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In Praise of NHTSA and Its Recalls

By February 26, 2013

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It's always popular to call for less government and I'm inclined to lean that way, except when it comes to an agency like the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, or NHTSA as it's more commonly known.

I just finished writing an article about what NHTSA accomplished in 2012 - and it's fairly amazing. This government watchdog had a busy 2012 with more than 17.8 million products subject to recall.

Granted, not all of them were used cars. The agency, which is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, also had recalls for items like baby seats and tires, too.

But the bulk of its work is with used cars and I, for one, am glad that it's around looking out for the consumer. Regardless of what companies claim, most would not engage in recalls with Uncle Sam staring over their shoulders. A lot would probably fight tooth and nail on the issue.

Of course, as I say over and over, it's OK to buy a recalled used car. Just make sure you follow my recommendations before doing so.

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