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Chevys linked to deadly recall on sale in NC

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Chevys with faulty ignition switches have been linked to 13 deaths. Chevys with faulty ignition switches have been linked to 13 deaths.
RALEIGH, N.C. - More than two months after General Motors recalled about 2.6 million Chevrolet Cobalts and similar models over a faulty ignition switch, car dealers across the Triangle still have those models for sale, with open, unfixed recalls.

GM says that without having those vehicles fixed by a certified dealer, the cars can shut off while in motion.  The problem has been linked to 13 deaths nationwide, but a legal loophole allows car sellers not to disclose that recall information or have the problems fixed.

Searching online, WNCN found several Chevy Cobalts for sale with open recalls.

At CBS Quality Cars' Roxboro location, $12,000 gets you a 2009 Cobalt with cruise control, air conditioning, and a possible safety defect.  The Carfax vehicle history report says it has not been fixed. WNCN wanted to ask a manager about their protocols for taking care of recalls.  They declined to speak with us.

In Raleigh, a 2007 Cobalt at Sexton Auto Sales also had an unfixed recall, according to online records. Rick Sexton, the owner, told WNCN he's in the process of getting that recall taken care of, despite having no legal obligation to do so.

"I have notified the Chevy dealer for the recall on it, and we're going to set up an appointment and get it recalled," Sexton said.

According to Carfax, millions of cars nationwide are sitting on dealer lots with open recalls.
     
"Before you lay down your hard-earned cash, do all of your investigation up front," Carfax Communications Director Larry Gamache said. "Get a Carfax vehicle history report, check for any open safety recalls, take your car to a mechanic, have it inspected and take it for a test drive."

Drivers we spoke with said laws need to change.
    
"I would think, if they have to disclose whether or not your car has been flooded before, or previous accidents," Walt Hoggard of Durham said, "why not something that could kill you?"

Carfax offers free recall information at recall.carfax.com.

Derick Waller

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