If you have recently purchased a vehicle at CarMax, then you should continue reading the contents of this blog. Three consumer safety organizations have accused CarMax of selling defective vehicles with open recalls. The Center for Auto Safety, the CARS Foundation and MASSPIRG Education Fund collaborated on a study that analyzed 1,699 vehicles sold at eight CarMax locations in three states. According to the study, titled Used Car Roulette, an average of 27 percent of vehicles sold by CarMax have these defects.
Some of the vehicles sold at CarMax contain defects that are responsible for injuries and deaths in the US. Forty-five of the vehicles contained defective Takata airbags, which can explode with excessive force. These airbags are linked to 13 deaths and dozens of injuries in the US. Other vehicles included in the report contained multiple defects that were currently under recall. In one case, a GMC Sierra contained six defects. Another 19 contained three or more defects.
CarMax claims its vehicles are safe and that it discloses the recall status of its vehicles to customers. However, CarMax also advertises its vehicles as “safe.” There is a possibility some consumers would be confused by CarMax’s advertising.
How Can I Check for Open Recalls on Used Vehicles?
CarMax is not the only chain of used car dealerships to sell vehicles with unrepaired defects. It is illegal for dealerships to sell new vehicles with unrepaired recalls. Used vehicles with unrepaired recalls can be sold to consumers as long as certain obligations are met by the dealership. This loophole can make it dangerous for you and other consumers who are shopping for a used vehicle.
You could check for open recalls before purchasing a used vehicle. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) operates www.safercar.gov, which allows you to input the VIN (vehicle identification number) of a vehicle to check its recall status. Safercar’s search results could show whether the vehicle has received repairs for defects that are under recall. The VIN is typically found on the driver’s side dashboard. If you cannot find it on the dashboard, then you could also ask the dealership for the VIN.
If you or a loved one bought a used vehicle with an unrepaired defect and were harmed as a result, then it may be possible to file a personal injury lawsuit for damages. The same could be true of a rental car company that allowed you to use a vehicle with hazardous defects.
The Atlantic City personal injury lawyers at Targan Pender & Strickland, P.C. offer free initial consultations that can explain your possible legal options for filing a lawsuit against a used car dealership.