Missourians: Are you sure that car you’re buying doesn’t have a recall?

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- When we buy a used car most of us pay attention to the mileage, the number of previous owner and whether it has ever been a wreck. But something few consider, is whether the car has been recalled, yet the problem was never fixed.

As FOX 4 Problem Solvers learned, unfixed recalls are one of the biggest potential hazards on the used-car market and Missouri is one of the top states for selling cars online with unfixed recalls.

You're on the road and all of a sudden your engine dies, your brakes fail or when you need it most, your airbag doesn't work. All reasons why every year cars are recalled, but in millions of cases those recalled cars are never fixed are sold to an unsuspecting buyer.

"Missouri is one of the top states where those recalled cars are being sold," said Chris Basso with CARFAX, which is offering the public a free service to find out whether their car or the car they are considering buying has an open recall.

Basso said last year there were 200,000 cars for sale in Missouri with unfixed recalls. In Kansas, the number was 50,000.

"These are recalls that can cause fires, inadvertent airbag deployment," Basso said. "Lots and lots of serious issues."
The kind of stuff you'd want to know before you buy a used car.

General recall information will pop up on the Auto Check or CarFax report a dealer will give you when shopping for a car, or you can search Cars.Com for that information by typing in the make, model and year of the car. But CarFax is the only site we found where for free you can check out whether that recalled item has ever been fixed.

Once you find out, you can head to another free site http://www.safercar.gov, to get all the details as to why the recall was issued.

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