Consumer Group Letter
Various consumer groups and unions wrote a letter to the Biden administration warning them regarding their use of recalled vehicles.
On April 15, 2021, several consumer advocacy groups and unions wrote a letter to the Biden administration.
The letter warned the US government about their continued use of vehicles that different car manufacturers have already recalled.
According to the letter, the government’s decision to operate the vehicles despite not being repaired endangers the lives of individuals who use them.
The various advocacy groups who signed the letter include:
- American Federation of Government Employees
- Consumer Reports
- Center for Auto Safety
- National Treasury Employees Union
It is estimated that the groups who signed the letter represent over 570,000 members.
Some of the vehicles still being used by the US Government includes cars recalled by Takata due to their faulty airbag.
The recall for these cars was issued in March 2021 and involved around 67 million faulty airbags.
According to the recall report, the defective phase-stabilized ammonium nitrate (PSAN) airbag inflators can potentially explode when activated. The faulty airbags can degrade fast when exposed to humidity and high heat.
The covered vehicles containing the defective airbags affect 19 car models released from 2001 to 2019.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has already received 250 injuries and 18 death reports related to the issue.
Aside from this recall, some of the cars being used are being investigated due to their defects, including faulty tires, fire-prone fuel tanks, and faulty ignition switches.
In 2020, over 880 car recalls were issued by various manufacturers due to safety concerns on their vehicles.
Consumer Group Request
In the letter, the consumer advocacy groups requested the Biden administration to reconsider the use of the recalled vehicles.
It stated that the recalled vehicles have already caused several injuries and deaths and that using them puts the lives of their users at risk.
It added that around 55 million unrepaired cars were reported to be in use in the United States last 2020 despite their recall issues.
The consumer groups also addressed in the letter that the government sells the recalled vehicles to its employees who are not aware of it.
They ask the Biden administration to stop using the recalled vehicles, fix them, and stop selling them to their employees.
Jason Levine, Center for Auto Safety’s Executive Director, stated that nobody should intentionally allow the use of unsafe vehicles.
The consumer group leaders seek to call upon the Biden administration to act in the best interest of their employees.
They believe that it should be the government’s responsibility to address their fleet of recalled vehicles.
Editor’s Note on The US Government’s Use Of Recalled Vehicles:
This article is published to inform you of the recalled vehicles still being used by the US government, which puts the lives of their employees at risk.
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