Guide Revisions Provoke Uproar – 4/5/13
The Center for Auto Safety is the nation’s premier independent, member driven, non-profit consumer advocacy organization dedicated to improving vehicle safety, quality, and fuel economy on behalf of all drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.
Proposed changes to the used-car Buyers Guide required by the Federal Trade Commission have been criticized by consumer groups and the attorneys general of 22 states, who say the revisions would be a setback in consumer protection.
The critics are urging the F.T.C. not to adopt the changes — the first since 1995 — which they say could result in consumers’ being misled about their legal rights or not learning the full history of a car damaged in a flood or a crash.
The National Automobile Dealers Association, a trade group, took a different view. It told the agency that over all, the proposed revisions “represent an improvement for dealers and consumers.”
Since 1985, dealers have been required to post the Buyers Guide on the window of used vehicles. Its intent was to tell buyers whether the vehicle was covered by a warranty and to provide details of who would pay for repairs. The regulation does not apply to private sales.