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"It's about one in every three recalled cars doesn't get fixed. And we see millions of these cars get resold every year," said CARFAX public relations manager, Christopher Basso.
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We told employees about the unfixed recalls we found on their lot, and many said they had no idea a free website existed. After checking back with them, we found all recalls we pointed out have been fixed.
"Buyer Beware. You're buying a used car from a used car dealer versus. a nationally known car lot you're taking a chance, you're taking a risk," Jefferson said. CARFAX also encourages buyer to a get a complete report Cheap Burberry Duffle Bag
At another Jacksonville lot, we found more cars with open recalls. An Acura sedan had a driver's side airbag that could fail to deploy in a crash, and a Honda SUV had problems with its lighting and power window switches, which posed a fire hazard."Someone needs to advocate these laws being changed because you don't want to wait and be reactive," said Channel 4's Safety Analyst, Ken Jefferson.
on the car's history, which isn't free, but it may uncover other hidden defects.
a mechanic's inspection is well worth the protection it's going to provide you when you're buying a used car, "he continued.
to public safety in that, at any time, these recalled parts can fail and cause a problem for the people driving the car and for other people on the road," said Basso.
When Channel 4 started investigating these hidden dangers in January, we found lot after lot with vehicles, which according to manufacturers, had unfixed recalls.
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At one Jacksonville lot, we discovered a 2002 Ford Escape with two unrepaired defects. According to the manufacturer, it had an engine that could shut off while driving and an anti lock brake system that could malfunction. We also found a 2005 Chevy Cobalt on the same lot with an open recall on its power steering. The manufacturer's website said the car could suddenly lose power and cause a crash if it wasn't fixed.
In 2012, CARFAX found nearly 2.1 million cars with open or unfixed recalls were for sale online nationwide. Of those vehicles, nearly 100,000 were for sale online right here in Florida. In fact, CARFAX says Florida, along with California and Texas lead the nation for the second straight year with the highest number of used cars for sale with unfixed recalls. Georgia fell in the top 10 with over 50,000.
There is no federal or state law that requires used car dealers or private sellers to tell buyers about unfixed recalls on used cars. Jefferson said until the laws change, he urges buyers to do their homework.
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