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Post date: January 14 2015

A.G. Schneiderman Settles With Central New York Business For Selling Trailers Without Adequate Safety Equipment

State Law Requires Trailers Over 1,000 Pounds Be Equipped With Brakes

SYRACUSE – Attorney General Eric Schneiderman today announced that his office reached a settlement with a Weedsport business for selling trailers that lacked appropriate safety equipment and did not comply with New York State’s vehicle and traffic laws. The law requires that adequate braking systems be installed on all unladen trailers weighing more than 1,000 pounds as well as all trailers with maximum carrying capacity of more than 3,000 pounds. The company, Alfred O. Klaben Cars and Trailers, allegedly sold trailers lacking the required braking systems.

As a result of Attorney General Schneiderman’s investigation, Klaben immediately discontinued the sale of trailers without proper safety equipment, mailed notices to customers who purchased above-weight trailers within the last three years to advise them of the necessity for brakes, and offered customers the opportunity to have brakes installed at no cost.

“Today’s settlement will protect public safety and ensure a positive resolution for consumers,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “My office will always strive to ensure consumers are treated fairly in the marketplace and that we are protecting people from needless hazards on our roads and highways.”

New York State Motor Vehicle Law § 375(c) requires adequate brakes in good working order on all trailers and semitrailers with an empty weight of more than 1,000 pounds, or, with a gross weight in excess of 3,000 pounds.

As part of the settlement, Klaben has also agreed to pay $2,000 in penalties.

This case was handled by Assistant Attorney General Judith Malkin of the Syracuse Regional Office along with support from Supervising Investigator Christopher Holland of the Rochester Regional Office and Senior Investigator Andrea Buttenschon of the Syracuse Regional Office. The Syracuse Office is led by Assistant Attorney General in Charge Ed Thompson. The Division of Regional Offices is led by Executive Deputy Attorney General for Regional Affairs Marty Mack.

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