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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Honda Odyssey Open Door Auto Recall

Q: Do auto recalls only affect engine parts?

One hundred seven thousand soccer moms and dads—and other minivan lovers-- aren’t going to be happy about an upcoming auto recall on a popular Honda model. But even though the minivan’s engine isn’t impacted, a dangerous problem has allegedly been discovered and requires a repair as soon as possible.

Honda defects attorneys have learned that over 100,000 Honda Odyssey minivans spanning the model years 2018 and 2019 in America are being recalled along with another 11,000 similar minivans in Canada.

One of the major attractions of minivans for consumers is the convenience of transporting up to a large number of passengers--such as a sports team or large family--comfortably and without the inconvenience of hard-to-access third row seating commonly used in competitive large SUVs.

The key to a minivan’s popularity for many owners is the ease of the power sliding doors which open and close effortlessly and hands-free for fast and easy access. But it’s these very doors that are prompting the auto recall.


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Sunday, January 6, 2019

When Auto Recalls Impact Car Seat Safety

Q: Is my car preventing proper car seat installation?

Of all the serious problems car owners and lessees face with their vehicles across-the-board, one thing that really rattles the cages of parents and grandparents is hearing of an auto recall that could impact child car seat safety.

General motor defects attorneys have learned that the automaker is recalling almost 16,000 2018- 2019 sedans, plug-in hybrids, and SUVs because “a faulty seatbelts component could prevent a child car seat from being properly installed”. Specifically, the recall involves the “automatic locking retractor” which is responsible for locking the seatbelt so a car seat doesn’t move. Obviously, if a car seat moves in a crash situation, the risk of injury to the child may increase.

Reportedly, “only certain seating positions are affected” so owners may be able to avoid the problems by installing their car seats in a different, non-affected sitting position. According to an auto safety engineer at the Consumer Reports Auto Tech Center, using the lower LATCH anchors to install the car seat in cases where the combined weight of the child and car seat is under 65 pounds is an option, but in cases over 65 pounds the safest option is to use a different vehicle.

Affected vehicles reportedly include Cadillac CT6, Chevrolet Volt, Chevrolet Suburban SUV, GMC Yukon XL SUV, and Cadillac Escalade ESV SUV.


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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Bubbling Blistering Paint Causes Trouble for Ford

Q: Do car owners have a remedy for a “sham” warranty?

Can you really say with confidence that a vehicle is “Built Ford Proud” if premature corrosion causes unsightly bubbling and blistering paint problems and the so-called “fix” allegedly knowingly masks the defect instead of repairing it? Well, Ford defects attorneys and their complaining Ford owners likely don’t think so.

After Ford started using aluminum panels instead of steel ones in certain vehicle models, the automaker began receiving complaints of corrosion and paint problems from owners of 2000 Expeditions, 2002 Explorers and 2005 Mustangs. The issue has sparked questions of breach of warranty and accusations that the automaker has offered a “sham” warranty that doesn’t solve the problem.

Upon internal investigation, the automaker reportedly issued the first of what would be several technical service bulletins (TSBs) over more than a decade in December, 2004 acknowledging that the bubbling and blistering paint is “due to iron contamination of the aluminum panel… [and] that the aluminum corrosion was caused by iron particles working their way into the aluminum body part, prior to it being painted”.  


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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Faulty Weld Causes Jeep Wrangler Auto Recall


Is my Jeep Wrangler’s track bar bracket welded safely?

Fiat Chrysler defects attorneys have learned that the notice the automaker is sending to certain Jeep Wrangler owners and lessees isn’t a holiday card. It’s an auto recall notice.

The Jeep defects effect 18,000 of the automaker’s 2018 and 2019 Jeep Wrangler JL vehicles.
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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Slick Scheme of Alleged Mercedes Dealer Fraud


What happens if a dealer doesn’t use “genuine parts” as advertised?

Dealer fraud lawsuits continue to feed society’s stereotypical image of the sleazy used car salesman out to pull a fast one on unsuspecting car buyers.

