Dealers allowed to sell you recalled vehicles

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When buying a used car, a lot of us check the vehicle history report using services like Carfax.

But there’s something many aren’t checking: Whether the vehicle was recalled.

"I have a teenage daughter who drives,” Tracy Perry said. “What if she was driving and the frame broke, it would have ben an instant wreck."

Perry said she bought a used car with a dangerous rusted out suspension a little over a year ago.

It had been recalled, but was never fixed.

According to The New York Times, the United States does not have a law requiring the repair of used vehicles — including rental cars — that have been recalled for safety issues before they are rented or sold to the public.

Used-car dealers and rental car companies are allowed to fix problems when, and if, they see fit. But they are not required by law to disclose to customers that a vehicle is the subject of a recall.

There’s currently a move in Congress and the Senate to require recall work before a car can be resold, but those efforts have stalled.

In the midst of these efforts, Congress and law enforcement officials are investigating the delayed recall of 2.6 million General Motors vehicles for a faulty ignition issue that has killed many drivers.

But with no law in place to keep dealers from selling recalled vehicles without applying fixes, there could be trouble.

Have you bought a car that came with an ignored recall notice? Email me at or Tweet me @JohnMatarese so you don’t waste your money.


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