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Buying used cars is fraught with many difficulties and in some cases … danger. While auto recalls are a normal part of automobile design and manufacture, not all glitches are created equal. In fact, some vulnerabilities are very dangerous and are never fixed.

The recall begins when the vehicle manufacturer or NHTSA becomes aware of a defect in a component or material, or when there is a detected problem with the vehicle’s performance or construction that results in a new vehicle failing to meet minimum safety standards.

When there is a recall, the manufacturer is obligated to inform all registered vehicle owners of the affected vehicles—usually through a mail notification within 60 days of the recall becoming effective. The manufacturer is then required to cover the repair, replace the defective part(s), or offer a refund. Rarely can the owner get a full refund of the car.

However, one problem with recalls is that up to 20-30% of all vehicles towed have not been serviced or repaired. Additionally, while recalls are said to relate to the age of the vehicle regardless of whether you are the original owner or purchaser of a used vehicle with the recall, there are cases where timelines have been set regarding the issue of the recall.

Excessive frame rust issues are one example among some models and manufacturers. Even if the recall is still in effect, the vehicle owner (whether an original purchaser or a used vehicle purchaser) may have to pay some repair costs after a specified number of years after the original recall notice.

Another problem is when the dealership gives the recalling vehicle owner wrapping techniques or other delay repair techniques to avoid repairing or replacing a component in the recall until the part has actually failed. In other cases, car owners report difficulty finding a dealer to take care of the infamous Takata airbag ignition problem as this may result in the airbag being deployed prematurely. The problem is the lack of sufficient parts to cover all of the vehicles involved in the recall, which has resulted in priority being given to repairing vehicles only in states with high temperatures and/or high humidity.

Focus on searching for used vehicles

As recommended in previous articles, one factor that used car shoppers should focus on is to limit their search as much as possible to those models with proven reliability. Therefore, it makes sense to extend this to looking at the retrieval history to see if there have been any withdrawals; And if so, to what extent. Remember that since 20-30% of all vehicles under recall are never serviced or repaired, there’s a good chance you’ll be buying a used car with a potential time bomb that you might want to avoid.

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However, here’s a recent post by Your lawyer alliance A YouTube channel that reveals what they consider the 4 worst recalls you might want to know and avoid when buying used cars, one of which is still going on today.

Recalls include:

• Faulty ignition switch off, killing the engine in transit and shutting down the airbag system.

• Automatic transmission that slides from park to rear while the engine is running.

• The gas pedals are stuck.

• Explosion of airbags.

The 4 worst cars ever recalled | You won’t believe this

Finally…

Fortunately, researching vehicle history is relatively simple: just go to Call NHTSA webpage And enter the VIN number of the used vehicle you’re considering. The NHTSA search will let you know if any invocations are related to the model you are querying and the type of invocation involved. However, be warned that the site does not report whether any recall-related repairs have been made on a particular vehicle; And that there is a search limit of 15 calendar years.

For additional, relevant information on buying used cars, here are some articles selected for your consideration:

• A CarFax Warning All Car Shoppers Should Know

• Consumer Reports analysts reveal which used cars are most likely to need an engine revamp and what to buy instead

• Fraud Alert: What Dealers Don’t Want to Know About Used Car Inspections

Timothy Boyer is the Torque News Automotive Reporter based in Cincinnati. With his experience in early automobile restorations, he regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications to improve performance. Follow Tim on Twitter at Tweet embed For daily new and used vehicle news.

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