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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Lemon Laws Used to Address Problematic 2015 Jeep Cherokees


I just bought a 2015 Jeep Cherokee, and I am already experiencing problems with the transmission system. Do I have any legal recourse?



When it comes to selecting a new car, the last thought on most buyers’ minds is avoiding a catastrophic, systemic transmission failure after just 3,000 miles. However, unfortunately, this is has proven to be a reality for a number of 2015 Jeep Cherokee purchasers – many of whom report a contemporaneous failure of the vehicle’s electrical system as well.

According to reports from several Jeep Cherokee owners – particularly the 2015 Trail Hawk model – vehicles with as little as 1,500 miles on the odometer are displaying a “check engine” light, shifting hard, stalling, and creating noticeable “thumping” noises within the chassis. These same owners, hoping to fix the problem quickly and continue down the road, are being met with difficult dealerships refusing to make timely, accurate repairs.
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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Customers and Dealers Respond to Volkswagen Scandal


What are the reactions of Volkswagen owners and dealers to being deceived by a company they believed in?

Customers who have bought Volkswagens for the first time recently, and, even more, customers who have been loyal to the company for years, are expressing disappointment and outrage over the recent scandal in which Volkswagen has admitted to rigging its diesel engines to "fool" U.S. emissions tests.

One California owner, Bob Rand, purchased his Volkswagen Passat last year not only for its high gas mileage, but for its clean emissions. He feels totally duped by the auto company he had so much faith in, and is now trying desperately to unload his fully-loaded vehicle for $10,000 under what he paid for it.
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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Some Convicted in Car Crashes Now Blame Defects in the Cars They Drove


How many drivers convicted in car crashes can now blame the accidents on car defects?

A growing number of people convicted for their role in car crashes resulting in serious injuries or fatalities are now seeking vindication based on the defects of the cars they were driving at the time. One young woman, Lakisha Ward-Green, spent 3 months in jail after being convicted in an accident in which her teenaged passenger was killed. A Pennsylvania judge has now ruled that the General Motors car she was driving when the accident occurred was one of those later recalled by the company for its defective ignition switch. Her car was one of 2.6 million cars recalled with the problem.
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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Volkswagen Cheats on Emissions Standards Tests


Why did Martin Winterkorn resign as CEO of Volkswagen?

The scandal that has broken surrounding Volkswagen's rigging of automobiles to "fool" regulatory testing of emissions, has shaken confidence in the company and let down its customers. Volkswagen, the largest car company in the world, stands accused of using illegal means ("defeat device") via software to cheat on emissions tests, facilitating false readings of low emissions only during the tests themselves. This car emissions scandal affects 11 million diesel vehicles globally.

In response to the scandal, CEO Martin Winterkorn has resigned, requesting termination of his position as CEO of the Volkswagen Group from the Supervisory Board of the company. While Winterkorn has declared that he takes responsibility for the "irregularities" in the diesel engines, he states that he is "stunned that misconduct on such a scale was possible" and "unaware of any wrong doing" on his part.
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Monday, September 14, 2015

It’s a Jeep Thing: Automakers Refusing to Fix Water Leaks in Certain Models


What can I do if my brand new Jeep is leaking water and the dealership is refusing to fix the problem?

If you are the proud new owner of a Jeep and are experiencing water leakage issues, you are far from alone. Across the board, nearly every make of Jeep has reportedly caused its owner issues ranging from minor dampness to full-blown mold and permanent damage. Moreover, owners have reported a noted difficulty in successfully arranging a repair with the dealership, prompting many to turn to the services of an experienced and aggressive Lemon Law attorney to right this wrong.

According to widespread customer complaints, water leakage can occur through the windows, dome lights, doors and door handles. Consumers have also reported problems with hard- and soft-top convertibles and sunroofs -- and have even had damage occur to items in the trunk due to leakage through the tail lights.
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Experts Combat Auto Industry’s Promise that "It's Normal" for Vehicles to Consume Excess Oil Between Changes


My manufacturer is telling me it is typical for my vehicle to consume excess oil between changes. Is this true?

Manufacturers and automotive experts alike have long since touted the proverbial 3,000-mile rule when it comes to the frequency of oil changes. For some models, drivers can get away with a 7,000- or 10,000-mile interval between changes – particularly if the model is newer and installed with an oil-efficient engine.

