From the article: “Federal laws do not require used-car dealers to repair vehicles with safety defects before putting the cars back into public use. Nor are dealers required by law to disclose to customers that a vehicle is the subject of a recall. Legislation to address the issue has languished in Congress.”
I looked up the VIN numbers for the two cars we bought used (SaferCar.gov). One of them is in the recall for exploding driver-side air bags. I called a dealer to arrange the repair, but it’ll take a few days to get the part.
I’m amazed that no one let us know. We get all kinds of other junk from the dealers, but no one told us about this life-threatening issue. If there’s something that can be done at the state level, please look into it. I’ll also write our reps in DC.