Consumers for
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C.A.R.S. Activities 2012

CARS is leading the battle in Congress and in California to stop rental car companies from renting unsafe vehicles that are being recalled, until they're fixed.

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CARS backs legislation to improve protections for CA used car buyers.

In response to news reports about auto dealers gouging consumers and selling them overpriced used cars, Assemblymember Wieckowski has introduced a bill in Sacramento to require auto dealers to post the fair market value of the car -- on the vehicle, so consumers can refer to it when choosing a car.

CARS letter of support notes that auto dealers commonly scam military personnel by charging exorbitant amounts for junky cars.

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Three bills to rein in buy here pay here dealers advance.
Los Angeles Times
April 25, 2012
by Marc Lifsher

"These dealers advertise that they have transportation for people who need to go to work and give people a way to improve their credit," said Rosemary Shahan, executive director of Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety. "Instead, the exact opposite happens, and they are left with a car that breaks down right away and needs repairs that they can't afford."

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CARS opposes legislation pushed by Carfax.

Seeking to continue its domination of the vehicle history market, Carfax attacks new protections for CA car buyers from salvage fraud, auto theft and related crimes. CARS and other consumer groups, law enforcement officials, and Carfax competitors oppose Carfax's brazen attempt to turn back the clock on new auto safety law.

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CARS backs tough Advanced Clean Cars standards, helps win victory for consumers and public health at California Air Resources Board:

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CARS exposes dangerous "death wobble" defect in Jeeps.

The Watchdog: Jeep driver scared of uncontrollable shaking Annapolis Capitol

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Toyota recalls over 6.39 million vehicles over safety defects
Toyota Motor Corp is recalling more than 6.39 million vehicles globally after uncovering five different safety defects, ranging from faulty steering to air bags that may not inflated when needed in a crash.

Toyota said it was not aware of any crashes or injuries caused by the defects, which occur in 27 Toyota models including 2009-2010 Corollas, 2009-2010 Matrixes, 2008-2010 Highlanders, 2009-2010 Tacoma trucks, 2006-2008 RAV4s and 2006-2010 Yaris compact cars.

Toyota agreed last month to pay $1.2 billion to the U.S. government for withholding information related to unintended acceleration in its vehicles. That safety crisis led Toyota to recall more than 9 million vehicles.

Toyota is recalling 3.5 million vehicles to replace a spiral cable that may be damaged when the steering wheel is turned. That could cause the air bag to fail in a crash.

Another 472,500 vehicles, including 2006-2010 Yaris hatchbacks, 2007-2010 Yaris sedans and 2008-2010 Scion xDs, are being recalled in the U.S. due to faulty seat rails that could allow the seat to slide forward in a crash, injuring the driver or passengers.

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Los Angeles Times: Massive Toyota recall
Buyer beware: NEVER trust that a dealer will have the safety recall repairs performed before selling you a car that is being recalled. Dealers are so eager to make a buck, fast, they are unwilling to delay sales long enough to get the safety recall repairs done -- for FREE.

Plus -- dealers are actively opposing legislation in Washington, DC and in California that would prohibit them from renting, selling, leasing, or loaning unsafe, recalled vehicles to consumers, unless the safety recall repairs have been performed first.

CARS’ tips on how to buy a safe, reliable used car — without having to risk going to a dealer:

Top 12 used car buying tips

Dealers playing “used car roulette” with customers’ lives — and opposing legislation to make them stop

Did a dealer sell you an unsafe, recalled car? We want to hear your story. Contact CARS

Buyer Beware! Auto dealers' one-
sided contracts can ruin your life
Even if the dealer breaks the law, you might not be able to get justice. Forced arbitration clauses hidden in the fine print can keep you tied up for years. The dealer even gets to pick the arbitrator who hears your case. Here's what happened to a car buyer in San Diego:
Think this is outrageous? Call your member of Congress at 202-224-3121, and urge them to vote for the Arbitration Fairness Act. More about the AFA, now pending before Congress:
Here's what we're doing to bring
more attention to Jon's plight:
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Jon Perz has started a new petition
on the website
You're invited to check it out and send a message letting Mossy Toyota know what you think.
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