North Carolina residents who are looking to buy a used car from major dealerships should be aware of the large-scale Takata airbag and other vehicle safety recalls. Safety advocates reportedly found that 25 percent of vehicles at eight different CarMax locations had safety recalls that had not been taken care of.
The review showed that a total of 461 vehicles had at least one outstanding auto safety recall, 45 of which included defective airbag inflators that have been linked to fatalities. It was also noted that 41 of the vehicles had recalls that were repairable. Other defects that some of the vehicles had included fire risks.
Selling used cars that have unrepaired safety recalls is not against federal law. However, this practice is condemned by consumer and auto safety advocates due to the fact that it puts unsuspecting buyers at risk. While some politicians have tried to ban the selling of used vehicles with unrepaired safety recalls, independent dealers are not able to remedy the recalls as only franchised new-car dealerships are allowed to. For example, CarMax said that it provided buyers with information on how to take care of the recall themselves and that buyers were made aware of any open recalls by employees.
Defective or faulty auto parts can cause accidents that result in serious injuries or even death. As such, identifying and fixing dangerous auto parts is important. A products liability attorney could assist with filing a lawsuit against the manufacturer or the defective product or auto part in order to seek compensation for the injuries that were caused. As part of the process, the attorney will gather evidence that demonstrates that the defective or dangerous part directly caused the injuries.