You’ve probably noticed the ads. They’re on TV, at sports events, and on the radio. CarMax has an enormous ad budget and spends millions to paint a rosy picture about the cars it sells. But behind all the hype, dangerous cars with killer safety defects are lurking.
CarMax boasts that all the vehicles it offers for sale must pass a rigorous inspection, before they can be sold as “CarMax Quality Certified” vehicles. But what they don’t want you to know is that they fail to get the FREE safety recall repairs done.
Instead, they charge top dollar for cars with killer safety defects. In fact, according to a recent survey of CarMax vehicles for sale in California, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, over 25% of the vehicles they offer for sale have unrepaired safety recalls. One truck had 6 unrepaired safety recall defects — a deathtrap on wheels.
CarMax is the largest retailer of used cars in the U.S. They took in over $15 billion last year, but they don’t care enough about the safety of their customers to hire employees and give them the job of delivering cars to franchised car dealers for repairs and picking them up when they’re ready. Instead, they are perfectly willing to put the lives of their customers, their families and friends and other passengers, and others who share the roads, at risk, to maximize their profits.
One of the most common defects in CarMax cars: hazardous Takata airbags that are prone to exploding with excessive force, spewing metal fragments at drivers and passengers. Over 20 people have been killed by these ticking automotive time bombs. Here’s what can happen at any time to hapless consumers who end up riding in cars with the faulty airbags:
The crash that killed Jewel was basically a fender-bender. The recalled Honda that caused Jewel’s death was sandwiched between two other cars, in a low-speed crash. Everyone else walked away. But a metal fragment from the exploding airbag sliced into Jewel’s neck and she bled to death.
The only way CarMax is going to stop endangering lives is for their own customers to speak up. We hope that happens before there are more tragedies like the one that killed Jewel Brangman.
Did CarMax sell you a car with an unrepaired safety recall? If they did, we want to hear from you. Such sales are very likely a violation of state consumer protection laws. We encourage you to fight back.
Here’s where to contact CARS. Thank you for helping save lives!