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Saturday, September 13, 2014

New Website Helps Car-Owners Find Defects


In 2014, there have been 46 million automobile recalls nationwide.  Owners of almost any car might, understandably, worry about hidden mechanical problems that could prove inconvenient or even life-threatening.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

New Jersey Roads Awash in Title-Washed Cars


Two years after Hurricane Sandy flooded their homes, thousands of New Jersey residents now face a new disaster—unwittingly driving flood-damaged cars. 

Data from CarFax, the company that compiles vehicle histories on used cars and trucks, shows that New Jersey leads the nation in "title-washing." 

In this scam, professional con men don't just remove outward signs of damage from cars—they also remove all indications of damage from cars' titles.  According to CarFax, they move cars from state to state and are, ultimately, able to present a buyer with an unblemished title.
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Under NJ Lemon Law, Consumer Gets Full Refund for Car With Faulty Airbag


What happens when a new car's engine works well, but its airbag warning light doesn't?  That defect may entitle a consumer to a full refund, as a New Jersey family has discovered, after a long battle.

Consumers who buy new cars that prove defective may be able to receive a refund or replacement car under New Jersey's "Lemon Law."  The law applies to vehicles with defects that are still unresolved after several attempts at repair or that are out of service for twenty (20) days or more.  A wide range of mechanical and structural problems can also qualify a car as a lemon.
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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Inaccurate Fuel Ratings and Electric Charge Ranges


Gas prices have skyrocketed in the last ten years.  For some, it can feel like they are spending a small fortune whenever they fill up their vehicle.  With gas prices constantly fluctuating and an increasingly environmentally conscious population, the consumer and manufacturer alike have been focusing on fuel economy and the widespread manufacturing of hybrid vehicles.

Fuel economy and electric charge range are main factors considered by consumers when leasing or purchasing an automobile.  All cars are given a fuel rating and/or electric charge range by the Environmental Protection Agency.
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Monday, July 14, 2014

How to Document Your Lemon Law Case and Other Concerns


Is your car always in the shop?  Does it have one problem or a variety of problems?  If you think that your vehicle may be a lemon, it is important to seek the advice of a qualified lemon law attorney.  It is also crucially important to gather evidence and document your problem as much as possible while your case is going on.  The more evidence you have of your complaints, the better off you will be when settling your claim. In addition to documenting you lemon law claim, there are also other things you should consider doing if you are involved in a lemon law case.

How to Document Your Lemon Law Claim

Take Pictures and Videos

You should use all of the technology available to you to document your lemon law claim.
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Monday, June 23, 2014

Faulty Airbags Lead to Yet another Massive Recall


In 1998, a federal law went into effect requiring that all cars and trucks sold in the United States have airbags on both sides of the front seat. Despite the massive demand for airbag technology, just three major suppliers dominate the market. Defective airbags manufactured by one of these key players, Japanese supplier Takata have now caused three more automakers Honda, Nissan and Mazda to recall a total of almost three million vehicles.
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Friday, June 20, 2014

Ford Overstates Fuel Economy of Vehicles Again


In March of this year, Ford discovered that it had overstated the fuel economy on a number of 2013 and 2014 vehicles.  The vehicles include the Fiesta and hybrids C-Max, C-Max Energi, Fusion, Fusion Energi and MKZ.
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Monday, May 19, 2014

2014 – The year of the recall?


Since the start of 2014, there have been nearly 20 million vehicle safety announcements issued by a long list of automakers around the world. General Motors Co, Toyota, Ford and Chrysler have all issued sizable recalls in the first half of the year; at this pace, the auto industry is on track to set a single year record for U.S. recalls. With growing concerns among consumers and mounting suspicions of automakers, President Obama has sent a bill to Congress that will substantially increase the civil penalties levied against automakers who fail to act swiftly to correct any potentially dangerous defects.
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Thursday, May 8, 2014

GM Seeks Protection from Bankruptcy Court in Ignition Defect Lawsuits


In the wake of the massive recall of 2.6 million small cars due to a deadly ignition switch problem, General Motors is bracing for an onslaught of lawsuits from car owners who claim that their cars lost value due to the recall. The auto giant is now turning to Bankruptcy Court for protection, claiming that the "bankruptcy shield" should protect the "New GM" from any economic loss claims. The company also claims that it should not be responsible for damages in accidents prior to the Chapter 11 filing.

GM’s Bankruptcy

In 2009, after years of losses and market share declines, General Motors filed for bankruptcy.
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Monday, April 7, 2014

Toyota Pays $1.2 Billion Penalty to U.S. Government for "Shameful" Conduct


A four-year criminal investigation into Toyota's response to safety issues reached a conclusion just weeks ago when the car company agreed on a settlement with the U.S. government that may set a precedent for similar cases, as the penalty Toyota was forced to pay is the largest of its kind imposed on an automotive company by the U.S., as reported by Fox News.
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Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Benefits of Choosing a Lemon Law Attorney

The Benefits of Choosing a Lemon Law Attorney.

You have come to a point where your new or used vehicle has been in to the dealership too many times for the same problem or too many times for all sorts of problems.  Its beyond frustrating – you need a resolution. 

The advantages of hiring a lemon law attorney for a Pennsylvania lemon law claim or a New Jersey lemon law claim:

a) Representation is free.

A lemon law attorney can represent you against a manufacturer free of charge for your Pennsylvania or New Jersey Lemon Law claim.  That gives you the ability to stand on equal footing in Court against a large corporation that has easy access to counsel. 

The attorney will advance all costs for Court, legal work and expert inspections.  You will not be responsible for the costs of the case – win or lose.

b) Independent Expert Inspection of your vehicle.

Your lemon law attorney can have an expert mechanic examine your vehicle.  This will allow the attorney to get the heart of the problem quickly, especially in cases where the dealership has told a consumer their problem cannot be duplicated.

c) Ability to Take the Case to Court / Fast Results.

You need an attorney that is willing to go to Court.  This will give you the best leverage towards a favorable settlement.   Manufacturers know what attorneys are willing to go to Court and put the time into a case. 

Choosing an attorney that will work hard on your case will yield the best results to get your case resolved in a timely manner.

d) Resolution for your Lemon.

You could go it alone, just as you could buy or sell a house on your own, but I wouldn’t recommend it.  A lemon law attorney can advise you as to the potential remedies for your case so that can make an informed decision as to the resolution of your lemon law claim. 


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