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Used Car Dealers May be Selling Defective Automobiles

June 30, 2011
Colson Hicks Eidson

Have you ever purchased a car from used car dealership? There is a chance you bought a recalled vehicle that the manufacturer never fixed, according to a study by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). An earlier report from the Associated Press noted that manufacturers repair only approximately 65 percent of recalled vehicles within 18 months of the recall.

Used car dealerships do not get the same recall notices as new car dealers. In addition, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) does not have the power to make used car dealers repair recalled vehicles or warn buyers.

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers says that consumers can check with car manufacturers to find out if there is a recall on a specific model. However, there is still no way to search by vehicle identification numbers (VIN). Thus, there is no way for used car owners to know if their car is a recall vehicle and if the maker fixed the defect.

Defective auto parts and recalled vehicles can cause serious injuries and death. A Florida injury attorney has the experience in defect litigation to help you. Consult a Florida lawyer to find out how you can recover fair and just compensation if you suffer injuries from a defective vehicle or auto part.