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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 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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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

New Jersey Makes Noise Over Audi Q7 Replacement Brakes

Q: What can I do if my dealer uses defective replacement parts?

Most auto defect cases involve silent problems that drivers may not even notice are going on under the hood. But when the defect involves squeaky brakes, the owner – – and the whole neighborhood – – knows about it.

New Jersey Audi defects attorneys have filed a brake-squealing class action lawsuit against the manufacturer on behalf of all New Jersey Audi Q7 owners and lessees “who had brakes installed by Audi dealers between July 19, 2012 to present”. The suit does not affect the original, factory-installed Q7 brakes, only the Audi Q7 replacement brake parts.


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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Motor Oil Sold Today May Be Worthless for Modern Car Engines

Q: Is my motor oil obsolete and potentially dangerous for my car?

Breach of warranty attorneys represents consumers of products in claims against manufacturers and sellers when products fail to live up to express or implied warranties.

Express warranties are oral or written voluntary statements and promises by manufacturers about their products and their commitment to stand behind them. Two different implied warranties, on the other hand, are neither written nor spoken but are created by state law.


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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Allegations of Conspiracy and Fraud Against Toyota

Q: Why does my Camry’s air conditioning system emit odors?

Like something out of a Seinfeld episode, some Toyota Camry and Camry Hybrid owners are allegedly living a smelly car nightmare a bit similar the one Jerry suffered after a restaurant valet left a stench that was “beyond body order” in his car. It was impossible to remedy, even after multiple cleaning attempts. The whole gang noticed it and were forced to hang their heads out the window.

Instead of body odor though, the alleged problem is mold. And mold isn’t a laughing matter as the class action lawsuit against Toyota makes clear.


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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Fight Between Dealers and Automakers Over Subscription Services

Q: What are automotive subscription services?

Auto dealer fraud attorneys help car buyers and lessees enforce their rights and obtain compensation when auto dealers engage in deceptive and unlawful practices in violation of consumer protection laws.

In that regard, attorneys are well-versed in and recognize common types of auto dealer fraud which include:

  • inflating the invoice price

  • bait and switch

  • add-on concealment

  • car misrepresentations

  • yo-yo financing

  • prior accidents or flood damage, and more.

Recently, new trends which impact the automobile industry have emerged, including ridesharing and subscription services.


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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Subaru’s Hope for Fast Lawsuit Dismissal Shatters Like Allegedly Defective Windshields

Q: What can a car owner do if the manufacturer doesn’t stand behind its allegedly defective product?

Subaru defects attorneys learned that the automaker’s hopes of getting a lawsuit against it by certain Legacy and Outback owners dismissed were shattered--allegedly just like the windshields that are the basis of the plaintiffs’ claim.

The 2015–2016 Subaru Outback and Legacy owners claim the automaker allegedly knew for a long time that the defective windshields could crack or chip with minimal or no impact but "tried to conceal" it.

The plaintiffs’


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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Suing a Car Dealer for Injuries in Unreported Stolen Car Accident

Q: Does a dealer have a duty to report stolen vehicles and plates?

Sometimes auto dealers find themselves in legal hot water over allegations of dealer fraud by consumers. Common forms of dealer fraud may include inflating the invoice price, bait and switch deceptive advertising, failure to disclose prior accidents or flood damage, odometer rollbacks, and more. Another common problem for automakers is auto recalls.


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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Allegations Against Mercedes of Fraud and Breach of Warranty Stink


Q: Is there something smelly about Mercedes air conditioning systems?

Seinfeld fans will no doubt remember the smelly car episode where a restaurant valet with terrible body odor left a lingering stench – – "beyond body odor" – – in Jerry’s car which was impossible to remove despite several cleaning attempts. Jerry and the crew were forced to drive with the windows open and their heads hanging out.

What may be funny on television isn't funny in real life. If you swap out body odor for "mold and mildew smells that chase occupants out of the vehicles", you’ll get the gist of a recent lawsuit against Mercedes-Benz with respect to alleged air conditioner problems in scores of its vehicles, dating back as far as 1999 and as recent as 2017.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Tesla Alleged Dealer Fraud Whistle-Blower Lawsuit


Q: Is a New Jersey Tesla dealer engaging in fraudulent business practices?

A former Tesla employee has commenced a lawsuit against Tesla after allegedly experiencing a series of demotions and eventual termination after allegedly blowing the whistle on what he claimed were "alleged business practices he saw as fraudulent”.Dealer fraud in the automotive industry may occur at various phases of the vehicle purchasing or leasing process and can take many different forms including:
  • inflating the invoice price
  • bait and switch advertising
  • "add-on" concealment
  • yo-yo financing
  • prior accidents/flood damage
  • odometer fraud
  • car misrepresentations (such as selling a vehicle as "new" when it was previously returned as a “lemon” due to a defect mechanical problem shortly after the original purchase).


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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Class Action Lawsuit Chews Out Toyota for Soy Wiring

Q: Does soy wiring entice rodents to chew and damage electrical components?

Nowadays, there is a movement toward health. People are trying to eat better, remove toxins from the environment, and take care of the planet. And our cars reflect that attitude as evidenced by the popularity of the various electric cars that are rolling out on a mission to eventually replace gas-powered, pollutant-producing models.

Being good for the environment is admirable. But can that go too far and actually be a bad thing?

Some Toyota owners and lessees are claiming their cars even feed the animals--and they aren’t happy about it or the vehicle warranty dispute questions that have arisen over it.


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