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Recalled Vehicles Being Sold at Used Car Lots

Steve Wagner

We wrote to you last week about how many recalled vehicles are still on the road with unrepaired, and potentially life threatening defects. Estimates say there are as many as 46 million recalled cars that are driving on U.S. roads every day.

The biggest threat of these cars is that many of them are bought and resold without the new owners every being aware of an initial recall, or the dangers they might be in by driving the new-to-them vehicle.

Unfortunately, there are no legal restrictions or requirements for car manufacturers, sellers, or owners to have recall-repairs made before they resell a vehicle. Which means, last year in the U.S. over 5 million cars were sold that had active recalls on them, some of which were the exploding Takata airbags or brake defects, and all were potentially life threatening.

Predictions show that there will be an even higher number of recalled vehicles bought and sold this year, because last year’s 64 million recalled vehicles broke the record for most recalled vehicles in a year by more than double of the previous record (2004).

One way to ensure you are getting a safe vehicle is to double check registry. You can search any vehicle with the VIN number and get a report on the recall status of that car. If you recently purchased a used vehicle, you can still check the registry to see if the vehicle needs repairs.

You may also be eligible for compensation against a car dealership if they sold you a car that was in need of repairs, which resulted in an injury to you or a loved one. Call the law offices of Wagner Reese at (888) 204-8440 for more information on our motor vehicle accident injury attorney services.


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