It proved to be a fatal flaw that forced Jackson to pull the bill without a vote.

In response, Rosemary Shahan of Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety told KCRA 3, “Legislators didn’t have the courage to stand up to the auto dealers.”

Supporters of the safety recall bill told KCRA 3 they’ll be back again in January with a new version of the bill that will allow auto dealers to check a federal database to see if a vehicle is subject to a recall.

Private sellers also were excluded from the bill, although they make up 64 percent of the used car market, according to the California New Car Dealers Association.