America’s largest auto retailer sells recalled cars. That isn’t against federal law.

Terry Nguyen

AutoNation, America’s largest car retailer, has sold customers 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.

The report, which surveyed 2,429 vehicles, was conducted across 12 states at 28 different dealerships in July and August 2019. Out of those vehicles, researchers found 285 unrepaired safety recalls and determined that one out of nine used AutoNation cars contained defects, which ranged from faulty ignition switches to malfunctioning airbags.

The auto retailer currently operates more than 300 dealerships nationwide. AutoNation did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Vox.

A vehicle is marked for recall when a manufacturer determines that there’s a defect that could affect its use; typically, manufacturers notify dealers and car owners so that they can get the vehicle repaired. Unrepaired recalls could be harmful and have injured and killed hundreds of people.