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Ballot Initiative Would Tighten Regulations On Selling Used Cars

Aired 10/30/13 on KPBS News.

A ballot initiative filed Wednesday would require California car dealers to fix any manufacturer safety recalls before selling or leasing used vehicles.

Federal law dictates car dealers must fix any manufacturer safety recalls before selling new cars. A ballot initiative filed Wednesday would require California car dealers to do the same when selling or leasing used vehicles. Democratic State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson is supporting the measure.

“A lot of people buy used cars. A lot of people can’t afford new ones. A lot of people buy used cars for their children," Jackson said. "There is absolutely no reason that those children and those people buying a used car shouldn’t be as safe as humanely possible.”

Jackson previously sponsored legislation that would accomplish what the ballot initiative is proposing, but her bill is stalled in committee.

The California New Car Dealers Association opposes Jackson’s bill. It said the focus should be on rental agencies, not car dealers. Jackson said a federal bill is pending that would require rental agencies to fix manufacturer recalls as well.

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