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Saturday, March 11, 2017

When You Have to Watch the Watchdog

Q:  Can used car buyers assume that certified preowned means recall-free?

Dealer fraud, which is prohibited in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, can happen in certified vehicle misrepresentations as well as the following instances where dealers misrepresent the status or history of a vehicle:

  • Car Misrepresentations
  • Prior Accidents
  • “Yo-yo" Financing
  • Backdating
  • Negative Equity Nondisclosure
  • Odometer Fraud
  • Failure to Provide Paperwork

If you've been following the “certified preowned-open recall” issue in the news or in our recent blog post you’ll know that a recent Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) ruling affected the advertising practices of General Motors and two other large used car dealers.
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Friday, February 17, 2017

Pennsylvania Statewide Auto Dealer Investigation Uncovers Fraud

Q: How does the law protect car buyers and what can buyers do to protect themselves from dealer fraud?

There's a reason used car salesman have historically had a less than favorable reputation. It's called dealer fraud.


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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Russian Citizens Claim $2M Fraud by New Jersey Dealership

Q: What action can I take against a dealer who takes my money but fails to deliver the vehicle?

Although exile to Siberia is not an option, a consumer fraud attorney can help people defrauded by unscrupulous auto dealerships.

Recently, a Pennsylvania man operating a dealership in New Jersey was accused of scamming a slew of Russian citizens in a $2 million fraud case.

Reportedly, the dealer, Global Auto Group, in Elizabeth New Jersey, allegedly advertised autos online below market value and then failed to deliver them to Russian consumers who had wired the purchase price payment for the vehicles.

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Used Car Buyers –Not Dealers--are Responsible to Check and Repair Safety Recalls

Q: Is there dealer fraud or false advertising in the used car industry?

This is the kind of thing that gives used car salesman that stereotypical shyster reputation.

Is it right that large used car dealerships can claim in advertising that their ‘certified’ preowned vehicles have been "careful carefully inspected and repaired" even when there could be outstanding unrepaired safety recalls for the vehicles?

Well that's with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently decided was acceptable advertising in a settlement with General Motors (GM) and two other large used car dealers. Not only do the used car dealers not have to make recall repairs, but they don't even have to specify any recall problems.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Help! My Car is Possessed!

Q: Can I get a full refund of the price of my new car if it has multiple problems?

Are self-driving cars something exciting out of a science fiction movie-- like the flux capacitor-fitted DeLorean® in Back to the Future®? Or, are they something scary out of a horror movie like Stephen King’s Christine®? The answer may depend on whether you get a “lemon” or not.

Having a car with a mind of its own is not for everyone. While many people love the new, high-tech “auto pilot” feature of self-driving cars such as those by the industry’s pioneering manufacturer, Tesla®, others report being unnerved at the thought of their cars behaving erratically as the newer technology is developing and being tweaked.

Take the case of one of Tesla®’s “biggest fans”—a California man who owns a Roadster and Model S but who also reportedly got one of the early Model X’s-- “back when the falcon door still had serious concerns".

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Monday, December 26, 2016

Ever Wonder if Your Car is Safe to Drive?

Q: How do I know if my used car has been recalled or is safe to drive? Where can I find an Auto Recall attorney?

If you are lucky enough to buy or lease a new car, you can expect to receive written notice in the event the make and model you are driving is subject to a recall. But used car owners may not receive such notices.

An auto recall happens either voluntarily by the manufacturer or upon the direction of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) when a defective and/or dangerous condition is discovered affecting a particular part or system in the one or more vehicle models.

Popular categories for vehicle recalls include mechanical, electrical, and software systems, with mechanical recalls comprising 83% of all recalls in 2015.

The number one recall in automotive history is the Takata® airbag recall.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Despite Auto Recall Notices, Exploding Airbags Remain on Road

Q: If I get an auto recall notice, do I have to act on it?

Recent advances in automotive technology have brought us self-driving, back-up cameras, and airbag systems. But what if these systems are defective and recalled?

As if an accident is not frightening enough, imagine if—instead of being saved by your airbag—it exploded on impact, sending metal shrapnel shooting throughout the car’s cabin, injuring or killing the occupants. Unfortunately, in the case of some Takata® airbags, this nightmare scenario has reportedly happened multiple times.

Reportedly, the Japanese company, Takata®, used ammonium nitrate to cause what is supposed to be a small, contained explosion that initiates the rapid inflation of its airbags upon impact. Unfortunately, the metal container that houses this reaction can and does explode.

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Monday, November 14, 2016

International and Military Implications in Lemon Law Claims

Q: What happens if I buy a car in the US and it’s a lemon once I take it overseas?

A military couple from Georgia learned the hard way that the Toyota Rav4 they thought was a peach when they bought it was actually a lemon once they got it to Germany. But that was just the beginning of their lemon law troubles.

Lemon Law claims result when a consumer purchases or leases a new car and the vehicle subsequently requires unreasonably frequent repairs or service for the same defective warranty part or system such that the problem impacts the safety, use, or value of the vehicle.

Each state differs in the amount of time during which the problems must occur to constitute a lemon law claim, with

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Monday, October 31, 2016

The Impact of Driverless Cars on Recall Rates

Q: How will defects in driverless cars affect vehicle recall rates?

As lemon law attorneys and those they represent know all too well, nothing is more frustrating than repeatedly bringing your new leased or purchased vehicle into the dealership or the mechanic’s shop for constant repairs of the same persistent problem.

In general, the lemon law protects those who buy or lease new vehicles from persistent repair problems that impact the vehicle’s use, value, or safety in the first year or two of possession, depending on the state you live in. Sometimes, your “lemon” is the rare bad one in the bunch with that particular problem and you may need an attorney to get you out of the deal with a full refund, cash settlement, or replacement vehicle.

Other times, your “lemon” is part of a proverbial orchard’s worth of similar vehicles with the same problem system. In the latter case, the manufacturer may issue a voluntary or mandated

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Monday, October 31, 2016

A Revised Lemon Law May Squeeze Autonomous Car Makers

Q: Should the Lemon Law be updated to keep pace with rapidly advancing and changing automotive technology?

Self-driving (autonomous) cars with winged doors are no longer just futuristic notions of movie-makers. They are here now—just without the flux capacitor and time travel feature.

Advances in automotive technology in recent years have revolutionized the car industry in many positive ways. The move away from gas and toward electric cars has been good for the environment. Back-up cameras and sensors that can alert and even override a driver to avoid an accident bring us the safety of a second set of eyes.

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Drivers Beware: Some New Cars Are Still Being Produced Using Takata’s Volatile Airbags

Does my car have a recalled Takata airbag?

The Takata airbag recall is now considered the biggest automotive recall in United States history.  Over 28 million Takata airbag inflators have been recalled and the recall is still far from over.  The airbags pose a hazard because they degrade over time, leading to rupture and potentially creating flying metal shrapnel.  Thus far, ten people have died as a result of ruptured Takata airbags and more than 100 have been injured. 

The problem with Takata’s airbags is that the chemical mixture (ammonium nitrate) used to inflate the airbags grows unstable over time and when exposed to moisture.

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