When you buy a used automobile from a dealer, you expect it to be free of auto defects. Three consumer advocacy groups are now up in arms over their claim that CarMax, the United States’ biggest used car dealer, has been selling vehicles with unrepaired defects that had been subject to safety recalls.
According to reports, about 27 percent, or one in four vehicles sold, at eight CarMax dealerships had defects that were subject to safety recalls. Some of the defects that were found had been responsible for thousands of injuries and dozens of fatalities.
Some of the defects included:
Stalling in traffic
Catching on fire
Seat belts that fail during a crash
Air bag inflators that rupture and propel metal fragments
Stuck accelerator pedals
The report obtained by the advocacy groups Masspirg, The CARS Foundation, and the Center for Auto Safety included vehicles CarMax advertised for sale in California, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. Included in the report were 45 vehicles with potentially lethal air bag inflators, and faulty switches that were linked to 124 fatalities and more than 275 injuries as of last year.
If you have experienced an injury in a car crash that you believe may have been caused by an unreported automotive defect, please call the New Jersey product liability lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, LLP at 732-777-0100, or contact us online. We will provide the knowledgeable guidance you need to recover compensation for your suffering. Our offices are conveniently located in Edison, Red Bank, and Toms River, and we represent clients throughout the state of New Jersey.