Action 9 investigates used cars for sale with airbags that may not work

Action 9 investigates used cars for sale with airbags that may not work


A WARNING TONIGHT ABOUT SOME NEWSED CARS IN OUR AREA. THEY MIGHT HAVE AIR BAGS THAT MAY NOT WORK. NOW, THE AIR BAGS WE’RE TALKING ABOUT ARE NOT THE TAKATA ONES YOU’VE HEARD SO MUCH ABOUT. THESE ARE ACTUALLY DIFFERENT ONES. THEY’RE MADE BY A COMPANY CALLED ZF. LEGALLY, CAR DEALERS DO NOT HAVE TO WARN YOU ABOUT THEM. YOU BUT SOME THINK THEY SHOULD. CARRIE DANIELS HAD THIS 2012 HYUNDAI SONATA. IT WAS AFFORDABLE. HAD A LOT OF GREAT REVIEWS. SHE TRADED IT IN BEFORE THE NEWS BROKE IN 2015, THAT ZF AIR BAGS COULD FAIL. YOU GET IN A WRECK, YOU EXPECT THE AIR BAGS TO WORK. FORTUNATELY, SHE WAS NEVER IN A CRASH. STILL, SHE THINKS ABOUT THE WHAT IFS. IT’S CONCERNING. AS A PARENT, YOU DON’T WANT TO HEAR THAT. ESPECIALLY NOW THAT MY DAUGHTER IS DRIVING. ZF AIR BAGS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR EIGHT DEATHS BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T DEPLOY IN CRASHES. THEY ARE INVESTIGATING 12.38 MILLION VEHICLES THAT HAVE AIR BAGS. AND TWO CAR COMPANIES ISSUED RECALLS. KIA KRIET CHRYSLER AND KIA HYUNDAI. I WANTED TO SEE IF THE RECALLED CARS ARE BEING SOLD LOCALLY. AND IF THEY ARE, HOW FOARTS COMING SALES PEOPLE ARE ABOUT THOSE AIR BAGS. SO I WENT ON AUTO TRADER. IT’S ONE OF CHANNEL 9’S SISTER COMPANIES. IT LISTS USED CARS FOR SALE. BUT DOESN’T ACTUALLY SELL THEM. I LOOKED UP ALL THE YEARS, MAKES AND MODELS THAT ARE UNDER RECALL FOR ZF AIR BAGS. WITHIN 10 MILES OF OUR ZIP CODE HERE AT CHANNEL 9. I FOUND 28 VEHICLES. THEN I RAN THE CARFAX REPORT ON EACH ONE, WHICH TELLS YOU IF THERE ARE ANY OPEN RECALLS. I TOOK NOTE OF EVERY VEHICLE THAT HAD AN OPEN RECALL, SPECIFICALLY FOR ZF AIR BAGS. THEN I SENT PRODUCERS TO SEE EACH CAR IN PERSON. THEY FOUND, YES, THE CARS ARE FOR SALE. THEY ALSO FOUND NONE OF THE SALES PEOPLE BROUGHT UP THE ZF AIR BAG RECALLS ON THEIR OWN. HAVE THERE BEEN ANY RECALLS OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT? WHEN OUR PRODUCERS ASKED ABOUT THE RECALLS, ALL OF THE DEALERS DID OFFER TO FIND OUT. I DON’T THINK THERE’S ANY RECALLS BUT I CAN CHECK THE CARFAX AND PRINT THAT OUT FOR YOU. I CAN LOOK AT THE CARFAX. I DON’T THINK THESE HAVE ANY RECALLS. THERE’S AT LEAST ONE OPEN RECALL. MOST PROVIDED FAX REPORTS. AIR BAGS, SEAT BELT. THERE IS A RECALL LISTED HERE. Reporter: LEGALLY, THE DEALERS DIDN’T DO ANYTHING WRONG. THEY ARE ALLOWED TO SELL CARS UNDER RECALL. THEY DON’T HAVE TO LIE ABOUT A RECALL, BUT THEY DON’T HAVE TO VOLT TEAR INFORMATION. JOHN BROWN THINKS THEY SHOULD ANYWAY. HE WORKS IN THE INDUSTRY. WE BELIEVE THE BEST PRACTICE ON THE INDEPENDENT DEALER WOULD BE TO TELL EVERYTHING YOU KNOW ABOUT THAT CAR. EVEN IF YOU’RE NOT ASKED. EVEN IF YOU’RE NOT ASKED. BROWN RUNS THE CAROLINA AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION. WOULDN’T YOU WANT YOUR MOTHER TO KNOW? OR WOULDN’T YOU WANT YOUR MOTHER TO KNOW THAT THERE’S AN OUTSTANDING RECALL IF YOU’RE SELLING THAT CAR TO YOUR MOTHER. SAFETY FIRST ALWAYS. THAT’S OUR BIGGEST CONCERN AS A PARENT, TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN. JASON SAYS, THE BOTTOM LINE IS, DO NOT EXPECT CAR SALES PEOPLE TO VOLUNTEER ANY RECALL INFORMATION. YOU HAVE TO DO YOUR OWN HOMEWORK. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN A CAR, TYPE IN THE VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER. AND YOU CAN SEE IF THERE ANY RECALLS. ALSO ASK THE DEALER FOR THE