An exclusive 5 On Your Side Investigation was conducted which revealed that there are more than 2 million used vehicles on the road across Ohio with unfixed safety recalls that are not required to be revealed to potential buyers.
Many of these ended up on used car lots across the state and if not revealed, consumers can purchase cars that might potentially catch fire as well as cause airbags to explode and cause brake failure or power steering.
What Did Hidden Camera Investigation Reveal?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, hidden camera investigation explored that at least 9 cars for sale on one west side Cleveland used car lot with car identification numbers that matched active recalls.
Auto Expo III on Lorain Avenue
In addition, it became apparent that an employee at Auto Expo III on Lorain Avenue did not have a legal license to sell vehicles in Ohio — a potential crime under state law.
The investigation found 62-year-old Gary Shell served time in prison 10 years ago for cheating vehicle customers at another car lot, and his certificate was subsequently annulled.
Moreover, the hidden camera indicated Shell on three separate cases leading potential customers across the lot — showing vehicles, pricing, financing, and features. On each case, Shell promised the condition and safety of the vehicle but failed to reveal safety recalls.