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Recalls Continue In Record Numbers: Ford Recalls 83K Cars and SUVs for Power Loss; Volkswagen Pulls 151K for Vehicle Stalling

August 21, 2014 By: LemonLaw Category: Car Lemon Law, Ford, Lemon Law, Magnuson Moss, New Jersey Lemon Law, Recall, suv, volkswagen

There’s nothing quite like a new car. That spectacular “new car” smell, the glorious sheen of fresh paint, the occasional unexpected power failure – wait, that last one doesn’t seem right…

With all the clamor in the news regarding the colossal number of GM recalls in recent months, we are sad to see Ford and Volkswagen enter the fray, with 83,000 and 151,000 recalls by Ford and Volkswagen respectively.

The 83,000 recalled Ford vehicles have the potential to “lose power unexpectedly” or “slip out of park without driver intervention,” two very serious issues that can be incredibly dangerous if left untended.

Volkswagen’s issues are rooted in its Tiguan line of compact SUVs. According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), “… bubbles may form in the fuel system which could result in the vehicle stalling.” This recall affects nearly every Tiguan sold in the United States since the model’s release.

For your convenience, we’ve listed the recalled vehicle models for you below:

  • Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX (2012-2014)
    Made between 9/2/2010 and 11/30/2013
  • Ford Flex and Lincoln MKS (2013-2014)
    Made between 9/12/2011 and 11/30/2013
  • Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS (2013-2014)
    Made between 8/25/2011 and 11/30/2013
  • Volkswagen Tiguan (2009-2014)
    Made between 6/2007 and 6/2014

When your vehicle is recalled, the problems described above should be covered under your manufacturer warranty regardless of mileage. If your vehicle has been to the dealership for any of these issues repeated times, you may have a claim under your state’s lemon law or the Federal Magnuson–Moss Warranty Act.

Keep in mind, the manufacturer has only a few chances to fix a vehicle before it’s considered a lemon. First, find out what qualifies as a lemon in your state. If your situation is all too familiar to what you see on the list, it’s time to consult an experienced lemon lawyer.

Likewise, if you’ve had difficulty getting your vehicle repaired in a timely manner, you may have a lemon law claim. NJ Lemon Law, for example, notes that a new vehicle, be it a car, truck, SUV, or motorcycle, only needs to spend twenty total calendar days in the shop for repair before it’s considered a lemon.

We can’t stress it enough: If you think your Ford, Volkswagen, or other new vehicle may be a lemon, it’s important for you to call upon an experienced lemon law attorney. In states like New Jersey and Pennsylvania, legal representation for any lemon law claim is 100% cost-free, meaning you never have to pay a penny, regardless of whether you win or lose. If you prevail in your lemon law case, you may be entitled to receive a complete repurchase, a brand new vehicle, or money to reimburse you for the decreased value and functionality of your lemon.

Feel free to email us with any questions.

Lemon Law 101: Is My Car A Lemon And What Can I Do About It?

August 04, 2014 By: LemonLaw Category: Car Lemon Law, Lemon Law Firm, Magnuson Moss

Do you or someone you know have a vehicle that may be a lemon?

The bitter truth about Lemon Law is that most people aren’t fully aware of its purpose, or even how it can help them, until long after they could have filed their claim. Being that we get hundreds of calls every week on our 1 800 LEMON LAW hotline questioning the laws and how they work, we figure this is a great time for a refresher course on the statute, “Lemon Law 101.”

Although Lemon Law varies from state to state, as a general rule, a “lemon” is considered to be a car, truck, or motorcycle suffering from a “nonconformity.” This means that the vehicle has a problem — be it a defect or condition — that impairs its use, value, and safety. Typically, the issues experienced with a lemon cannot be repaired, even after multiple attempts by a manufacturer-authorized dealership.

So what if you think you have a lemon? Read on to learn how you can identify whether your car, truck, or motorcycle is a lemon, and what steps you need to take as a consumer.

1) Use the Lemon Checker.

If you’re pressed for time, the Lemon Checker is a quick, convenient means for figuring out whether you have a lemon on your hands.

