"Lara's Law" Would Require Dangerous Recalled Cars to Be Repaired Before Sold
Nashville, Tenn.Two Tennessee parents want a new law in place that would require dangerous recalled cars to be repaired before they're sold.
Sponsored by State Senator Mark Green (R-Clarksville) Senate Bill 1489 would require motor vehicle dealers to not sell a used car until the dealer provides the buyer with updated recall information. If the car is subject to a stop-sale-stop-drive recall, the dealer must repair the car before selling it. (SEE BELOW or CLICK HERE)
"Ever since she was a little girl, she wanted to be a Supreme Court justice," Jay Gass said, Lara Gass' father.
Upholding the law was Lara Gass' dream. Already published, the 27-year-old half-marathon runner only had two more months before she would have graduated from Washington and Lee University Law School in Lexington, Virginia.
On March 18, 2014, 27-year-old Gass was driving to an externship to work for a federal judge when she slammed into the back of a tractor trailer on Interstate 81 in Virginia. Three good samaritans tried to save Gass, but she did not survive. Her Saturn's airbags didn't deploy. Virginia State Police were not sure why Gass' car couldn't stop.
Unbeknownst to Gass, her Saturn Ion had a deadly defect. Her car was one of the millions with an ignition switch failure, meaning that at any time the ignition switch could turn off the power steering, breaks and airbags.
Her accident is the first known fatality linked to General Motor's recall. Weeks prior to her death, the company began recalling 2.6 million cars. GM insisted the cars were safe to drive if all objects were removed from the key chain.
"GM killed our daughter. For a 30 cent part?" Gerri Gass said, Lara's mother.
Previous media reports reveal GM engineers knew about the faulty ignition switch in 2001. The company asserted the defect was fixed, but problems still arose in 2005. No cars were recalled until 2014.
"It's not only my daughter that was killed, they've probably killed about 200 people," Gerri Gass said. "They've probably killed people they have no idea who they killed."
Jay and Gerri want to set a precedent they believe their daughter would have fought for.
"She believed in the law you would be vindicated and gratified that the law does work," Jay Gass said.
The Senate Transportation and Safety Committee is scheduled to hear Senate Bill 1489 at 4:30 PM Monday March 7. [CALENDAR FOR SB 1489]