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16 area dealerships part of AG’s investigation

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has reached settlements with 104 auto dealerships statewide—including 16 in Rochester—that sold vehicles to New Yorkers without disclosing the vehicles were under recall for dangerous, unrepaired safety issues.

The safety issues included unintended acceleration, airbag problems, vehicle fires and steering and brake loss, among other things, officials said in a statement Friday. The settlement requires the auto dealers to provide consumers with advance notice of any existing and unrepaired recall.

Under federal law, used and new car dealers who sell used cars from unrelated auto makers are required to either have a manufacturer authorized repair person on their premises or transport the vehicle to a dealer related to the vehicle’s maker to have the recall work done.

An investigation by the attorney general’s office found that while car buyers assume that any known and existing safety issues have been repaired or disclosed by the dealer, often that is not the case.

“The safety recalls we uncovered were serious—and potentially deadly,” Schneiderman said in a statement. “Consumers deserve to know of any unresolved safety issues before buying a car for themselves or their family.”

The auto dealerships affected in the Rochester area include:

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  • Best Value Auto
  • Cavallaro Neubauer Chevrolet Buick
  • Doan Buick Inc.
  • Doan Chevrolet LLC
  • Doan Kia
  • Good Buy Auto
  • J & J Auto Inc.
  • Pioneer Truck Sales Inc.
  • Pool Auto Sales Inc.
  • Ralph Honda
  • Santa Motors Inc.
  • Stone Road Auto Inc.
  • Tiffany Transportation Services Ltd.
  • Websmart Auto Inc.
  • Websmart Imports.

“I encourage all auto dealerships across the state to follow our guidelines to ensure that they too uphold the highest standards of consumer safety,” Schneiderman said. “This is an important first step towards making all cars on New York’s roads safer.”

The attorney general’s office investigation is ongoing.

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