Recalled GM Vehicles Still Being Sold
An investigative report by an NBC affiliate in North Carolina has found that a number of Chevy Cobalts and related vehicles are being sold throughout the Piedmont of North Carolina, despite open recalls.
Dealers Not Obligated to Disclose Recall Information
“I would think, if they have to disclose whether or not your car has been flood before, or previous accident, why not something that could kill you?” – Walt Hoggard of Durham as published by WNCN
According to the WNCN report, several Chevy Cobalts and other vehicle models recalled by General Motors (GM) due to a faulty ignition switch were found to be for sale across the Research Triangle – an eight-county region anchored by Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill.
Among the vehicles for sale was a 2009 Cobalt priced at $12,000 through CBS Quality Cars’ Roxboro. A Carfax vehicle history report indicated that the defective ignition switch in the vehicle had not been repaired – the dealer declined to comment on the vehicle.
The news team also found a 2007 Cobalt for sale at Sexton Auto Sales, also with an unfixed ignition switch. The owner of the dealership, Rick Sexton, told WXCN that was working on getting the recall repaired, despite having no legal obligation to make the repairs.
Currently, legal loopholes mean that sellers are not required to disclose recall information or repair the defective parts before selling the vehicle. WNCN reported finding millions of other recalled vehicles for sale at dealers across the nation.
About the General Motors Ignition Recall
In February, General Motors began a recall for Chevrolet, Pontiac, and Saturn vehicles equipped with a faulty ignition switch that could inadvertently shift out of the “run” position and into the “accessory” or “off” positions, resulting in a reduction or complete loss of power to the engine.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has verified that the defect can result in the loss of power steering and antilock brakes, and can prevent airbags from deploying in the event of a collision.
So far, GM has confirmed that at least 13 deaths and more than 40 collisions have been linked to the defect. The Center for Auto Safety, however, claims that the number of fatalities may be as high as 303.
Models affected by the recall include:
- 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt
- 2007-2010 Pontiac G5
- 2003-2007 Saturn Ion
- 2006-2011 Chevrolet HHR
- 2006-2010 Pontiac Solstice
- 2006-2010 Saturn Sky
GM is currently being investigated by Congress and the Department of Justice as documents have indicated that the automaker first discovered the defect in 2001 but possibly witheld information from NHTSA.
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