Buying a used car is a risk people take because previously owned cars are often more affordable than new cars. However, along with their higher prices, new cars carry more assurance that the vehicle is in top condition and safe to operate. If a customer has concerns about the safety of a used car, he or she may simply have to trust the word of the dealer. One woman in Texas feels her family's trust was misplaced, and she is suing a used car dealer for wrongful death.
When a man and his wife purchased a used car from a dealership, they were apparently unaware that problems had been reported with the model's airbag system. The couple did receive paperwork saying that the driver's seat, which contains airbag sensors, had been replaced by the dealership. However, on their way to a family reunion, the couple and their three young daughters were hit head-on by a car crossing the center line. The airbags on the driver's side of the vehicle did not deploy.