A recent news story, published by Reuters, shares how Mexico is moving to allow unregistered used cars brought into Mexico illegally to be registered for a whopping $124. According to the article, Baja, California has as many as 500,000 unregistered vehicles alone. Many of these vehicles were brought into Mexico from the United States either to sell them illegally or for use in criminal activities. Overall, Mexico seems to want to use America as an inventory acquisition avenue. And this has fired up U.S. automakers.
According to the Washington Post, as many as 18 million vehicles have been illegally imported into Mexico since 1990, accounting for about a third of all vehicles in the country.
A used vehicle purchased in the U.S. doesn’t legally require that open recalls be repaired before sale. Hypothetically, a vehicle could be purchased in the United States, imported to Mexico, and, for USD 124, be legally registered in Mexico. At that point, it could be legally driven back into the United States. And on the roads, once again, threatening the safety of drivers and passengers.
The problem then becomes three-fold:
I’m not arguing that this new Mexican legislation is right or wrong. I’m simply saying that it further complicates our mission of making the roads safer for everyone. We’ll definitely stay on top of this and further work to protect all drivers.