Consumer group: Bay Area AutoNation dealers sold recalled vehicles

San Francisco Chronicle
Anna Bauman

A consumer watchdog group has criticized AutoNation, one of the largest car dealerships in the country, for selling used vehicles with known safety risks.

A report issued by the California Public Interest Research Group, or CalPIRG, surveyed 2,400 vehicles for sale at 28 randomly selected AutoNation dealerships in the country. It found that 1 in 9 of those cars had unrepaired safety recalls. Among the most egregious dealerships was AutoNation Honda Fremont, the group said.

AutoNation disputed the report’s findings. Marc Cannon, a company spokesman, said the report is full of inaccuracies based on “selectively chosen” information.