Over the years, we have covered many automobile recalls - with the largest likely being the Takata airbag recalls involving tens of millions of vehicles. Many car buyers may be surprised to learn that used cars with open recalls are often sold, with their new owners being totally unaware of the potential danger. Now, an investigative report is calling out the U.S. government for selling the potentially dangerous vehicles.
NBCWashington.com reports that selling cars with open recalls is a common practice, even the federal government does it. In a review of General Services Administration auctions, a significant number of the vehicles had open recalls. Some of the recalls were even for dangerous defects.
The report says that Democratic Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi of Illinois is proposing legislation that would prevent the GSA from selling vehicles with open recalls. But this would only affect one government agency. Others would presumably be permitted to sell the vehicles
While government and private auto sellers continue to sell cars that have open recalls, we recommend that consumers check the status of any used cars they intend to buy before completing the purchase.
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