Consumers for Auto
Reliability and Safety ®
Foundation

Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety
Foundation

       The Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety Foundation is a national non-profit 501(c)(3) auto safety organization dedicated to preventing motor vehicle-related fatalities, injuries and economic losses through education, outreach, aid to victims, and related activities.

The CARS Foundation was founded in 1979.

Among the CARS Foundation's achievements are:
  • Initiating California's auto “lemon law” for car buyers, including repeatedly testifying for the legislation at the request of legislative committees and the author
     
  • Being designated by the Federal Trade Commission to represent the public interest in the “Regulatory Negotiation” with the auto industry over whether state lemon laws would be overridden by a federal law that would require mandatory pre-dispute arbitration that would be binding on the consumer. The CARS Foundation played a major role in opposing federal preemption and mandatory pre-dispute arbitration.
     
  • Spearheading promulgation of the following federal motor vehicle safety standards:
     
    • A rule issued during the Reagan Administration, to require auto manufacturers to provide notice in vehicle owners' manuals informing consumers that if they believe that their vehicle has a safety defect, they should report the defect to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and how to contact NHTSA. This rule, which was opposed by auto manufacturers, contributed to a major increase in reporting of safety defects and, in turn, recalls of unsafe vehicles.
       
    • A rule to require auto manufacturers to provide height-adjusters for seat belts, so that people riding in cars can easily raise or lower the shoulder harnesses, so that they fit properly. This technology had been available only in high-cost luxury cars.
       
  • Playing a central role in gaining promulgation of the federal rule to require front-seat air bags in all passenger cars, including in lower-cost economy vehicles
     
  • Successfully boycotting Peugeot, which year after year had the worst crash-test results, actively opposed air bags, and opted to install a faulty “automatic seat belt” system in lieu of air bags – at a time when Peugeot predicted it would exponentially increase its US market penetration; instead, Peugeot ended up exiting the US marketplace
     
  • Joining with other groups in order to improve air bag safety, require side air bags, and gain other auto safety advances
     
  • Testifying before Congress in favor of requiring auto manufacturers to install air bags
     
  • Organizing victims, survivors, and family members of victims to speak out in support of auto safety improvements
     
  • Providing assistance to individual victims of unsafe vehicles and predatory auto sales and lending practices
     
  • Working to preserve access to justice, particularly for low-income consumers, minorities, women, and members of the Armed Forces and their families
     
Current priorities include:
  • Working to protect low and moderate-income consumers and used car buyers from unsafe, recalled used cars
     
  • Accelerating replacement of California's aging, high-polluting vehicle fleet with newer, cleaner, safer vehicles
     
  • Improving access to justice that is currently being denied due to the imposition of mandatory binding pre-dispute arbitration
     
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Our Mission
The CARS Foundation is dedicated
to preventing motor vehicle-related
fatalities, injuries, and economic
losses through education, outreach,
aid to victims, and related activities.

 

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Avoid buying cars with killer safety defects
Buyer beware: NEVER trust that a dealer will have the safety recall repairs performed before selling you a car that is being recalled. Dealers are so eager to make a buck, fast, they are unwilling to delay sales long enough to get the safety recall repairs done -- for FREE.

The CARS Foundation's tips on how to buy a safe, reliable used car — without having to risk going to a dealer:
Top 12 used car buying tips
12 used car buying tips that can save you thousands of dollars and help you avoid lemons and cars with killer safety defects

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