USED car dealers who have continued to sell fire-risk Vauxhall Zafiras without the required repairs having been carried out may have broken the law.
Certain Zafira B models, of which 234,000 were made between 2005 and 2014, are currently subject to their second recall from the manufacturer.
Any car under recall should not be sold to a new owner until the required work has been carried out, but according to BBC Radio 4, unlawful sales have been taking place.
This week on the radio station’s consumer programme, You & Yours, it was revealed that potentially-illegal sales have happened. The radio show spoke to Jemma Osbourne who purchased a used Zafira in January 2016, which months later caught fire.
She explained on the show that she was unaware of the recall, stating: ‘Nothing at all was mentioned about a recall. It was the firemen that actually told us.
‘I would never have put my children in that sort of car if I’d known the problems that they’d had.’
The DVSA states in official guidance that, whether you are selling the car to a consumer or the trade, ‘you will need to check for outstanding recalls and these safety recalls must be attended to prior to the consumer purchasing the vehicle.’
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