What is not normal, however, are the latest assertions by auto manufacturers that burning oil before the 3,000-mile mark is not considered a defect, and drivers should be prepared to top off their engines between changes. Unbelievably, drivers across the nation are receiving this answer from manufacturers when they bring in their new vehicles for service – and are rightfully demanding a second opinion on the issue.
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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Ford Takes Another Hit With Widespread 2013 Fiesta Complaints


What are the options for Ford Fiesta owners experiencing transmission problems?

Under the Lemon Laws of both New York and New Jersey, consumers having recently purchased a problematic new vehicle may be able to seek damages and replacement costs directly from the manufacturer. They may also, in many cases, be able to retrieve attorneys’ fees and incidental damages. These laws, which help to supplement applicable consumer protection laws, are designed to protect purchasers from dishonesty should a manufacturer refuse to acknowledge known problems with its product. As many Lemon Law clients can attest, these laws also protect against placement of dangerous and deadly vehicles on the roadways, as is the case in the most recent transmission-related issue plaguing Ford due to its defective late model Fiesta product.

For one Pennsylvania couple, their Ford Fiesta has been nothing but trouble since they originally purchased it new in 2013.
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Monday, August 3, 2015

NJ Audi & VW Dealerships Accused of Lemon Law Violations


What kind of activity by a dealership could give rise to a New Jersey Lemon Law violation? 


The New Jersey Lemon Law is designed to protect consumers from the unnecessary and inflated costs of constant vehicle repairs for a brand new automobile. In order to qualify for coverage under the law, a consumer must prove the following factors to be true: 
• The vehicle was purchased or registered in New Jersey;
• The vehicle must be less than two years old, or have less than 24,000 miles – whichever comes first;
• The consumer has taken the vehicle for an unreasonable number of repairs; and
• The problems substantially impact the use or safety of the vehicle.
When the above factors are met, a Lemon Law attorney can help the consumer pursue not only a refund of the price of the vehicle, but comprehensive damages to compensate for repairs, rental expenses, and any other costs incidental to the situation. 

Under the Lemon Law, manufacturers are required to work with the consumer to try and rectify problems as quickly and efficiently as possible. In addition, New Jersey’s consumer protection laws also prevent dealerships from engaging in unscrupulous practices against car buyers.
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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Class Action Against Ford Alleges Harmful Carbon Monoxide Exposure; Lemon Laws Included


What is the status of ongoing litigation against car manufacturers in the U.S.? 

Carbon monoxide carries the dual-risk of being not only one of the most fatal gases to humans, but also one of the most undetectable. Accordingly, several New Jersey plaintiffs have launched a putative class action lawsuit against the Ford Motor Company following the detection of the gas within the vehicle while driving – an allegation the company has vehemently denied publicly, yet allegedly admitted to in private depositions. 

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Attorney Timothy Abeel Wins Lemon Law Case Against Toyota


What are my options if a brand new vehicle is emitting an odd odor from the air vents? 


At Timothy Abeel and Associates, we work tirelessly on behalf of our clients – no matter how many times the manufacturer insists nothing is wrong. As experienced practitioners of Lemon Law cases, we have fine-tuned our practice to offer the area’s leading representation against manufacturers that refuse to correct defects in their automobiles, as was the case in one of our recent victories against Toyota Motor Sales. If you are experiencing a situation to that described below, be sure to contact our office right away for help in recovering the costs of repairing your vehicle. 

Attorney Abeel demands compensation from obstinate manufacturer 

Prior to our recent victory versus Toyota, the plaintiff in the case was experiencing a noxious and sickening odor emitting from the air vents of her new car. According to the allegations, the odor was so overwhelming that it caused headaches and nausea for all passengers – including several young children.
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Monday, June 22, 2015

4 Reasons Why You Need a Lemon Law Attorney


My new car is acting up already. Should I contact a lawyer, or just take it back to the dealer? 


In Pennsylvania and New Jersey, new car owners are protected from ‘lemons’ under the states’ applicable Lemon Laws. These laws are designed to ensure both domestic and foreign manufacturers are adhering to proper protocol and – most importantly – protecting consumers from unsafe and defective machines. 

If you recently purchased a new automobile in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, and are already experiencing an issue, you need a Lemon Law attorney for the following reasons: 

#4: Free Mechanical Evaluation: In keeping with its best interests, a dealership or manufacturer will often try to “sweet talk” a new car owner into believing the malfunction or issue is minor, nonexistent, or will not be problematic. This leaves the buyer in a difficult situation, left to decide whether to take this advice at face value or spend hundreds of dollars for a second opinion from a mechanic.
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