Report: Congressman Selling Vehicles At His Car Dealership With Safety Recalls
U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) is allegedly selling vehicles with open safety recalls at his car dealerships without disclosing dangerous defects to his consumers, according to Pittsburgh’s Action News.
Pennsylvania is one of the few states with a law that allows the sale of cars with open safety recalls, but the dealership must disclose the defects at the time of the sale. Consumer advocates believe this is dangerous.
“There is not a single person in our business that would every put one of our owners in a defective car or a car with a recall. But that could happen. That could happen,” Rep. Kelly said in November 2015 when he spoke on the floor of the House in favor of a bill that would allow car dealers to rent or loan vehicles with defects.
Earlier this year, Action News Investigates found 17 cars with open recalls for sale at dealerships owned by Kelly.
Rosemary Shahan of Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety said, “When there is a safety recall, it means the care is unsafe. If the car has a safety recall you don’t want to buy it. You want to wait until it’s fixed and safe to drive.”
Five of the vehicles at Kelly’s dealership with active recalls were advertised on his website as GM-certified, but General Motors said the manufacturer unlisted those vehicles from being certified in September, following issued recalls.
“Anytime you go to a licensed dealer, you shouldn’t have to worry they’re deliberately or negligently selling you a car that’s really unsafe,” Shahan said.