Recently, it has been reported that used car buyers are at an increased risk of owning vehicles that were recalled but never fixed by previous owners. According to the The Los Angeles Times, studies done by Edmunds.com were sparked by a series of complaints concerning engine fires occurring in older model General Motors vehicles, all of which had been subject to a recall but never repaired.
An Edmunds.com analysis found that two GM recalls for 3.8-liter V6 engine vehicles had received only a 52.5% completion rate, meaning that almost half of the vehicles had gone without repairs. While not fixing defects is a vehicle owner’s choice, the problem occurs when these unrepaired vehicles are sold to used car dealers, who do not know the vehicles have unrepaired defects. In turn, the buyers of these cars are unwittingly subject to hazardous conditions.
There are currently no laws that require a vehicle owner to notify a buyer that their car has been recalled at some time in the past. Although used car buyers can register their vehicle with the manufacturer or visit www.safercar.gov to see if their car has ever been recalled, it can be difficult for a consumer to discover if their vehicle was actually fixed.
New car buyers are not the only people covered by the California lemon law. Used cars that are still under manufacturer warranty are also covered. Further, if the used car you bought came with an express warranty, consumers can get their money back or a replacement vehicle. For a free consultation about your case, contact the Law Offices of Howard D. Silver today at (866) 49-LEMON.