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Car dealers need protection to advise customers of problems, some say
Car dealers need protection to advise customers of problems, some say

A prominent Maryland car dealer says manufacturers muzzle him and his colleagues, forbidding them from telling customers about potential safety problems until they develop into full-fledged recalls. Jack Fitzgerald asked a state Senate panel Tuesday to pass a bill granting free speech for dealers to warn customers. A prominent Maryland car dealer says manufacturers muzzle him and his colleagues, forbidding them from telling customers about potential safety problems until they develop into full-fledged recalls. Jack Fitzgerald, president of Fitzgerald Automalls, said the rules mean customers unwittingly drive cars that could become hazards while mechanics who could fix the problems are...

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