National Automobile Dealers Association in denial about safety

The President of the National Automobile Dealers Association, Colorado car dealer Jeff Carlson, claims that only 6% of recalled vehicles are “hazardous.” That means he thinks that cars like this one, that killed a 17-year-old Texas teenager, are NOT “hazardous.”

ABC News report: 17-year-old killed by exploding Takata air bag

Try telling that to her family.

That also means that he doesn’t consider any of these defects, which have killed and maimed many car drivers and their passengers, to be “hazardous”:

  • Stalling in traffic
  • Catching on fire
  • Faulty brakes
  • Steering loss
  • Seat belts that fail in a crash
  • Axles that break
  • Hoods that fly up while you’re driving in traffic
  • Sticking accelerator pedals
  • GM ignition switches that turn off and eliminate power steering and braking, and cause air bags to fail to deploy

Automotive News report: Carlson vows to press NADA’s fight against regulation

Bottom line: Carlson and NADA cannot be trusted to decide whether a car is safe to sell. When it comes to safety, they are absolutely clueless. And a real danger to American society.

Auto dealers: sly gambit vs. Hillary Clinton

According to Automotive News, when former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed the National Automobile Dealers Association’s annual convention in New Orleans, she received several standing ovations.

So —  what did the car dealers association choose to feature on YouTube?

Not the ovations, but two moments during her speech when Clinton openly admitted she hadn’t driven a car since 1996, and spoke about her biggest regret — the tragic losses at Benghazi..

Disgraced former Republican House Speaker and current CNN commentator Newt Gingrich immediately seized on her remarks to try to embarrass West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, who faces a tough fight for re-election this fall.

Newt Gingrich is closely allied with auto dealers, who give most of their millions in campaign cash to Republicans. See for yourself how he smirks over Hillary Clinton’s self-deprecating remarks:

Newt Gingrich seizes on Hillary Clinton’s remarks at national auto dealer conference

Car dealers select these moments in Hillary Clinton’s speech to post on YouTube

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Car dealers: “no love for liberals”

Keith Crain, publisher of Automotive News, the auto industry’s leading trade publication, knows the auto industry inside out. His response to auto dealers’ vitriolic reaction to Hillary Clinton’s being invited to address the National Automobile Dealers Association:

“If anyone doubted that Hillary Clinton is a polarizing figure, all he had to do was look at the brouhaha caused by the National Automobile Dealers Association’s selection of her as a keynote speaker at its convention next year in New Orleans…

The episode did demonstrate that the American new-vehicle dealer, who I’ve always felt is the last of the entrepreneurs in North America, basically has no love for liberals…”

Car dealership service departments “hostile to women”

According to a study commissioned by the National Automobile Dealers Association, women hold only 21% of all dealership positions. Women account for even fewer service advisor positions, at 16%, and just 6% of service managers.

The  president of the consulting firm that conducted the study, DeltaTrends, explained that dealership “service departments can have a culture that’s ‘frankly hostile toward women.’ ” — Automotive News, May 6, 2013

Dealers Diss Hillary

Angry auto dealers are threatening to boycott the National Auto Dealers Association’s annual convention in New Orleans next January, thanks to the NADA’s decision to invite Hillary Clinton to keynote the event.

In comments posted on the Automotive News website, dealers are sounding off, unleashing an angry tirade. One commenter writes:

         “Re: Shrillary…have we forgotten the nefarious Rose Law Firm, Vincent Foster, “Travelgate”, cattle futures, White Water, the seizing of FBI files of conservatives…all before the Benghazi 3:00am phone call.    “Phony scandals” don’t come home in body bags !!”

Other comments:

     “NADA moves one giant step closer to irrelevance with the selection of Clinton as a speaker. What part of political neutrality do they not understand? Every dealer I know is outraged….”

     “This hag needs to emigrate – now that would make me VERY happy.”

According to the report in Automotive News, “a Georgia dealer consultant who writes columns for auto industry publications, says he was deluged by profane responses to his Facebook post asking people what they thought of NADA’s pick.”  (Automotive News, July 29, 2013)

According to Open Secrets, auto dealers have a history of lavish donations to political candidates and parties –predominantly to Republicans.  During the 2011- 2012 campaign cycle, auto dealers gave $1,473,925 to Romney, but only a relatively paltry $118,394 to Obama.

Ironically, during the Clinton presidency, auto sales burgeoned and car dealers flourished. In stark contrast, George Bush’s economic policies proved disastrous for the entire auto industry, resulting in the bankruptcies of GM and Chrysler, and record numbers of dealer closings.