It shouldn’t take more than a minute, and while legal counsel is highly recommended for all Lemon Law cases, the answers to these questions may help identify whether your claim falls within your state’s Lemon Law.

2) Know your state’s Lemon Law.

If you intend to pursue legal action under your state’s Lemon Law, you should learn more about it. To save you some time, we’ve listed a summary of each state’s Lemon Law  in one convenient place.

After you find your state, read the summary and see if your vehicle meets the requirements. If you’re even remotely unsure, seek qualified legal counsel to review your claim and determine whether you have a case.

Keep in mind that, under Lemon Law, your representation should be 100% cost-free, meaning there is no risk involved when you contact a lawyer regarding your Lemon Law claim.

3) Tally your service time.

If your car’s been out of service or in the shop for an extended period of time, you may have a lemon on your hands.

In a previous post, we discussed the impact a back-ordered part may have on your Lemon Law claim. Many people think state Lemon Law only applies to the number of repair attempts for a single issue, but that’s not always the case.

For example, if you’re a resident of Pennsylvania and your car is out of service for 30 calendar days or more, you may have a legitimate Lemon Law claim. In New Jersey, a car needs to be out of service for only 20 calendar days to be considered a lemon.

4) Know your rights as a consumer.

Visit Lemon Law rights FAQ for a rundown of your rights under the State Lemon Laws.

Even if your vehicle doesn’t fall within state Lemon Law, you may still be able to seek restitution through Federal Warranty Statutes such as the Magnuson Moss Warranty Act, as well as Unfair Trade Practice Laws created to protect buyers like yourself from fraudulent dealers.

5) Contact a reputable Lemon Law attorney.

A Lemon Law attorney can help determine whether your claim falls within Lemon Law regulations.

When pursuing your Lemon Law case with an attorney, be sure to consider your options. It’s essential that you work with an attorney who has a deep knowledge and understanding of your state’s Lemon Law. Likewise, there should be no cost to you when working with an attorney to resolve your Lemon Law claim.

Remember: You need an attorney who can provide you with answers backed by facts, keeping you involved and updated on current Lemon Law regulations. Know what to look for in a Lemon Law lawyer, and know how to ask your Lemon Law lawyer the right questions.

While there’s no surefire way to avoid buying a lemon, knowing how to identify a lemon under your state’s Lemon Law can help you determine when to consult an attorney and file your Lemon Law claim.  If there are any questions we failed to answer here, feel free to ask away! Safe driving!

Nissan Airbag Problems Have Passengers In A Panic

July 30, 2014 By: LemonLaw Category: airbag, Car Lemon Law, Nissan

Imagine getting into your car with your spouse, friend, or parent in the passenger seat.  You turn the car on and a bright light announces “Passenger Airbag OFF.”  The 1 800 LEMON LAW hotline is receiving a number of calls from drivers complaining of Nissan airbag problems who are dealing with this exact situation.  This comes on the heels of a large airbag recall.

In April, a huge Nissan airbag recall was announced. The Nissan models affected, about 990,000, include the 544,000 Altima sedans, 29,000 Leaf electric vehicles, 124,000 Pathfinder sport utility vehicles, 183,000 Sentra compacts and 6,700 NV200 taxis from the 2013 model year. Infiniti models affected by the action include 64,000 2013 JX35 and 2014 QX60 models and 40,000 2014 Q50 sedans.  If you are driving one of these vehicles, you should have already been alerted to the recall, but if not, contact your dealer as soon as possible.

Also, if you are continuing to complain of this Nissan passenger airbag light  problem three or more times, and have the repair invoices to back it up, you may be entitled to significant remedy under State Lemon Laws or the Federal Magnuson Moss Warranty Act.  Remedies could include a full repurchase, a brand new car, or significant compensation plus continued ownership of your car.

Lastly, do not allow the dealer to blame the Nissan airbag problem on the weight or size of your passenger.    The dealers are aware that this Nissan airbag problem exists, but there is no definitive fix.  Even if they say they cannot fix the issue, make sure you get a repair invoice each time you bring the matter to their attention.

