AutoNation Accused of Selling Potentially Unsafe Cars
One of the nation's largest used car retailers has been accused of selling vehicles that could potentially be unsafe. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) went over 2,400 used vehicles at 28 AutoNation dealerships across the country with a fine-toothed comb and determined that a staggering 1 in 9 vehicles had safety recall issues, some were even linked to injuries and deaths.
According to CBS News, the huge used-car chain said in 2015 that it would no longer sell vehicles of any kind that had open safety recalls like faulty Takata airbags and General Motors ignition switches that have both been linked to injuries and fatalities. AutoNation would go back on that promise just one year later. Now, PRIG is trying to determine just how many unrepaired cars, trucks, Suvs, and vans have been sold to unknowing consumers.
To be fair, the consumer watchdogs with PRIG said in their report that many used-car dealers sell these potentially deadly vehicles. AutoNation seems to be in their cross-hairs due to the fact that they are quite possibly the largest franchise to follow this practice.
AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson disputes PRIG's findings, saying that they sell each and every vehicle with "full disclosure."