On October 20, 2020, a terrible three-day fire broke out in a factory in an industrial town in Japan, thankfully with no loss of life. Remarkably, this far-away disaster from a few months ago impacts your current ability to purchase a new car in the Pacific Northwest.
Are auto dealers and service departments open for business in Oregon and Washington State during the coronavirus “stay-at-home” requirement?
In most cases, yes, because they are deemed to provide an essential service for people who need to buy or have a vehicle repaired to drive to essential work, grocery stores or medical facilities. But there are exceptions. For example, one Toyota dealer was temporarily closed for deep cleaning after an employee tested positive for the virus.
On September 18, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency notified Volkswagen that it violated the Clean Air Act when installing a “defeat device” which circumvents emissions standards by giving false readings when tested. “Using a defeat device in cars to evade clean air standards is illegal and a threat to public health“, said EPA’s Cynthia Giles.
From time to time, this website will post notices concerning consumer and legal issues other than motor vehicles that are relevant to residents of Oregon and Washington State. This just in from the Oregon Department of Justice… (more…)