America’s Biggest Auto Retailer Sells Defective Used Cars

AutoNation sells used vehicles with unrepaired defects, according to a new report from the US PIRG Education Fund and the Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety Foundation. AutoNation operates more than 300 dealerships nationwide and is the largest car retailer in the United States.

The report surveyed 2,429 vehicles and found 285 unrepaired safety recalls in those vehicles. The survey was conducted at 28 dealerships, in 12 states during July and August 2019. The defects ranged from faulty ignition switches related to GM’s 2014 recall of 29 million vehicles worldwide, to the Takata airbag recall, which affected 19 automakers and millions of automakers and millions of vehicles. The GM ignition switch defect has been linked to 124 deaths and the defective Takata airbags have injured more than 200 and killed 24 people.

The report also found that some of AutoNation’s certified pre-owned vehicles – which means they should have been thoroughly inspected, repaired and come with an extended warranty – had unresolved recalls. While federal law prohibits dealers from selling new vehicles with unfixed recalls, there is no law that prevents used cars with similar problems from being sold.

If you or someone you know has been injured as the result of an accident involving a used vehicle at AutoNation, contact an attorney at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner by calling 713-231-9360 or toll free at 1‑800-594-4884.