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If you’re going to buy a car, be sure to find out if it’s been part of a recall. Only 75 percent of vehicles involved in a recall are actually repaired, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Car dealers and other companies that sell cars may not let you know about recalled cars that haven’t had repairs made. 

A coalition of 35 attorneys general received $1 million from CarMax in a settlement Thursday for failing to disclose open safety recalls on their used vehicles to consumers before sales.

CarMax didn’t provide consumers with information about safety recalls on critical vehicle parts, such as brakes and fuel pumps, before selling vehicles.

“When someone buys a car, they need to know that it will keep them safe,” said New York Attorney General Letitia James.

To check for any open recalls on their vehicle, consumers can use this online tool.

Congratulations again to U.S. attorneys generals who took this action to protect the nation’s consumers.

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Rita Robison Consumer & Personal Finance Journalist

For more than two decades, Rita R. Robison has been a consumer and personal finance journalist making her living by finding the best bargains, calling out the crooks, and advocating for regular people just like you and me. In that time, Robison has talked to so many people who feel like their money just isn’t getting them what they want, where they want to be, or the life they thought it would.

The purpose of her blog is to help you get what you want from your money. Robison covers financial goals, budgets, debt reduction, saving, smart choices for buying goods and services, and retirement planning. You’ll also find articles on safety, such as avoiding scams, looking out for rip off companies, and getting informed on the latest recalls.

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