About 1 in 4 CarMax vehicles has unrepaired recall defect, safety advocates say

More than a quarter of used vehicles for sale at CarMax outlets in three states were found to have unrepaired recall defects, a coalition of safety advocates said Thursday.

A survey of 1,699 used vehicles for sale at eight CarMax Inc. dealerships in Connecticut, Massachusetts and California found 27 percent had at least one open recall, according to a report the group released. That’s double the percentage of open recalls found at five of the dealerships in a similar survey conducted in 2015, the group said.

Of the 461 vehicles with at least one unrepaired recall defect, 41 had no repair available.

The unrepaired defects included Takata airbags and General Motors ignition switches, each of which has been linked to multiple deaths and injuries, said Deirdre Cummings, consumer program director for MASSPIRG Education Fund.

“No one should have to gamble with their safety,” she said in a conference call with reporters.

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