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Used-Car Buyers: Beware Of The Risks Of Recalled And Unrepaired Vehicles

Many of our readers may not know this but in April of 2009, several owners of 1997 through 2003 Chevrolets, Buicks, Pontiacs and Oldsmobiles received letters from GM regarding a fire hazard these vehicles could pose to users.

Since the recall was issued, at least 250 reports of fires related to the models previously mentioned have surfaced. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that the fire hazard in the engines could be triggered by oil that leaked onto the surfaces of heated exhaust manifold.

GM tried to contact all 1.4 million owners of these recalled vehicles but the truth is that not all owners of these defective vehicles received this letter and since not all vehicles were repaired, more fire incidents have been reported since the first recall was issued three years ago.

Consumers thinking about buying a used vehicle manufacture by GM should check the vehicles’ VINs before completing the purchase and should always stay on top of the recall announcements. Recalled vehicles could pose a risk to you and your loved ones.

For more details on how to stay safe and buy a safe used car, read the full article by clicking here.

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