There is no federal law that requires sellers of used cars to fix problems with their cars related to safety recalls, or even to disclose the recalls. This can leave used car owners vulnerable to dangerous vehicles without even being aware there’s a potential problem.
Last year alone, more than 38 million used cars were sold in the U.S., which is over twice the number of cars that were sold new. Individuals whose cars come from used car auctions tend to be particularly at risk. Cars sold at auctions may be damaged and defective, and the dealers who sell them typically sell to the less educated, poor, and credit-challenged consumers. Efforts have been made in Congress to introduce tougher laws for used cars, but those bills typically have gone nowhere because of pressure from the used car industry.
Recall information on each vehicle is available online from car manufacturers, and is also in an online database which can be searched using each car’s vehicle identification number. Many used car vendors will also provide detailed histories on each car they sell. However, most consumers do not take the time to research recall histories of the vehicles they purchase, and most used cars are sold as is.
Any individual who is injured in an accident because of a is entitled to compensation from the automobile’s manufacturer. If you have been injured, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. You may be entitled to compensation, including money for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.