Please sign this petition to stop deadly delays in notifying car buyers that their vehicles have been recalled.
My son Michael was just 21 when he died in a car crash. He had only bought his car, a 2006 GM Cobalt, nine days prior. Two weeks after Michael's car crash, I received a letter in the mail saying the car had been recalled for a problem with the ignition switch. If my son had been told when he bought the car that it was defective, he might still be alive today.
According to investigators, Michael was driving his new car when the car suddenly veered sharply to the left, sending him crashing into a rock wall. The car caught fire upon impact. Michael managed to escape, but he was severely burned on three-quarters of his body. He died at the scene of the accident.
When my son bought the car, it had already been recalled. But there is no law mandating that the DMV immediately notify drivers of recalls on their cars, so Michael had no idea that he was literally taking his life into his hands every time he drove. When I spoke to my senator about this, she was shocked that this is not a national law already.
I started this petition in memory of my son, but also because I don't want this to happen to anyone else.
Please sign to demand a law that will force the DMV and dealerships to inform would-be car buyers that their vehicles have been recalled!
I am writing to urge you to pass national legislation that would save the lives of drivers in America. Currently there is no national law that mandates immediate notification to car buyers about safety recalls. As a result, car buyers are dying in accidents that are completely preventable.
Michael Patrick Sharkey, age 21, died in a car accident just 9 days after purchasing a 2006 GM Cobalt. The car had been recalled for a problem with the ignition switch before Michael purchased the car, but the notification did not arrive until 2 weeks after Michael's crash.
This is an entirely preventable problem. I am asking for lawmakers to create a law that would mandate the DMV to notify car buyers about safety recalls on newly purchased vehicles and require them to address the safety issue before issuing vehicle registration.
This law has been implemented in California and is protecting the voters in that state, but thousands of other consumers need this protection.
Please help protect the American public by creating a law that will bring immediate notification of car recalls to car buyers.