CarMax selling recalled and defective vehicles

Consumer advocacy groups, such as Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety and the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group, are condemning used car seller CarMax for selling vehicles with pending recalls. The nationwide conglomerate is one of the top used car sellers in the nation and is known for selling recalled cars with dangerous, potentially lethal, defects to buyers.

The advocacy groups reported that more than 17 percent of cars sold at the CarMax North Attleborough location were recalled or defective. The repairs for vehicles with recalls would come at zero cost to CarMax and are made readily available by carmakers that originally produced the defective car or defective vehicle component.

CarMax issued a statement that they inform all potential buyers of the defects and recalls in their vehicles. They claimed manufacturers’ dealers are better equipped at providing repairs for recalls to customers rather than to used car sellers like CarMax.

Auto defects can be life-threatening if repairs are not made swiftly. If you were injured while driving a defective vehicle, contact the lawyers at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C.. Our experienced Des Moines attorneys are dedicated to helping you fight for the compensation you need to recover from any injuries you suffered as a result of a vehicle defect. Please call (515) 225-2600 today to discuss your legal options with a caring member of our team.

Majority of Jeeps from 2013 recall still unrepaired

In November of 2014, 23-year-old Kayla White was killed when her 2003 Jeep Liberty exploded into flames. While trying to merge onto a freeway in Detroit, her car was rear ended and flipped on its side, causing the explosion. Firefighters, though arriving relatively quickly to the scene, were not able to save her life.

White is one of more than 70 people who have been killed in similar accidents involving older Jeep models with plastic fuel tanks mounted behind the rear axel. In this position, the fuel tank is much more vulnerable when struck from behind in a car accident, making the vehicle susceptible to fuel leaks and explosions. In 2013, Chrysler Fiat submitted to a recall of over 1.56 million of their vehicles after a detailed investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

As of January 14, 2015, only 12% of these vehicles have been repaired, which is a much slower pace than expected. More than 840 Jeep customers have complained that although Chrysler offered free repairs on their vehicles, dealerships do not readily have the necessary parts on hand, making the repairs difficult and inconvenient. White was among the customers who attempted a repair, but her vehicle was not fixed.

More than 40 lawsuits have been filed against Chrysler, with most of the cases being settled outside of court, but since the repair rate has been so slow, this number is expected to rise.

GM started settlement talks over faulty ignition switch claims

Kenneth Feinberg, mediator for automaker General Motors Co., announced that the company started talks to settle over 300 claims in connection with the faulty ignition switch problem associated with some of its older model small compact cars, Product Design & Development reported on May 5.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Feinberg said he discussed the issue with Corpus Christi, Texas lawyer Robert Hilliard, who represents the estate of 53 people who died and 273 people who were injured due to defective ignition switches, on May 2. Feinberg did not detail salient points of the meeting but commented that, “I’m evaluating various compensation options for GM to consider.”

Most of the faulty switches were found in Chevrolet Cobalts and Saturn Ions. The defective switches were said to disengage from the “run” position, causing the engine to suddenly shut down.

If you have been injured by a defective or dangerous product, get in touch with our lawyers at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. in Des Moines by calling our offices today at (515) 225-2600.

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