General Motors, LLC; Analysis of Proposed Consent Order To Aid Public Comment, 5752-5754 [2016-01946]

Download as PDF 5752 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 22 / Wednesday, February 3, 2016 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES you have to follow the procedure explained in FTC Rule 4.9(c), 16 CFR 4.9(c).1 Your comment will be kept confidential only if the FTC General Counsel, in his or her sole discretion, grants your request in accordance with the law and the public interest. Postal mail addressed to the Commission is subject to delay due to heightened security screening. As a result, we encourage you to submit your comments online. To make sure that the Commission considers your online comment, you must file it at https:// ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/ jimkoonsmgtconsent by following the instructions on the web-based form. If this Notice appears at http:// www.regulations.gov/#!home, you also may file a comment through that Web site. If you file your comment on paper, write ‘‘Jim Koons Management Company—Consent Agreement; File No. 152–3104’’ on your comment and on the envelope, and mail your comment to the following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Suite CC–5610 (Annex D), Washington, DC 20580, or deliver your comment to the following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, Constitution Center, 400 7th Street SW., 5th Floor, Suite 5610 (Annex D), Washington, DC 20024. If possible, submit your paper comment to the Commission by courier or overnight service. Visit the Commission Web site at http://www.ftc.gov to read this Notice and the news release describing it. The FTC Act and other laws that the Commission administers permit the collection of public comments to consider and use in this proceeding as appropriate. The Commission will consider all timely and responsive public comments that it receives on or before February 29, 2016. You can find more information, including routine uses permitted by the Privacy Act, in the Commission’s privacy policy, at http://www.ftc.gov/ftc/privacy.htm. Analysis of Proposed Consent Order To Aid Public Comment The Federal Trade Commission (‘‘FTC’’ or ‘‘Commission’’) has accepted, subject to final approval, an agreement containing a consent order from Jim Koons Management Company. The proposed consent order has been placed 1 In particular, the written request for confidential treatment that accompanies the comment must include the factual and legal basis for the request, and must identify the specific portions of the comment to be withheld from the public record. See FTC Rule 4.9(c), 16 CFR 4.9(c). VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:14 Feb 02, 2016 Jkt 238001 on the public record for thirty (30) days for receipt of comments by interested persons. Comments received during this period will become part of the public record. After thirty (30) days, the FTC will again review the agreement and the comments received, and will decide whether it should withdraw from the agreement and take appropriate action or make final the agreement’s proposed order. The respondent is a car dealership that sells used motor vehicles. According to the FTC complaint, respondent has represented that the used motor vehicles it sells have been subject to rigorous inspection, including for safety issues, but has failed to disclose that the used motor vehicles it sells are subject to open recalls for safety issues. For instance, the respondent has posted advertisements on the Web site www.koons.com which prominently featured the ‘‘Koons Used Car Advantage’’ and included the representation that ‘‘[b]acked by the Koons Used Car Advantage, each vehicle we carry has been carefully selected and tested. . . .’’ The Web site listed among the ‘‘Koons Used Car Advantage Guarantees’’ the following representation: ‘‘Every certified Koons Outlet vehicle must pass a rigorous and extensive quality inspection before it can be sold. Our certified mechanics check all major mechanical and electrical systems and every power accessory as part of our rigid quality controls.’’ Even though it makes such claims, the respondent has allegedly advertised on its Web sites numerous certified used vehicles that were subject to open recalls for safety issues. In numerous instances, when the respondent allegedly advertised certified used vehicles that are subject to open recalls for safety issues, it provided no accompanying clear and conspicuous disclosure of this fact. The proposed complaint alleges that this failure to disclose constitutes a deceptive act or practice under section 5 of the FTC Act. The proposed order is designed to prevent the respondent from engaging in similar deceptive practices in the future. Part I prohibits the respondent from representing that used motor vehicles it offers for sale are safe, have been repaired for safety issues, or have been subject to an inspection for issues related to safety unless the used motor vehicles are not subject to any open recalls for safety issues or the respondent discloses, clearly and conspicuously, in close proximity to such representation, any material qualifying information related to open PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 recalls for safety issues. Part II is a provision that orders the respondent to notify every consumer who purchased from it a certified used motor vehicle between July 1, 2013 and June 15, 2015 that some of the used vehicles it sold during this time had been recalled for safety issues which weren’t repaired as of the date they were