Texas residents who are planning to buy a car from CarMax may be buying a faulty vehicle. After researching the recall status of 1,700 vehicles at eight CarMax locations in three different states, it was discovered that there were 461 vehicles with at least one outstanding recall. Of those vehicles, 41 had recalls in which there was no repair available.
Furthermore, there were 45 vehicles out of the 1,700 studied that had airbags made by Takata Corp. that had not yet been repaired. The faulty airbags could put drivers at risk of being hurt. Although CarMax was criticized for selling cars with unresolved recalls, it is only illegal to sell new cars that have not been fixed after a recall.
CarMax said that there was a link on all of its online listings where consumers could learn more about potential recalls. Furthermore, employees go over recall information with customers prior to buying a vehicle and have them sign a form acknowledging that they've been made aware of any NHTSA recall information. However, a representative from the Center for Auto Safety said disclosure isn't enough to keep consumers safe.
There are many parties that may be responsible for making or selling defective products such as cars that have not been repaired after a recall. In some cases, dealerships may be liable for damages while car manufacturers themselves may be liable in others. It is also possible that companies that make airbags or other car components may be liable for damages such as medical bills or lost wages after an accident. An attorney may be able to help identify and gather evidence against parties that may be liable for a victim's injuries.