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You may be correct in some states. I cannot find a federal law that prevents a dealer from selling a used car with a recall.
In PA, however, they have a safety inspection process. I still think it's probably a matter of the dealer breaking the law somehow, but I can't quote a specific law. Who knows, it might pass the safety inspection with an open safety recall and thus, be able to be registered.
However, the dealer doesn't have to sell this vehicle if they don't want to. They don't have to let anyone drive it. At least, I don't think there's a law that forces them to do so. But, I'm not a lawyer.