It’s a topic I’ve written and been interviewed about: a loophole in state law that allows used car dealers in Florida to knowingly sell cars without fixing recalls or telling buyers about them. Selling used, defective cars and trucks can result in wrongful deaths and personal injuries.
We need to take every opportunity to warn consumers about it, so thanks to an Action News investigation by Paige Kelton, more consumers now know about this danger. Shining the spotlight on this problem in Jacksonville, she sent an undercover producer to two local used car dealers that were selling cars with unfixed recalls. She also found drivers with recently purchased used cars that had open recalls and warned them about the recalls.
Until the law changes, the onus is on consumer to ask and check before buying a car. It’s easy to do and can be done for free by visiting this website and entering in the vehicle identification number (VIN) to check for recalls.
Every day, we at Terrell • Hogan, represent victims of personal injury and wrongful death as they seek justice, and lawsuits we have pursued have prompted safety changes. However, that came after the incidents, accidents and injuries happened. We believe it is important to try to help prevent injuries and wrongful deaths. One way is to publish information about recalls of defective and dangerous products.