When Pennsylvania residents shop for a used car, they more than likely expect that a vehicle said to be "inspected" or "certified" will be safe. Unfortunately, that might not be the case. The Federal Trade Commission does not require used car dealers to make repairs to auto defects that are subject to recall. Consumers could drive off the lot with a vehicle that might seriously injure or kill them, their passengers or someone else on the road.
This fact prompted a lawsuit against the FTC for allowing vehicles on the road that require repairs based on recalls for airbags, faulty ignition switches and braking issues, along with those that need repairs for power steering and alternator issues. Any one of these defects could cause an accident and/or injuries. Even so, the FTC made a deal with two auto dealerships and General Motors allowing vehicles to be labeled certified or inspected as long as the consumer is told that the vehicle is subject to recalls that were not repaired.