Report: AutoNation Selling Vehicles With Unrepaired Safety Recalls

AutoNation, the largest auto retailer in the U.S, is selling recalled, used vehicles that contain dangerous safety defects, according to a survey conducted by U.S. PIRG.

A survey of AutoNation vehicles for sale at car lots across the U.S. found that, on average, 1 out of every 9 vehicles for sale had an unrepaired recall.

U.S. PIRG noted that some dealerships had a significantly greater proportion of used vehicles under recall than others.

At the Chrysler Jeep West (CO), nearly 1 in 5 used vehicles — including certified pre-owned vehicles — had unrepaired recalls. At the Honda Fremont (CA), Hyundai Denver (CO), Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and Fiat Johnson City (TN), and the Subaru Spokane Valley (WA) dealerships, more than 1 in 6 used vehicles contained an unrepaired safety recall.

Some Recalls Were Not Repairable At The Time

Of the vehicles surveyed, 16 percent of recalled the vehicles had an unrepaired safety recall for which a remedy wasn’t available at the time of the analysis.

Consumers who purchase such a vehicle may have to wait for months or longer before their unsafe recalled vehicle can be repaired.

Those vehicles are potentially hazardous to the people who buy them, their passengers and everyone else on the road.

Vehicles with defects subject to safety recalls — including malfunctioning Takata airbags and General Motors ignition switches – have been responsible for thousands of injuries and deaths.

Find Out If Your Vehicle Has An Unrepaired Recall

Use the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration’s free Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) check to determine if your vehicle has an unrepaired recall at https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls.

Where’s my VIN?

Look on the lower left of your car’s windshield for your 17-character Vehicle Identification Number. Your VIN is also located on your car’s registration card, and it may be shown on your insurance card.