By some estimates Hurricanes Katrina and Rita left as many as 600-thousand flood-damaged cars in their wake. Rosemary Shahan, President of Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety calls them killer cars:
“These cars are very dangerous. The airbags may not inflate, the anti-lock brakes may not work.”
That’s why Shahan supports a bill that would require sellers to identify flood cars. It’s cleared the transportation committee. Democratic Assemblymember Jenny Oropeza is the measure’s author:
‘We’re going to place heavy fines on people who do this – who actually try to sell to customers without letting them know up front, that these cars have been flood-damged.”
Violators would be fined one-thousand dollars on the fist offense, five-thousand on the second, and ten-thousand dollars on the third.