The Columbus Dispatch recently had an interesting investigative report indicating that dealers are selling used vehicles still in need of recall repair work.
According to the paper, of the millions of vehicles that have been recalled nationwide recently due to defective parts like airbags and ignition switches, some have been repaired, but not all, before being resold.
Consumer advocates are at odds over what to do about the issue—some say that it should not be legal to resell cars that have not experienced recall repairs, while dealers are fighting potential bans, saying certain recalls are more important than others are.
“CarMax, the nation’s largest chain of used-car stores, has felt the brunt of criticism. Advocates accuse the company of deceptive advertising and want a government investigation,” the Dispatch reported.
According to the newspaper, a recent U.S. Senate proposal would end the practice of selling used vehicles in need of recall repairs, but it appears to be stalled in the legislative process, as it is facing strong opposition from dealers and industry lobbyists.
To read the Dispatch report, you can click on the source link below. Shockingly, about 64 million vehicles were a part of recalls issued in 2014, which is the most in recorded history.
How Do I Check to See if My Vehicle Has Been Involved in a Recall?
As a vehicle owner or someone looking to purchase a car, you can visit the federal government database at safercar.gov to see if a specific model has been recalled using its vehicle-identification number (VIN).
Car manufacturers have a responsibility to produce vehicles that are safe—when they create defective products that lead to recalls, they have an obligation to reimburse the public for harm, including damages for auto accidents that may occur.
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