In this neck of the woods, recalls are handled by the manufacturer, sent
to the last "owner of record" (purchase records kept by the manufacturer).
They don't get notices from DMV when the registered owner changes (and in this
state, its the new buyer that must register and transfer the title, the
seller must only file a release-of-liability with the DMV).
On Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 1:44:45 PM UTC-4, Scott Lurndal wrote:
They may not get notices from the DMV, but AFAIK, they are required to find
out who the registered owner is. This can be done through the DMV.
According to the NHTSA website "Within a reasonable time after the
determination of a safety defect or noncompliance, manufacturers must notify, by first-class mail, all registered owners and purchasers of the affected vehicles. ... Names of vehicle owners are obtained from State motor vehicle offices."
I bought the vehicle used from an independent used car dealer. The recall
notices come from Honda, so at some point they were able to determine that I
was the registered owner via some method other than "purchase records kept
by the manufacturer". I can only assume, based on the wording at the NHTSA
website that they obtained my name from my state's DMV. The question on the
Why have they ignored my multiple attempts to inform them that I am no
longer the registered owner?
It's the same here. Surrendering the plates (or transferring them to a
different vehicle) serves as the release-of-liability with the DMV.
My thought is to make an appointment with the dealer to get it fixed. See if
they have a VIN record on it. Call them late before or early on the
appointment day and tell them it is broken down and has to be towed in. Give
then an address of a vacant lot in the industrial district with overgrown
weeds. When they can't find it just reply that's where it was the last time
you saw it X years ago; that's if they find out you're the owner. Or the
addy of the scrapyard. If they threaten you tell them to talk to your
lawyer. I'd also call the NHTSA and report them; you are worried about
others safety... Have some fun.
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