If you are suffering with a Nissan airbag problem and have been back to the shop repeatedly, feel free to fill out our Get Rid of Your Lemon form.  We will review your claim for free and see if/how we can help.

Buying Used? Beware of Car Recalls.

July 02, 2014 By: Admin Category: Recall, TV interview

With car recalls continuing to dominate the headlines, how can you make sure your car is not part of one of the many makes and models currently involved in a car recall campaign?  And if you are purchasing a used car, how do you make sure your car is not one of the 3.5 million cars up for sale with an open safety recall?
Before you head to that dealership and sign on the dotted line, 1 800 LEMON LAW founding partner Bob Silverman has some tips on dealing with the dealer in this Money Talks News report.

When A GM Recall Results In Weeks Out of Service…

May 22, 2014 By: Admin Category: Car Lemon Law, General Motors, GM, Recall

General Motors continues to make news with their extensive GM recall that covers a variety of vehicles across the brand.  In fact, the car company is going to pay a maximum $35 million fine to the US Department of Transportation for delays recalling 2003-2011 small cars with potentially dangerous ignition switch defects. And this past week, GM recalled more than 8,000 2014 models because the cars may have rear brakes on the front wheels.

So, what do you do when a GM recall results in your car being out of service for weeks, or months on end?  Such as a recent 2014 Chevrolet Cruze owner who is waiting now 33 days for a rear axle part on back order? Is there any hope for getting out of the vehicle or receiving some sort of compensation for the aggravation endured?

The answer is yes.  If the GM recall has resulted in your vehicle being out of service for an extended period of time, you absolutely should research your Lemon Law rights, as you may be entitled to a complete repurchase or significant compensation. After all, it it not your fault that these problems existed, why should you be penalized?  If you have any questions pertaining to the GM recall, feel free to reach out to us and we will be glad to provide any answers or assistance available.

Nissan Pathfinder Transmission Complaints Lead 2014 Car Complaint Index

May 08, 2014 By: LemonLaw Category: cadillac, Car Complaint Index, ford focus, hyundai, infiniti, nissan pathfinder, transmission

It’s the list the car companies do not want you to see.  The 2014 Car Car Complaint Index is out.  The list, compiled each year by consumer advocate Jack Gillis and published in his Car Book, takes a look at which cars receive the most complaints per sales.   These complaints are filed with the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration and can be accessed through their on-line database.

Topping the list this year is the popular Nissan Pathfinder, which is no surprise to us.  We have previously reported in our blog about Nissan Pathfinder transmission complaints where the consumers are complaining of a violent shake which worsens at higher speeds.  Nissan Pathfinder transmission complaints started in 2009 but they have continued, especially in the 2013 model.  1 800 LEMON LAW has successfully represented numerous Nissan Pathfinder drivers with the transmission issue.

Second on this year’s list is the Pathfinder’s cousin, the high-end Infiniti QX60. Many complaints have dealt with the airbag issue.  Apparently, there was an issue with the occupant classification system where regardless of the size of the person in the passenger seat, the airbag light would not come on and the airbag would not deploy.  At the end of March, a recall was issued by Nissan to address the problem.

Number three is the Hyundai Santa Fe.  The popular vehicle has had drivers complaining of alignment issues and stalling concerns.

Fourth is no surprise.  It’s the Ford Focus with the ecoboost transmission.  We have successfully resolved numerous claims regarding the Ford Focus transmission and worked on a comprehensive TV investigation surrounding the problem.  The ecoboost transmission was designed to boost fuel economy, but many consumers have also said the transmission boosts them right out of their seat with constant jumping and lunging.

Fifth is the Cadillac ATS with folks complaining of check engine lights, rough idling and stalling.

You can view the entire car complaint index here.

It’s important to note that just because your car is on the list does not mean you have a lemon.  It simply means folks have complained about the vehicle and their complaints are subjective.  On the flip side, we do know that car companies pay attention to the list and in many cases take these issues under advisement for future production.  And if you are dealing with an issue such as a Nissan Pathfinder transmission complaint and the dealer is not taking you seriously, you know it’s time to contact a Lemon Law Lawyer and fight for your rights.


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