Investigation: 25,000 government cars have open safety recalls that could endanger drivers

According to Jason Levine, Executive Director of the Center for Auto Safety, cars are only placed under a federal recall if they have a dangerous defect or violate a federal standard. “These are really dangerous things that can injure and kill people and do all the time,” Levine said. “If you’re allowing federal employees to drive around in recalled vehicles, you’re not just putting the driver in danger, you’re putting everyone on the road who shares the road with those cars in danger.”

by Joce Sterman, Alex Brauer and Andrea Nejman

November 30, 2020

WASHINGTON (SBG) — A potential danger for drivers is being ignored by the federal government, and it may be putting everyone on the road at risk. An exclusive Spotlight on America investigation reveals tens of thousands of cars in the federal fleet across the country are under active safety recalls, but there’s been no action to fix them despite federal workers getting behind the wheel. Now, Spotlight on America’s discovery is forcing new action in Congress.

The General Services Administration maintains a federal fleet of more than 200,000 cars are driven by workers in dozens of agencies all over the country. A Spotlight on America investigation uncovered that tens of thousands of those vehicles have defects that could be potentially dangerous or even deadly. Among the flaws we uncovered were problems that could send metal fragments flying from the airbag in a crash, issues that could spark fires, stall engines while a car is at full speed, cause steering wheels to separate from their columns, and result in the failure of seatbelts or other equipment.

According to Jason Levine, Executive Director of the Center for Auto Safety, cars are only placed under a federal recall if they have a dangerous defect or violate a federal standard. “These are really dangerous things that can injure and kill people and do all the time,” Levine said.

“If you’re allowing federal employees to drive around in recalled vehicles, you’re not just putting the driver in danger, you’re putting everyone on the road who shares the road with those cars in danger,” Jason Levine told us.