New disclosure for auctioning of recalled cars - Fox29 WFLX TV, West Palm Beach, FL-news & weather

New disclosure for auctioning of recalled cars

  • Fox 29 Daily HeadlinesMore>>

  • Florida State removes statue of founder, slave owner Eppes

    Florida State removes statue of founder, slave owner Eppes

    Friday, July 20 2018 11:17 AM EDT2018-07-20 15:17:52 GMT
    Friday, July 20 2018 11:25 AM EDT2018-07-20 15:25:26 GMT

    Eppes was once commemorated as the founder of FSU, and until early Thursday morning his statue was on the school's Westcott Plaza.

    More >>

    Eppes was once commemorated as the founder of FSU, and until early Thursday morning his statue was on the school's Westcott Plaza.

    More >>
  • Trump talks tougher, now says he warned Putin on meddling

    Trump talks tougher, now says he warned Putin on meddling

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 12:31 AM EDT2018-07-18 04:31:41 GMT
    Thursday, July 19 2018 1:22 AM EDT2018-07-19 05:22:31 GMT
    (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik). President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media as he meets with members of Congress in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Tuesday, July 17, 2018, in Washington. Trump says he meant the opposite when he said in Helsink...(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik). President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media as he meets with members of Congress in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Tuesday, July 17, 2018, in Washington. Trump says he meant the opposite when he said in Helsink...

    Rebuked as never before by his own party, including a stern pushback from usually reserved Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the U.S. president sought to end 27 hours of recrimination by delivering a rare admission of error.

    More >>

    Rebuked as never before by his own party, including a stern pushback from usually reserved Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the U.S. president sought to end 27 hours of recrimination by delivering a rare admission of error.

    More >>
  • Marriott hotels eliminating plastic straws by 2019

    Marriott hotels eliminating plastic straws by 2019

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 12:25 AM EDT2018-07-18 04:25:22 GMT
    Wednesday, July 18 2018 10:47 AM EDT2018-07-18 14:47:09 GMT
    The world's largest hotel company said the move will eliminate approximately 1 billion straws and 250 million stirrers by July 2019. (Source: Pixabay, File)The world's largest hotel company said the move will eliminate approximately 1 billion straws and 250 million stirrers by July 2019. (Source: Pixabay, File)

    The world's largest hotel company said the move will eliminate approximately 1 billion straws and 250 million stirrers by July 2019.

    More >>

    The world's largest hotel company said the move will eliminate approximately 1 billion straws and 250 million stirrers by July 2019.

    More >>

A Contact 5 Investigation is prompting new changes after we learned that state agencies are selling recalled cars to the general public.

Contact 5 investigator Katie LaGrone has learned Tampa Machinery Auction (TMA), an auction company contracted by local and state government agencies in Floridahas added a new disclosure to its buyers’ contracts. It lets consumers know the vehicles they purchase "may or may not have outstanding manufacturer recalls."

The new disclosure also lists the federal government website where consumers can search to find out if a vehicle has an open and active recall.

“We added that [new disclosure] because of you guys,” said Dave Nelson, owner of Tampa Machinery Auction. “It’s not a bad idea to tell a buyer, 'Hey, you have these tools available to you, use them,'” he said.

Last week, LaGrone shared with the auction company findings from her Contact 5 investigation that found dozens of government agencies auctioning off retired government vehicles that had open and active recalls.

LaGrone discovered local county agencies, sheriff’s departments, state agencies including Florida’s Highway Patrol, selling cars at auction with potentially dangerous recalls including airbag recalls and wheel issues that could cause a driver to lose control.  FHP had nearly two dozen vehicles up for auction with active recalls, the most of any one agency we found.

When asked why the state’s top road police were sending cars to auction with active recalls, Beth Frady, spokesperson for its parent agency (DHSMV) said, “in the case of the recall on the specific vehicles you inquired about, when a recall notice is issued, the notice states that a consumer must wait until a second notification is sent by the manufacturer as parts are not available or a remedy to the issue has not yet been determined.” 

Frady along with the other government agencies selling recalled cars said the vehicles are all sold “as is.” 

The Florida Highway Patrol is also working on updating its policies following our investigation.  WPTV will provide updates as soon as more information becomes available.

Click here for full coverage on this issue including how you can check if a vehicle has an open recall.

Scripps Only Content 2016

Powered by Frankly

1100 Banyan Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 Raycom Media. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.