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Pennsylvania lawmakers propose recall notification legislation

Monday, April 17, 2017 - 07:00
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Pennsylvania House Bill (HB) 1182, introduced by State Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-153, would require inspection agents to perform a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) recall search as a part of the vehicle safety inspection process. If there is an outstanding recall on a particular vehicle, the inspection agent would be required to notify the owner of the vehicle.

Under HB 1182, the presence of a recall notice would not necessitate failure of a vehicle to pass inspection. Pennsylvania currently requires an annual vehicle safety inspection.

Dean’s bill exists along with a larger package of automotive consumer protection bills, including HB 1119, introduced by Rep. Brian Sims, D-182, that requires dealerships that sell used vehicles to inform customers of unperformed manufacturer recall work.

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