sold. The notice also specifies how consumers can check whether the vehicle is subject to an unrepaired recall at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Web site, https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/ vin/. This Web site also provides information on how to get a vehicle fixed if it is subject to an open recall. Parts III through VII of the proposed order are reporting and compliance provisions. Part III requires the respondent to maintain for five years, and produce to the Commission upon demand, any relevant ads and associated documentary material. Part IV is an order distribution provision that requires the respondent to provide the Order to current and future principals, officers, directors, and managers, and to all current employees, agents, and representatives having responsibilities with respect to the subject matter of the Order. Part V requires the respondent to notify the Commission of corporate changes that may affect compliance obligations. Part VI requires the respondent to submit a compliance report to the Commission 60 days after entry of the order, and also additional compliance reports within 10 business days of a written request by the Commission. Part VII ‘‘sunsets’’ the order after twenty years, with certain exceptions. The purpose of this analysis is to aid public comment on the proposed order. It is not intended to constitute an official interpretation of the complaint or proposed order, or to modify in any way the proposed order’s terms. By direction of the Commission. Donald S. Clark, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2016–01945 Filed 2–2–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6750–01–P FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION [File No. 152 3101] General Motors, LLC; Analysis of Proposed Consent Order To Aid Public Comment Federal Trade Commission. Proposed consent agreement. AGENCY: ACTION: The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\03FEN1.SGM 03FEN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 22 / Wednesday, February 3, 2016 / Notices federal law prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts or practices. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the draft complaint and the terms of the consent order—embodied in the consent agreement—that would settle these allegations. DATES: Comments must be received on or before February 29, 2016. ADDRESSES: Interested parties may file a comment at https:// ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/ generalmotorsconsent online or on paper, by following the instructions in the Request for Comment part of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below. Write ‘‘General Motors LLC— Consent Agreement; File No. 152–3101’’ on your comment and file your comment online at https:// ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/ generalmotorsconsent by following the instructions on the web-based form. If you prefer to file your comment on paper, write ‘‘General Motors LLC— Consent Agreement; File No. 152–3101’’ on your comment and on the envelope, and mail your comment to the following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Suite CC– 5610 (Annex D), Washington, DC 20580, or deliver your comment to the following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, Constitution Center, 400 7th Street SW., 5th Floor, Suite 5610 (Annex D), Washington, DC 20024. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Evan Zullow (202) 326–2914 or Courtney Estep (202) 326–2788, Bureau of Consumer Protection, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20580. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to Section 6(f) of the Federal Trade Commission Act, 15 U.S.C. 46(f), and FTC Rule 2.34, 16 CFR 2.34, notice is hereby given that the above-captioned consent agreement containing consent order to cease and desist, having been filed with and accepted, subject to final approval, by the Commission, has been placed on the public record for a period of thirty (30) days. The following Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes the terms of the consent agreement, and the allegations in the complaint. An electronic copy of the full text of the consent agreement package can be obtained from the FTC Home Page (for January 28, 2016), on the World Wide Web at: http:// www.ftc.gov/os/actions.shtm. You can file a comment online or on paper. For the Commission to consider your comment, we must receive it on or VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:14 Feb 02, 2016 Jkt 238001 before February 29, 2016. Write ‘‘General Motors LLC—Consent Agreement; File No. 152–3101’’ on your comment. Your comment—including your name and your state—will be placed on the public record of this proceeding, including, to the extent practicable, on the public Commission Web site, at http://www.ftc.gov/os/ publiccomments.shtm. As a matter of discretion, the Commission tries to remove individuals’ home contact information from comments before placing them on the Commission Web site. Because your comment will be made public, you are solely responsible for making sure that your comment does not include any sensitive personal information, like anyone’s Social Security number, date of birth, driver’s license number or other state identification number or foreign country equivalent, passport number, financial account number, or credit or debit card number. You are also solely responsible for making sure that your comment does not include any sensitive health information, like medical records or other individually identifiable