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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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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Cleaning Haus in the New Jersey Car Sales Market

Q: What if an auto dealer fails to install a feature I paid for?

Dirty allegations of consumer fraud against automotive dealer Luxury Haus, Inc. have resulted in a settlement.

According to the New Jersey Attorney General’s office, Luxury Haus, Inc. was accused by the New Jersey Department of Consumer Affairs of multiple violations of the following rules and regulations:

  • New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act
  • Motor Vehicle Advertising Regulations
  • Automotive Sales Practices Regulations
  • Used Car Lemon Law
  • Used Car Lemon Law Regulations

Collectively, the above rules are designed to protect consumers of both new and used motor vehicles from fraud in the automotive marketplace as well as to ensure motor vehicle safety. Because there are often stiff penalties assessed to those found in violation, it’s important to seek counsel from a

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Fatal Tesla Autopilot Accident Raises Safety Concerns

Is more regulation needed over autonomous driving features?

On May 7, a Tesla Model S operating in its beta autopilot mode crashed into an 18 wheeler turning left in front of it in Williston, Florida.  The car skidded under the truck, ripping its roof off, then plowed through two fences before crashing into a utility pole.  Tragically, the 40-year-old driver from Ohio died in the accident.  While the accident is under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), many are questioning the safety of autonomous driving features.

Tesla’s Autopilot Feature

Several of Tesla’s vehicles now come equipped with an autopilot option.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Recalled Jeep Cherokee Crushes Star Trek Actor

Are multiple, non-intuitive electronic vehicle control systems dangerous?

He was among the crew that could “boldly go where no one had gone before”. Anton Yelchin, the actor who played Chekov in the recent Star Trek Beyond movie series, battled scores of alien enemies on the big screen. However, he was powerless against his 2015 Jeep Cherokee on his own driveway.

The 27 year-old was tragically killed when his Jeep rolled down the driveway, pinning him between it and a brick mailbox. Preliminary reports do not expect foul play.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Lemon Law, Liability, & Legal Action

Have you spent time, energy, and expense in fixing a fairly new vehicle?  Is the car manufacturer ignoring your requests for repair or has the company failed to rectify these problems?  You should seek the advice of an experienced lemon law attorney to determine whether you are eligible to collect compensation in Pennsylvania. 

Depending on the severity of the vehicle’s defect, you may be entitled to a complete replacement of your vehicle or other damages from the manufacturer as reimbursement for your expenditures.  However, there are certain restrictions that come into play when contemplating the initiation of a lemon law action.  For example, you might not be able to sue if you have owned the vehicle for one year or if the vehicle has been driven for twelve thousand miles.

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25 Regency Plaza, Glen Mills, PA 19342 | 309 Fellowship Road, East Gate Center, Suite 200, Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054
301 Grant Street, One Oxford Center, Suite 4300, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 | 101 Eisenhower Pkwy, Suite 300, Roseland, NJ 07068
Phone: 888-830-1474