Is Your New Car Defective?

It’s widely known within the automotive industry that some car dealers are selling cars that have been recalled because of safety defects. However, most consumers are not aware of this practice and have no idea that their new car may put them in danger of a serious car accident.

In 2016, the Federal Trade Commission made charges against two of the most popular auto dealers in the U.S., CarMax and General Motors. The charges alleged that the two car giants violated the commission’s policies on deceptive and unfair business practices by knowingly selling vehicles that were on an open recall list. CarMax, known for used vehicle sales, advertised that all of their cars were Certified Pre-Owned vehicles that had been thoroughly inspected by trained mechanics. However, Federal Trade Commission investigations revealed that many vehicles had known safety defects that were not repaired before consumers purchased them. In Florida areas, safety defects resulted in a variety of injury claims filed with a personal injury lawyer Apopka Fl.

In the United States, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) oversees vehicle safety for consumers. They have the authority to issue recalls for all motor vehicles with defects that pose safety hazards. Since the NHTSA was first established in 1966, they have recalled approximately 400 million vehicles with safety defects. In some cases, auto manufacturers who discovered safety defects in their vehicles voluntarily initiated their own recalls, but most recalls were ordered by the NHTSA during investigations stemming from consumer complaints. According to NHTSA regulations, all defects in recalled vehicles must be repaired by the vehicle manufacturer free of charge to the owner of the vehicle. Common defect repairs include:

  • Air bags
  • Seatbelts and safety restraints
  • Headlights and taillights
  • Tires and wheels
  • Steering systems
  • Braking systems
  • Child Car Seats

Federal vehicle safety standards apply to all motor vehicles, as well as motor vehicle equipment that is manufactured or imported for the purpose of sale in America. To promote vehicle safety and prevent accidents, NHTSA has a consumer Vehicle Safety Hotline that consumers can call to report concerns about potential vehicle defects and file complaints.