Recalled vehicles for sale on lots and online

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Some auto dealers online and at lots have used cars under recall and it's perfectly legal. (Source: CBS 5 News) Some auto dealers online and at lots have used cars under recall and it's perfectly legal. (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Auto dealers and auctions are selling used cars with unfixed safety recalls, according to a CBS 5 investigation. The open recalls range from steering columns to transmissions to airbag problems.

CBS 5 Investigates visited used car lots across the Valley, as well as online auctions. We gathered vehicle identification numbers and typed them into a federal website that checks for auto recall notices.

Recalled vehicles identified in the search include Chevrolets, Nissans, BMWs, Land Rovers and Kias. All of the vehicles identified in the search are eligible for free repairs by the car manufacturers. But according to current law, the auto sellers are not required to have the cars repaired or even disclose the existence of a recall.

"We go over it with the customer," said Steven Strickstein, whose "Right Choice Automotive" voluntarily discloses all known recalls to its customers. 

"It's better to give the customer the information they need to make the right decision," said Strickstein.

Last year, Congress voted down a bill that would have required all used car dealers to repair cars with open recalls before selling them to customers.

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Morgan  LoewMorgan Loew is an investigative reporter at CBS 5 News. His career has taken him to every corner of the state, lots of corners in the United States, and some far-flung corners of the globe.

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Morgan Loew
CBS 5 Investigates

Morgan’s past assignments include covering the invasion of Iraq, human smuggling in Mexico, vigilantes on the border and Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Maricopa County. His reports have appeared or been featured on CBS News, CNN, NBC News, MSNBC and NPR.

Morgan’s peers have recognized his work with 11 Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards, two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for investigative reporting, an SPJ First Amendment Award, and a commendation from the Humane Society of the United States. In October 2016, Morgan was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle in recognition of 25 years of contribution to the television industry in Arizona.

Morgan is graduate of the University of Arizona journalism school and Concord Law School at Purdue University Global. He is the president of the Arizona First Amendment Coalition and teaches media law and TV news reporting at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

When he’s not out looking for the next big news story, Morgan enjoys hiking, camping, cheering for the Arizona Wildcats and spending time with his family at their southern Arizona ranch.

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