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Buying a used car in US gets murkier amid widespread recalls

Dealers can now sell certified used vehicles with any open recalls

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Earl Stewart, owner of a Toyota dealership, at one of his lots in West Palm Beach, Florida last week. He refuses to sell used cars with open Takata airbag recalls, but he does not turn away buyers trading in cars whose airbags have not yet been fixed.

New York

FOR people in the market for a used car, the "certified pre-owned" designation has long been the gold standard, an indication that a qualified mechanic has vouched for the car and that a buyer can expect a vehicle that is - hopefully - almost as good as new.

But the Takata

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