Buying a Used Car? Make Sure it’s Safe. New Report Finds 1 in 9 Used Vehicles Sold by AutoNation Have Unrepaired Safety Recalls
October 15, 2019
Alexander Brangman calls on Congress to make selling used vehicles with unrepaired recalls illegal and challenges AutoNation for going back on their word and now selling used vehicles with open safety recalls, like the one that killed his daughter, Jewel.
By Herb Weisbaum
Buying a used car is always a bit risky.
You don’t know how that vehicle was driven or maintained. It could have been damaged in an accident or by flood waters. Or it could be subject to an “open” recall — a safety problem identified by the manufacturer that has not been repaired.
Don’t assume the dealer has fixed the problem — or will even tell you about it, consumer advocates caution.
Sign the Petition – Stop AutoNation from Selling Recalled Cars
“NJ politicians received $500k from car dealers to pass laws allowing them to sell cars w/recalls like the Takata airbag that killed my daughter. Now, behaving like the law is already changed, a new report finds that AutoNation is selling recalled cars. Sign this petition – tell politicians and AutoNation to stop selling recalled cars.” – Alexander Brangman
Jan 16, 2020 — We Won!!! Thanks to your help, car dealers in New Jersey will NOT be allowed to put precious lives at risk in dangerous unrepaired recalled cars. This petition made change with 154,723 supporters!
Americans still driving with explosive Takata Air Bag devices
April 22, 2018
Why are tens of thousands of Americans still driving around with explosive devices in their cars? Takata Air Bags are the most deadly air bags remaining in the recall involving more than 37 million vehicles built by 19 automakers. As of December 2022, at least 34 people worldwide have been killed and hundreds more permanently disfigured when the air bags that deployed to protect them instead exploded and sprayed shrapnel.
Alexander Brangman lost his daughter Jewel due to a cheaply-designed airbag
January 23, 2018
When a broken car part causes a senseless death
Alexander Brangman is living with the pain of losing his daughter due to a cheaply-designed airbag
by Amy Martyn
When police knocked on his door the night of September 7, 2014, Alexander Brangman assumed it was a noise complaint. He had been watching football with friends at home when two San Diego Police Department officers arrived.
Instead, it was the beginning of what would become his worst nightmare. The officers needed to confirm that Brangman was the father of Jewel, his 26-year-old daughter. Then they told him to call a social worker at a hospital in Los Angeles.
US House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee hearing: Auto Safety Recalls – April 14, 2016
April 14, 2016
Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky reading from a portion of the NADA letter at an oversight hearing on the Takata Recall.
My work has just begun. Unfortunately the Takata saga continues, as recalls are ongoing and millions of people are still driving around with faulty airbags. And although Takata was a major player in Jewel’s tragedy, it was not the only one. Her death opened my eyes to the massive problem we have in the US with consumer safety—life shouldn’t be “buyer beware.” Corporations need to be held to stricter standards to ensure public safety, and I’m ready to be a voice for all of those whose lives have been lost because of this kind of corporate greed and negligence.