Greensboro, N.C. -- Over and over again, 2 Wants To Know uncovered vehicles with unfixed recalls - for sale this week - advertised by dealers all across the Triad.
In fact, two out of three dealers we exclusively checked were advertising cars with defects. And, many of those recalls were for serious safety issues.
We found a Hummer and Hyundai, both at risk of catching fire because of a possible electrical problem. There were also records showing the airbags might not deploy on a Jeep and Honda Odyssey. And the hood could fly up on a Honda Accord.
We found these by cross referencing recall databases with the vehicle identification numbers or what everyone calls the VIN. The vehicles we discovered were for sale in Winston-Salem and Greensboro.
Of the twelve places we checked, eight dealers advertised cars ready to sell to you with records showing open recalls. In all, we looked at 120 vehicles and found 13 with open recalls. 10 of those were potentially dangerous defects.
2 Wants To Know called all the dealers once. We're going to give the businesses more time to respond before we release their names. Meanwhile the website Carfax.com says this issue isn't isolated to the Triad. Last year it discovered 57,000 used cars for sale in North Carolina with an open recall.
"If you're buying a car in Carolina, you really need to be concerned and looking out for an open recall because they are out there and they are not safe," CarFax Spokesperson Christopher Basso said.
CarFax says it's really up to you to do your homework because no federal law requires dealers to fix the recalls.
"There really is no small recall. The manufacture has identified a defect with the vehicle and you don't want to take it lightly and take the chance it's not going to happen to your car," Basso said.
It's really easy to check for these recalls yourself. Start with the dealer's website. Get the VIN number of the car. Then go to CarFax.com. It has a free tool at the bottom of the page called Recall Check. Paste the VIN number in and click enter. It also shows if there's an open recall which needs to be fixed, take it to the dealer and they'll make the repair free of charge.