After a whirlwind of media coverage of a lawsuit filed by Florida dealer Earl Stewart against a rival selling used vehicles with recalled Takata airbag inflators, there's one less dealership group in South Florida selling those vehicles.
Stewart sued Arrigo Automotive Group in late October.
The owner of Earl Stewart Toyota in Lake Park, Fla., had stopped retailing the vehicles in the summer, a position also taken by a handful of other dealership groups, including AutoNation Inc. of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the nation's largest new-vehicle retailer.
But Stewart still accepted the vehicles as trade-ins, which led to costly storage fees and depreciation. Competitors such as Arrigo Automotive Group, Stewart's suit contended, continued to sell the vehicles to consumers -- often with misleading claims about how easy it would be for the buyer to get the faulty inflators replaced -- and reap the benefits.