Should Dealers Be Selling Used Cars with Potentially Deadly Takata Airbags?
Just because a car or truck is usually part of the largest automotive safety recall in American history doesn’t prohibit a dealership through selling of which to you.
although how unsafe would certainly of which be for a car buyer to unwittingly purchase a used vehicle which has a faulty Takata airbag inflator, which in some cases have sent metal pieces flying through vehicle cabins?
There are about 29 million vehicles currently under a recall of which has been linked to 11 deaths along with 180 injuries. Still, most cars along with trucks affected by the recall are actually considered by federal regulators to be safer with the potentially faulty airbags than without them, along with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is usually advising people not to deactivate the airbags in their cars or trucks.
“There is usually an exception,” NHTSA communications director Bryan Thomas said. of which exception is usually a group of Honda vehicles through the 2001 through 2003 design years of which have an Alpha driver’s-side inflator through Takata. In testing, those inflators have had a rupture rate as high as 50 percent. Both Honda along with NHTSA have said the following vehicles should either not be driven at all or be driven solely to an authorized dealer for repair:
2003 Acura 3.2CL
2002–2003 Acura 3.2TL
2001–2002 Honda Accord
2001–2002 Honda Civic
2002 Honda CR-V
2002 Honda Odyssey
2003 Honda Pilot
along with these vehicles, like all of the cars along with trucks under recall, are at a greater risk of having defective airbags if they are in hot along with humid environments.
Just because you’re not supposed to drive these cars, however, does not mean dealers can’t sell them to you. A casual search of listings shows there are several of the above vehicles for sale, including in high-risk areas like the Deep South. Most dealers with such cars sitting on their lots said they would certainly fix the open Takata airbag recalls before they sold them to customers. Joseph Misla, service advisor at Sutherlin Nissan of Orlando, which has had an under-recall 2002 Honda Odyssey EX listed for sale, said his used-car department typically notifies customers during the buying process if there is usually an open recall on a vehicle.
At least one dealer in Florida, however, has taken a far more zealous approach. Earl Stewart, owner of Earl Stewart Toyota in Lake Park, near Palm Beach, said he will not sell any vehicles, Alpha airbag or no, under the Takata recall. “I’ve been railing against of which Takata airbag recall situation for months,” said Stewart, who fashions himself as both a longtime auto dealer along which has a consumer advocate, with his own blog along with radio show doling out car-buying tips.
His campaign against selling used vehicles under the Takata recall has included a letter to state officials in Tallahassee, a Change.org petition asking of which sales of used cars with open recalls be made illegal—which, he laments, has gained very little traction—along with even a lawsuit against a competing dealership of which he says continues to sell cars along with trucks under the Takata recall.
“I found out of which 99 percent of the dealers are actively, proactively doing of which,” Stewart said, adding of which he has sent secret shoppers out to perform undercover reconnaissance. According to Stewart, the most egregious offender has been the Arrigo group of dealerships in Florida, which are the target of his lawsuit.
“At of which particular time, we don’t have a comment on of which,” Arrigo Automotive Group owner along with president Jim Arrigo said of the litigation. Arrigo said of which, despite some listings showing cars under the Takata recall for sale, his dealers are not selling vehicles affected by the recall without fixing them first. “Our stance is usually we would certainly not, along with we have not, along with we will not [sell affected vehicles],” Arrigo said.
For dealers of which do sell cars along with trucks affected by the recall, the motivation is usually obviously money.
AutoNation, the largest dealer group inside country, stopped selling cars along with trucks subject to the Takata recall inside summer of 2015. In October 2016, the publicly traded company said in its third-quarter financial results of which of which had lost $6 million related to the Takata airbag recall. Then, earlier of which month, company CEO Mike Jackson told Automotive News of which of which will Just as before auction or retail cars under the recall, although of which will disclose their defect to buyers.
of which prompted a response through Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), who spearheaded legislation in 2015 of which would certainly have stopped any dealership through selling a used car or truck under a safety recall. (of which bill stalled in committee.) “AutoNation’s decision to resume the sale of deadly used cars inside wake of of which presidential election is usually deeply troubling along with will lead to tragic consequences on our nation’s roads along with highways,” Blumenthal said in a statement. “After reversing course on its widely advertised pledge to not sell defective cars, AutoNation currently bears the responsibility of informing consumers about its broken promise.”
While NHTSA has taken the policy of which non-Alpha vehicles are relatively safer to drive, of which is usually still not thrilled with dealerships selling the affected vehicles. “of which’s something of which we don’t like along with we don’t want to happen,” Thomas said. “although people buying the cars should know about [the recall] along with know of which’s a free fix.”
Some automakers will not certify a used car unless a Takata airbag has first been remedied. “As you may know, federal law permits trading, selling, along with delivering used vehicles with open recalls,” Ford safety communications manager Elizabeth Weigandt said. “Ford requires dealers to fix used vehicles with open recalls under its Certified Pre-Owned program before sale or delivery to consumers.” Same with Honda, which said in an emailed statement of which “of which incorporates a longstanding policy prohibiting its dealers through selling fresh or used vehicles with open safety recalls.”
For his part, Stewart said, he will continue to refuse to sell or wholesale cars or trucks with safety recalls until they’ve been fixed. His lawsuit against Arrigo incorporates a January 30 hearing date. In addition to seeking damages for his own lost sales due to the recall, the suit argues of which of which’s illegal to sell affected vehicles under a Florida law called the Deceptive along with Unfair Trade Practices Act.
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Stewart said he hoped the lawsuit would certainly have a ripple effect in South Florida along with then expand outward. He said at the very least he’d settle for dealers acknowledging of which they’re selling cars along with trucks affected by the massive recall along with pledging to stop doing so.
“If they sell a car of which could blow up in your face along with send shrapnel into your brain, at least the dealers who sell the vehicle should tell you about of which,” he said.