Consumer Groups Sue DOJ to Compel Vehicle Title Database

Claiming that consumers are at risk of purchasing dangerous used cars and trucks becaues they cannot instantly check the validity of their titles, mileage, and whether they were stolen, junked, or salvaged, a group of consumer groups headed by Public Citizen filed a lawsuit Feb. 6 against the U.S. Department of Justice to compel it create a national database. Congress ordered this more than 15 years ago,  Public Citizen, Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety,, and Consumer Action allege, but it has not been done.

Public Citizen, et al. v. Michael Mukasey, Attorney General was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The groups want the court to order find DOJ has violated the Administrative Procedures Act and order it to create of the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System.

"People's lives are at risk because they are buying used cars that are missing air bags or have other critical safety defects due to their hidden histories as junked or salvaged vehicles," said Public Citizen President Joan Claybrook. "How much longer will consumers have to wait before the federal government delivers what Congress asked for in 1992?" She referred to a 1992 law that called for the national database; Congress shifted responsibility for establishing it to DOJ in 1996 because the U.S. Department of Transportation had failed to make headway, according to Public Citizen's news release. The lawsuit and statements from some consumers who allege they unknowingly bought salvaged vehicles are available at www.citizen.org.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • Easy to Use Safety Incident App

    Record incidents on the go with IndustrySafe’s mobile app. Collect data for multiple types of incidents including including near misses, vehicle and environmental incidents, and employee and non-employee injuries; at job sites and remote locations—with or without web access.

  • Safety Training 101

    When it comes to safety training, no matter the industry, there are always questions regarding requirements and certifications. IndustrySafe is here to help. We put together a resource that’s easy to digest so you can get answers to your training questions and ensure you're complying with OSHA's standards.

  • Conduct EHS Inspections and Audits

    Record and manage your organization’s inspection data with IndustrySafe’s Inspections module. IndustrySafe’s pre-built forms and checklists may be used as is, or can be customized to better suit the needs of your organization.

  • Track Key Safety Performance Indicators

    IndustrySafe’s Dashboard Module allows organizations to easily track safety KPIs and metrics. Gain increased visibility into your business’ operations and safety data.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus