CarMax accused of selling unsafe vehicles

CBS News
Rachel Layne

"CarMax, the biggest used car dealer in the U.S., is selling vehicles with unrepaired defects subject to safety recalls, three consumer advocacy groups claim.

More than one in four vehicles, or about 27 percent of those in eight CarMax dealerships, had defects subject to safety recalls, such as Takata air bags and General Motors ignition switches, according to a report released Thursday by the groups, which include Masspirg, the CARS Foundation and the Center for Auto Safety.

About 45 vehicles had potentially lethal air-bag inflators made by Takata, the Japanese company behind the largest auto recall in history. In 2014, GM recalled millions of vehicles for the faulty switches starting 2014. The switches as of last year were linked to 124 deaths and more than 275 injuries.

Some of the defects found in vehicle models sold by CarMax have been ""responsible for thousands of injuries and dozens of deaths,"" according to the statement from the groups, which called for action from state law enforcement officials.

The report is based on surveys of 1,699 vehicles and includes vehicles CarMax advertised for sale in California, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Results were compared with data about CarMax's sales of unrepaired recalled cars in those states in 2015. The survey was conducted Aug. 31 through Sept. 6.

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