Feds: Lithia, GM dealers sold used cars with recalled parts

Statesman Staff

The Federal Trade Commission says it has settled complaints against three chains of dealerships for selling used vehicles without replacing recalled parts.

The three dealer chains advertised that they performed comprehensive inspections on used vehicles but did not disclose that some of the cars were subject to unrepaired safety recalls, the complaint said.

Oregon-based Lithia Motors, whose stores include Lithia Ford Lincoln of Boise, must notify customers who bought used vehicles under Lithia warranties since July 2013.

Dealerships selling General Motors “Certified Pre-Owned” vehicles between July 2013 and June 15, 2015, also must notify their customers. The dealerships include several in the Treasure Valley.

The third dealership chain the FTC’s action, Jim Koons Management, operates in the Mid-Atlantic region, not the Treasure Valley.

Owners can check to see if a vehicle is subject to a recall by visiting a government recall website,

Calls to Lithia Ford Lincoln of Boise were not returned.

More than 17 million new autos were sold in 2015, and a record-high 51 million vehicles were recalled in nearly 900 recalls, according to Automotive News.