health information. In addition, do not include any ‘‘[t]rade secret or any commercial or financial information which . . . is privileged or confidential,’’ as discussed in Section 6(f) of the FTC Act, 15 U.S.C. § 46(f), and FTC Rule 4.10(a)(2), 16 CFR 4.10(a)(2). In particular, do not include competitively sensitive information such as costs, sales statistics, inventories, formulas, patterns, devices, manufacturing processes, or customer names. If you want the Commission to give your comment confidential treatment, you must file it in paper form, with a request for confidential treatment, and you have to follow the procedure explained in FTC Rule 4.9(c), 16 CFR 4.9(c).1 Your comment will be kept confidential only if the FTC General Counsel, in his or her sole discretion, grants your request in accordance with the law and the public interest. Postal mail addressed to the Commission is subject to delay due to heightened security screening. As a result, we encourage you to submit your comments online. To make sure that the Commission considers your online comment, you must file it at https:// ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/ generalmotorsconsent by following the instructions on the Web-based form. If 1 In particular, the written request for confidential treatment that accompanies the comment must include the factual and legal basis for the request, and must identify the specific portions of the comment to be withheld from the public record. See FTC Rule 4.9(c), 16 CFR § 4.9(c). PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 5753 this Notice appears at http:// www.regulations.gov/#!home, you also may file a comment through that Web site. If you file your comment on paper, write ‘‘General Motors LLC—Consent Agreement; File No. 152–3101’’ on your comment and on the envelope, and mail your comment to the following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Suite CC–5610 (Annex D), Washington, DC 20580, or deliver your comment to the following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, Constitution Center, 400 7th Street SW., 5th Floor, Suite 5610 (Annex D), Washington, DC 20024. If possible, submit your paper comment to the Commission by courier or overnight service. Visit the Commission Web site at http://www.ftc.gov to read this Notice and the news release describing it. The FTC Act and other laws that the Commission administers permit the collection of public comments to consider and use in this proceeding as appropriate. The Commission will consider all timely and responsive public comments that it receives on or before February 29, 2016. You can find more information, including routine uses permitted by the Privacy Act, in the Commission’s privacy policy, at http://www.ftc.gov/ftc/privacy.htm. Analysis of Proposed Consent Order To Aid Public Comment The Federal Trade Commission (‘‘FTC’’ or ‘‘Commission’’) has accepted, subject to final approval, an agreement containing a consent order from General Motors, LLC. The proposed consent order has been placed on the public record for thirty (30) days for receipt of comments by interested persons. Comments received during this period will become part of the public record. After thirty (30) days, the FTC will again review the agreement and the comments received, and will decide whether it should withdraw from the agreement and take appropriate action or make final the agreement’s proposed order. The respondent is an automobile manufacturer that sells the cars it manufactures through local franchise dealerships. According to the FTC complaint, the respondent has represented that the used motor vehicles it markets and advertises have been subject to rigorous inspection, including for safety issues, but has failed to disclose that these used motor vehicles are subject to open recalls for safety issues. For instance, the respondent has posted advertisements on its Web site E:\FR\FM\03FEN1.SGM 03FEN1 5754 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 22 / Wednesday, February 3, 2016 / Notices that make the following representations about vehicles that purportedly undergo a rigorous 172-point inspection: We Check It, So You Don’t Have to 172-Point Inspection and Reconditioning mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES * * * * * Our 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning Process is conducted only by highly trained technicians and adheres to strict, factory-set standards to ensure that every vehicle’s engine, chassis, and body are in excellent condition. The technicians ensure that everything from the drivetrain to the windshield wipers is in good working order, or they recondition it to our exacting standards. The vehicles are road-tested, put up on a lift for a complete underbody and frame inspection, and then completely checked for any cosmetic flaws. And we do check it all. From the engine block to the shocks, right down to the floor mats, no major system is overlooked. If it fails a single point, we completely recondition it—or it won’t be Certified. Even though it makes such claims, the respondent has allegedly advertised on its Web site numerous Certified Pre Owned (‘‘CPO’’) vehicles that were subject to open recalls for safety issues. In numerous instances, when the respondent allegedly advertised CPO vehicles that are subject to open recalls for safety issues, it provided no accompanying clear and conspicuous disclosure of this fact. The proposed complaint alleges that this failure to disclose constitutes a deceptive act or practice under Section 5 of the FTC Act. The proposed order is