Another day, another inquiry.
The General is set to face another investigation in relation to the ignition switch recall debacle that’s plagued it ever since the faulty mechanism was brought to light last year, according to The Detroit News.
Now, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will seek to investigate the company based on its conduct during the aftermath of the recall, though at this point it’s not entirely clear whether the FTC is after the dealers or the company itself. The automaker learned of the investigation June 3.
The news outlet says it concerns, “certified pre-owned vehicle advertising where dealers had certified vehicles allegedly needing recall repairs.” Put another way, FTC claims certain GM dealerships advertised used cars that had not received recall repair work. It seems the validity of that practice is the FTCs main point of objection.
However, as the news outlet notes, any dealers that sells a new vehicle must ensure a recall is repaired before the vehicle is sold – yet no such law exists for used vehicles.
While an FTC spokesperson confirmed the investigation, both the agency and GM declined to comment.