Lagos - Locals have been warned against buying used and recalled cars from foreign markets.
Carmudi, the local online car marketplace, said these vehicles put the lives of motorists and commuters at risk.
The warning follows a trend whereby leading global companies roll out new cars to the markets only to recall them due to technical problems encountered by users.
In a statement, Carmudi said mostly due to ignorance or oversight, many of such cars had made their way into the local auto markets, including Nigeria.
Some of them remained in the markers despite recalls, Carmudi noted.
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“This is an issue because just last year, the Federal Road Safety Corps again raised alarm over the high rate of Toyota related crashes and accidents and even went as far as writing to the Managing Director, Toyota Nigeria calling his attention to the high rate of crashes and fires involving Toyota automobiles. He said the study indicated that road traffic crashes involving buses had been on the increase since 2007 and that available data showed an average yearly increase of 126 crashes involving Toyota Hiace buses, representing 48 per cent of the total number of buses involved in accidents,” read a statement by Carmudi.
The online firm urged prospective buyers to conduct research before purchasing vehicles.
“It is important to research before buying any car. The research should include the possible defect, general problem of the car like transmitting issues, battery durability, electrical faults etc. It is also important to have an idea of the fuel consumption of the car and how stable the car’s centre of gravity is.”
– CAJ News