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Used Car Dealerships Selling Cars with Dangerous Recalls

Lidnsey DeRosa5 months ago

Investigative reporting by a New Jersey news station found several used car dealerships were knowingly selling recalled vehicles while refusing to inform customers, even when asked directly about recalls.

About the Car Recall Problem

A CBS news station went undercover to several car dealerships in New Jersey who were selling cars that have had serious safety recalls. When the salespeople were asked about the vehicles with the recalls, they responded with statements like “I don’t think [this vehicle] will have that problem” and “We won't sell anything that gives us a bad reputation.”

The cars questioned at the time were recalled, and one of the car models involved faulty Takata airbags with at least 11 deaths reported as a result of this problem.

Car dealerships around the country have been found to have sold cars with everything from brake erosion to faulty ignitions to roll away hazards. There is no federal law that requires car dealerships to inform their customers of recalls, which results in devastation.  

Information Regarding Recalled Cars

  • The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act (originally enacted in 1966 and now recodified as 49 U.S.C. Chapter 301) gives the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the authority to issue vehicle safety standards and to require manufacturers to recall vehicles that have safety-related defects or do not meet Federal safety standards.
  • More than 390 million cars, trucks, buses, recreational vehicles, motorcycles, and mopeds, as well as 46 million tires, 66 million pieces of motor vehicle equipment, and 42 million child safety seats have been recalled to correct safety defects.

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