Safety defects are a real concern, especially when those defects are concerning your vehicle. Unfixed safety recalls in vehicles that are being sold to unsuspecting buyers raise concerns.

In October, AutoNation was found offering vehicles that had safety defects. While that might be old news, it’s important to touch on this topic because consumers need to be aware that what a business says it does and what it actually does may be two different things. In that case, the company had pledged not to sell vehicles with unresolved recalls, but it still was. That threatens the safety of everyone on the roads.

So, what can you do to eliminate the risk of buying a vehicle with a safety recall?

To avoid buying a car that has a safety recall, make sure that you’re asking the right questions. Ask the seller if the vehicle currently has any safety recalls out on it. If so, request proof that those recalls have been addressed. If not, you can choose a different dealership or ask to have the recalls taken care of before you make the purchase.

Our website has more information on what to do if you’re involved in an accident because of an auto defect or other problem with your vehicle. It’s your right to pursue a claim if you were sold a vehicle that did not have safety recalls addressed and if you were lied to about the safety of that vehicle. No one should knowingly sell a vehicle that has safety recalls out on them unless the buyer is made aware.