September 28, 2017
USED CAR ROULETTE: CarMax Doubles Down on Selling Cars Under Recall
New report finds 27% of surveyed CarMax vehicles for sale had Unrepaired Recalls
One CarMax “Certified” vehicle had 6 safety defects under recall
Today, the Center for Auto Safety is proud to partner with the Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety (CARS) Foundation, and the MASSPIRG Education Fund in releasing a new report showing that since 2015, the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, CarMax, has more than doubled the percentage of recalled used cars for sale to consumers, based on recent surveys of nearly 1,700 vehicles at 8 locations in California, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. The dangerous and unsafe defects on these cars advertised for sale included Takata airbags and GM ignition switches, both of which have been linked to multiple deaths.
“Recalls happen when there is an unreasonable safety risk or the car fails to meet a safety standard. Data documenting these defects is readily available to CarMax which makes calling an unrepaired recalled car ‘safe’ is deceptive on its face,” said Jason Levine, Executive Director of the Center for Auto Safety, an independent, non-profit consumer advocacy organization based in Washington, DC. Similar results are to be expected at other auto dealer groups across America who continue to advertise and sell used cars with unrepaired recalls as inspected, certified vehicles. “As the Federal Trade Commission has said, all safety recalls pose safety risks and, left unrepaired, might lead to accidents. These safety risks are why we will continue our fight in court to stop these types of deceptive advertising practices from being condoned in the FTC’s misguided consent orders approved last year.”
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December 19, 2017
Center for Auto Safety today joined other consumer groups highlighting a new, unprecedented Tennessee law, sneaked through in the waning hours of the legislative session, that will take effect January 1, 2018 making it easier for auto dealers to get away with charging top dollar for recalled used cars with lethal safety defects. “Tragically, Tennessee’s new law is likely to result in more dealers in that state engaging in ‘recalled used car roulette,’” said Jason Levine, Executive Director of the Center for Auto Safety. “Buying a used car should never mean you are putting your life, and the lives of your family, at risk.” Learn more about how unpopular the idea of selling unrepaired recall cars is in Tennessee: here.
Auto Safety / Consumer Organizations Sue Federal Trade Commission Over Decision Allowing General Motors and Car Dealerships to Engage in False Advertising of Unrepaired Recalled “Certified” Used Cars – 2/6/17
CAS Letter to US Attorney Preet Bharara – 8/25/16
CAS Comments on Proposed FTC Consent Orders – 2/29/2016
- Agreement Containing Consent Order
- Complaint Exhibits A-F
- Analysis of Proposed Consent Order to Aid Public Comment