Keep car buyers and drivers safe

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On July 29th, 2005, I lost my birth daughter, Amber Rose. She was one of the first victims of General Motors’ faulty ignition switch, which prevented her airbag from deploying. Amber Rose was one of 153 known deaths caused by the defective part. General Motors became aware of the issue of the ignition switch back in 2004, but instead of warning consumers, they tried to cover it up.

Carmakers like General Motors often try to silence dealers from telling buyers about potential defects unless there is an actual recall. But as General Motors proved, they also often make great efforts to prevent a recall from happening, putting profits before lives. I often wonder how many dealers knew about the faulty ignition switch. Could the person who have sold Amber Rose her vehicle warned her about the issue?

This is why I’m working with Maryland lawmakers to pass the Amber Rose Bill, which would give free speech protections to Maryland dealers who wish to disclose potential issues to consumers. Dealers constantly receive technical bulletins from car companies about issues. They should be allowed to share what they know with potential buyers.

Amber and I shared a close relationship. Even though she had been adopted by another family, good fortune reunited us and we saw each other daily. She brought happiness to all who knew her.  That is why I won’t let Amber’s, or the other 153 victims’ deaths, be in vain. The Amber Rose Bill is just one way to keep their memory alive.  

Consumers need to have better access to important safety and product information about their cars. It’s time to curb abusive practices by the big automakers, including retaliation, audits, limits on ability to disclose information, that make it difficult for local auto dealers to do the right thing for their customers. This legislation will do just that.

Let the Maryland legislature and Governor Hogan know you support the Amber Rose bill.  

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