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Monday, June 23, 2014

Faulty Airbags Lead to Yet another Massive Recall


In 1998, a federal law went into effect requiring that all cars and trucks sold in the United States have airbags on both sides of the front seat. Despite the massive demand for airbag technology, just three major suppliers dominate the market. Defective airbags manufactured by one of these key players, Japanese supplier Takata have now caused three more automakers Honda, Nissan and Mazda to recall a total of almost three million vehicles.
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Friday, June 20, 2014

Ford Overstates Fuel Economy of Vehicles Again


In March of this year, Ford discovered that it had overstated the fuel economy on a number of 2013 and 2014 vehicles.  The vehicles include the Fiesta and hybrids C-Max, C-Max Energi, Fusion, Fusion Energi and MKZ.
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Monday, May 19, 2014

2014 – The year of the recall?


Since the start of 2014, there have been nearly 20 million vehicle safety announcements issued by a long list of automakers around the world. General Motors Co, Toyota, Ford and Chrysler have all issued sizable recalls in the first half of the year; at this pace, the auto industry is on track to set a single year record for U.S. recalls. With growing concerns among consumers and mounting suspicions of automakers, President Obama has sent a bill to Congress that will substantially increase the civil penalties levied against automakers who fail to act swiftly to correct any potentially dangerous defects.
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Thursday, May 8, 2014

GM Seeks Protection from Bankruptcy Court in Ignition Defect Lawsuits


In the wake of the massive recall of 2.6 million small cars due to a deadly ignition switch problem, General Motors is bracing for an onslaught of lawsuits from car owners who claim that their cars lost value due to the recall. The auto giant is now turning to Bankruptcy Court for protection, claiming that the "bankruptcy shield" should protect the "New GM" from any economic loss claims. The company also claims that it should not be responsible for damages in accidents prior to the Chapter 11 filing.

GM’s Bankruptcy

In 2009, after years of losses and market share declines, General Motors filed for bankruptcy.
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Monday, April 7, 2014

Toyota Pays $1.2 Billion Penalty to U.S. Government for "Shameful" Conduct


A four-year criminal investigation into Toyota's response to safety issues reached a conclusion just weeks ago when the car company agreed on a settlement with the U.S. government that may set a precedent for similar cases, as the penalty Toyota was forced to pay is the largest of its kind imposed on an automotive company by the U.S., as reported by Fox News.
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Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Benefits of Choosing a Lemon Law Attorney

The Benefits of Choosing a Lemon Law Attorney.

You have come to a point where your new or used vehicle has been in to the dealership too many times for the same problem or too many times for all sorts of problems.  Its beyond frustrating – you need a resolution. 

The advantages of hiring a lemon law attorney for a Pennsylvania lemon law claim or a New Jersey lemon law claim:

a) Representation is free.

A lemon law attorney can represent you against a manufacturer free of charge for your Pennsylvania or New Jersey Lemon Law claim.  That gives you the ability to stand on equal footing in Court against a large corporation that has easy access to counsel. 

The attorney will advance all costs for Court, legal work and expert inspections.  You will not be responsible for the costs of the case – win or lose.

b) Independent Expert Inspection of your vehicle.

Your lemon law attorney can have an expert mechanic examine your vehicle.  This will allow the attorney to get the heart of the problem quickly, especially in cases where the dealership has told a consumer their problem cannot be duplicated.

c) Ability to Take the Case to Court / Fast Results.

You need an attorney that is willing to go to Court.  This will give you the best leverage towards a favorable settlement.   Manufacturers know what attorneys are willing to go to Court and put the time into a case. 

Choosing an attorney that will work hard on your case will yield the best results to get your case resolved in a timely manner.

d) Resolution for your Lemon.

You could go it alone, just as you could buy or sell a house on your own, but I wouldn’t recommend it.  A lemon law attorney can advise you as to the potential remedies for your case so that can make an informed decision as to the resolution of your lemon law claim. 


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

General Motors Recalls 1.6 Million Vehicles


G.M.'s February announcement recalling 1.6 million cars has led individuals and law enforcement to second-guess a number of car accident fatality cases in which the motorist was driving a recalled G.M.
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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

5 Ways to Avoid Purchasing a Lemon


Purchasing a lemon is a frustrating and costly process that may be avoidable if a consumer follows these steps for purchasing a new or used car in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. There are certain steps you, the consumer, can take to lessen your chances of buying a lemon. We can help if you do end up with a malfunctioning vehicle. Our firm will provide you with expert legal representation and get you favorable results, fast. We'll establish what you are entitled to under the Federal, Pennsylvania or New Jersey Lemon Laws, or other consumer protection statutes.
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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Top 3 Lemon Law Myths

If the recent purchase of your dream car is turning into your worst nightmare, you might have a lemon on your hands. A lemon is a car that the consumer finds to be defective after they have made the purchase, and because there is such a wealth of misinformation out there about state and federal lemon laws, we figured we would set the record straight. We have put together some myths and their corresponding facts regarding New Jersey and Pennsylvania state Lemon Laws to help you understand the legal parts of the process.

