WASHINGTON, DC (WTNH) – Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal today (Monday) introduced a bill that would require state DMVs to notify car owners of safety recalls. Blumenthal teamed with Massachusetts Democrat Ed Markey to sponsor the bill. It’s called the RECALL Act, “Repairing Every Car to Avoid Lost Lives.” Blumenthal citied the record number of safety recalls in 2014 including faulty GM ignition switches and faulty airbags from the company Takata.
“Unrepaired safety defects endanger everyone on America’s roadways. Important recall notices can get bogged down with legalese, and busy consumers can miss a lifesaving update,” said Senator Blumenthal. “This legislation provides a common-sense avenue to ensure every driver is reminded and encouraged to make the necessary repairs and keep unsafe cars off the roads.”
According to a news release the RECALL Act would:
- Require motor vehicle owners to be informed of outstanding recalls on their vehicles at the same time the DMV sends out a registration renewal reminder, or, for a new registration, at the same time the DMV sends out the proof of registration documentation; and
- Require motor vehicle owners to complete all safety recalls before renewing their registration. Exception include if: (1) the vehicle owner wasn’t notified of the recall when the registration renewal reminder came out, (2) the manufacturer lacks the parts or labor to complete the recall, or (3) the vehicle owner demonstrates that he/she had no reasonable opportunity to fulfill the recall, in which case the DMV can grant a temporary registration of up to 60 days.
A copy of the RECALL Act can be found HERE.