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In an article posted November 2nd, 2016 by the Sun Chronicle out ofMassachusetts, a public research group investigated a local CarMax that had severalautomobiles on its lot that had outstanding recalls. Vehicles with outstanding federal safetyrecalls continued to be sold throughout the country despite efforts by consumers andlegislators to regulate the practice (Foster, 2016). The Federal Trade Commission who isresponsible for overseeing and protecting consumers is also considering making it mucheasier for dealerships to tag used automobiles “certified” even if it still has a recall thathasn’t been fixed. CarMax defended its practice by saying that they inform the consumer ofany outstanding recalls before they buy it.There are multiple problems with this. Manufacturers are sending out vehicleswith defects that can cause serious bodily harm to motorists. The next issue is that cars thathave been deemed to have defects are taking a long time to get that recall initiated and thendrivers are experiencing long waits to get their defect fixed. This means that drivers arehaving to drive around in vehicles that can potentially cause serious harm. The fact thatCarMax knows that there are safety issues with the vehicles they are selling, but allowcustomers to buy them and drive off the lot is absurd. Not only are drivers and passengersrisking severe harm, these defects could also injure other motorists on the road. As a Ramtruck owner, I know these issues all too well. My truck was part of the largest recall/buyback program in history because of faulty gas tank issues that were causing trucks to blowup upon impact. When I called about the defect, I kept getting the runaround and it tookmonths for me to finally get in and get my truck fixed.ReferencesFoster, Rick. “Safety advocates worry used car dealers don't fix factory recalls.”The SunChronicle, November 2, 2016.RE: Crimes Committed byBusinessJustin JonesJacob Shearer11/7/2016 3:54:35 PM
1/24/2017Topic Print View(NEXT(73feebc963))/Main/CourseMode/Topic/TopicPrintView.ed?topicID=9000009724309&sortBy=Title&sortOrder=A…28/45Hello Justin I enjoyed reading your discussion post this week as well as your example. Thatexample is crazy and I can actually see it from both angles. They claim that they tell theperspective buyers that there is a recall before they buy but it is hard to picture a consumerbeing okay with that unless there was an incredible discount on the vehicle. However even ifthey were informing them then it still goes against the law for selling a recalled vehicle doesn’tit? I think they could be punished by a nice fine especially if they found out that the consumerswere not being informed. Good post and best of luck on this week’s assignment!