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GAO asks NHTSA to improve repair rate on defective vehicles

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Officials from the Government Accountability Office recently asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration take the necessary steps to improve the repair rate on recalled and defective vehicles.  The 66-page report suggests that too many Americans are purchasing used cars that they were not aware had been recalled and have not their defects repaired.

The agency conducted a year-long investigation after the NHTSA was criticized for their handling of the Toyota Prius's sudden acceleration defect.  The report recommends that the NHTSA attempt to change legislation so that they will have greater authority over used car dealers.  In doing this, the NHTSA could require used car dealers to fix recalled vehicles before putting them up for sale.

"With over 35 million used cars sold by used and franchised dealerships in the United States in 2009 alone, this could pose a significant risk to the safety of millions of vehicle drivers … Many consumers may unknowingly be putting their lives at risk by purchasing a defective vehicle," read the report.

If you or someone you love has been injured driving an automobile with a design defect, contact the Green Bay automobile design defects lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. at 800-242-2874 to discuss your case.