Myth: Your car is not protected under the Lemon Law

The facts: For Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the Lemon Law covers vehicles purchased, leased or registered for the first time (in PA and NJ) that experience defects and/or warranty problems. The law covers vehicles that have been subject to an unreasonable amount of repairs and/or vehicles with problems that significantly impair their use, value or safety.

There are multiple lemon laws available  ̶  federal or state lemon laws, as well as provisions  ̶  that can help you recover money spent on repairs, and sometimes the full amount you paid for the car, truck, motorcycle, or SUV.  Like many aspects of life and the law, this situation is not black and white, as there aren't specific qualifications under lemon law that outright prevent you from collecting the thousands you spent on your vehicle and repairs.

Myth: You have a very narrow time window to file your Lemon Law claim.

The facts: The Lemon Law covers vehicles with defects or warranty problems within the time frames outlined below. Time and mileage limits vary state by state.

New Jersey Lemon Law: First two years or 24,000 miles, but if you purchased a car in New Jersey with problems that occurred after 2 years or 24,000 miles, you may still be protected under consumer protection laws.

Pennsylvania Lemon Law: First year or 12,000 miles, but if you purchased a used car in Pennsylvania or your problems occurred after the first year or 12,000 miles, you may still be protected under consumer protection laws.

Myth: The law requires that you bring your lemon in for repairs a certain number of times before you can file a claim.

The facts: If the manufacturer fails to repair or correct a malfunctioning part after a "reasonable number of attempts," or if your car is out of service due to repairs for 30 business days, you have the option to either have the manufacturer replace the vehicle with a similar one of equal value or take the vehicle back so you can collect a refund on the full purchase or lease price of the vehicle, including all collateral charges.

In the consumer chooses a refund or replacement, they must be reimbursed within 30 days of the decision.  However, the consumer does not qualify for a refund or replacement if the problem does not significantly impair the use, value or safety of the vehicle, or if the issue is a result of abuse, neglect or modification on the part of the purchaser.


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Cost of Filing a Lemon Law Claim


We want to address one of the most frequently asked questions we get here at Timothy Abeel & Associates, P.C.:

How much is this going to cost?

New Jersey and Pennsylvania Lemon Laws each include a fee-shifting provision, which requires the motor vehicle manufacturer to pay all attorney fees and legal costs if the consumer wins the case. This is in addition to the money the consumer recovers for repairs and/or the full amount of the car from the manufacturer. As we've stated elsewhere on our site, consumer protection laws provide that attorney fees and costs are paid by the "losing party" or the manufacturer.
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Sunday, January 19, 2014

AVVO is a great tool /web site to use before you choose a lawyer.

        When selecting a lawyer there are many options in the marketplace.  You want to choose a lawyer that primarily practices in the area of law that you need assistance with, the same way you would choose a doctor.  You wouldn’t select a doctor that is a knee specialist if you have a heart problem.  Therefore if you have a car that is a “lemon” it is important to use an attorney that focuses on consumer law – lemon law cases as their primary practice.  This attorney will know all the tricks of the trade and potential pitfalls to avoid for your case so that you can get the best settlement. 

         AVVO is a great tool /web site to use before you select a lawyer.  You will be able to see what past clients have said about the lawyer you may hire and what types of results that lawyer has been able to achieve.  You will also be able to see whether a lawyer has ever been disciplined by their state bar at any time.  

         Whether past clients were happy with the way that lawyer handled their case is an important indicator as to how your potential case will be handled by the lawyer.  Your case may be resolved rather quickly or may take several months to reach a resolution.  Therefore it is important to choose a lawyer that other clients were happy with, as you will want a lawyer that handles your case diligently.  A lawyer that timely returns your phone calls or emails, doesn’t make you feel like your just a # and has a track record of fighting the more difficult cases. 

        If you purchased a new or used vehicle in Pennsylvania or New Jersey and ended up with a lemon vehicle, call us for a free consultation at 1-888-830-1474.   My firm will be able to quickly determine whether you are entitled to a new car, full refund or a cash settlement under the Pennsylvania Lemon Law, New Jersey Lemon Law or other consumer protection statutes.  Both Rich Scholer and I have been helping consumers for a combined decade.   We will work to either get your case settled quickly or take the case to Court to a get you a great result.   


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