designed to prevent the respondent from engaging in similar deceptive practices in the future. Part I prohibits the respondent from representing that used motor vehicles it markets or advertises are safe, have been repaired for safety issues, or have been subject to a rigorous inspection unless the used motor vehicles are not subject to any open recalls for safety issues or the respondent discloses, clearly and conspicuously, in close proximity to such representation, any material qualifying information related to open recalls for safety issues. Part II is a provision that orders the respondent to notify every consumer who purchased a CPO used motor vehicle from a GM dealership between July 1, 2013 and the date of entry of the Order, and whose vehicle has not had the open recall repaired, that (1) the consumer’s vehicle has been recalled for safety issues that have not been repaired, and (2) how to get the vehicle repaired. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:14 Feb 02, 2016 Jkt 238001 Parts III through VII of the proposed order are reporting and compliance provisions. Part III requires the respondent to maintain for five years, and produce to the Commission upon demand, any relevant ads and associated documentary material. Part IV is an order distribution provision that requires the respondent to provide the Order to certain current and future principals, officers, and directors, and to all current employees, agents, and representatives having responsibilities with respect to the subject matter of the Order. Part V requires the respondent to notify the Commission of corporate changes that may affect compliance obligations. Part VI requires the respondent to submit a compliance report to the Commission 60 days after entry of the order, and also additional compliance reports within 10 business days of a written request by the Commission. Part VII ‘‘sunsets’’ the order after twenty years, with certain exceptions. The purpose of this analysis is to aid public comment on the proposed order. It is not intended to constitute an official interpretation of the complaint or proposed order, or to modify in any way the proposed order’s terms. By direction of the Commission. Donald S. Clark, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2016–01946 Filed 2–2–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6750–01–P FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION [File No. 152–3102] Lithia Motors, Inc.; Analysis of Proposed Consent Order To Aid Public Comment Federal Trade Commission. Proposed consent agreement. AGENCY: ACTION: The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts or practices. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the draft complaint and the terms of the consent order—embodied in the consent agreement—that would settle these allegations. DATES: Comments must be received on or before February 29, 2016. ADDRESSES: Interested parties may file a comment at https:// ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/ lithiamotorsconsent online or on paper, by following the instructions in the Request for Comment part of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 below. Write ‘‘Lithia Motors, Inc.— Consent Agreement; File No. 152–3102’’ on your comment and file your comment online at https:// ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/ lithiamotorsconsent by following the instructions on the Web-based form. If you prefer to file your comment on paper, write ‘‘Lithia Motors, Inc.— Consent Agreement; File No. 152–3102’’ on your comment and on the envelope, and mail your comment to the following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Suite CC– 5610 (Annex D), Washington, DC 20580, or deliver your comment to the following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, Constitution Center, 400 7th Street SW., 5th Floor, Suite 5610 (Annex D), Washington, DC 20024. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Evan Zullow (202) 326–2914 or Courtney Estep (202) 326–2788, Bureau of Consumer Protection, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20580. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to Section 6(f) of the Federal Trade Commission Act, 15 U.S.C. 46(f), and FTC Rule 2.34, 16 CFR 2.34, notice is hereby given that the above-captioned consent agreement containing consent order to cease and desist, having been filed with and accepted, subject to final approval, by the Commission, has been placed on the public record for a period of thirty (30) days. The following Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes the terms of the consent agreement, and the allegations in the complaint. An electronic copy of the full text of the consent agreement package can be obtained from the FTC Home Page (for January 28, 2016), on the World Wide Web at: http:// www.ftc.gov/os/actions.shtm. You can file a comment online or on paper. For the Commission to consider your comment, we must receive it on or before February 29, 2016. Write ‘‘Lithia Motors, Inc.—Consent Agreement; File No. 152–3102’’ on your comment. Your comment—including your name and your state—will be placed on the public record of this proceeding, including, to the extent practicable, on the public Commission Web site, at http:// www.ftc.gov/os/publiccomments.shtm. As a matter of discretion, the Commission tries to remove individuals’ home contact information from comments before placing them on the Commission Web site. Because your comment will be made public, you are solely responsible for making sure that your comment does E:\FR\FM\03FEN1.SGM 03FEN1

