Saturday, April 15, 2017
After recently reporting on this blog about customer complaints and a potential class-action lawsuit regarding Ford's alleged door locking and latching problems in cold weather, another potential class action lawsuit is threatened against the automaker.
This time, Ford and Lincoln owners are complaining that throttle body problems are causing their cars to suddenly enter “limp home” mode and "abruptly decelerate" or "completely lose power" without warning-- and sometimes while traveling at speeds as high as 70 mph.
According to some customers the throttle body problem has not been resolved even after undergoing dealer repair services--leaving some to consider Read more . . .
Thursday, April 6, 2017
What is causing vibration problems in Ford Mustangs?
This blog recently reported about vibration problems in GM trucks and SUVs, including the popular Chevy Silverado. While the company attributed the problem to a variety of factors, including the larger size of the interior, the problems continue.
GM is not the only automaker facing complaints of vibration problems, however, as there have also been numerous reports of consumer complaints from owners of 2015-2017 Ford Mustangs. These owners claim that a variety of Mustangs experience severe vibration, particularly when driving between 55 and 75 miles per hour.
Numerous Mustang owners have taken their cars back to the dealers for repairs.
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Saturday, March 11, 2017
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
- 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
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, January 22, 2017
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.Read more . . .
Monday, January 16, 2017
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".Read more . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
Sunday, May 8, 2016
What are your rights if your vehicle is recalled?
If you recently purchased a Volkswagen, what you were really drawn to besides style and capability was the vehicle’s safety record. Volkswagen has been a favorite among American consumers for many years, and has been rated as top safety picks many times. Unfortunately, the brand many of us know and love has been struggling lately after a string of problems has led to massive recalls.
In the past year, the German automaker was discovered to have participated in an emissions cheating scandal. Basically, the cars were programmed to know when they were undergoing emissions and at that point would produce a low amount of emissions.
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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.