An ongoing federal lawsuit involving the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), automakers, auto dealerships and consumer rights advocates will determine whether dealers have the right to sell vehicles they know have faulty components.
Current FTC rules allow dealerships to sell vehicles as “safe” or certified,” so long as they properly notify customers that the cars in question could be subject to a pending safety recall. This position, which comes out of a recent settlement involving the FTC, General Motors and two used car dealerships, has been generating concern among consumer rights groups. Advocates announced in March that they will be taking the FTC back to court in hopes of securing more rigid safety protections for consumers.
For now, the FTC’s current rule stands. If you are in the market for a new or used vehicle, it’s important that you ask for qualified, third-party mechanical advice prior to making a purchase.
Defective vehicle parts leading to car accidents
Determining liability in an accident caused by a defective vehicle or part can be challenging. Nearly any agent of the car’s distribution chain — from the manufacturer to the shipping company to the dealer — could be liable for any injuries that occur in a crash. Thus, you may need to work with an experienced attorney to conduct a thorough investigation into factors that contributed to your accident.
If you believe a defective vehicle or automotive part was to blame for your crash, you may be able to take legal action against the party responsible. To learn more about your options, speak with a skilled Bradenton car accident attorney at Shapiro, Goldman, Babbonni & Walsh.