What if an auto dealership did not tell you about serious vehicle safety problems before selling you a car or truck? According to a recent report in the New Jersey Herald, that may not be just some ‘what if’ scenario for some consumers. Instead, disturbingly, it could be how business is conducted at many used car dealerships in the US.
Are Dealerships Keeping Car Buyers in the Dark About Dangerous Auto Defects?
Per the report in the New Jersey Herald, New York’s Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, announced that the results of an investigation his office conducted led to some startling findings. Reportedly, the New York Attorney General’s office discovered that hundreds of vehicles in New York had been sold to car buyers without the dealership disclosing to the consumers that the vehicles they were purchasing had unrepaired auto defects.
The defects were part of auto recalls for serious issues, such as steering problems, brake failure and unintentional acceleration. Of the used car dealerships that the New York Attorney General found were selling cars and trucks with unrepaired auto defects to customers without disclosing the vehicle’s safety problems, 104 reached settlements. According to the New Jersey Herald story, the settlements that the used car dealerships reached require them to tell customers if the car they are purchasing has unrepaired auto defects. In addition, the dealerships will each have to pay a $1,000 fine.
The Cape May and Atlantic City personal injury attorneys at our New Jersey law firm have been successfully defending the rights of victims of traffic accidents that are the result of auto defects for years, including securing several multimillion dollar recoveries for clients.