Monday, October 31, 2016
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 Read more . . .
Monday, October 31, 2016
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.Read more . . .
Sunday, September 25, 2016
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.Read more . . .
Sunday, September 25, 2016
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 Read more . . .
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
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.Read more . . .
Thursday, July 21, 2016
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.Read more . . .
Thursday, July 21, 2016
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.Read more . . .
Sunday, July 3, 2016
Is my rental car safe?
Whether for business or pleasure, renting a car is like a box of chocolates—you never know what you’re going to get. Stand-up comics and personal experience tell us not to expect that the make and model we reserved in advance will be available when we reach the rental counter. While frustrating, most of us accept a substitute vehicle and drive off without further thought.
Renting an SUV for a family vacation or a sleek convertible for a business trip? Do you ever wonder if the SUV’s brakes or fuel tank was safe? Do you question whether the roll bar system or airbags would work if you rolled the convertible? Probably not.
While not receiving the model you reserved is expected, the expectation that a rental car will be free from known and dangerous safety defects is a given.Read more . . .
Saturday, June 25, 2016
If you own or lease a brand new vehicle, yet, continue to invest time and energy in repairing defects, you may be entitled to a refund, replacement, or settlement award. Pursuant to New Jersey Lemon law, a persistent and substantial flaw that requires multiple attempts at maintenance may demonstrate that you have a lemon.
Beware—you may not qualify for any legal recourse if you allow a party, other than an authorized dealer, the manufacturer, or an agent of the manufacturer, to make or attempt to rectify the problem. Likewise, there is also a limited term of protection.Read more . . .
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Is recalling an auto enough to avoid being sued?
Lemon Laws were established to protect car owners, and in some states car leasers, from getting stuck with -- or worse, injured or killed by -- their recently acquired vehicle. Though unfortunately Lemon Laws cannot always prevent accidents caused by mechanical failure, they can always assist customers in obtaining fair and just compensation. With strong, Read more . . .
Saturday, May 14, 2016
There is a reason why “used car salesmen” frequently tops the list of most hated professions. Although there are some honest dealers out there, many used car salespeople offer deals that turn out to be no good. For example, a dealer up in Lodi, NJ was recently busted a dealer for selling cars with rolled back odometers and undisclosed accidents. That same dealer was also hiding the details of their financing and fees in fine print that was nearly impossible to read, or not disclosing this information at all! Unfortunately, these illegal sales gimmicks are all too common.
Did you buy a used car the dealer assured you was in great shape only to discover it needs major repairs? Did the check engine light turn on the minute you pulled out of the dealer’s lot? If the car you bought is not in as good of shape as the seller promised, you may be able to return it or get the seller to pay for necessary repairs.Read more . . .
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Timothy J. Abeel & Associates, P.C. represent clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, cities include but are not limited to Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Cherry Hill, Newark, and Trenton.