Agencies

[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 22 (Wednesday, February 3, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 5752-5754]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-01946]


-----------------------------------------------------------------------

FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION

[File No. 152 3101]


General Motors, LLC; Analysis of Proposed Consent Order To Aid 
Public Comment

AGENCY: Federal Trade Commission.

ACTION: Proposed consent agreement.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

SUMMARY: The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged 
violations of

[[Page 5753]]

federal law prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts or practices. The 
attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations 
in the draft complaint and the terms of the consent order--embodied in 
the consent agreement--that would settle these allegations.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before February 29, 2016.

ADDRESSES: Interested parties may file a comment at https://ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/generalmotorsconsent online or on paper, 
by following the instructions in the Request for Comment part of the 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below. Write ``General Motors LLC--
Consent Agreement; File No. 152-3101'' on your comment and file your 
comment online at https://ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/generalmotorsconsent by following the instructions on the web-based 
form. If you prefer to file your comment on paper, write ``General 
Motors LLC--Consent Agreement; File No. 152-3101'' on your comment and 
on the envelope, and mail your comment to the following address: 
Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, 600 Pennsylvania 
Avenue NW., Suite CC-5610 (Annex D), Washington, DC 20580, or deliver 
your comment to the following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office 
of the Secretary, Constitution Center, 400 7th Street SW., 5th Floor, 
Suite 5610 (Annex D), Washington, DC 20024.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Evan Zullow (202) 326-2914 or Courtney 
Estep (202) 326-2788, Bureau of Consumer Protection, 600 Pennsylvania 
Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20580.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to Section 6(f) of the Federal 
Trade Commission Act, 15 U.S.C. 46(f), and FTC Rule 2.34, 16 CFR 2.34, 
notice is hereby given that the above-captioned consent agreement 
containing consent order to cease and desist, having been filed with 
and accepted, subject to final approval, by the Commission, has been 
placed on the public record for a period of thirty (30) days. The 
following Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes the terms of the 
consent agreement, and the allegations in the complaint. An electronic 
copy of the full text of the consent agreement package can be obtained 
from the FTC Home Page (for January 28, 2016), on the World Wide Web 
at: http://www.ftc.gov/os/actions.shtm.
    You can file a comment online or on paper. For the Commission to 
consider your comment, we must receive it on or before February 29, 
2016. Write ``General Motors LLC--Consent Agreement; File No. 152-
3101'' on your comment. Your comment--including your name and your 
state--will be placed on the public record of this proceeding, 
including, to the extent practicable, on the public Commission Web 
site, at http://www.ftc.gov/os/publiccomments.shtm. As a matter of 
discretion, the Commission tries to remove individuals' home contact 
information from comments before placing them on the Commission Web 
site.
    Because your comment will be made public, you are solely 
responsible for making sure that your comment does not include any 
sensitive personal information, like anyone's Social Security number, 
date of birth, driver's license number or other state identification 
number or foreign country equivalent, passport number, financial 
account number, or credit or debit card number. You are also solely 
responsible for making sure that your comment does not include any 
sensitive health information, like medical records or other 
individually identifiable health information. In addition, do not 
include any ``[t]rade secret or any commercial or financial information 
which . . . is privileged or confidential,'' as discussed in Section 
6(f) of the FTC Act, 15 U.S.C. Sec.  46(f), and FTC Rule 4.10(a)(2), 16 
CFR 4.10(a)(2). In particular, do not include competitively sensitive 
information such as costs, sales statistics, inventories, formulas, 
patterns, devices, manufacturing processes, or customer names.
    If you want the Commission to give your comment confidential 
treatment, you must file it in paper form, with a request for 
confidential treatment, and you have to follow the procedure explained 
in FTC Rule 4.9(c), 16 CFR 4.9(c).\1\ Your comment will be kept 
confidential only if the FTC General Counsel, in his or her sole 
discretion, grants your request in accordance with the law and the 
public interest.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------

    \1\ In particular, the written request for confidential 
treatment that accompanies the comment must include the factual and 
legal basis for the request, and must identify the specific portions 
of the comment to be withheld from the public record. See FTC Rule 
4.9(c), 16 CFR Sec.  4.9(c).
---------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Postal mail addressed to the Commission is subject to delay due to 
heightened security screening. As a result, we encourage you to submit 
your comments online. To make sure that the Commission considers your 
online comment, you must file it at https://ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/generalmotorsconsent by following the instructions on the Web-based 
form. If this Notice appears at http://www.regulations.gov/#!home, you 
also may file a comment through that Web site.
    If you file your comment on paper, write ``General Motors LLC--
Consent Agreement; File No. 152-3101'' on your comment and on the 
envelope, and mail your comment to the following address: Federal Trade 
Commission, Office of the Secretary, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Suite 
CC-5610 (Annex D), Washington, DC 20580, or deliver your comment to the 
following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, 
Constitution Center, 400 7th Street SW., 5th Floor, Suite 5610 (Annex 
D), Washington, DC 20024. If possible, submit your paper comment to the 
Commission by courier or overnight service.
    Visit the Commission Web site at http://www.ftc.gov to read this 
Notice and the news release describing it. The FTC Act and other laws 
that the Commission administers permit the collection of public 
comments to consider and use in this proceeding as appropriate. The 
Commission will consider all timely and responsive public comments that 
it receives on or before February 29, 2016. You can find more 
information, including routine uses permitted by the Privacy Act, in 
the Commission's privacy policy, at http://www.ftc.gov/ftc/privacy.htm.

