Five consumer groups are suing the Federal Trade Commission over the agency’s December decision to allow automakers to say “certified” used vehicles have been carefully inspected for mechanical problems – suggesting that they are safe – despite having an outstanding recall.
The only condition set by the federal agency was that there had to be a prominent notice in an ad noting that the vehicle might have a recall that still needs to be fixed.
The suit asks the court to overturn the F.T.C.’s decision. It was filed Monday afternoon in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C.
The groups filing the suit are The Center for Auto Safety, Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety (CARS), the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), MASSPIRG, CONNPIRG, and CALPIRG.