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  • NJ A755
  • Requires dealership to notify buyers of recalls on used motor vehicles for sale.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(2/27/2017)
Crossed Over
(2/15/2017)
PassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill requires a car dealer to provide information to any potential buyer of a used motor vehicle with outstanding recalls. As provided in the bill, it would be an unlawful practice under the consumer fraud act for a dealer to sell a used vehicle without first contacting, or accessing information provided by, the vehicle manufacturer or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to determine if there are any recalls on the used vehicle which have not been corrected or addressed. In the event that a recall is discovered, the dealer would inform the prospective purchaser about the recall, and whether the recall work for that particular vehicle was resolved, if known, prior to finalizing the sale of the vehicle. Additionally, the bill provides that there is an irrebuttable presumption that a dealer had no knowledge of the existence of a prior recall on a used vehicle if that dealer accessed the NHTSA website and, after the dealer input the specific vehicle identification number (VIN), the website indicated that no open recall existed for that particular used vehicle. This provision would not: (1) create any legal duty upon a dealer related to the accuracy, errors, or omissions of the NHTSA website; or (2) require a dealer to provide the prospective purchaser with any recall information that may be added to the NHTSA website, after the dealer has printed a copy of the recall information and provided it to the prospective purchaser of the used vehicle. The bill defines a motor vehicle "dealer" as a person who is actively engaged in the business of buying, selling or exchanging new or used motor vehicles at retail. For the purposes of the bill, "at retail" does not include wholesale sales, sales between dealers, and sales to owners or operators of motor vehicle junk businesses or motor vehicle junk yards, or any other persons or entities engaged in the business of dismantling, destroying, or recycling motor vehicles. An unlawful practice under the consumer fraud act is punishable by a monetary penalty of not more than $10,000 for a first offense and not more than $20,000 for any subsequent offense. In addition, violations may result in cease and desist orders issued by the Attorney General, the assessment of punitive damages, and the awarding of treble damages and costs to the injured party.
Commerce, 2nd Reading in the Assembly, Passed Assembly
Senate Commerce Hearing (19:00 6/19/2017 Meeting moved to Committee Room 10.)  (on 6/19/2017)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
6/19/2017 Senate Commerce Hearing (19:00 6/19/2017 Meeting moved to Committee Room 10.)
6/19/2017 Senate Commerce Hearing (19:00 6/19/2017 Deleted S-2919 & A-4498 (2R); Added S-711, A-755, S-3206 & A-431)
2/27/2017 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Commerce Committee
2/15/2017 A Passed by the Assembly (70-0-0)
1/30/2017 Assembly Consumer Affairs Hearing (19:00 1/30/2017 )
1/30/2017 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
1/30/2017 Assembly Consumer Affairs Hearing (10:00 1/30/2017 Committee Room 13, 4th Floor)
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 2/15/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 70 0 10
Detail 1/30/2017 Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee: Reported Favorably 5 0 0