that they fix it before you buy it. But with some of these recalls, there is no fix available yet."

Consumers can also look up a car's history using the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System.

Disclosure: Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety Foundation contributes to our fund for reporting on Consumer Issues, Environmental Justice, and Social Justice. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


get more stories like this via email
more stories
Democrats have a chance for a reset at their August convention, but an SMU political science professor says the party must proceed carefully to pick its new presidential nominee in a smooth and graceful manner. (Fox_Dsign/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

With fewer than four months before the November general election, Democrats are planning their next move following President Joe Biden's decision to …


Social Issues

play sound

California political analysts predict the race for president will tighten since President Joe Biden has dropped out and endorsed Vice President Kamala…

Social Issues

play sound

Over the weekend, while self-isolating and recovering from COVID, President Joe Biden announced he is stepping down as the Democratic candidate in …


In Vermont, Maine and the District of Columbia, people with felony convictions do not lose their right to vote. (Studio Romantic/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

About 7,000 Nebraskans with felony convictions who thought they'd be able to register to vote, now face uncertainty. In question is the …

play sound

More Americans are learning about the conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation this election season, but its influence has been decades in the …

U.S. per capita consumption of fish and shellfish rose from nearly 16 lbs. in 2002 to more than 20 lbs. in 2021, a 31% increase according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

play sound

New global guidelines for aquaculture aim to address growing concerns about the industry's impact on the oceans. Scientists have suggested ways to …

Social Issues

play sound

Backers of President Joe Biden's rent cap proposal said it could benefit many New Yorkers. The plan calls for capping rent increases at 5% in …

Social Issues

play sound

Virginia is making a financial investment to help tackle the state's childcare shortage. This year's budget allocates more than $1 billion to …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021