Fortunately, consumer protection laws exist to compensate buyers who have fallen victim to any number of auto dealer fraud offenses. Some common examples include:

  • inflating the invoice price
  • bait and switch
  • add-on concealment
  • car misrepresentations
  • prior accidents/flood damage
  • and more.
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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Hyundai and Kia Car Fire Suits are Heating Up


What is causing the Kia and Hyundai car fires?

Things are heating up asauto makers, dealers, car owners, investigators, and even Congress is trying to determine the cause for multiple spontaneous fires reportedly erupting in several Hyundai and Kia model vehicles. Kia defects attorneys have learned of an investigative report and a lawsuit that shed some light on the problem.

One possible theory, which might apply in some cases but certainly not all, was put forth by a national news outlet’s investigative report wherein “auto mechanics and a fire investigator” working with some impacted car owners speculated that “the fires could be sparked by a leaky fuel pump”.
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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Nissan Automatic Emergency Braking System Stops Short of Expectations


Every driver knows how frustrating it is to have their front seat passenger dramatically grab the door and stomp on an imaginary brake pedal when they think the driver isn’t braking fast enough. Nissan defect attorneys have learned of something even more frustrating—allegedly unpredictable automatic emergency braking systems in multiple models.

A proposed class action lawsuit claims the Nissan automatic emergency braking system is itself a “safety hazard with a mind of its own” rather than the safety feature it is intended to be.


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Monday, November 26, 2018

Ford to Recall Nearly 1.5 Million Focus Vehicles

Q: Why is my Ford Focus stalling?

Instead of a holiday card, certain Ford Focus owners and lessees can expect something special from their automaker before the holidays in December: an auto recall.

Ford defects attorneys have learned that nearly 1.5 million Ford Focus cars with 2-Liter GDI or GTDI engines may have defective canister purge valves (“CPVs”) that can cause multiple problems in 2012 –2018 models.

According to numerous complaining vehicle owners, the problematic CPVs can cause the following issues:


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Monday, November 19, 2018

Chevy Shake Headache

Q: What is causing certain GMs and Chevys to shake?

General Motors defects attorneys have learned of an apparent “mysterious recurring issue” affecting certain GM full-size trucks and SUVs. The alleged problem causes the affected vehicles to vibrate excessively resulting in their owners complaining of headaches and dizziness when the vehicles reach certain varying speeds, not all of which are exceptionally fast. The alleged problem is also causing headaches for the automaker’s engineers who have yet to pinpoint the cause or find an effective resolution.

The Chevy problem, reportedly affecting vehicles including certain Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierras has earned the nickname the “Chevy Shake” and is the subject of complaints “in online forums and in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s complaints sections”.


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Monday, November 12, 2018

Honda Rising Oil Levels an Issue in Some CR-Vs

Q: What happens if gas leaks into the oil?

Honda defects attorneys have become aware of an apparent problem with the 2017–2018 Honda CRV vehicles with 1.5 – liter engines. An investigation is reportedly underway due to numerous owner complaints about “irregularly high oil levels” which Honda claims are “primarily from the northern areas of the country during extreme cold weather conditions” -- though it should be noted that complaints have also reportedly been received also been received from warm climate areas as well. In addition, certain Hondas in China have reportedly been affected by the same issue.


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Monday, November 5, 2018

Consumer Protection Laws for Car Buyers

Q: Can I sue if my car doesn’t perform as promised?

Federal Consumer protection laws protect car buyers from auto manufacturers and dealers failing to stand behind their products and correct problems when their products fail. The federal law that governs consumer product warranty is this called The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. There also consumer protection laws on the state-level, which differ from state-to-state.

Breach of warranty claims against New Jersey and Pennsylvania automakers can arise as the result of a breach of either an express or an implied warranty.

Express warranties are written or oral statements the automaker voluntarily makes about their product– – such as advertising claims.

Conversely, an implied warranty, as its name states, it is not spoken or written but rather is an implied promise governed by state law. There are two different kinds of implied warranties:


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