Analysis of Proposed Consent Order To Aid Public Comment

    The Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') has 
accepted, subject to final approval, an agreement containing a consent 
order from General Motors, LLC. The proposed consent order has been 
placed on the public record for thirty (30) days for receipt of 
comments by interested persons. Comments received during this period 
will become part of the public record. After thirty (30) days, the FTC 
will again review the agreement and the comments received, and will 
decide whether it should withdraw from the agreement and take 
appropriate action or make final the agreement's proposed order.
    The respondent is an automobile manufacturer that sells the cars it 
manufactures through local franchise dealerships. According to the FTC 
complaint, the respondent has represented that the used motor vehicles 
it markets and advertises have been subject to rigorous inspection, 
including for safety issues, but has failed to disclose that these used 
motor vehicles are subject to open recalls for safety issues.
    For instance, the respondent has posted advertisements on its Web 
site

[[Page 5754]]

that make the following representations about vehicles that purportedly 
undergo a rigorous 172-point inspection:

We Check It, So You Don't Have to

172-Point Inspection and Reconditioning

* * * * *
    Our 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning Process is 
conducted only by highly trained technicians and adheres to strict, 
factory-set standards to ensure that every vehicle's engine, chassis, 
and body are in excellent condition. The technicians ensure that 
everything from the drivetrain to the windshield wipers is in good 
working order, or they recondition it to our exacting standards. The 
vehicles are road-tested, put up on a lift for a complete underbody and 
frame inspection, and then completely checked for any cosmetic flaws.
    And we do check it all. From the engine block to the shocks, right 
down to the floor mats, no major system is overlooked. If it fails a 
single point, we completely recondition it--or it won't be Certified.
    Even though it makes such claims, the respondent has allegedly 
advertised on its Web site numerous Certified Pre Owned (``CPO'') 
vehicles that were subject to open recalls for safety issues. In 
numerous instances, when the respondent allegedly advertised CPO 
vehicles that are subject to open recalls for safety issues, it 
provided no accompanying clear and conspicuous disclosure of this fact. 
The proposed complaint alleges that this failure to disclose 
constitutes a deceptive act or practice under Section 5 of the FTC Act.
    The proposed order is designed to prevent the respondent from 
engaging in similar deceptive practices in the future. Part I prohibits 
the respondent from representing that used motor vehicles it markets or 
advertises are safe, have been repaired for safety issues, or have been 
subject to a rigorous inspection unless the used motor vehicles are not 
subject to any open recalls for safety issues or the respondent 
discloses, clearly and conspicuously, in close proximity to such 
representation, any material qualifying information related to open 
recalls for safety issues. Part II is a provision that orders the 
respondent to notify every consumer who purchased a CPO used motor 
vehicle from a GM dealership between July 1, 2013 and the date of entry 
of the Order, and whose vehicle has not had the open recall repaired, 
that (1) the consumer's vehicle has been recalled for safety issues 
that have not been repaired, and (2) how to get the vehicle repaired.
    Parts III through VII of the proposed order are reporting and 
compliance provisions. Part III requires the respondent to maintain for 
five years, and produce to the Commission upon demand, any relevant ads 
and associated documentary material. Part IV is an order distribution 
provision that requires the respondent to provide the Order to certain 
current and future principals, officers, and directors, and to all 
current employees, agents, and representatives having responsibilities 
with respect to the subject matter of the Order. Part V requires the 
respondent to notify the Commission of corporate changes that may 
affect compliance obligations. Part VI requires the respondent to 
submit a compliance report to the Commission 60 days after entry of the 
order, and also additional compliance reports within 10 business days 
of a written request by the Commission. Part VII ``sunsets'' the order 
after twenty years, with certain exceptions.
    The purpose of this analysis is to aid public comment on the 
proposed order. It is not intended to constitute an official 
interpretation of the complaint or proposed order, or to modify in any 
way the proposed order's terms.

    By direction of the Commission.
Donald S. Clark,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2016-01946 Filed 2-2-16; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 6750-01-P