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December 16, 2016

Posted  December 16, 2016

CarMax Inc. and two other major used auto retailers have agreed to settle FTC charges that they touted how rigorously they inspect their used cars, yet failed to adequately disclose that some of the cars were subject to unrepaired safety recalls. The proposed consent orders will prohibit them from making unqualified inspection or safety-related claims about their used vehicles if any are subject to open, or unrepaired, safety recalls. Also, following a public comment period, the Commission has approved final consent orders in similar cases against General Motors Company, Jim Koons Management, and Lithia Motors Inc. that were settled earlier this year. Despite highlighting their inspections, the FTC alleges that CarMax failed to adequately disclose that some of the cars had open recalls. These recalls included defects that could cause serious injury, including the GM key ignition switch defect, as well as the Takata airbag defect. FTC

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